Lincolnshire

Free attractions for the whole family on Discover Lincolnshire Weekend

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A programme of events and free attractions will be open to the public as part of Discover Lincolnshire Weekend on March 24 to 25.

The annual celebration includes free entry to many Lincoln and countryside’s attractions, as well as other activities and special offers.

Here are all the places you can celebrate Discover Lincolnshire Weekend:


Street Food Festival

Lincoln Street Food Festival

When: Thursday, March 22 to Sunday, March 25 from 9am-9pm (9am-5pm on Sunday) Where: Lincoln High Street

  • As previously reported Lincoln’s re-arranged Street Food festival returns offering a wide range of cuisines from Spanish tapas and Greek moussaka to delicious crepes and galettes
  • Hot favourites from Jamaica, Thailand and Mexico will also be up for grabs.
  • Outdoor seating will be provided in The Cornhill area of the city.
  • A fully-licensed Polish bar and live music will also be available

Instameet at Chapterhouse

Lincoln Cathedral Chapterhouse,Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

When: Saturday, March 24 at 11am Where: Lincoln Cathedral Chapterhouse

Meet local Instagrammers and post around the city to win prizes.

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Cogglesford Watermill, Sleaford

Cogglesford Watermill in Sleaford. Photo: North Kesteven District Council

When: Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4.30pm

  • Discover the history of the watermill and see it in operation for the first time this year
  • Visitors will have the chance to see Lincolnshire Long Wool Sheep and other animals.
  • See the fleece being spun into wool and people can also have a go at doing it

Lincoln Cathedral

When: Saturday and Sunday

  • Entry will be free throughout the weekend from 7.15am-6pm (5pm on Sunday), although access is restricted on Sunday due to regular services
  • Tours of the floor will take place through the day priced at £4 per person
  • On Saturday rehearsals will be taking place during the day for a performance of JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion in the evening, with tickets for the evening performance starting at £5 per person.

Lincoln Castle

Photo: Emily Norton for Lincolnshire Reporter

When: Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm (grounds close 4.30pm)

  • The grounds of the 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 for details and to find out how to join a tour
  • Access to the Medieval Wall Walk, Victorian Prison and Magna Carta Vault is general admission, with adults £13.50, concessions £11 and children (ages 5 – 16) £7.20. Families (up to 2 adults and 3 children) is priced at £34.20.

Navigation House, Sleaford

Navigation House in Sleaford. Photo: North Kesteven District Council

When: Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-4pm

  • Explore the history of travel and trade by canal, open free throughout the year
  • Free Lincolnshire Plum bread to visitors this weekend
  • Across Navigation Wharf, stop by the National Centre for Craft and Design and the latest exhibition ‘Upholstery: Evolution to Revolution’ including a free activity called ‘The Memory Chair’
  • Enjoy a free family activity, pick up crayons and paper from The National Centre for Craft and Design and complete rubbings of 18 bronze roundels to make up the trail to receive a discount in the cafe
  • Sleaford Museum will also be open all weekend from 10am-3pm where you can explore the history of Sleaford’s past

Tour Lincoln bus

The Tour Lincoln open-top bus.

When: Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am to 3.30pm Where: Citywide

  • The free bus ride provides great views of the Cathedral Quarter, Brayford Waterfront and across the countryside
  • According to Visit Lincoln’s website the top deck tickets have all gone. Bottom-deck places will be offered first-come first-serve on the day
  • Unclaimed top-deck tickets will also be offered on the day so arriving early is advised
  • Tours take place every hour and last around 50 minutes.

Lincoln Guildhall

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

When: Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, 10am-4pm Where: Lincoln Guildhall

  • The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Chris Burke and the Civic Party are inviting people to visit Lincoln’s historic Guildhall
  • Opportunity to view the City’s Civic regalia, including the sword of Richard II and the Mayor’s Chains of Office
  • Donations can be made to the Mayor’s charity – Lincoln Foodbanks and Community Larders

Medieval Bishops’ Palace

Lincoln Medieval Bishops’ Palace

When:Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm (last admission 3.30pm) Where: Medieval Bishops’ Palace, south side of cathedral

  • Lincoln Medieval Bishops’ Palace celebrates re-opening this weekend after extensive conservation work in 2017
  • Free admission all weekend with garden games (weather permitting), site tours and the chance to sample a wide range of fruit wines, spirits and own label jams, chutneys and preserves.

Other events scheduled for across the county:

Boggle Lane Foods, Claxby
Saturday and Sunday, 2pm-4pm
Free guided walk in and around Claxby’s beautiful Wolds scenery and founder Nikki will show people how to make an amazing pesto with foraged goods, including a free taste of what she makes and a special offer on the Boggle Lane ready meal range.
Click here for further details

The Broadbent Theatre, Wickenby, Lincoln
Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm with free entry
Discover the theatre named in memory of Roy, father of Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent with refreshments available
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Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum
Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm
The museum is open for free throughout the year, but for this weekend people can also try Lincolnshire Plum bread for free
For further information click here

Hall Farm Park, South Kelsey
Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm
One child can enter the real working farm park for free with two full paying admissions.
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Heckington Windmill, Heckington
Saturday and Sunday
The windmill will be open all weekend with free admission, including demonstrations by members of the Lincolnshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.
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The Hive Cafe, Hill Holt Wood, Norton Disney
Sunday, 9.30am-4pm
The cafe will be open serving free hot drinks refills alongside locally sourced breakfast and cakes

Jew’s Court
Saturday and Sunday
Free guided tours will be given on both days from 10.15am to 4pm (last tour at 3.15pm)
For more information click here

Lincolnshire Road and Transport Museum, North Hykeham
Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm
Explore the collection of vintage vehicles and learn about the history of transport. On Sunday there will be a free classic bus service lining the museum with the city centre.
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Manor House Stables, Martin
Sunday, March 25, 10am-4pm
The stables located between Lincoln and Sleaford will be opening its doors to all on a special themed ‘Victory in the Kitchen’ day with a cooking demonstration and many goodies waiting to be tried.
For further details click here

Old Nick Police Museum, Gainsborough
Saturday and Sunday, 11am-3pm
Free entry to the police museum and explore the Victorian change room, cells and exercise yards
For more information click here

Total Fitness, Lincoln
Saturday and Sunday
Discover the facilities with free usage of gym, pool (including family pool and hydrotherapy), heat treatments and one-to-one gym sessions all weekend.
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