Uphill Lincoln car parks go free for late night shopping

Car parks in uphill Lincoln will be free for one evening only due to the return of late night shopping and to help support independent retailers.

Lincoln BIG negotiated with the City of Lincoln Council to make parking in The Lawns, Westate, Castle, St Paul’s Lane and Langworthgate free between 3pm and 7pm on July 4.

July 4 will bring Independence Day to the city, where a special celebration will take place to highlight Lincoln’s best attractions and independent retailers.

This will be followed by Lincoln’s Alive After Five late night shopping on Thursday evenings, when shops remain open up to two hours longer than usual.

This includes retailers based in The Strait, Steep Hill and Bailgate area, as well as High Street brands.

Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: “After a long winter and a challenging Spring, it will be great to have another reason to celebrate and bring back some of the festive atmosphere that surrounded the 2012 Summer Olympics and Torch Relay.

“On July 4, the Brayford Waterfront and the Brayford Pool itself will be given a real stateside flavour, with cheerleaders, skateboarders, a roller skating derby, American football, a New Orleans Jazz Band and fireworks from a barge moored in Brayford Pool.

“At the same time, during national Independents’ Day, shoppers will be encouraged to visit as many of the city’s independently-run stores as possible, and discover how they play a key role in making Lincoln a unique place in which to shop, relax and enjoy a meal.”