Discover Lincolnshire Weekend 2018

  • March 24, 2018 to March 25, 2018
  • All Day

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Free things to do in Lincoln

Discover Lincolnshire in March with a weekend of free entry to many of Lincoln city and countryside's attractions, plus other free activities and special offers.

As well as enjoying the shopping and food available throughout Lincoln, visitors and residents alike can also explore some of Lincolnshire’s most fascinating attractions free of charge during Discover Lincolnshire Weekend.

Highlights include free rides on Lincon's open-top tour bus and free entry to Lincoln Cathedral. There are many other attractions across the city that are free to enter over the weekend, as they are all year long.

Activities in Lincoln city and countryside include:

Cogglesford Watermill

Cogglesford Watermill will be teaming up with the Lincoln Longwools Association to feature one of Lincoln's most recognisable breeds. Come along and see these remarkable animals from young lambs to full grown rams. You can also see the fleece being spun into wool and have a go yourself.

Open on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March from 11am - 4:30pm.

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Explore the history of RAF College Cranwell in the 100th anniversary year of the Royal Air Force at the heritage museum. The museum is open for free throughout the year, but for this weekend you can also try one of Lincolnshire's most famous delicacies for free: Lincolnshire Pum bread.

Open Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March, 10am - 4pm.

Jew's Court

Guided tours will be given of the A Grade I listed Jew's Court, a 13th century building on Steep Hill, traditionally thought to be on the site of a Medieval Synagogue. The building is now home to the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology (SLHA) and their well-stocked bookshop selling a wide selection of new and secondhand books and postcards.

The free tours will be available on both Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March starting at 10:15am until 4pm (last tour at 3:15pm).

Lincoln Castle

The grounds of Lincoln Castle will be open for free, as usual. Tours of the grounds (usually included with inclusive tickets) will also run for free throughout the weekend. Visit the gift shop or ticket office for details and to find out how to join a tour. The castle is open from 10am – 4pm (grounds close 4.30pm).

Access to the Medieval Wall Walk, Victorian Prison, and Magna Carta Vault is be general admission: Adult £13.50; Concession £11; Child (ages 5 - 16) £7.20; Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £34.20.

Lincoln Cathedral

Entry to Lincoln Cathedral will be free throughout the weekend from 7:15am til 6pm (5pm on Sunday). Access is restricted on Sunday due to regular services. Tours of the floor and roof will take place through the day at a fee of £4 per person.

On Saturday 24th rehearsals will be taking place during the day for a performance of JS Bach's St Matthew Passion in the evening. Tickets for the evening performance start at £5 per person.

Lincoln Guildhall

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Chris Burke, and the Civic Party, welcome you to visit Lincoln’s Historic Guildhall which will be open on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th March from 10am - 4pm.

Don’t miss this opportunity to view the City’s Civic regalia, including the sword of Richard II, Mayor’s Chains of Office and Mayor’s posy ring, and learn more about the historic Freemen and the role they play in Lincoln.

Donations to the Mayor’s Charity are always gratefully received; this year’s Mayoral Charity is the Lincoln Foodbanks and Community Larders.

Manor House Stables

The stables, located between Lincoln and Sleafordm will be opening its doors to all on a special themed ‘Victory in the Kitchen’ day on Sunday 25th March from 10am - 4pm.

There will be many goodies awaiting for you to try as well as a small exhibition you can have a look at about the role of the Land Army girls in Lincolnshire in the second World War and what it was like living and cooking during this time.

You will be able to sample a range of recipes including Woolton Pie, Beetroot pudding, Carrot buns, Parsnip Pudding, Oatmeal sausages, Eggless Fruit Loaf, the National Loaf, Potato Bread and Carrot & Apple jam plus more!

Medieval Bishops' Palace

Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace celebrates their re-open this weekend following extensive conservation work in 2017.

Admission is free all weekend and there'll be garden games (weather permitting), site tours throughout both days, as well as the chance to sample a wide range of fruit wines, spirits and own label jams, chutneys and preserves.

The Bishops' Palace will be open on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th from 10am to 4pm (last admission to site 3.30pm).

Navigation House

Explore the history of travel and trade by canal from Sleaford's Navigation House - open for free throughout the year but offering free Lincolnshire Plum bread to visitors for the weekend.

