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1217 Battle of Lincoln

  • May 20, 2017
  • 9:00am to 4:30pm

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Commemorating the 800th anniversary

A packed day full of activities and events across Lincoln to mark the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Battle of Lincoln.

The 20th May 1217 was a key date in English history as the Battle of Lincoln Fair was waged on the streets of Lincoln, in and around Lincoln Castle.

To mark the anniversary, events and activities across the city will include:

Battle of Lincoln Re-enactment

The climax of the day's activities will be a faithful re-enactment of the 1217 Battle of Lincoln on Castle Hill and Minster Yard outside Lincoln Cathedral from 2pm.

Much of the fighting took place here in 1217 so you can expect a lot of action and excitement!

Family Cycle Ride

A group of cyclists will be marking the Battle this week by cycling from the grave of William Marshall in Temple Church, London, via Clare and Stamford to Newark from May 17th - 19th. On the anniversary itself, they will follow the route of William's army from Newark Castle to Lincoln.

Join in with the final stretch on a family bike ride from Burton Waters, down the Fosse Navigation, to Lincoln to join with the procession in the city. Tabards will be provided to all young riders.

Arrive at The Woodcocks at Burton Waters at 11:30am for coffee and bacon sandwiches, to leave at 12:15pm 4 miles along the waterfront. Arrival at the Brayford Waterfront will be at 1pm where bikes can be secured and the procession joined at 1:30pm.

Cost per family will be £12.17 to cover the cost of drinks, food, and tabards.

Launch of the Lincoln Knights' Trail

The 36 sculptures of the Lincoln Knights' Trail will be launched 800 years to the day since the 1217 Battle of Lincoln. The arts trail commemorates the Battle with 36 knight sculptures across Lincoln city centre.

The sculptures have been sponsored by local businesses and painted individually by talented artists. After the trail, they will be auctioned to raise money for The Nomad Trust and to create at Art and Innovation Fund for the City of Lincoln.

Follow the trail on the day and discover the clues for a prize! The trail will run until September 3rd.

Lincoln Castle: Preparing for Battle

Over the weekend, the army of King Henry III will be preparing for the Battle of Lincoln in the Lincoln Castle grounds. See the artisan at work preparing bows and arrows, the Castle garrison being drilled under the watchful eye of the Castellan, and witness the arrival of the Kings champion William Marshall.

Entry to the displays in the Castle are subject to entry fee: adults £12, concessions £9.60, children (ages 5 - 16) £7.20, under 5s free.

Medieval Farmers' Market

Lincoln Farmers' Market on Castle Hill will have a Medieval twist on this day with stall holders in period dress to create a great atmosphere. It will be open from 9am - 4pm.

Medieval Story Telling

Hear stories of Medieval England at locations across Lincoln.


Join a Medieval procession of shields and flags from Stonebow and Guildhall, up Steep Hill to Lincoln Cathedral to see an re-enactment of the Battle of Lincoln's key moments.

The procession begins at 1:30pm to arrive at Lincoln Cathedral in time for the 2pm display. Don't forget to make your shields at workshops across the city between 11am and 1:30pm to join the procession.

Shield Making Workshops

Create your own Medieval shield to join in with the day's activities at locations across the city. Workshops will be running from 11am - 1:30pm at:

Don't miss the procession up Steep Hill from the Stonebow and Guildhall at 1:30pm.

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Saturday 20th May: activities take place from 9am - 4:30pm.

Highlights include:

  • Shield making workshops: 11am - 1:30pm
  • Procession: 1:30pm
  • Battle of Lincoln Re-enactment: 2pm

All activities are free, unless otherwise stated.

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