- Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival
If you are visiting Lincoln between 17th May and 1st June then you can also take part in the 10th Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival http://www.woldswalkingfestival.co.uk/ – the biggest festival to date with 128 walks over the 16 days – but don’t forget to book ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
Walks range from gentle one mile strolls on flat terrain to energetic day-long treks up to 20 miles. For the really ambitious there is a 36 mile walk which will take place over two days with an overnight stop in-between!
This year – by popular demand – there will be a small selection of cycle rides ranging from easy family friendly rides of 8-10 miles to more strenuous challenges of 16-17 miles.
And for the Festival Finale, there will be a weekend of events including an open day at Snipe Dales Country Park and craft fair and evening barbeque at the Sir Joseph Banks Centre on the Saturday. Finishing off on the Sunday with a good walk and cake!
A Bit of the History
Launched in 2005, the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival is amongst the largest of its kind in England. Jointly managed by Heritage Lincolnshire and the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service, this is a hands-on partnership between voluntary walk leaders from a range of organisations and the local authorities situated within the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- Pink Pig Farm Adventure
The Pink Pig Farm Adventure is a great place to meet all sorts of animals including curly coated pigs, geese, miniature goats, chickens, ducks, alpacas and guinea pigs. There are lots of activities for children and adults can enjoy the delicious homemade food in the Oink Cafe … even take home some sausages for their supper!
Things to do today…
• Enter through the NEW indoor play area
Sofa seating, proper coffee, homemade cakes and LOADS of soft play!
• Squeeze through the rollers
• Jump on the giant balls
• Wobble on the uneven floors
• Climb to the top and then slide down the wiggly slide (Time may be restricted on busy days)
Don’t stay too long..too much to do outside…
• Say hello to our pigs, sheep, ducks, geese, chickens, rabbits, guineas and Alpacas
• Race our rubber ducks
• Get lost in the wooden maze (Watch out, it’s dark!)
• Slide down our zip wire
• Splash in the water play
• Hold the animals! (Check signs in the play area for times)
• Try the ‘piggy whizzer’
• Play our giant musical instruments
• Take a trailer ride to see our lovely free range pigs (Check in the play area for times, Rides are weather dependent)
• Race the grass toboggans
• Play in our giant sandpits
• Swing in our bale pool
• Ride on the tractors
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- Doddington Hall
Begun in 1595 by Robert Smythson, one of England’s foremost Elizabethan Architects, Doddington Hall was completed in 1600 and has never been sold or cleared out since. An example of a fine late Elizabethan Mansion, it is still a lived-in and much loved family home, alive with history and interest.
Originally built for Thomas Tailor, the registrar to the Bishop of Lincoln, Doddington’s mellow brick exterior with its walled courtyards has barely changed. However, in 1749, the Hall was inherited by John Delaval of Seaton Delaval in Northumberland and he carried out an extensive internal re-decoration, incorporating the light & elegant Georgian style still seen today.
In 1830 Colonel George Jarvis inherited the house from Sarah Gunman, heiress to the property, and the present owners are direct descendants of his.
Over 400 years of unbroken family occupation has resulted in fascinating collections of furniture, weaponry, paintings, ceramics, textiles, household objects, porcelain and a wealth of amusing stories all to be found in and around Doddington Hall.
A visit to Doddington offers a unique insight into family life through the ages and the challenges of looking after such an estate in the 21st century.
For many, the Gardens at Doddington are just as spectacular as the Hall itself. Remaining faithful to the original Elizabethan layout, mellow walls provide the framework for the formal East Front and West Gardens. Beyond the West Gardens begin the lovingly restored Wild Gardens. Over the generations, most recently by Antony and Victoria Jarvis and Claire and James Birch, the gardens at Doddington have been restored, cared for, nurtured and developed to their fullest potential.
Please note only registered assistance dogs are allowed in the gardens.
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- Danwood Lincoln Santa Fun Run & Walk
Head to the streets with 2,000 others on the 15th December for the Danwood Lincoln Santa Fun Run & Walk which is the biggest festive fundraiser in Lincoln. Taking place in the historic Cathedral Quarter, everyone dresses as Santa Claus to raise money for some very deserving local charities.Post a comment
The Lincoln Santa Fun Run & Walk is popular with people of all ages, with every participant getting a FREE finisher’s medal and Santa suit to keep. The two lap fun run course is approximately 3.5km long, starting and finishing in Castle Square, with many people also choosing to walk, sometimes with pushchairs or their pet dog!
This year’s event is raising money for Alzheimer’s Society, British Heart Foundation (Lincoln), Candles, Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, Samaritans (Lincoln), St Barnabas Hospice Lincolnshire & local Rotary charities. Last year’s event sold out, so don’t forget to enter early to avoid disappointment.
