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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21-30 miles from Lincoln

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre

Experience Lincolnshire's aviation heritage at close quarters with a guided tour of the RAF's heritage aircraft hangar.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Bransby Horses

Bransby Horses

A rescue centre which is home to more than 400 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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High Street

THOR’s Tipi Bar

November 9, 2018 to December 31, 2018
10:00am to 11:00pm
Lincoln Cornhill
THOR’s Tipi Bar

FREE

A Viking-inspired winter wonderland in the heart of Lincoln city centre, serving real ale, mulled wine, hot chocolate, and grilled cheese - complete with roaring fires, cosy furs and twinkling lights.

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High Street

Foodie Friday

November 16, 2018
10:00am to 7:00pm
Lincoln City Square
Foodie Friday

FREE

Taste the Street Cafe Culture, from fresh drinks and street food to fresh local produce, on City Square every Friday.

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High Street

Being Human

November 17, 2018
10:00am to 4:00pm
University of Lincoln
Being Human

FREE

A pop-up archaeology exhibition in the Waterside Shopping Centre to learn about the post-war approach to social housing.

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Cathedral Quarter

Dog Friendly Weekend

November 17, 2018 to November 18, 2018
10:00am to 5:00pm
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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High Street

Foodie Friday

November 23, 2018
10:00am to 7:00pm
Lincoln City Square
Foodie Friday

FREE

Taste the Street Cafe Culture, from fresh drinks and street food to fresh local produce, on City Square every Friday.

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High Street

Christmas Lights Switch On 2018

November 23, 2018
4:45pm to 7:30pm
High Street
Christmas Lights Switch On 2018

FREE

Start the countdown to Christmas at the annual fun-packed Christmas Lights Switch On at St Marks Shopping Centre, Lincoln High Street, and Waterside Shopping Centre.

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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

August 1, 2018

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 2, 2018

100 Voices Trails Launched to Celebrate RAF Centenary

100 Voices Trails Launched to Celebrate RAF Centenary

Eight new walking and cycling trails across the city and county have launched for the summer of 2018 in celebration of the centenary of the RAF.

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June 21, 2017

‘Lincoln Loves Kids’ Launches for 2017 at Lincolnshire Show

‘Lincoln Loves Kids’ Launches for 2017 at Lincolnshire Show

The second 'Lincoln Loves Kids' brochure is launching at the Lincolnshire Show after the pilot project smashed its targets last year.

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