Chelsea Buckthorp


Chelsea studied English Literature at Kingston University London and has also completed a work experience placement at Morton’s Media. She loves reading, dancing and visiting National Trust sites.

Lincoln Inspired will celebrate its first birthday with a special performance from music patron, Elliott Morris on November 1.

In May this year, Lincoln Inspired attracted more than 5,000 people to a festival full of books, comedy, music and the general arts.

Inspired is a not-for-profit organisation, and relies largely on business sponsorship and public donations in order to meet its running costs.

This November, the team will launch a series of fundraising events to help with the costs of staging the second Lincoln Inspired from May 6-11.

On November 1, it will kick things off with a Birthday Bash at Lincoln Drill Hall.

This musical celebration takes place a year to the day since the festival was first officially launched.

Inspired music patron and local guitar hero, Elliott Morris (23) will be marking the festival’s first birthday with the launch of his own new EP.

Elliott will unveil Shadows and Whispers, which features arrangements of traditional songs as well as two of his own compositions, Eyes and Smoke and Mirrors.

He said: “It’s fantastic that the day of the worldwide release coincides with the Birthday Bash.”

As well as touring with his own music across the UK and Ireland, Elliott Morris feels privileged to be involved in bringing some great musical talent to Lincoln as part of the Inspired festival.

“It was great just being included in the festival but when I realised what it involved to be a patron I felt really honoured. It means a lot to me to be able bring artists to Lincoln and show the city some great acts.”

He will be performing alongside critically-acclaimed folk artists David Gibb and Elly Lucas.

The two BBC Young Folk Awards 2011 finalists have supported acts such as Cara Dillon and Jez Lowe.

Elliott said: “I am really looking forward to sharing the evening with David and Elly. We’ve played a few shows together in the past, including at a festival in Yorkshire earlier this year.

“They were very happy to get involved and I’m looking forward to playing with them again this weekend. It is going to be a great night, there is going to be a real party atmosphere.”

Festival Director Sara Bullimore added: “Our first ‘official’ birthday seemed a great excuse for a party and to remind everyone that we are aiming to present another, even better, Lincoln Inspired event next year.”

More fundraising events will take place over the next few weeks, including an evening with Inspired science patron and local author Paul Money at The Collection on Sunday, November 17.

He will be giving a talk and signing copies of his new Nightscenes publication for the coming year.

The Birthday Bash starts at 8pm and tickets, priced £8, are available from the Drill Hall Box Office on 01522 873894 or online at

For more information on Lincoln Inspired events, or about how you can get involved in fundraising or making a donation, visit the festival website at

Lincoln-based Chapterhouse Theatre Company is about to embark on its fourteenth year of touring the UK and Ireland with open-air performances of classical adaptations.

Chapterhouse will be touring over one hundred different venues across the UK and Ireland with six adaptations of well-known classics; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles, Twelfth Night and The Wind in the Willows.

This year, it will be opening the season with a special performance of Pride & Prejudice at Bolingbroke Castle, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s most popular novel.

Script writer Laura Turner said she felt honoured to be a part in the 200th anniversary of the story: “It was a huge privilege to script my own version of this classic love story and I feel even more privileged to have it touring this year.”

Laura is a Lincoln-based writer who’s worked as a playwright for Chapterhouse since graduating from the University of York in 2009. She is excited to be kicking off the tour in her home county.

“I was not lucky enough to study Pride & Prejudice at school or university, but have read the novel several times, so I was thrilled to be asked to write an adaptation of it for the stage.

“I have tried to represent the original text as faithfully as possible and I hope anyone who goes to see it enjoys spending an evening with Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.”

Samantha Hopkins played Elizabeth Bennet in last year’s production of the show. This year, she rejoined Chapterhouse as a member of their Shakespeare cast, and used the opportunity to play her cross-dressing role in Twelfth Night to get her hair cut off and also do her bit for charity.

She said: “I had a wonderful time touring with Chapterhouse last year. I had the opportunity to play one of English literature’s most famous heroines, Lizzie Bennet.

“I grew really fond of Lincoln and it’s lovely to be back. It feels like home now!”

Samantha Hopkins, who features in this year's Twelfth Night cast, cut off her hair for charity.

Samantha Hopkins, who features in this year’s Twelfth Night cast, cut off her hair for charity.

She added: “Viola spends the majority of the play disguised as a boy and this will be a bit of a challenge for me, because I’m quite a girly girl in real life, but I can’t wait!

“A friend of my family was recently diagnosed with cancer and she had to cut her hair. She donated it to the Little Princess Trust, who make wigs for children with cancer and when I realised that I would be cutting enough off the length of my hair, I thought I’d like to do the same.”

You can catch Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s range of Lincolnshire performances at various venues:

  • Pride & Prejudice: June 13 at Bolingbroke Castle, Bolingbroke
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles: July 21 at The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa
  • The Wind in the Willows: July 28 at Elsham Hall, Brigg
  • Pride & Prejudice: July 4 at Gainsborough Trinity Theatre, Gainsborough
  • Pride & Prejudice: August 18 at Elsham Hall, Brigg
  • Twelfth Night: August 25 at The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa
  • Pride & Prejudice: August 30 at Belton House, near Grantham

For more information on any of the performances listed on Chapterhouse’s 2013 summer tour visit the Chapterhouse website.

If you are tired of pacing the streets with your trick or treat bags, The Lincolnite has put together a selection of hair-raising happenings to get you into the spooky spirit.

— Additional contributions by Nicola Ware

Ghost Walk

Wednesday 31st October, 7pm
Castle Square, Lincoln LN1 3AA
Tickets: £4 adults, £2 concessions
Contact: 01522 874056

Take a trip through the haunted streets of historic Lincoln this all hallows eve with the original Ghost Walk. It’s a thrill aimed at all the family, retelling some well researched and spine-tingling tales. No booking is required visitors are invited to just turn up at 7pm prompt outside the tourist information centre in Castle Square.

