Your guide to the school summer holidays

With the school summer holidays upon us families will be looking for activities to enjoy together.

The Lincolnite has compiled a list of events taking part across the city and things to do during the six week holidays which start next week.


100 Voices Trail

A series of exciting new trails for Lincoln and Lincolnshire

Where: Various locations
When: From Saturday, May 5
Cost: Free

100 Voices includes eight walking and cycling trails around the city and surrounding countryside to commemorate 100 years of the RAF.

The trail tells the story of the RAF through the people who have experienced it and each o f the 100 voices is presented on a “Wing” which are placed in 100 different locations around Lincoln and Lincolnshire.


Kingdom LEGO Brick Show

Come see a fire-breathing lego dragon and more at the interactive Kingdom Lego Brick Show. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Where: Lincoln Castle
When: July 14-September 2
Cost: Adults £13.50, Concession £11, Child (ages 5-16) £7.20, Under 5s free, Families (up to two adults and three children) £34.20

The Castle Day Ticket and Castle and Cathedral Joint Ticket are valid for this event, although Sundays are excluded. Anyone with a Lincoln Castle Annual pass can use it for free admission.


Lincoln Beach

The beach is free to enjoy and will remain in the Cornhill over the school holidays. Photo: Lincoln BIG

Where: Lincoln Cornhill
When: July 23-September 3
Cost: Free


Dragon Boat Race

Photo: Jason Corrigan

Where: Brayford Waterfront
When: Saturday, July 21 (race starts at 12pm and the final will take place at approximately 4pm)
Cost: Free to watch


Festival of Archaeology

Photo: The Collection Museum

Where: The Collection Museum, Danes Terrace and Posterngate

When: July 23-28

Cost: Entry is free, but there may be a charge for some activities.

The Festival includes various activities such as the chance to find out what the Anglo-Saxons buried with their dead, a day showcasing local archaeology, training sessions for children and different talks.

There will also be a chance to visit the Roman south wall and Posterngate remains.


Lincoln Castle Twilight Tour

Where: Lincoln Castle
When: Women in Medieval times – July 25 (6.30pm-8.30pm), RAF 100 – August 29 (6.30pm-8.30pm)
Cost: Adults £20, Concessions £18

The tours are hosted by the specialist guides of the Friends of Lincoln Castle and the ticket price includes a 30 minute talk by the tour guide and light refreshments in Laughton’s Cafe, as well as a tour of the grounds and walls of the castle.


Doddington Hall Sculpture Exhibition

Photo: Doddington Hall

Where: Doddington Hall
When: Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, September 9, open daily 11am-4.30pm
Cost: There is no extra admission cost for the exhibition as it is included in garden admission (£7 adults, £3.50 children, £18 family ticket).

The house is also open on Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. There is an additional entry fee for the house.

The exhibition includes sculptures from some of the best-known sculptors in the world, including a huge, vibrantly coloured sculpture by Diane Maclean and water sculptures by Anne Curry.


Museum at night

Where: The Collection Museum, Danes Terrace
When: Every Friday in August the museum will remain open until 9pm
Cost: Entry is free, but there are charges for some events and activities

A host of special after-hours activities including free film screenings, children’s war-time tea parties and history talks.

For further details click here or call 01522 782040.


Grand Medieval Joust 2018


Where: Lincoln Castle
When: Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 (Event 11am-5pm, Attractions 10am-5pm)
Cost: Adult £13.50, Concession £11, Child £7.20, Family £34.20, Under-5s free

Four brave knights take part in the Sport of Kings, with musicians, a surgeon, jester and a cast of medieval characters over the August bank holiday.


Lincoln 1940s Weekend

Where: Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter
When: Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 (10am-5pm)
Cost: Free entry

Two days of period and vintage activities and displays, with this year’s focus on the 100th birthday of the RAF.

Living history displays, live music and dance, food and drink, vintage and antique markets and more.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypasts (Lancaster, Dakota, Spitfire and Hurricane) – times to be announced.


Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Horse Circus

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Horse Circus. Photo: Visit Lincoln

Where: Lincoln Castle
When: Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, 11am-4.30pm (castle open from 10am-5pm).
Cost: Adult £13.50, Concession £11, Child (age 5-16) £7.20, Under-5s free, Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £34.20, Carers accompanying visitors with disabilities free

Admission also includes the Medieval Wall Walk and access to the Victorian Prison and David P J Ross Magna Carta Vault.

Lincoln Castle & Cathedral Joint Ticket (including one free return to the cathedral within six months) – Adults £17.20, Concessions £13.90, Child £9.60, Family £44

A recreation of part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show with stunts on horseback, jumps and leaps.


Asylum Steampunk Festival

Photo: Sean Strange

Where: Various city locations
When: August 24-27
Cost: Wristband prices vary depending when and how long you want to go for

Thousands of dressed up steampunks can enjoy a festival which ‘strives to combine art, literature, music, fashion, comedy and simple good fun’.


Lincoln Morris Festival

Lincoln Morris Festival. Photo: Visit Lincoln

Where: Various locations in Lincoln
When: Saturday, September 1, from 10.30am-4.30pm
Cost: Free admission

Dance groups from across Lincolnshire will be present for a day of Morris dancing in colourful costumes.

For more information about the programme of the day including timings and locations click here. website soon.

For more ideas of other summer events in the city click here.

If you’re looking for activities outside of Lincoln see our Lincolnshire guide: