New-look Lincoln Castle to celebrate first birthday with royal party

Over 250,000 people have been through the gates at Lincoln Castle since the completion of its £22 million makeover last year.

For the new-look attraction’s first birthday, Lincoln residents and visitors are being invited to a party in the grounds with the likes of King John himself – sort of!

Celebrations on Friday, April 1 will see the notorious king share a special birthday cake with guests from 12pm.

People can also have their very own royal photo with the king and meet medieval characters.

Councillor Nick Worth, Executive Member for Culture and Heritage, said: “It’s been a phenomenal first year for the castle, with a stunning 250,000 people through the gates.

“We want everyone to share in that success, so we’ll be putting on a free party with all invited.

“Our second year looks set to be just as exciting as the first, so if you’re one of the few people who haven’t found out what all the fuss is about, pay us a visit soon.”

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The improvements were made possible thanks to funding from the county council, Heritage Lottery Fund, European Regional Development Fund, David Ross Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and other private donations.

The work was carried out by Woodhead Heritage, the specialist conservation team of Robert Woodhead Limited.

Simon Butler, Conservation in the historic built environment advisor for Woodhead Heritage, said: “Lincoln Castle Revealed was a phenomenal project to work on, in terms of its scale, historical significance, and also in our positive collaboration with the team at Lincolnshire County Council.

“Testament to the success of the scheme, we are incredibly proud to have been a part of the team that has already won ten regional and national awards.

“A year on from the reopening of the castle, we still sit as nominees in the prestigious Museums and Heritage Awards and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards, both of which will take place this Spring.”

The birthday event runs from 10am to 4.30pm, with the castle open until 5pm.

Admission to the grounds is free, but normal admission prices apply for the castle attractions.

Visitors can also take part in the castle’s special Easter Quest, which is free for ticket holders or £1 per person for non-ticket holders.