In a busy few weeks, the beginning of October saw That Girl organise the first ‘Made in Sleaford’ event on behalf of North Kesteven District Council. The event, which attracted over 3,600 visitors and school children across two days, celebrated anything and everything that has ever been designed, manufactured or otherwise ‘made’ in this bustling Lincolnshire town.

Great things are 'Made in Sleaford'

Great things are ‘Made in Sleaford’

From world class violins to world record-breaking agricultural machinery, the exhibition held in the National Centre for Craft and Design and outside within a marquee and in Navigation Yard saw local people see things they never realised were created on their doorsteps. Sleaford boasts and incredible array of fantastic things which are produced in the town and children and locals alike were treated to a tour around the town of places of special interest including the former Bass Maltings and a Roman Mint site. Who also knew that carbon fibre manufactured in the town featured in the cockpit of the World land speed record attempt car, Bloodhound SSC, or that the UK’s largest manufacturer of agricultural trailers were based in the town. Even some vintage caravans that were formally made in Sleaford made a guest appearance.

A bustling exhibition on Saturday

A bustling exhibition on Saturday








Biscuit decorating









A specially commissioned ‘Sleaford Sausage’ made by local butcher’s Browns and on offer for visitors to taste on the Saturday, was also a sell out as were the biscuits supplied by a Sweet Vienna, a local bakery, for children to decorate..

Browns Butcher's Sleaford Sausage

A business networking and drinks reception held on Friday evening attracted over 80 people who were fascinated to listen to former World land speed record holder, Richard Noble OBE.

Some great comments were received from businesses who took part including:
James Hatcher MD of D Hatcher & Sons:
it was a fantastic event and both D Hatcher & Sons and Carre Heritage were extremely proud to have been involved in the first Made In Sleaford .”
from Helen Doughty, Director at SHD:
It was great to see such a  wide range of companies that are in Sleaford and we really enjoyed being part of it.”
and from St George’s school:
We just wanted to say a massive thank you for last Friday. The students and staff really enjoyed the event. Please pass on our thanks to Harry – the tour was fascinating.”

NKDC are heralding the event to be a great success and we look forward to being involved in any future plans for another.

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