Celebrate all things Lincolnshire on the county’s official day with free activities, entry to attractions, and special offers in Lincoln.
To celebrate Lincolnshire Day on Saturday 1st October 2016 there are some great activities to enjoy in Lincoln city and countryside.
CRANWELL AVIATION HERITAGE CENTRE
Just outside Lincoln, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre will be launching a new display detailing RAF Cranwell’s history as a training school. Visitors will be able to explore facts about more than 40 aircraft that have flown at the base over its 100 year history.
The Centre is free to enter and open from 10am – 4pm. The display will run until March 26th 2017.
LINCOLN ARTISTS’ MARKET
The free, monthly Artists’ Market on Castle Hill will run on Lincolnshire Day from 10am – 5pm, offering unique works from local artists and crafters. This market will have a special Lincolnshire stall from Lincoln Visitor Information Centre for you to buy Lincolnshire souvenirs, flags, and clothing.
LINCOLN BOOK FESTIVAL: LOCAL HISTORY AFTERNOON
On Lincolnshire Day, Lincoln Book Festival will hold a fee Local History Afternoon at The Collection from 2pm – 5pm. Free tickets must be booked from the Lincoln Drill Hall Box Office.
Free talks include: Lincolnshire Parish Clergy, c.1214 – 1968 (Nicholas Bennett); Fifty Find from Lincolnshire (Adam Daubney); War on Wheels (Phil Hamlyn Williams); Ancient Houses of Central Lincoln (Chris Johnson).
Entry to the grounds of Lincoln Castle will be free through the day (10am – 4pm). There will be free guided tours of the Castle at 11am, 12pm, and 2pm to help you learn more about the historic site – meeting at the East Gate. Please note that normal admission applies to the wall walk, prisons and Magna Carta.
Lincoln Cathedral will be free to enter throughout Lincolnshire Day to help you explore the county’s most famous landmark, open from 7:15am to 6pm. Spot the Lincoln Imp, examine the unique carvings, enjoy the stunning stained glass windows, and have a cup of tea in the cloisters. Floor, roof, and tower tours at a charge of £4 per person.
LINCOLN CATHEDRAL SHOP
The shop at Lincoln Cathedral sells local wine produced by Ownsworth of Fulbeck in Lincolnshire. You can get 10% off any bottle purchased on Lincolnshire Day.
LINCOLN CATHEDRAL CENTRE
The Cathedral Centre on Minster Yard will be open from 9am and providing ‘a special’ of Lincolnshire plumbread, Lincolnshire poacher cheese and grapes – served with a drink of tea or coffee for £5 per person. There will also be other refreshments available throughout the day including homemade cake.
LINCOLN GHOST BUS TOUR
Be spooked on Lincolnshire Day by discovering the haunted past of historic Lincoln. Take a tour with a local ghost expert on the city’s open-top bus to hear ghoulish stories of the past at 6pm from Lincoln Cathedral. Tickets are £6 per person.
LINCOLN HALF MARATHON
The day following Lincolnshire Day will see Lincoln’s first ever half marathon take place. The race on Sunday 2nd October will start at the Lincolnshire Showground and take a route through Lincoln city centre – including Bailgate, Lincoln Cathedral, and the Brayford Waterfront – before returning north of the city.
LINCOLNSHIRE FOOD FESTIVAL
Select Lincolnshire will hold a food festival on Lincolnshire Day at St Marks Shopping Centre, celebrating the rich food and drink heritage in the county. The market is free to attend and will run from 10am til 4pm.
LINCOLN GUILDHALL AND STONEBOW
The historic home to the Mayor of Lincoln and Civic Party, Lincoln Guildhall, will be open all day on Saturday October 1st, with free entry. Discover the Mayor’s robing room, sit above the Stonebow arches in the City Council chamber, and examine the glorious regalia of Lincoln’s Civic history.
Guided tours will be running through the day.
