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Get ready for the Lincoln Festival and Bike Fest

The countdown has begun to a weekend of colourful carnival costumes, bikes, music and fun activities as the city prepares for the Lincoln Festival and Lincoln Bike Fest.

Lincoln Festival & Carnival

The 2014 Lincoln Festival & Carnival, which will be based around the Brayford Waterfront, University of Lincoln and the city centre, takes place on Saturday, June 14.

This year’s festival has a Commonwealth theme and will offer fun activities for all the family from 10am through to 10pm.

Organised by Lincoln BIG and the University of Lincoln, there will be something to interest all ages, from tots to teens and older adults.

People will be able to enjoy entertainment on the viewing platform on the waterfront and on the large stage on the university campus.

Photo: Steve Smailes for the Lincolnite
Photo: Steve Smailes for the Lincolnite

There will also be face-painting, food stalls and a bar.

A carnival procession, which is one of the highlights of the festival celebrations, is guaranteed to dazzle shoppers and visitors to Lincoln.

The carnival procession will leave City Square at 1.30pm and wind its way along Sincil Street, The Cornhill, High Street, Guildhall Street, Water Lane and under the Wigford Way bridge into Brayford Wharf North.

The evening entertainment will be compered by Lincs FM presenters and the festival will go out with a bang, thanks to an amazing fireworks finale – centred on the Brayford Pool island.

Lincoln BIG Events and Promotions Organiser, Rachel Hanson, said: “Attractions include a traditional fairground at the Brayford Way end of the waterfront. Nearby there will be have-a-go golf, football and lots of other fun activities and stalls.

“This year’s carnival will feature young people from St Faith’s & St Martin’s Junior and St Hugh’s Catholic Primary Schools, in Lincoln, All Saints Primary School in Waddington and community groups based out of The Showroom in Lincoln.

“The young people have been working hard with Mahogany, an arts group which has been teaching them the skills needed to create their colourful costumes for the procession.

See our gallery from the 2013 Lincoln Festival here.

Lincoln Bike Fest

The 2014 Lincoln Bike Fest takes place on Sunday, June 15 with around 5,000 bikes of all shapes and sized gearing up to line the Lincoln Brayford Waterfront.

This festival will take place between 10am and 5pm.

There will be a wide range of motorbikes on show from new Harley-Davidson and BMWs to classic Triumph.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The event is also well supported by several owners clubs. Visitors will be able to enjoy a day of music and entertainment with bands Gin House and Firing Squad performing.

The Father’s day event will provide plenty of opportunities to buy a gift for dad from wide range of bike related goods on sale.

The event this year is being run by Lindum Lincoln Rotary Club together with Lincoln Business Improvement Group.

The club is raising funds for Shelterbox a UK based charity supplying emergency tents in disaster areas throughout the world.

Bikes can be parked for free along Brayford Wharf East and the western end of Brayford Wharf North as well as in the NCP car park at the eastern of the Brayford Waterfront.

Organiser Paul Smith said “For everyone who loves bikes this is an event not to be missed, especially given the beautiful setting in which it is held.”

See our gallery from the 2013 Lincoln Bike Fest here.