Extra Eastern Bypass archaeological tours added due to high demand

Over 300 extra tour slots have been added to a Lincoln Eastern Bypass event that will open up one of Lincolnshire’s largest ever rural archaeological sites to the public.

Lincolnshire County Council and its Lincoln Eastern Bypass partners and contractors will host an open weekend on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11 at Canwick Village Hall.

It will include information about the scheme, archaeological finds and tours of the scheme’s Washingborough Road site, where over 70,000 artefacts from up to 12,000 years of the county’s history have been unearthed.

In less that 24 hours after the open weekend’s launch, all 368 free site tour tickets were allocated out, leading to organisers adding 320 extra times to the schedule. These slots can be booked online here. Those without internet access can ring 01522 782040 for assistance with booking.

No additional tickets will be made available once the recently added 320 spaces are booked.

Archaeological tours will set off from the hall every 30-60 minutes starting at 10:15am, with the final tour starting at 3:15pm.

Each tour will last 75 minutes. Sturdy footwear is required and a waterproof jacket is recommended as tours will take place rain or shine.

Lincolnshire County Council issued the following note: “Please note that there will be extended periods of walking and standing as part of the tours; however, the open weekend will also include refreshments, information about the road construction scheme and the archaeological work, displays of archaeological finds, and children’s activities at Canwick Village Hall throughout both days for those unable to take part in the site visits.

“The open weekend will take place on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June from 9:30am to 5pm on each day at Canwick Village Hall (Montagu Rd, Canwick, Lincoln LN4 2RW). All those attending are asked to park at Canwick Playing Fields off of Heighington Road, as the hall’s car park will be blocked off.”

The £96 million, 7.5km single carriageway road will link the A158 Wragby Road roundabout to the A15 at Bracebridge Heath and is hoped to cut congestion in the city centre.