Things to do in Lincoln this half-term

A cycling sportive, an archaeology festival and a showcase of Lincolnshire bands are among the event highlights this May half-term.

If anyone is stuck for things to do, The Lincolnite has compiled a list of event highlights not to be missed.


Cycle Fest

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Hundreds of cyclists will take on courses ranging from 33 miles to 107 miles as part of the Giant Lincoln Cycle Sportive from Doddington Hall.

When: Sunday, June 2
Where: Doddington Hall
Cost: The closing date for entries have now passed. Hall and gardens entry is priced at £11 for adults and £5.50 for children. For more information on prices click here.

The day before – Saturday, June 1 – Access Lincoln, North Kesteven District Council and Giant have organised a brand new free cycling event.

Cycle Fest will take place in the grounds of Doddington Hall with a range of cycling activities for all the family to try.

For more information about the two cycling events click here.

The Hall is also hosting Doddington Iris Week from May 26 until June 2 (11am-4.30pm).


Lincolnshire Archaeology Festival

Children enjoying arts and crafts in Cathedral family fun day.

Explore archaeological finds in Lincolnshire at historic sites and venues across the county with workshops, tours, and a conference. It started at 10am on Tuesday, May 28 with an Archaeology Day at The Collection museum. This will run until 4pm.

The week of events will end with Skillsfest at the Heritage Skills Centre at Lincoln Castle from 10am-5pm on Sunday, June 2.

When: May 28 to June 2
Where: Various locations
Cost: Prices vary depending on which event you wish to attend

For more information about the events during Lincolnshire Archaeology Festival click here.


BBC Music Introducing Summer Showcase

BBC Introducing Summer Showcase. Photo: Engine Shed

BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire is hosting some of the hottest new bands from across the county live on stage at their new Summer Showcase. Bands include Don’t Forget Rupert, The Pylons, Northern Captives and The Mosaics

When: Saturday, June 1
Where: The Platform at The Engine Shed from 4pm
Cost: £6.60 – click here to buy tickets

For more information and more about the bands line-up click here.


Roman Posterngate Tours

Visitors can take tours of the site only four days of the year. Photo: Emily Norton

An opportunity to explore part of Lincoln’s Roman South Wall which is now hidden under a city centre bank. Guided tour from experts at The Collection. Each tour lasts 30 minutes.

When: Saturday, June 1 (10am until 3.30pm)
Where: Saltergate
Cost: Pay entry on arrival – £3 adults, children (aged 6-18) £2, children under 5 free

For more information click here.


Outer Space Lego exhibition

The event includes astronauts, rockets, planets and even a friendly alien. There will also be a galactic VR experience inside the prison.

When: May 1-June 2 (10am to 5pm)
Where: Lincoln Castle (most of the Lego is in the Victorian Prison within the castle)
Cost: A Lincoln Castle day ticket or Lincoln Castle annual pass is required for entry. Adults tickets are priced at £14 with concessions £11.50 and children £7.50. Under 5s can enter for free. Click here to purchase tickets.

For more information click here.

Lincoln Castle Knight School

Knight School. Photo: Lincoln Castle

Medieval fun this bank holiday as Lincoln Castle’s Knight School is ready to open to train up junior visitors. Discover the skills of the medieval warrior in the have-a-go siege artillery area. There is also a Conqueror’s Castle Quest.

When: Saturday, May 25 to Sunday, June 2 (10am-5pm)
Where: Lincoln Castle
Cost: A Lincoln Castle day ticket or Lincoln Castle annual pass is required for entry. Adults tickets are priced at £14 with concessions £11.50 and children £7.50. Under 5s can enter for free. Separate cost for some activities.

The Medieval Siege Artillery and The Conqueror’s Castle Quest are only available on the Bank Holiday weekend.

For more information click here.


OPEM Artists in Residence 2019

Belén Cerezo. Photo: Jon Rodriguez Bilbao

The Collection Museum is hosting Michael Shaw, Belén Cerezo and Ros Lorimer as OPEM Artists in Residence 2019. There are also some ‘Meet the Artist’ sessions.

When: May 11 to June 23
Where: The Collection Museum, Danes Terrace
Cost: The event is Pay-What-You-Decide allowing visitors to decide how much they want to donate to the museum to experience the exhibition

For more information click here.


Sooty’s Magic Show

Sooty’s Magic Show. Photo: New Theatre Royal

Sooty, Sweep and Soo and TV’s Richard Cadell will amaze with impossible tricks and sidesplitting jokes to keep the family entertained. There’s also the chance to meet Richard and Sooty after the show.

When: Friday, May 31 (11am & 2.30pm)
Where: New Theatre Royal Lincoln
Cost: £13 adults, £11 children (both plus £1 booking fee)

For more information and to book tickets click here.


Lincoln Makers’ Market

Lincoln Makers’ Market. Photo: Visit Lincoln

The market offers visitors the chance to view and buy a variety of beautiful, hand-crafted, and unique pieces of artwork and crafts.

When: Saturday, June 1
Where: Castle Hill
Cost: Free

For more information click here.