Lincoln in 2017
Marking 800th Anniversaries

800 years since the Battle of Lincoln and Charter of the Forest

Battle of Lincoln

Lincoln in 2017
Marking 800th Anniversaries

800 years since the Battle of Lincoln and Charter of the Forest

Charter of the Forest

2017 marks two important anniversaries in Lincoln's history which have affected English history as we know it.

To commemorate and remember the 1217 Battle of Lincoln and the sealing of the Charter of the Forest in the same year, a summer of events have been planned.

Plan a visit to Lincoln to experience the Battle of Lincoln with re-enactments, learn about the Charter with exhibitions and lectures, be inspired by a Medieval themed sculpture trail, and much more.

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Lincoln Knights’ Trail

May 20, 2017 to September 3, 2017
All Day
Lincoln Knights’ Trail

FREE

Follow a trail of 36 Knight sculptures throughout Lincoln to mark 800 years since the Battle of Lincoln and the sealing of the Charter of the Forest.

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Cathedral Quarter

The Domesday Book

May 27, 2017 to September 3, 2017
10:00am to 5:30pm
Lincoln Castle
The Domesday Book

One of the most iconic documents in British history is on display in Lincoln Castle's Magna Carta Vault in a rare appearance outside of London - part of the Battles & Dynasties exhibition.

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Citywide

Battles and Dynasties

May 27, 2017 to September 3, 2017
All Day
The Collection
Battles and Dynasties

A fascinating showcase of artefacts, from William the Conqueror to the present day. Includes Van Dyck's triple portrait of Charles I and Holbein's drawing of Ann Boleyn on loan from Her Majesty the Queen.

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Citywide

Lincoln Knights’ Central

July 22, 2017 to September 3, 2017
10:00am to 4:00pm
Lincoln Cornhill
Lincoln Knights’ Central

FREE

Take part in free kids' activities and buy official merchandise at the pop-up shop in Lincoln Cornhill for the Lincoln Knights' Trail.

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Cathedral Quarter

Grand Medieval Joust

August 5, 2017 to August 6, 2017
11:00am to 4:30pm
Lincoln Castle
Grand Medieval Joust

Feel the thunder of hooves and hear the clash of lance on steel armour at Lincoln Castle as four brave knights take part in the Sport of Kings.

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Cathedral Quarter

Brute and Beastly Shire

August 8, 2017
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Lincoln Cathedral
Brute and Beastly Shire

£5

Learn about the Lincolnshire risings of 1470 and 1536 at this talk in the Chapter House Lincoln Cathedral, part of the Battles & Dynasties lecture series.

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May 11, 2017

7 Reasons Why William Marshal was England’s Greatest Knight

7 Reasons Why William Marshal was England’s Greatest Knight

William Marshal has been dubbed “England’s greatest knight” – and probably the most loyal. He served five English kings from Henry II through to his grandson Henry III, and was 70 years old at the time of the 1217 Battle of Lincoln.

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March 30, 2017

The 10 Principles of the 2017 Tree Charter

The 10 Principles of the 2017 Tree Charter

800 years since the Charter of the Forest, the Woodland Trust have launched ten principles to make up a Charter for Trees, Woods and People for the 21st century.

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March 10, 2017

Domesday is Coming to Lincoln

Domesday is Coming to Lincoln

The greatest land survey of medieval Europe, the Domesday Book, which dates back to 1086 will make a once-in-a-generation trip to Lincoln Castle as part of a major exhibition for 2017.

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