Open Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March, 12pm - 4pm.

Open-Top Sightseeing Bus

Take a ride on Lincoln's open-top bus for free to get the best overview of Lincoln in the city - all in under one hour - on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March. The ride also provides great views of the Cathedral Quarter, Brayford Waterfront, and across the countryside.

Tickets for the top deck are avalable to book below; bottom-deck places will be offered first-come first-serve on the day. Tours take place every hour from 10:30am to 3:30pm and last around 50 minutes. Unclaimed top-deck tickets will also be offered on the day so arrive early to get the best spot!

Street Food Festival

Street food from around the world will be on offer on Lincoln High Street into the evening, with seating, a bar, and live music on Lincoln Cornhill for the Lincoln Street Food Festival.

The festival takes place from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th March, open from 9am - 9pm Thursday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm on Sunday.

Visit Lincoln Instameet

Meet local Instagrammers and 'gram around the city to win prizes at the Visit Lincoln Instameet. The event takes place in Lincoln Cathedral's Chapter House at 11am on Saturday 24th March.

Across Lincolnshire

  • Boggle Lane Foods, Claxby, LN8 3YY
    Free guided walk in and around Claxby’s beautiful Wolds scenery, foraging for delicious herbs. Boggle Lane Foods Founder, Nikki, will show you how to make an amazing pesto with your foraged goodies and you’ll get to have a free taste of what she makes and receive a special offer on the Boggle Lane ready meal range. Contact Boggle Lane Foods for more details.
    Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March, 2pm - 4pm.
  • The Broadbent Theatre, Wickenby, Lincoln, LN3 5AW
    Discover the theatre named in memory of Roy, father of Jim Broadbent (Oscar winning actor), a conversion of the Free United Methodist Chapel, built 1878, carried out by volunteers with resources some of which provided by Roy who died just before the first performance. You will be amazed when you enter this wonderful 100 seat theatre.
    Free entry between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March. Refreshments available.
  • Hall Farm Park, South Kelsey, LN7 6PR
    One child can enter the real working farm park for free with two full paying admissions. See the Hall Farm Park website for more details.
    Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March, open 10am - 5pm.
  • Heckington Windmill, Heckington, NG34 9JW
    The stunning windmill will be open all weekend with free admission, including demonstrations by members of the Lincolnshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.
  • The Hive Cafe, Hill Holt Wood, Norton Disney, LN6 9JP
    The cafe at Hill Holt Wood will be open on Sunday 25th March from 9:30am - 4pm serving free hot drinks refills alongside locally sourced breakfasts and cakes.
  • Lincolnshire Road and Transport Museum, North Hykeham, LN6 3QT
    There will be free admission to the museum on Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 4pm to explore the collection of vintage vehicles and learn about the history of transport. Sunday will also see a free classic bus service linking the Museum with the city centre. See the LVVS website for details.
  • Old Nick Police Museum, Gainsborough, DN21 2AY
    Free entry to the police museum: explore the Victorian change room, cells, and exercise yards of the Lincolnshire Constabulary Dividional Headquarters from 1860 - 1974. Find out more on the Old Nick Police Museum website.
    Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March, 11am - 3pm.
  • Total Fitness, Lincoln, LN6 3TA
    Discover the facilities at Total Fitness with free usage of gym, pool (including family pool and hydrotherapy), heat treatments, and 1-1 gym sessions all weekend.
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Tour Lincoln - 24/3/18, 10:30am FREE Sold Out
Tour Lincoln - 24/3/18, 11:30am FREE Sold Out
Tour Lincoln - 24/3/18, 12:30pm FREE Sold Out
Tour Lincoln - 24/3/18, 1:30pm FREE Sold Out
Tour Lincoln - 24/3/18, 2:30pm FREE Sold Out
Tour Lincoln - 24/3/18, 3:30pm FREE Sold Out
Tour Lincoln - 25/3/18, 10:30am FREE Sold Out
Tour Lincoln - 25/3/18, 11:30am FREE Sold Out
Tour Lincoln - 25/3/18, 12:30pm FREE Sold Out
Tour Lincoln - 25/3/18, 1:30pm FREE Sold Out
Tour Lincoln - 25/3/18, 2:30pm FREE Sold Out
Tour Lincoln - 25/3/18, 3:30pm FREE Sold Out

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