Events

Lincoln’s fun fair returns to the South Common on Friday evening with a range of thrilling rides and traditional fairground favourites, such as hot dogs and candy floss.

The bi-annual event was postponed in September last year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but it will be making a comeback when it runs between Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 22.

It will be open between 6pm and 10pm on weekdays and 2pm-10pm on Saturday, but closed on Sunday. Entry is priced at just £1 and there is free parking onsite.

Crazy Wave. | Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Take a ride on Extreme. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Have a ride on Atmosphere Creator. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Or why not try the Dragon ride? | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

A ride called Midnight Express is new for May 2021, while The Bomber will return along with the Matterhorn and Miami rides.

Family favourites such as the Twister, Waltzer and Dodgems, will also be included at the fair.

Family favourites, such as the Dodgems, are back again. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Super Bowl is another ride to check out at this year’s fair. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

In addition to the adult and children’s rides, there will be games stalls and refreshments, including traditional fairground favourites such as hot dogs, burgers and candy floss, as well as dirty fries, ice cream and sweets.

Fun for all the family. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The fair will run between May 14 and 22, 2021. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The fair is run under the banner box the Showman’s Guild and one of the organisers Ashley Wood told The Lincolnite: “I am really excited and looking forward to it. We have missed being in Lincoln as we have been coming here for generations.

“We have had a good response from the public on social media and look forward to welcoming the people of Lincoln to this yearly event once again, albeit a month later than usual.”

The Lincoln Pride event has been cancelled for a second year running due to COVID-19.

The event was cancelled in 2020 and organisers said the 2021 event will not go ahead either.

Organisers said in a Facebook post: “We understand this will be a huge disappointment to many. However, safety is our main priority and holding such a large event in uncertain times is not something we believe to be viable.

“Our event is costly and takes many months to plan. Without the guarantee we can go ahead with the full event as normal, and having been unable to conduct our usual fundraising this past year, we do not feel it is possible to put the event on this year.

“We are happy to announce that we are working with the local council and authorities to bring to you some smaller events later in the year to keep the Pride spirit alive in Lincoln, and we are already well under way with planning Lincoln Pride 2022!

“Take care, stay safe and we will see you in 2022, when we expect Lincoln Pride to be fully restored to its former glory! ❤️🧡💛💚”

Commenting on the announcement, Tracey Twist said: “Just means next year will be even more amazing.”

Darren Thorius commented: “Understandable given the circumstances, just gives us more reason to make 2022 the biggest pride yet.”

Megan McMahon agreed and said: “So sad to hear this, but right decision.”

The first Lincoln City Half Marathon road race has been postponed for a second consecutive year due to coronavirus.

The flagship event, set up by the Lincoln City Foundation and Curly’s Athletes, was due to take place for the first time in September 2020, but the coronavirus outbreak across the country made this impossible.

Plans were then made to hold the event in September 2021, when restrictions are lined up to be completely lifted, however that date has now also been postponed.

Organisers say ongoing restrictions and caution surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, mean the event will not go ahead this year.

It has been rearranged for Sunday, September 18, 2022.

Organisers decided they could not engage with local communities and businesses in the way they’d like as a result of lockdown.

As well as this, there are fears about allowing large numbers of people to run through the city centre as soon as September.

Any runners who signed up to the half marathon will receive an email with all information about moving their place or getting a refund.

Charlotte Hornsby, head of operations at Lincoln City Foundation, said: “We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved in the planning of the event; from the local authority, who are fully supportive of our decision to postpone, to the volunteers and to everyone who has entered the race.

“Our charity, like so many, has seen a significant reduction in fundraising activities over the last 12 months, but we are looking ahead to bringing Lincolnshire a portfolio of engaging events that will invite communities to get active with safety as our priority.”

If you are interested in signing up for the Lincoln City Half Marathon 2022, visit the event website.

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