Visitors to the 1,000 Years of Traditional Crafts event at Lincoln Castle this weekend can get an exclusive extra — a behind-the-scenes tour of the £22 million restoration scheme.
The weekend of traditional craft events takes place on May 31 and June 1 and the grounds will be filled with craftspeople demonstrating more than 50 traditional crafts and skills, from blacksmithing to willow weaving and stonemasonry.
Visitors will be able to stroll around the special demonstration areas and also have a go themselves by trying their hands at one of the short courses taking place in the castle’s Heritage Skills Centre.
This year there will also be a chance to go behind the scenes of the Lincoln Castle Revealed restoration to see first hand the traditional skills and techniques used in the project.
Hard-hat tours of the wall works, prison and Magna Carta Vault will also take place throughout the weekend.
Admission to the event (open 10am to 6pm on both days) costs £6.50 for adults, £5.20 for concessions, £3.90 for children, and £16.90 for a family (two adults and up to three children).
The ongoing Lincoln Castle Revealed project aims to transform the Norman structure into a world-class heritage visitor attraction for April 2015 – the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.
Lincoln’s own original copy of the Magna Carta is currently on US tour and will be back in time for the anniversary of the document and the launch of the refurbished castle.
Visitors can look forward to new castle walks, an underground state-of-the-art Magna Carta Vault, an “in the round’ cinema, shop and cafe.