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, Cultural Quarter, Lincoln Suburbs, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Aviation Trail

Aviation Trail

Lincoln has a rich aviation heritage stretching from the UK's early aviation history through to the present day. Explore this hidden side of Lincoln with the Aviation Trail.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Bransby Horses

Bransby Horses

A rescue centre which is home to more than 350 horses, ponies, and donkeys ready for you to meet.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Discover the fascinating story of the historic Royal Air Force College Cranwell and become a pilot on the Jet Provost flight simulator.

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What's On
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Citywide

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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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Uncle Henry’s Maize Maze

July 22, 2017 to September 3, 2017
10:00am to 3:00pm
Uncle Henry’s
Uncle Henry’s Maize Maze

Explore an amazing maize maze at Uncle Henry's Farm this summer - perfect for young and old to enjoy.

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Cathedral Quarter

Medieval Clash at Lincoln Castle

July 22, 2017 to July 23, 2017
11:00am to 4:30pm
Lincoln Castle
Medieval Clash at Lincoln Castle

Experience a Medieval wedding, celebrations, a Knights' tournament, archery, arms and armour, with a spectacular finale, at Lincoln Castle.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Summer of Imagination

July 23, 2017 to September 3, 2017
11:00am to 4:30pm
Doddington Hall & Gardens
Summer of Imagination

A herd of galloping unicorns, a dragon's lair, talking trees, workshops, and artists make up an exciting summer programme at Doddington Hall & Gardens.

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Cultural Quarter

Lincoln Archaeology Festival

July 24, 2017 to July 28, 2017
10:00am to 4:00pm
The Collection
Lincoln Archaeology Festival

FREE

Discover Lincoln's archaeology at a week long festival of archaeological history and fun at The Collection this July.

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High Street

Lincoln Beach

July 24, 2017 to September 3, 2017
10:00am to 4:00pm
Lincoln City Square
Lincoln Beach

FREE

The beach comes to Lincoln city centre, complete with deckchairs, special appearances from Punch and Judy and of course lots of sand!

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Places To Eat Or Drink
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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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Cathedral Quarter

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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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Doddington Hall Café

Doddington Hall Café

The award winning farm shop and café at Doddington Hall serves great quality coffee, cakes and snacks. Breakfasts and lunches also served.

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Tips for Families

October 21, 2016

Chris Jarvis: Family Days Out

Chris Jarvis: Family Days Out

CBeebies’ Chris Jarvis has been speaking to us about family days out, fresh from entertaining children in Lincoln at the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival.

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August 5, 2016

Chris Jarvis: Chamber Music for Children

Chris Jarvis: Chamber Music for Children

The Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival includes two child-friendly performances, featuring CBeebies' Chris Jarvis as narrator. Chris told us about chamber music's benefits for kids and some of his own musical inspiration.

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February 19, 2016

Lincoln on a Budget

Lincoln on a Budget

The Cathedral City of Lincoln: history, culture, great food and a fantastic atmosphere. The perfect place for a break – even on a budget.

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The ​Visit Lincoln Partnership is the official Destination Management Organisation for Lincoln city and countryside.

Lincoln Mums is part of Great British Mums, the UK’s only network of hyper-local online magazines dedicated to providing support, guidance and information for all mums in their local areas.

Lincolnshire Heritage Services is part of Lincolnshire County Council and runs heritage sites across the county.

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