Alice Wood


Alice is currently a student studying Journalism at the University of Lincoln. She loves writing feature articles and tailoring them for an interesting magazine read, as well as finding fascinating stories to go online.

VW Campers gathered on the Brayford Wharf today for Lincoln’s popular VW Camper Day.

The event returned to the city for the fifth year on March 26, where uniquely designed vans gathered to impress crowds.

An iconic display of vehicles could enter in a ‘show and shine’ competition, where they were in with a chance to take home a trophy for the best VW Camper.

The day also featured live music, and stalls filled with special VW parts and memorabilia, as well as VW clothing.

Mother’s Day is the one day a year specially dedicated to celebrating all the things our mums have done for us.

Instead of gifting your mum a bunch of flowers and a card this year, why not treat her to one of Lincoln’s lovely Mother’s Day experiences.

Branston Hall Hotel

Branston Hall near Lincoln.

Time: 12pm to 3pm
Where: Branston Hall Hotel
Price: £29.95 per adult and £14.95 per child under 12

With its 88 acres of wooded parkland and lakes, Branston Hall Hotel is a picturesque sight and the perfect place to spend Mother’s Day. Their special menu designed exclusively for Mother’s Day boasts of three-courses, including a roast sirloin of Lincolnshire beef and Yorkshire pudding for a main course.

Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle east gate, from inside the walls. Photo: File/The Lincolnite

Time: 10am to 3.30pm
Where: Lincoln Castle
Price: Free admission to castle. £2 per child for craft activity or free for Lincoln Castle ticket holders

Children who want to get crafty making their mother’s a Victorian Posy broach can for just £2 at this special Victorian themed Mother’s Day event.

Afternoon Tea

View from Doubletree by Hilton, Lincoln. Photo: John Bennett for The Lincolnite

Time: 12pm to 3pm
Where: Doubletree by Hilton, Lincoln
Price: £19.95, or a children’s price £9.95

Why not treat the special lady in your family to an old British favourite tradition; Afternoon tea. The Doubletree by Hilton is offering freshly made afternoon tea in the viewing gallery overlooking the Lincoln skyline.

If you have children they are also offering to provide them with something to make a gift with. If you would like to experience this, you will need to book a table in advance.

Spring Bulb Pageant

Some of the flowers at Doddington. Photo: Doddington Hall.

When: Every Sunday from now until April 9, 11am to 4pm
Where: Doddington Hall
Price: £7 adults, £3.50 child, £18 family

Unfortunately the Mother’s Day lunch is already sold out, but the Spring Bulb Pageant at Doddington Hall remains a lovely gift experience for a mother and family to do on the special day. The Pageant started in the 1950s and talks you through the history of flowers, with an estimated 150,000 bulbs being planted or moved within the past 25 years.

The Swan Holme

The Swan Holme, Lincoln. Photo:

Time: 12pm to 10.30pm, with a free pudding after 7pm
Where: The Swan Holme
Price: £19.50

Spend some quality time with your mum this Mother’s Day over a three-course meal at The Swan Holme. Pick from main dishes such as roasted butternut squash and portobello mushroom tart and get a free dessert if your visit is after 7pm.

A crowdfunding page has been set up for Georgia Rawlings from Lincoln to help her raise funds to buy a wheelchair after she was paralysed in an accident.

In September 2016, Georgia – known as Gee to her friends – broke her neck following a fall from a basket swing in a local park.

The 18-year-old was left paralysed from the neck down after the incident occurred at the Victoria Street Play Area, off Newark Road.

Georgia’s friend Eve Morgan set up the first JustGiving page just after the incident had happened to support the family and “make life easier”.

Eve wrote: “Gee’s recovery will be a long, challenging journey but with a little bit of support, it could be easier for them all.

“I am setting up this page in order to take a little bit of weight off of this amazing family’s shoulders.”

The page has so far managed to raise £2,978, including donations from staff and customer’s at Tesco stores around Lincolnshire.

However, for Georgia’s family to purchase a specially adapted wheelchair they need to raise in excess of £17,000.

To date, following a charity auction and raffle, the family have managed to raise £5,500. This amount added to the money already raised by Eve’s JustGiving page totals almost £8,500.

The family still need to raise another £8,500 in order to get Georgia the wheelchair she needs.

Amy Holden has set up a new crowdfunding page to achieve this.

Amy said: “Due to the severity of Gee’s injuries which have left her paralysed from the chest down and the fact that she is only 18, a power wheelchair appropriate for her specific needs and limited mobility means that she can achieve some semblance of normality e.g. going back to college, gigs, cinema and just hanging out with her friends.

“We are not personally planning any more fundraisers however many friends and family are planning some smaller events.
“We are beyond overwhelmed at how kind people have been. Family, friends and strangers have all come together to support Gee and it is amazing. We can’t thank everyone enough.”

If you would like to donate, please follow this link.

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