Sweeney Todd

Wednesday 31st October, 7.30pm
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Brayford Pool, LN6 7TS
Tickets: £10 for adults and £8 concessions (£5 under 26s & students)

The menacingly macabre story of the demon barber Sweeny Todd will be playing at the LPAC. This musical masterpiece is a bloodthirsty and darkly comic tale of lust, revenge and star-crossed love, a perfectly horrid concoction for Halloween viewing. There will also be a prize for best dressed on the night.

Phantom of The Opera

Wednesday 31 Oct, 7.30pm
Lincoln Drill Hall, Freeschool Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY
Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions / £9 students)

The world famous Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will be brought to life by the students at Lincoln College. Based on the French novel by Gaston Leroux, this gothic musical tells a captivating story that has haunted the imagination of theatre goers for years. This is a Halloween treat with romantic twist.

Halloween Fireworks at Sincil Bank

Wednesday 31st October 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Sincil Bank Stadium, Lincoln, LN5 8LD
Tickets: On the night, £7 adult/ £4 concession. Earlybird, £6 adult/ £3 concessions
Contact: 01522 880 011

Bonfire night is only around the corner but if you can’t wait till then, Sincil Bank will be putting on a special Halloween fireworks display. A family friendly night that promises to be explosive, including and appearance from Britain’s Got Talent duo Ted and Grace. Tickets will be available to buy on the night but Earlybird tickets can also be purchased before hand for anyone looking to save a bit of extra cash.

The Kinema Halloween showing of The Exorcist

Saturday 27th October 10.30pm
Coronation Road, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire LN10 6QD
All tickets £6
Contact 01526 352166

The Kinema in the Woods is the perfect place to watch a scary film. Cut off from the rest of society and situated deep in the woodland, this eerie atmosphere sets the scene for a late night viewing of one of the most infamous horror movies of all time; Where they will be showing a digitally enhanced director’s cut of The Exorcist for film fans and scare seekers alike.

Halloween Disco

Wednesday 31st October 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Fun Farm Stephenson Road, North Hykeham, LN6 3QU
Tickets: £6.50
Contact: 01522 695553

Fun Farm is putting on an activity packed Halloween disco for the young ones, a great place for them to let off some steam over half term. There will be a fancy dress competition, party games and loads of prizes. Adults and under 1’s go free and there will be food and drink available to buy on site.

Waterstones Witches

Wednesday 31st October, 10.30am – 2pm.
Waterstones 297a High Street Lincoln, LN2 1AF
Free event

Waterstones High Street, Lincoln is putting on a hair-raising Halloween special themed day in the children’s department. This half term everyone is invited to pop into store for a fun filled day of crafts and activities, including getting the chance to make your own witches hat. Fancy dress is optional and each child will get to take home a trick or treat bag

Halloween at Lincoln Slug

Wednesday October 31st
Contact 01522 589 478

For anyone planning on hitting the bars this Hallows Eve, Lincoln Slug and Lettuce is putting on a Halloween inspired night complete with a Zombies and Vampires fancy dress theme, spooky 2-4-1 cocktails and a range spirited games and fun.

Halloween Ghost Train

Wednesday 31st October
Central Promenade, DN35 8SF Cleethorpes
Tickets: £4 each and £14 for a family of four.
Contact 01472 323111

If you feel like venturing a bit further afield this Halloween and you go down to Cleethorpes, you’ll be in for a big surprise. Local businesses along the Cleethorpes’ seafront have pulled out all the stops this year to put on an action packed, value for money, Halloween bonanza. Ticket prices include a return trip on the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway.

Odeon Cinema

Although going to the cinema may not seem particularly adventurous, this Halloween there are a couple of great new family friendly, ghoulish films to get you into the spirit. Hotel Transylvania and Frankenweenie are both available in 3D. To find out about showing times or to book tickets, see the Odeon website.

RSPCA Lincoln & The Dog House Halloween Fun Day

Saturday 27th October from 11am
The Dog House, 10 Crofton Close, Lincoln, LN3 4NT

A community charity event for RSPCA Lincoln, the Halloween Fun Day at The Dog House creche and grooming parlour is putting on a fancy dress competitions for dogs and owners (£2 entry). Also in store are dog photography, a tombola and spooky refreshments.

Kids Fun Evening

Wednesday 31st October, 6pm
Charlotte House Hotel, The Lawns, Union Road, Lincoln, LN1 3BJ
Tickets: £3 per person on the door

Charlotte House Hotel is organising a Halloween fun night for kid and families, with disco, games, a fancy dress competition (optional), inflatables, a bar and a parents’ room.

Hartsholme Halloween Trail

Tuesday 30th October – Sunday 4th November, 12am – 3pm
Hartsholme Country Park, Lincoln
Tickets: £2 per child
Contact 01522 873577

Spooky spiders, ghoulish ghosts and scary skeletons are just a few of the things you may come across on the Hartsholme Halloween Trail. The Halloween Trail, which has been organised by the City of Lincoln Council, is running from Tuesday 30th October to Sunday 4th November at Hartsholme Country Park. Lisa Blezzard, Education and Promotion Ranger at Hartsholme Country Park said: “This event is only for the brave! You need to be prepared to be scared out of your skin on the creepy Halloween Trail which, if you complete it, will lead you to a delicious and ghoulish treat.” The trail starts outside the Visitors Centre. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Toilets and refreshments are available at the park.

— Are you holding a Halloween event in the Lincoln area? Email [email protected] with your event details or add them in the comments below.

Photo: Richard Matthews

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