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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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Villages & Countryside, 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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City of Lincoln, Lincoln Suburbs

Boultham Park

Boultham Park

Take a walk around Boultham Park's lake, play in the children's playground or enjoy the annual fair just south of Lincoln city centre.

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Villages & Countryside, 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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Cathedral Quarter

Bricklive: Outer Space

May 1, 2019 to June 2, 2019
10:00am to 5:00pm
Lincoln Castle
Bricklive: Outer Space

A stunning collection of LEGO® brick models that are really out of the world displayed across Lincoln Castle: a great day out in the 50th anniversary year of the first Moon landings.

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High Street

The ‘Show Comes to Town

May 25, 2019
10:00am to 3:00pm
Lincoln Cornhill
The ‘Show Comes to Town

FREE

Join the organisers of the Lincolnshire Show in City Square for a sneak peek at what this year's event has to offer.

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City of Lincoln, Cathedral Quarter

Knight School at Lincoln Castle

May 25, 2019 to June 2, 2019
10:30am to 4:30pm
Lincoln Castle
Knight School at Lincoln Castle

Especially for half term, the Victorian Prison Yard transforms into our medieval Knight School.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Doddington Iris Week 2019

May 26, 2019 to June 2, 2019
11:00am to 4:30pm
Doddington Hall & Gardens
Doddington Iris Week 2019

Enjoy the enchanting beauty of the famous Doddington Iris display in the romantic setting of Doddington Hall's Walled West Garden.

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Cathedral Quarter, Cultural Quarter

Lincolnshire Archaeology Festival

May 28, 2019 to June 2, 2019
10:00am to 4:00pm
Lincolnshire Archaeology Festival

FREE

Explore archaeological finds in Lincolnshire at historic sites and venues across the county with workshops, tours, and a conference.

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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Cycle Fest

June 1, 2019
10:00am to 4:00pm
Doddington Hall & Gardens
Cycle Fest

FREE

Join Access Lincoln for a free, fun packed day at Doddington Hall, celebrating all things cycling.

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Places To Eat Or Drink
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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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City of Lincoln, 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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Villages & Countryside, 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

April 8, 2019

24 Hours in Lincoln on a Budget

24 Hours in 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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April 1, 2019

Autism Friendly Sessions at Lincoln Castle in 2019

Autism Friendly Sessions at Lincoln Castle in 2019

Young children with autism and their families can explore Lincoln Castle during an exclusive hour before opening hours during special Castle Explorers sessions.

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January 31, 2019

Jump INC Opens Lincoln’s First Trampoline and Inflatable Theme Park

Jump INC Opens Lincoln’s First Trampoline and Inflatable Theme Park

Lincoln is jumping for joy as Jump Inc announce the long-awaited launch of the city’s first indoor trampoline park and inflatable soft play.

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