Yellowbellies everywhere will be celebrating all things Lincolnshire on Thursday, October 1, and there are plenty of ways to get into the spirit in Lincoln.
From the county’s famous sausages to explorations of the area’s quirky dialect, people will be waving the Lincolnshire flag and offering a host of events.
Activities in Lincoln include:
Lincoln Barons’ Charter Auction
The city’s 25 popular baron sculptures, which formed a trail this summer in celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, are being auctioned off for charity.
Money raised at the auction will be going to homelessness charity The Trussell Trust.
The auction will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel at 6.30pm.
Tickets cost £20 and include Lincolnshire Day canapés and a welcome drink. They can be purchased at the Lincoln Visitor Information Centre or by calling 01522 545458.
A limited number of tickets are available on the door.
Traditional dialect talk at Lincoln Central Library
Confused about why a person could be ‘chuntering’, ‘coud’ or even ‘frit’?
Lincolnshire dialect expert Loretta Rivett will be visiting Lincoln Central Library from 10am – 11:30am, explaining the history behind traditional sayings and expressions used in everyday life.
She will then be visiting Louth Library from 2pm – 3:30pm. Tickets cost £2.
Lincoln Guildhall Open Day
The official ‘home’ of the Mayor of Lincoln will be opening its doors this week to mark Lincolnshire Day – Thursday, October 1.
An open day will be held at the Guildhall, offering the chance to find out more about the history of the building and view the Robing Room, Main Chamber, Inner Chamber and Insignia full of hidden treasures.
The event, which will also be attended by the Civic Party, will be open from 10am until 4pm. Tour guides will be on hand to offer information about the building and the items on display.
Lincoln Craft and Food Markets
Shop for unique gifts made by crafty locals at Lincoln City Square.
The Lincoln Craft Market is open 10am till 4pm.
The Lincolnshire Food Market lands in St Marks Shopping Centre, showcasing the county’s favourite producers.
The food market is also open from 10am to 4pm.
Special DialaRide Fleet
The county’s 10 DialaRide minibuses for wheelchair users and people with mobility issues will be specially decorated for Lincolnshire Day.
If you are interested in booking a trip, or volunteering for the scheme, ring 01522 544983 or email our Volunteer Coordinator Penny Hardman at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Free Tours at Lincoln Castle
Entry to the grounds of Lincoln Castle is free throughout the day (10am until 4pm) and there will be a selection of free guided tours of the castle at 11am, 12 noon and 2pm – meeting at East Gate.
Hop along on a guided tour to learn more about the historic site.
Note that admission charges apply to the wall walk, prison and Magna Carta vault.
Free entry at Lincoln Cathedral
Iconic Lincoln Cathedral will be opened up to members of the public to explore for free on Lincolnshire Day (a saving of £8).
The cathedral will be open between 7.15am and 6pm.
Roof and floor tours are also available after 9.15 for £4.
20% off Open-top Sightseeing Bus
What better way to experience the sights of Lincoln than from the roof of the city’s popular tour bus?
Tours set off from Lincoln Cathedral from 10.30am to 4.30pm and people can hop on and off at any point along the route.
Tickets, at 20% off and lasting two days, are available from the Visitor Information Centre. Children under 16 go free with every paying adult.
Happy Birthday to The Collection
The Collection opened on 1 October 2005, and since that time has welcomed almost one million visitors through the doors.
To celebrate this milestone, the museum will be hosting a special birthday-themed version of its popular under 5s story-time at 11.15am on Thursday, including birthday cake!
During the last ten years, The Collection seen ceremonial performances by Tibetan monks, been invaded by Daleks and Cybermen from Doctor Who, provided a home for Linda the Robot, and had a ‘live’ T-rex roaming its halls.
It’s also hosted royal visitors and many celebrity guests, including Sir David Attenborough, who opened the spectacular Joseph Banks exhibition last year.