Lincoln festival returns after decade-long absence

A Lincoln music event is to once again become a feature of the city’s cultural calendar after a gap of 10 years.

The Boultham Park Music and Arts Festival will bring colour and great sounds to the 50-acre Lincoln park with musicians, local schools and other performers invited to take part on Saturday, June 13, from 1-8pm.

Performers already confirmed include The Piano Busker, We Three Kings, Jainaba, Big John Pape, Ardent Peace, Silver Sounds Brass Band, and the Marmaladies.

Other attractions include a children’s corner with storytelling, face painting and bouncy castles, plus children’s funfair rides.

Many arts and crafts stalls will also make an appearance at the event, and refreshments are available to purchase.

Founder of the original festival John Pye, who is leading the planning and delivery, said: “From 2001-2005, I hosted a weekend festival in Boultham Park, and it’s great to now be working with the Restoration Project team.

“We want everyone to get involved, whether as a stallholder, performer or leading an activity, it really is your event.”

Chelsey Barnes, community development worker for the Boultham Park Restoration Project, added: “This is the start of a new and hopefully annual festival for the park. We are delighted to be working with a passionate group of volunteers who want to make sure our park is used to its full potential.

“This year, the event will have a Victorian twist, which we hope will help to educate visitors about the park’s interesting history.”

The event forms part of the Boultham Park Restoration Project, a £3.7 million joint venture between the learning disability charity, Linkage Community Trust, and City of Lincoln Council, grant-aided by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund Parks for People initiative.

Linkage Chief Executive Ges Roulstone said: “John is a great example of the sort of volunteer that Linkage projects need and we thank him for organising the revived festival, supported by the Restoration Project team.

“It should be a great day and the latest of many ventures to bring people of all ages to Boultham Park.”

More details about the event can be found online.

For information on how to be involved in the festival, email