I moved away from Gainsborough over seven years ago but my mum still lives there, so I do go back for occasional visits. I notice more of what is going on in this little town now that I don't live there. Gainsborough has a thriving online community at http://communities.msn.co.uk/GainsboroughCommunityOnline where I regularly catch up on the town news. The market seems to be a lot smaller than I remember with no where near as many stalls as there used to be. Most of the half decent shops that Gainsborough used to have seem to have disappeared and been replaced by charity shops. The entrance into the town has been revamped and looks far better than it used to now that a lot of the derelict buildings have been pulled down. As I remember there really isn't much to do in Gainsborough. There is the leisure centre, which has a swimming pool and not much else. There is the Trinity Arts Centre,which doubles as theatre/cinema. Thats about it really. The only tourist attraction is The Old Hall, which is a crumbly old building in the centre of town which not very many Gainsborough people actually visit, yet people come fron America to see it. Why? Morrisons has been revamped I noticed and Scampton Way now looks lovely,instead of the scruffy no go area that it used to be. Town centre still seems like a waste of time for a night out, still far too much fighting for my liking.Although I did notice a couple of new trendier looking pubs last time I visited. Gainsborough is a very close knit community and everyone seems to know everyone elses business. Drug abuse seems to be fairly rife in Gainsborough, but no more so than anywhere else. Crime was always fairly high. On the whole it's not a bad little town but it definitely lacks a little on the excitement side.
I've lived near Gainsborough for 15 months now and I am only just beginning to like the place- but don't think it is a dump because it isn't! The town has got problems on first inspection- there are old mills that are derelict and the job centre is one of the newest buildings, but they are doing a heck of a lot to make the town a pleasant one to visit. First of all there's parking- two hours cost only 40p and in a lot of car parks parking is free after 12pm on a Saturday! There is a thriving market on Tuesdays and Saturdays in the main square and a farmer's market on the secon Tuesday of the month in Lord Street. The Old nick theatre and Trinity Arts Centre serve the discerning cultural types. The riverside is being developed into a pleasant walk so that people will actually enjoy being there even more! The major attraction in Gainsborough is the historic Old Hall- it is an amazing building that just has to be seen to be believed- it is truly spectacular and is run by English Heritage. This may appear a little sparse- but it takes time to appreciate just what Gainsborough has to offer- it is a town which is fighting to build itself up again- and I think it deserves a heck of a lot of support.