What’s on this August: Our 6 picks

The last month of summer is just around the corner, but don’t despair. From sport to Shakespeare, there are plenty of events around Lincoln for everyone, and most of them won’t cost a penny. Here are a few of The Lincolnite’s top picks:

Table Tennis public marathon

August 2 | Cornhill Square | Price: Free

Brought to Lincoln by Search Party and the Lincoln Art Programme, the public are invited to test their ping pong skilsl and team spirit by taking part in a two-day marathon of the sport. The session also includes live commentary, and expects inspired team talk. You can take part by just cheering on the Lincoln team too.

Fancy Rat Pet Initiative

August 14, 1pm | Fiskerton Village Hall | Price: Free

One for all the family, the Pet Iniative is brought to Fiskerton village (near Lincoln) by the North of England Rat Society, and aims to improve people’s relationship and understanding with pet rats. Alongside this, there’s plenty to watch and do, such as agility courses, competions, make-and-do and a ‘cuddle corner’.

Medieval Market

August 14 – 15 | Lincoln Castle | Price: From £4.30

Lincoln Castle takes a step back in time with the Medieval Market. Rows of stall merchants will be selling medieval wears, such as wood craft. Treat the family to living history displays and demonstrations of forgotten arts and lots more. For the price guide, click here.

Artificial Beach

August 16 – September 6 | City Square | Price: Free

For those unable to get to the beach this summer, Lincoln BIG are bringing the beach to Lincoln. The company, in an attempt to get more traffic to the Cornhill and Sincil Street shopping areas, will be erecting a sandy beach on the City Square for all to use. Get the bucket and spades at the ready!

Lincoln Pride 2010

August 21 | University campus and Engine Shed | Price: From £4 for the After Party

Lincoln Pride is back, celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual and transexual lives. To kick things off, there will be plenty of stalls and activities throughtout the day on the University’s campus around LPAC and the Engine Shed.

The event even has X-Factor finalist Danyl Johnson, Britain’s Got Talent finalist Shaun Smith, and a Lady GaGa tribute artist performing on stage. In the evening, get down to the Engine Shed, where the official After Party begins. Radio 1’s Aled Jones will be DJing alongside DJ Lefty.

Lincoln Shakespeare Festival 2010

August 27 – 29 | Uphill Lincoln | Price: Free excluding plays

The historic nature of uphill Lincoln will be alive with Shakespeare‘s spirit at the end of August. From plays in outdoor theatres to sword fights and literature writing workshops, the Lincoln Shakespeare Festival is pulling out all the stops to create an Elizabethan atmosphere over the summer’s final weekend.