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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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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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Doddington Hall & Gardens

Doddington Hall & Gardens

Doddington Hall is a privately owned fine late Elizabethan Mansion with stunning gardens, located just outside Lincoln.

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What's On
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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Historical Hall of Fame

March 30, 2018 to September 2, 2018
10:00am to 5:00pm
Gainsborough Old Hall
Historical Hall of Fame

A selection of iconic costumes from historical films and television in exhibition at the 15th century manor house Gainsborough Old Hall.

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Citywide

100 Voices Trails

May 5, 2018 to September 3, 2018
All Day
100 Voices Trails

FREE

Four walking and four cycling trails covering 100 stops around Lincoln and the surrounding countryside to commemorate 100 years of the RAF.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Film, Folk & Family Fun Festival

June 22, 2018 to June 23, 2018
11:00am to 11:00pm
Stourton Estates
Film, Folk & Family Fun Festival

A festival of outdoor cinema, folk music, food and drink, workshops, and deer safaris on the Stourton Estate.

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High Street

Music in the Garden

June 23, 2018
11:00am to 4:00pm
St Marks Shopping Centre
Music in the Garden

FREE

Relax and enjoy free music performances in the garden at St Marks Shopping Centre.

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Cathedral Quarter

Medieval Clash of Steel

June 23, 2018 to June 24, 2018
11:00am to 4:30pm
Lincoln Castle
Medieval Clash of Steel

Immerse yourself in the 15th Century to see a Tournament of Knights competing on foot with swords, bows and poleaxes.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Pistons in the Park 2018

June 30, 2018 to July 1, 2018
10:00am to 6:00pm
Lincolnshire Showground
Pistons in the Park 2018

An eclectic mix of the icons of transport from across the generations at the Lincolnshire Showground - a family event set to be the largest motoring festival in Lincolnshire, one definitely not to be missed!

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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

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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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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