Where I Live – Scunthorpe

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Scunthorpe is known as the garden town of North Lincolnshire, in the United Kingdom. Scunthorpe is the town that influenced the ‘Scunthorpe Problem’, owing to AOL’s profanity filter blocking Scunthorpe residents from creating accounts because of its name.

Scunthorpe is made up of several former villages. With this, the town is still relatively divided into these areas. For example, I live in the Ashby area of the town.

Our town is heavily reliant on our steelworks, British Steel (formerly Tata Steel and Corus). We also have a large factory presence, ranging from crisps to plastic boards – if you can think of it, there’s probably a factory for that, I assure you (except for clothes). For the most part, the view of the steelworks makes up part of the skyline in Scunthorpe, and is also a good landmark for if you are out of town.

As Scunthorpe is known as the garden town, there are some nice open spaces away from the hustle and bustle of town life. One of the most popular places is Central Park, where it is very popular during the summer, and the location of one of the Scunthorpe Parkrun tracks. Central Park features a fountain that looks amazing during summer, a couple of children’s play areas, a lot of greenery, and just around the corner is The Pods, the largest sports and fitness centre in North Lincolnshire. This replaced the old leisure centre in the town centre.

Another open space is Bottesford Beck. Currently it’s actually having a tourist centre installed as this entry is being written. Bottesford Beck can be accessed from either towards Ashby Ville (more on that later) or off Messingham Road. It follows along a very long river, so be prepared for a walk. It’s worth it, though, to see the ducks and relax on the outskirts of town. I do have to place a warning though: please be careful around the river.

Ashby Ville is another open area which even swans and geese can be found. The path of Ashby Ville follows along a very large lake where people often come to fish.

One key area of note is Normanby Hall. Sadly you will need some kind of vehicular transport in order to get there, or be lucky enough to live close by, but the scenery is gorgeous. The hall itself is perfect for weddings and other events, and taking a walk around the park itself is a wonder. The grounds include the Farming Museum and Walled Gardens. The newly-built Go Ape structure is a new attraction for those who like treetop adventures. There are also peacocks and ducks to gaze at, as well as deer. If that doesn’t take your fancy, there are plenty of events throughout the year, such as Parkrun every Saturday, or other meetups and conventions.

Scunthorpe’s Baths Hall plays host to a variety of concerts, conferences, conventions and performances. It is host to Scunthorpe’s own Comic-Con, now in its fourth year. This has become the replacement to S-Con, which ran from 2012 until 2016.

Scunthorpe United, our local football club, is located at Glanford Park, on the Gallagher Retail Park. It was opened in 1988 to replace the Old Showground (now Sainsbury’s). The stadium has a capacity of 9,088. The stadium has a terraced stand, where spectators are to stand to view the matches, but the regulars of this stand are usually the more vocal supporters (I can attest, I frequented this stand in the five years that I attended matches, and it does have the best atmosphere of the stadium). However, if Scunthorpe United are promoted once again to the Championship, the stand is to be fitted with seating, in order to comply with the FA’s regulations.

If you want something for the kids to do, make sure to visit The Pink Pig Farm, where there is an abundance of play areas for the kids to enjoy, as well as the restaurant. Admittedly it’s not as good as it used to be, but it’ll be fine if you have the children to enjoy it with.

However, the best way to get acquainted with the town is to be escorted by the local Pokemon Go players – a lot of the Pokestops and Gyms in-game are often points of interest – for example, Central Park, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre and Glanford Park are essential points of interest for Scunthorpe.

The two EX eligible gyms are the fountain in Central Park and The Pods. This is where you will be able to encounter Mewtwo. Otherwise, in terms of Pokemon Go, there isn’t a lot to do here compared to other towns, and definitely cities. I often find myself going to other places to explore and grind XP, hence the reason for making this travel blog.

Please, if you have any questions about Scunthorpe, comment and I will do my best to answer them. In the meantime, happy hunting!

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