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Top 10 things to do over Easter in Lincoln

Easter treats: Give the kids something to do this Easter holiday with our ten ideas, many of them free.

The kids are off school for Easter, and you are looking for things to keep them entertained over the holidays. Fortunately, there are several events and attractions that families of various ages can enjoy around Lincoln. The Lincolnite is here to help by rounding up 10 great activities for your Easter break.

St Barnabas Hospice’s Easter Eggstravaganza

When: April 5
Where: Waterside Shopping Centre
Time: 9am to 5pm
Price: Donations accepted

First off is the annual Easter Eggstravaganza in the Waterside Shopping Centre, where families can take part in an Easter Egg hunt around the stores of the shopping complex. There are 10 eggs to be found, each with a letter on them that needs to be guessed in order to receive a chocolate egg. Any money raised will go to funding St Barnabas, who work in the county to look after those with life-threatening illnesses.

Fire Fighters’ football

When: April 5
Where: Sincil Bank Football Stadium
Time: 12pm to 5pm
Price: Donations accepted

English fire fighters will be fighting it out in a charity football match against Scotland’s fire fighters. In addition to the match, you will be able to check out various fire engine models, watch demonstrations to avoid chip pan fires, and learn about safe driving in the county in Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership’s crash simulator.

Red Herring Comedy Club

When: April 5
Where: Lincoln Drill Hall
Time: 8.30pm
Price: £10

One for older families. Enjoy Julian Deane’s funny one-liners, new act Joe Wells (pictured) and controversial main act Dave Longley. As well as the comedians, 6 foot 7 MC Luke Benson will providing some great music as part of the comedy club’s 8th birthday.

Lincoln open top bus tours

When: April 6 to 9
Where: At various stops
Time: various
Price: £10 adults, £4 children, £25 family ticket

Want to get out in the nicer weather and learn a little more about your city? From April 6, the open top bus tours will be back, giving you a tour of historic Lincoln. There are 12 stops on: Lincoln Cathedral, Bailgate, the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, the Castle, The Lawn, High Street, and the Brayford to name a few. Tickets can be purchased from the Visitor Information Centre in Castle Square.

View a map of the tour’s 12 stops and attractions

Lincolnshire Transport Museum Open Day

When: April 8
Where: Lincolnshire Transport Museum, Whisby Road
Time: 10am to 4pm
Price: £5 for adults, under 16s free

Especially for the holidays, Lincolnshire’s Transport Museum will be extending its hours. There will be a variety of different vehicles on show from across the county, from vintage cars to buses, as well as seeing restoration projects in the workshop, stands for enthusiasts and even stalls selling classic car parts. Refreshments are also available.

Lincoln Drill Hall Children’s Festival

When: April 10 – 14
Where: Lincoln Drill Hall
Time: 10am to 7pm
Price: Price per event

For week-long fun, let your kids take part in some imaginative events at Lincoln Drill Hall. Each day has a variety of different events from a traditional French clowning company, story time, a classical music family concert, a new version of Red Riding Hood, a special festival Diddy Disco and a TV Quiz Night, which has a Doctor Who theme. For information on each separate event, visit the Drill hall website.

Crafts in the City

When: April 14
Where: Cornhill
Time: 9am
Price: Free

Looking for something a little quieter? Check out the range of crafts on display at the craft fair in the city centre. All items on sale have been handmade by the stall holders, ranging from jewellery to paintings and household accessories.

A Horrid History of Work

When: April 14
Where: Museum of Lincolnshire Life
Time: 10am – 4pm
Price: Free entry, £1 for additional crafts

Want the kids to learn a valuable lesson about work? Take them to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life’s A Horrid History of Work. The museum will be showcasing the worst jobs in Lincolnshire throughout history, as well as a horrid trail within the grounds for children to take part in. Craft sessions are also available.

Lincoln BIG Mini Day

When: April 15
Where: Brayford Waterfront
Time: 10am
Price: Free

For a free event in the city, let your family inspect various types of Minis on display at the Mini Day on the Brayford. Over 100 Minis will be visiting the city, alongside a range of stalls for enthusiasts.

Family bike hire

Where: Yarborough Leisure Centre
Price: £8-£10 adults, £3-£6 children

Families can also hire bikes during the Easter holidays from as little as £22.00 per family. Bike hire is available at Yarborough Leisure Centre on Riseholme Road and at Bardney Heritage Centre, Station Road, Bardney (near Lincoln), with safe cycle routes nearby and equipment available to hire. Families can bring their own bikes or hire them. Find out more.

Main photo: Frank McMains

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