- Reindeer Parade
Don’t miss Santa and his reindeer parade on 12th December from the Cathedral Quarter, through Lincoln city centre and rest at Lincoln Cornhill.Post a comment
Where would Santa be without his faithful reindeer? During the Reindeer Parade, Santa rides his sleigh through the city pulled by real reindeer.
The Reindeer Parade starts at 6pm from Bailgate making its way down to Castle Hill, down Steep Hill and finishing at Lincoln Cornhill.
Follow the parade or watch as it passes by and get your photo taken with the reindeer and Santa on Lincoln Cornhill.
- Lincoln Christmas Market
Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter will be taken over by stalls, entertainers and seasonal themes from 5th -8th December for four days of festive entertainment and shopping at the famous Lincoln Christmas Market.Post a comment
The famous Lincoln Christmas Market celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and takes place in Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter. Visitors to the market will be sure to soak up the festive atmosphere across this large market site, with more than 280 stalls nestled in and around Lincoln Castle, Cathedral, the Lawn complex and many other venues and streets along the way.
There is something for everyone, from unusual gifts to food and drink from near and far, not to mention a whole host of entertainment for all the family to enjoy.
Enjoy the scents of mulled wine and freshly cooked food, the sounds of entertainment, music and merriment and the sights of this market in this stunning, historic city.
- Lincoln Ice Rink
You can skate on real ice – from the 30th November to 31st December – at Lincoln’s ice rink in City Square. The ice rink is truly magical and sure to get you into the Christmas spirit.
The Lincoln Ice Rink is perfect for an evening with friends or a family day out and penguin-shaped aids are available to help introduce children to skating to help them stand as they skate over the ice.
The rink is open from 10am till 9pm daily and skating sessions start on the hour and last 45 minutes. The last session starts at 8pm. Please note that the rink will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Interesting Facts about skatingPost a comment
• One hour skating burns around 500 calories, so it’s not a bad way to help with the Christmas indulgences!
• The rink is 25m long and 15m wide
• Around 20,000 people come to skate at the Lincoln ice rink each year
• It takes 10 days to build the ice rink ready to skate on
• The ice rink is made of 100% real ice
• The first Lincoln ice rink was held in 2005
- Lincolnshire Christmas Food and Gift Fair
From 23-24th November get down to the Lincolnshire Showground to kick start your Christmas with it’s second biggest annual event – the Food and Gift fair. A mix of delicious local produce, gift stalls, craft workshops, cookery demonstrations, an artisan bread step by step guide and wreath making classes make this event a great day out!Post a comment
The fair has been running for 13 years and now, over a decade later, the fair spans two indoor halls and a large marquee.
You can browse 200 stalls and watch animated cookery demo’s from the cheeky Dominic Franks and home cook extraordinaire Amy Claridge, not to mention the educational classes from Uncle Henry’s Head Butcher Louise and bread making master Pete Welbourne.
What’s more, Tempo Promotes duo Serena and Julie running card making workshops, while Flowers by Suzanne run a ‘how to make a Christmas wreath’ session all for free, with more to be announced nearer the date.
Families can take time out from shopping in the cafe for a carved turkey and cranberry sandwich or freshly made soups with crusty rolls. While foodies will feast upon the best hog roasts, Lincolnshire sausages, devilishly good roasties cooked in duck fat or sweet and savoury crepes and stonebaked pizza’s cooked in 90 seconds flat in the outdoor marquee.
You’ll find your Christmas dinner inspiration, presents for loved ones, scrumptious foods and drinks to keep you happy throughout the festive season and ultimately a great day out – at the Lincolnshire Christmas Food and Gift Fair.
- Christmas Lights in Lincoln
On the 21st November, come along to Lincoln for the annual fun-packed November Christmas Lights Switch On at St Marks Shopping Centre and on High Street, Lincoln.Post a comment
Come along and see the Lincoln Christmas lights being switched on by Sue Hodge – famously known as Mimi Labonq from ‘Allo ‘Allo. The lights make the city feel magical and this evening is sure to get you into the spirit of Christmas.
The High Street action begins outside St. Benedict’s from 6pm with a procession leaving the Guildhall at 6.45pm heading down to the stage. Shops in the area and across the High Street Quarter will be staying open late through the evening too to help you get a head start on your Christmas shopping.
- Walking Routes – Lincoln
There are some great walks at Whisby Nature Park. It offers a variety of walks to include the different lakes and habitats in the park. These walking areas cover almost 6.5 miles.
The Nature Park hosts a range of guided walks throughout the year. These walks are hosted by the Wardens based at the reserve.
Or you can take a short Roman Canal Walk; the City of Lincoln is steeped in history from the old iron age settlements, to the Romans, the Normans and through the industrial age. It also has a rich heritage of nature as it’s situated in the middle of a large countryside with fields stretching away for miles.Post a comment