Top 20 things to do in Lincoln this summer

The school holidays are approaching and every parent’s nightmare is finding fun things to do for the family, thankfully The Lincolnite has a few suggestions. Here is our top 20 things to do for kids this summer:


Battle of Lincoln Trail

As the city celebrates 800 years since the Battle of Lincoln, the city has moved very much into the 21st century with this interactive tour. Users download the tour on their mobiles and walk around the city following the guide.

Where: Castle Square

Price: Free

For more information click this link.


Lincoln Knights Education Centre

Since the knights began protecting the streets of Lincoln in May they have become cult heroes within the city. The 36 sculptures are placed across the city centre and due to their popularity a free pop up education centre has been opened which offers a variety of free knight-based activities for the kids to get involved in this summer.

Where: Cornhill Quarter, Lincoln

When: From Saturday, July 22 until September 3 (Tuesday to Sunday) 10am to 4pm.

Price: Free, treasure hunt is £1.50

For more information click this link.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite


Lincoln Cathedral

Where else would you want to take your family than city’s most historic landmark, Lincoln Cathedral? There are great informative tours throughout the day and fantastic photo opportunities as well as a number of workshops that are running throughout the summer holidays.

Where: Lincoln Cathedral

When: 7:15am to 8pm Monday to Saturday, 7:15am to 5pm Sunday.

Price: Adult £8, child £4.80, family ticket £20.80.

For more information click this link.

Photo: Emily Norton for The Lincolnite


Pistons in the Park

This motor festival is expected to be a big hit with all of the family this summer. With a variety of exhibitions, entertainment and food on show it’s certainly not to be missed.

Where: Lincolnshire Showground.

When: Saturday, August 12, from 10am.

Price: Adults £15, children £10, family ticket £35, Under 5s free.

For more information click this link.

The event will take place on August 12 this year


Lincoln Beach

Why drive to the seaside when the beach comes to you instead? Lincoln’s popular beach is back again this year and a number of activities will be going on at the beach across the summer holidays.

Where: City Square

When: From July 17 to September 4

Price: Free

For more information click this link.

The Lincoln by the Sea beach has returned to the city centre. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite


Lincoln Castle

Another of the city’s major landmarks, the castle offers a great variety of tours and with the Domesday Book being displayed throughout summer it appears to be a perfect family day out.

Where: Lincoln Castle.

When:10am to 4pm, seven days a week.

Price: Adults from £6, children from £4.90, family ticket from £15.

For more information click this link.

Photo: Kurnia Aerial Photography


Daisy Made

When it’s sunny and you want to get out of the house, why not head to Daisy Made Farm in Skellingthorpe? It offers fantastic ice creams, crazy golf and the chance for children to pet animals.

Where: Daisy Made Farm, Skellingthorpe

When: 10am to 6pm, seven days a week.

Price: Free entry

For more information click this link.

Daisy Made Photo: Steve Smailes


Museum of Lincolnshire Life

This popular museum celebrates Lincolnshire life from the 1700s until the present day. Great for the family, the museum offers a many exhibits to give an informative but fun tour through history.

Where: Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Burton Road, Lincoln

When: 10am to 4:30pm, seven days a week.

Price: Free

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Battles and Dynasties

A showcase of artefacts, from William the Conquerer to the present day. The display includes Van Dyke’s triple portrait of Charles I and Holbein’s drawing of Ann Boleyn on loan from Her Majesty the Queen.

Where: The Collection and Lincoln Castle

When: 10am to 5pm

Price: Entry to The Collection is free. Entry to the exhibition can be pre-booked online. Priced at Adults £6, Concessions £5, Children £4/

For more information click this link.

Photo: Steve Smailes / The Lincolnite


The Collection

Lincoln’s art gallery will be opening its doors for families this summer with a number of exciting events planned. Just like the rest of the city, The Collection is going mad for knights as children are invited to come along and dress up as their favourite characters.

Where: The Collection

When: 10am-4pm, seven days a week

Price: Free

For more information click this link.


Steampunk Festival

Lincoln’s iconic Steampunk festival is back for a ninth year later in August. People from all over the globe come to the city to take part in the festival and locals are encouraged to come along and show their support.

Where: Castle Square

When: August 25 to July 28

Price: Free

For more information click this link.

Photo: Sean Strange


Castle Rally

The Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society’s annual event at Lincoln Castle is something not to be missed. This event showcases hundreds of vintage vehicles and ideal for the whole family.

Where: Lincoln Castle

When: Sunday, July 30

Price: Standard Lincoln Castle admission

For more information click this link.

Image: Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum Facebook page.


Outdoor Cinema Event

This afternoon of outdoor film fun sounds great, and it’s free! Disney blockbusters Moana and Beauty and the Beast will be playing at the Arboretum and allow families to grab their picnic baskets and enjoy a wonderful afternoon watching these blockbusters.

Where: The Arboretum

When: Saturday, August 19, 12pm-6pm

Price: Free

For more information click this link.


Summer of Imagination, Doddington Hall

One of the county’s most picturesque buildings, Doddington Hall is allowing families to explore the gardens with a wide range of fun activities to enjoy over the holidays.

Where: Doddington Hall

When: July 22 to September 3 (excluding Saturdays)

Price: Adults from £7, children £3.50, family ticket from £18.

For more information click on this link.

Photo: Doddington Hall


Yarborough Leisure Centre

If the weather decides not to hold off then visit Yarborough Leisure Centre’s swimming pool for a bit of fun. Swimming lessons are also available during the holidays.

Where: Yarborough Leisure Centre

When: 6am to 11pm Monday to Thursday. 6am to 10pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Price: Prices vary

For more information click on this link.

Yarborough Leisure Centre, Active Nation swimming pool.


Hartsholme Country Park and Nature Reserve

This local nature reserve boasts a Green Flag award and has a large reservoir, children’s play area and cafe. There is also lots of green space to grab the rounders bat and enjoy hours of family fun.

Where: Hartsholme Country Park, Skellingthorpe

Price: Free

For more information click on this link.


Grand Medieval Joust

This testosterone-fuelled event is enough to get even the grumpiest of parents excited. As the knights prepare to knock one another of their horse, they will be needing huge cheers from the crowd to keep them motivated.

Where: Lincoln Castle

When: Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6, 10am to 5pm.

Price: Adults £12, children £7.20, family ticket £31.20 (includes entry into the grounds and a free entry for next time round.)

For more information click on this link.


1940s Day

Lincoln will be travelling back in time to the 1940s and want families to come with them. This free event will showcase life ‘back in the day’ with a variety of musicians, exhibits and actors to make the day a memorable one.

Where: Lincoln Cathedral Quarter

When: Saturday, August 12, 10am-5pm

Price: Free

For more information click on this link.


Lincoln Ghost Bus Tour

Lead by a ghost expert, people of Lincoln are encouraged to hop aboard this open top bus tour to find out more about the spirits that walk among the city.

Where: Lincoln Cathedral Quarter

When: Saturday, 26, August
Price: £6 each

For more information click on this link.

The Lincoln Ghost Bus Tour will run this August.


Theatre al Fresco: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Visitors to this outdoor showing can bring their own picnics, chairs and families as part of a variety of performances at Lincoln Castle.

Where: Lincoln Castle

When: Wednesday, July 26, 7pm

Price: Adults £13, Concessions £11.50, Children £9.50

For more information visit this link.