LINCOLN PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE (LPAC)
To celebrate Lincolnshire Day and local performing arts, LPAC are offering 20% off when you book to see three or more shows that were created in Lincoln. These shows include: Dracula by Push to Shove Theatre; The Shakespeare Season by The Lincoln Company; BRR! The Lost Polar Bear by Lincoln Stage Company.
Lincolnshire Co-Op stores across Lincolnshire will be fundraising for local charities on Lincolnshire Day – Lincolnshire quiz sheets, guess the sweets and Spin the Spud in conjunction with Pipers – and will have Lincolnshire flags for the kids to decorate. There will be 10% off local produce at all stores to help you discover local delicacies from 26th September to the 2nd October.
Plus, in the Lincoln store and cafe, you can get 20% off local produce if you wear something yellow – to show you are a Yellowbelly – on both Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October.
LINCOLNSHIRE LUNCH – OLDER PEOPLE’S DAY
Age UK are celebrating Older People’s Day and Lincolnshire Day in one go at their Park Street branch with a Lincolnshire Lunch. Starting at 11:15am there will be sing-a-long and entertainment from the Lincoln Ukulele Band and a three-course meal of Lincolnshire speciailities.
LINDUM BOOKS – LUCY WOOD SIGNING SESSION
Lindum Books will be hosting Lucy Wood for an in-store signing session from 11am – 12pm, for her new book The Little Book of Lincolnshire.
Lucy is currently the new editor at the Grimsby Telegraph, and has previously written Lincoln in 100 Dates and The Grimsby Book of Days. This new title is a compendium of fascinating information about the county, and is a perfect gift book to dip into.
POP OUT FESTIVAL
This four day festival of art outside the ordinary, in a city centre, pop-up tent, takes place over Lincolnshire Day. There are lots of shows and events on during the day including Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, and the free experience Boy Meets Girl.
Free activities include the Anti Grav Box, the Fun Palace, and live music in the festival garden.
SONOPHILIA FESTIVAL: SUPER-FOLK GIG
A day long festival of sound and music will take place on Lincolnshire Day at Alive Church as part of Sonophilia Festival. The day will begin at 2pm sea shanties and other folk songs for everyone to join in with – free to attend.
From 4pm onwards, a ticketed gig will folk music from near and far, featuring: nationally acclaimed Stick In The Wheel; Lincolnshire’s own folk-fiddler Mossy Christian-Ilett (aged 12!); international trio (including one member from Lincoln) The Rubber Wellies; Lincon’s
SWALLOWBECK METHODIST CHURCH: LOCAL FOOD AND MUSIC
Lincs FM’s Sean Dunderdale hosts this evening of Lincolnshire food and music from 7pm: including local designer and musician Rachael Aubrey Clarke, and Nicola Haxby of the Wolds of Lincolnshire.
Lincolnshire food on offer includes: Pork pie, Haslet, ham and beef, stuffed chine, Lincolnshire sausages, Vegetarian quiche with Lincolnshire cheeses from Cote Hill Farm, ice cream from Daisy Maid.
TEN MILL ROAD
Enjoy a weekend stay at Ten Mill Road in Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter – with a Lincolshire produce hamper included – for just £170 over Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October. That’s just over £20 per person per night!
THE ARTISAN MAKER
The unique Artisan Maker on Bailgate will be offering 10% off all stock made by Lincolnshire makers on Lincolnshire Day – including pottery, woodwork, and lampshades.
WATERSIDE SHOPPING CENTRE – LOCAL BUSINESS DAY
Local businesses will be exhibiting their offers in a special Lincolnshire Day exhibition at the indoor Waterside Shopping Centre from 9am – 5:30pm. A great chance to see the independent shopping on offer in Lincolnshire alongside some of the world’s biggets brands already in the shopping centre.
WOLDS ARTS FESTIVAL
Live music, theatre, comedy and workshops will entertain crowds in the Lincolnshire Wolds over Lincolnshire Day weekend with two festivals in two locations: Market Rasen on Saturday 1st and Caistor on Sunday 2nd.
The highlight performance comes from Event FX, the team involved in the pyrotechnics of the 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Rio this year. Both days are free to attend.