What to do on Discover Lincolnshire Weekend

The annual Discover Lincolnshire Weekend, celebrating county-wide heritage, crafts and attractions, returns on March 12 and 13.

Many destinations are offering free or reduced admission to visitors and The Lincolnite has compiled some of the must-see attractions to enjoy.

Lincoln Cathedral

Photo: Lincoln Chamber of Commerce

Photo: Lincoln Chamber of Commerce

Entry will be free to Lincoln Cathedral over both days. Guided tours of the cathedral will take place through Saturday, at a charge of £4pp: one floor tour at 11am, six roof tours on the hour from 10am, and six tower tours on the half hour from 10:30am.

Tours must be booked in person on the day from the entrance desk (open from 9.15am).

Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle east gate, from inside the walls. Photo: File/The Lincolnite

Lincoln Castle east gate, from inside the walls. Photo: File/The Lincolnite

Free guided tours of the castle grounds will be available on Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, and 2.30pm. No booking is necessary, just turn up on the day.

The castle grounds are free to explore, as they are all through the year.

But the Medieval Wall Walk, Victorian Prison and David P J Ross Magna Carta Vault are still ticketed over the weekend.

Lincoln Guildhall

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Free guided tours of Lincoln Guildhall will take place at 10.30am, 12.30pm, and 2.30pm on both days. Spaces for each tour are limited so book ahead to avoid disappointment. People can do so by calling 01522 873507.

Lincoln Theatre Royal

Lincoln Theatre Royal. Photo: File/The Lincolnite

Lincoln Theatre Royal. Photo: File/The Lincolnite

Free behind-the-scenes tours of the Victorian theatre will be held on Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 1.30pm, and 3pm.

The tours are free and offered on a first come first serve basis (no booking required) and the bar and coffee lounge will be open throughout the day to enjoy refreshments before or after the tours.

Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum

Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum. Photo: Google Street View

Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum. Photo: Google Street View

The museum, based on Whisby Road in North Hykeham, will be open between 10am and 4pm through the weekend. Entry is free.

On Sunday, there will be a free classic bus service linking museum with Lincoln city centre.

Jewish History Trail of Lincoln

Jews House. Photo: Google Street View

Jews House. Photo: Google Street View

Local history expert Dorothy Moss will lead a Jewish history trail of Lincoln on Saturday to explore the links that exist today to the city’s medieval Jewish community.

The trail starts at 1.30pm from Lincoln Visitor Information Centre and will explore the Cathedral Quarter as far south as Jews House on The Strait. No booking is needed – simply turn up on the day.

Hartsholme Country Park

Hartsholme Park in Lincoln. Photo: Richard Croft

Hartsholme Park in Lincoln. Photo: Richard Croft

Hartsholme is free to enter and explore over the weekend with free parking. On Sunday, enjoy a fridge magnet craft activity at the visitor centre at 1.30pm – suitable for children and adults. This activity is £2.50 per person. To find out more call 01522 873577.

Discover Lincolnshire Craft and Gift Fairs

Photo: Richard Croft CC

Photo: Richard Croft CC

On Saturday, Westgate Academy will host a craft and gift fair with stalls, a bouncy castle, kids’ crafts, Frozen characters, and an owl display.

On Sunday, the Assembly Rooms will host a similar craft and gift fair with local producers and an owl display.

Both of these events will be raising money for mental health charity Mind and will be free to enter.

Discover Lincolnshire Food Festival

St Marks Shopping Centre. Photo: Google Street View

St Marks Shopping Centre. Photo: Google Street View

The festival, run by Select Lincolnshire, in association with Lincoln BIG, will bring together some of the county’s best farmers and producers at St Marks Shopping Centre on Saturday to offer food to eat on the day or to take home.

Cadwell Park

Cadwell Park will be open for its regular bike track days over the weekend.

People can take their bike to ride on the iconic racetrack from £105 per person but entry to the circuit is free to spectators and the clubhouse will be open from 7.30am – 5pm for refreshments.

To book to ride on the track, visit the No Limits website.

Manor House Stables

The First World War museum at Manor House Stables on Timberland Road in Martin will be open 10am – 4pm on Saturday on both days with free entry.

Michael Credland (author of ‘Great War Memorials of Lincolnshire’) will be there to answer questions and to talk about the museum exhibition. There will also be an opportunity for people to bring along their relatives’ stories and artefacts, and learn more about what they did in the Great War.

The National Centre for Craft and Design

The centre in Sleaford is the largest venue in England entirely dedicated to the exhibition, celebration and promotion of national and international craft and design and will have free entry as usual over the weekend.

On Saturday from 1pm – 4pm, visitors can see a demo from artist Natasha Burns of her work with metal piercing on enamel.

On Sunday, people will be able to see behind-the-scenes of the exhibition changeover for Swedish-Chilean artist Anton Alvarez’s new exhibition.

Minster Church Of St Mary’s

The cathedral church of the ancient diocese of Lindsey is found in Stow, a 20 minute drive from the city of Lincoln, and was founded in the 7th century, standing on the site of a much older church.

The church will open its doors on Saturday (9.30am – 4pm) and Sunday (1.30pm – 4pm).

Heckington Windmill

Free entry to all floors of the unique 8-sail windmill at Heckington – with the sails turning if the weather permits – will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm.

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre

Traditional Lincolnshire Plum Bread and cheese will be on offer to try for free on Sunday, with a free hot drink.

Cogglesford Watermill And Navigation House

Sleaford’s historic watermill will be milling through Sunday and visitors can claim a free bag of wholemeal flour by saying ‘Discover Lincolnshire’ on arrival. Navigation House will also be open to explore.

The Old Nick Theatre

Gainsborough Theatre Company will be offering free tours of The Old Nick Theatre, a Grade II listed, former police station and court. Tours will be available from 11am – 3pm on both days.

Rauceby Church

The 12th century parish church of Rauceby, south of Lincoln, will be open on Saturday with free tea and coffee provided. On display will also be historical photo albums, parish registers and archive material.

St Denys Church

The medieval parish church of St Denys in Sleaford will open its doors on Saturday. There will also be a free guided tour from Douglas Hoare at 11am.