The town hosts a yearly horse fair on the first Saturday of August. Large numbers of Romani and Irish Travellers come from across England to attend the event. The fair is partly an opportunity to buy and sell horses, but also presents a significant opportunity for community socializing. For several decades local volunteers organized the official fair and promoted it as a tourist event, but in recent years it has been left unorganized and unofficial.

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The area of present-day Brigg has been used for thousands of years as both a crossing point of the Ancholme and for access to the river itself. Prehistoric boats of sewn–built[4] and dugout[5] construction have been found in the town, both dating to around 900 BC. A causeway or jetty also stood on the riverside during the late Bronze Age, although its exact use is uncertain.[6]

Much of the town's poorer housing formerly lay in a series of narrow yards that ran northward from the marketplace and Wrawby Street.[25] The yards were considered unsanitary slums by the late 1800s, but the housing was not finally vacated and demolished until the 1950s.[25] However, the yards themselves remain in use, with the larger ones repurposed for retail and services, and the smaller for public passageways.

Brigg is roughly 140 miles (230 km) directly north of London. The nearest big towns are Lincoln 22 miles (35 km) to the south, Scunthorpe 6.8 miles (11 km) to the west, Grimsby 17 miles (27 km) to the east, and Hull 14.6 miles (23.5 km) to the north. The local area is broadly the south bank of the Humber estuary.

Gervase Elwes, concert and oratorio singer, had a family home at Brigg Manor in Bigby Street, where he would sometimes reside. North Lincolnshire Music and Drama Festival was founded by Elwes and his wife Winifrede in 1900. They twice hosted their friend Percy Grainger, who collected a number of early folksongs at the festival. One of the singers, George Gouldthorpe (1839–1910), was an inmate of Brigg workhouse.[citation needed]

Brigg Garden Centre is the destination centre for the keen gardener and for those who enjoy a great day out with the family.

Malcolm Flemyng, a Scottish physiologist, practised medicine in the town in the 1750s. While resident, Flemyng published his Introduction to Physiology and conducted research into amniotic fluid and obesity.

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Brigg is home to Brigg Town Football Club, known locally as the Zebras for their black and white striped home kit. Claimed to have been established in 1863, the team is allegedly the oldest association football club in Lincolnshire and among the oldest surviving clubs in the world.[citation needed] The team has won the FA Vase twice—once in 1996 and again in 2003.[29]

The Town Council is delighted with the excellent service provided by The Energy Cell with regard to the design and delivery of this new site for the Town.

Light industry is present on the Island Carr and Atherton Way industrial estates. A 260 MW gas–fired power station, owned by Centrica, sits to the south–west of the town.[27] A second, 40 MW straw–fired, power station has been approved for construction alongside.[28] A significant number of residents commute to work in nearby Scunthorpe and Grimsby, although the town is not characterized as a dormitory town.

Primary education in Brigg is provided by Brigg County Primary School[35] and St Mary's Catholic Primary Voluntary Academy.[36] There was also previously a private preparatory school, which closed in 2009 and was replaced by Demeter House Special School.

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Public facilities in the town include two health centres, a library, heritage centre, three children's playgrounds, and a Sure Start centre. There is also a Tourist Information Centre in the marketplace.

Revd Richard Enraght, who later became known as a religious controversialist, served as curate for St John's Church in Brigg from 1866 to 1867.

Brigg TIC is also an agent for the Plowright Theatre, Hull New Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre, Hornsby Coach Excursions and rail tours around the steel making plant of TATA.

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Brigg is part of the Brigg and Goole parliamentary constituency, and is represented by Andrew Percy of the Conservative Party.[20]

The Vineyard Restaurant at Brigg Garden Centre. Whether it's a large party or a catch up with friend our restaurant can cater for you.

Lincsquad hold two triathlons and a quadrathlon in and around the town every year.[31]

A new Aldi store proposed for Brigg could get the go-ahead next week. Planning permission is being sought for a site off Bridge Street....

Welcome to the Plant Area. Whether its evergreens, perennials, little alpines or well established trees and shrubs. Bring Garden Centre caters for the keen gardener and our selection suits any size of garden. Our plant area provide the highest quality and variety of plants. Our knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you with any of your questions and can advise you on planting and the care of your plants.

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We have a dedicated Visit North Lincolnshire website, including a downloadable visitor guide.

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Humberside International Airport, near the village of Kirmington, is about 5 miles away.

Brigg Garden Centre is the flagship centre of the British Garden Centres family. From the huge plant area to the beautiful gift department, the children's play area to the 450 plus seater restaurant.

The Ancholme Rowing Club, founded in 1868,[30] is based in Manley Gardens. It holds an Annual Head Race every October, attracting crews from across the eastern Midlands and Northern England.

Brigg railway station[34] is on the Grimsby branch of the Sheffield to Lincoln Line. The passenger service is limited, with only six trains a week, all on Saturdays. However, the line is still used regularly for freight transport. There is a level crossing over the A1084.

Ancholme Leisure Centre is on Scawby Road (A18) in Scawby Brook, to the west of the town.[32] Its facilities include swimming pools, a sports hall, and a skatepark. The Recreation Ground on Wrawby Road provides an area for field sports.

Joan Plowright, actress and wife of Laurence Olivier, was born on Central Square in 1929. Her brother David, a television executive, was born a year later. Their father William was a local journalist and newspaper editor. The Plowright Theatre in nearby Scunthorpe is named after her.

Serving a full menu along with delicious daily specials and tasty treats. Enjoy the pleasant surroundings of the outdoor decked area set alongside the stream. There is also ample seating alongside the Play Area where you can enjoy a snack.

It offers a range of services for local residents and visitors to the area, playing a vital role in promoting the tourist attractions of North Lincolnshire.

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Last summer saw the addition of the Play Area. Our safe and secure play area is home to a sandpit and a zip line as well as a range of great play equipment. There's also a train ride (open at selected times) and the children can also enjoy the dinosaurs!

Read all about the history of the historic market town of Brigg

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A fantastic new play area has recently been added to the centre and there are regular events and offers on all year round.

Our delicious afternoon teas are a great way to enjoy a relaxing treat (available in Coffee Haven).