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Lincoln Loves Kids
Family-friendly activities and experiences

Events, festivals, activities, food, and drink for kids

Lincoln Loves Kids
Lincoln Loves Kids

Lincoln is known for its stunning heritage, famous foods, and of course a Steep Hill! But did you know that the city and surrounding countryside is packed full of great family day out experiences?

History hunters will love to discover over 1,000 years of ghastly tales and walk in the footsteps of past kings and conquerors.

For the budding stage and screen stars, dress up as your favourite movie characters, hear stories brought to life, and get messy in creative play sessions at Lincoln's venues.

There is nothing more fun than running through the trees, puddle jumping til your knees are soaking wet, or spotting your favourite animals on a nature trail.

Lincoln and Lincolnshire have a great range of family friendly restaurants, cafes, and eateries all offering comprehensive children's menus, speciality foods, and children's activties.

Plus, a packed programme of annual events will keep little ones entertained all year round. We've picked out our highlight events, exhibitions, and festivals for families below.


Read the Lincoln Loves Kids guide online, order one for free (postage applies), or pick up a free copy from the Lincoln Visitor Information Centre or other family venues across the area for advice from Lincoln Mums, money saving vouchers, and much more.

Things To Do
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Cathedral Quarter, City of Lincoln

Sam Scorer Gallery

Sam Scorer Gallery

Cathedral Quarter art gallery hosting exciting shows of painting and sculpture, many by Lincolnshire based artists.

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Brayford Waterfront, City of Lincoln

ODEON Lincoln

ODEON Lincoln

Situated on the Brayford Waterfront, the ODEON complex includes a cinema, Costa Coffee and Ben and Jerry's ice-cream shop and is adjacent to the Lucy Tower multi-story car park.

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City of Lincoln, Lincoln Suburbs

Yarborough Leisure Centre

Yarborough Leisure Centre

Yarborough Leisure Centre offers extensive leisure facilities and activities for everyone - group exercise facilities, courts and pitches for hire, a gym, a swimming pool and more.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival

May 30; 2019
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Nocton
British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival

Around 250 champion ploughmen and women from all over Britain compete in Lincolnshire over a two-day country festival.

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Cultural Quarter

Dinosaur Encounter

July 13; 2019 to September 8; 2019
10:00am to 4:00pm
The Collection
Dinosaur Encounter

Be transported back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the land in this thrilling exhibition from London’s Natural History Museum, at The Collection museum in Lincoln.

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Cathedral Quarter

Enjoy Uphill Lincoln Week 2019

July 15; 2019 to July 21; 2019
All Day
Lincoln Cathedral Quarter
Enjoy Uphill Lincoln Week 2019

Shop, eat, drink, escape, explore, share, and return to 'Uphill Lincoln' - the village in the city - during a week long celebration of events, guided tours, and special offers.

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Cultural Quarter, City of Lincoln

CATS: the Musical

July 16; 2019 to July 21; 2019
7:30pm to 10:00pm
Lincoln Drill Hall
CATS: the Musical

The legendary musical phenomenon - one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history - arrives at Lincoln Drill Hall. SOLD OUT.

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Cathedral Quarter

Lincoln Castle Dog Friendly Weekend

July 20; 2019 to July 21; 2019
10:00am to 5:00pm
Lincoln Castle
Lincoln Castle Dog Friendly Weekend

FREE

Unlock 1,000 years of history with your furry companion over the weekend for a paw-some day out.

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Cathedral Quarter

Classic Cars at Lincoln Castle

July 21; 2019
10:00am to 5:00pm
Lincoln Castle
Classic Cars at Lincoln Castle

FREE

Kick off the summer holidays as the Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society host their annual rally in the Castle grounds.

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Places To Eat Or Drink
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Cathedral Quarter, City of Lincoln

Curiositea

Curiositea

Curiositea is a quirky coffee shop situated in the heart of Bishop Grosseteste University campus. With an Alice in Wonderland theme, luxurious seating and an outside courtyard, this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy good food and drink.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Uncle Henry’s Cafe

Uncle Henry’s Cafe

An award-winning cafe and coffee lounge serving home-made dishes using local ingredients, which are freshly prepared by the talented kitchen team.

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City of Lincoln, Lincoln Suburbs

Burton Road Chippy

Burton Road Chippy

Traditionally English and award-winning fish and chip restaurant found just a short walk from Lincoln's Cathedral Quarter.

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Tips for Families

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Track Down the Lincoln Dinosaurs

Track Down the Lincoln Dinosaurs

Follow dinosaur footprints across the streets of Lincoln this summer - if you dare - to find a must see exhibition at The Collection.

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June 20, 2019

5 Things to Do in Lincoln for Visiting Football Fans

5 Things to Do in Lincoln for Visiting Football Fans

Lincoln has so much to offer, make sure you explore the whole city when visiting Sincil Bank Stadium. Here are our top five things to do when in the city.

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May 21, 2019

See Peregrine Falcons at Lincoln Cathedral

See Peregrine Falcons at Lincoln Cathedral

Peregrine Falcons hatch most years from their nest on Lincoln Cathedral and you can see them for yourselves through the summer thanks to the RSPB.

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