Events galore: Knights prepare to invade Lincoln this month

The Lincoln Knights are preparing to march in to battle ahead of their official trail launch later this month.

The Lincoln Knights’ Trail, which will be launched on Saturday, May 20, will also commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln and the sealing of the Charter of the Forest.

All eyes are expected to be on the city, as people start their quest to track down the 36 stars of the Lincoln Knights’ Trail.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The colourful character sculptures will be “defending” an area bordered by Newport Arch (North), St Marks Shopping Centre (South), the University of Lincoln (West) and Lincoln College (East).

The trail will be in place until September 3.

Anniversary commemorations

On May 20, there will also me a number of re-enactments, shield and flag-making sessions, Medieval storytelling and a Medieval market to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln and the Sealing of the Charter of the Forest. .

Take a look at the full anniversary schedule here:


Procession and battle re-enactment

  • Time: Procession – 1.30pm, Battle – 2pm
  • Locations: Procession – The Stonebow, Battle – West Front of the cathedral.

The clash will take place at the West Front of the Cathedral, starting at 2pm. There will also be the chance to enjoy Medieval storytelling.


Medieval Market

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

  • Time: 10am – 4pm
  • Location: Castle Hill

Visit the Medieval Farmers’ Market in Castle Hill to buy a range of treats from years gone by.


Children’s book launch

  • Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Location: Children’s Library at Lincoln’s Central Library

Excitingly, the new children’s book – 1217 The Battle of Lincoln, written by Erik Grigg – and produced for the occasion – will be launched in the library.

Families will be able to hear a short reading from the book and children will be able to get involved in creative activities.


Shield and flag-making

  • Time: 11am – 1.30pm
  • Locations: The Collection, Drill Hall, Lincolnshire Co-op in City Square, the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, St Marks Shopping Centre and the Waterside Shopping Centre

Youngsters have the option to join shield and flag-making workshops at one of six locations around the city.

The shield and flags will need to be ready for a special procession, which will leave the Stonebow at 1.30pm and wind its way up Steep Hill ready for the re-enactment of The Battle of Lincoln.


Children’s Medieval Banquet

The Collection

  • Time: 4pm
  • Locations: Stokes Collection Café

The Children’s Medieval Banquet will include a food and dancing.

Tickets cost £8 are available on the Stokes website.