Events

The second day of the British Cycling National Championships is under way with the circuit race in Lincoln on Friday.

The first event was the time trial and took place in Tealby on Thursday, October 14. Brothers Ethan and Leo Hayter took both the elite and under-23 titles, while Anna Henderson and Anna Shackley were also crowned national champions – see the time trial results here.

Friday’s focus is the circuit race. The majority of the route through Castle Square, Westgate, Union Road and Drury Lane in Lincoln will be closed from 11am and access to the Bailgate will be closed at 3pm – see the full list of road closures for the National Championships here.

The National Championship Sportive will take place on Saturday, October 16 before cycling legends Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish take part in Sunday’s road race, taking in the cobbled Michaelgate climb once every eight miles.

The men’s race will be contested over 166km (13 laps) and the women’s race over 101km (8 laps).

Cobbled climbs can be watched at Michaelgate, while gripping action will be over at Long Leys Road, and the Bailgate is the perfect spot to grab a drink while the racers go by.

Failing that, you can see full race highlights on ITV4 at 7pm on Tuesday, October 19, as well as on British Cycling’s YouTube channel and live on Eurosport Player.

It’s nearly time for the mannequins to wake up and invite you into Mannakin Hall for a Halloween Safari, between Sleaford and Grantham.

Walk around the mannequin graveyard in Fulbeck at night and enjoy the installations at Mannakin Hall, including a fortune telling mannequin, mini cinema showing a selection of independent horror films, a happy camper, the Glastonbury Experience and sleeping beauty.

The event will take place between 6pm-9pm on October 22, 23, 29 and 30. Limited tickets are available priced between £23 and £46 and cover two people – buy tickets here.

Step inside and experience Mannakin Halloween Safari, which starts on October 22. | Photo: Roz Edwards

Walk around the mannequin graveyard at night. | Photo: Paul Greeves

The annual Halloween walk was converted into a mannequin safari last year to spook visitors in a COVID secure way. This year it is now a walking safari.

Roz Edwards, Director at Mannakin Ltd, said: “When people visit in the daytime, they always ask me if it is scary at night. Well this is your chance to find out.

“I was first inspired to do the walk back in 2015, after visiting Banksy’s Dismaland. The Tropicana site, that I used to swim in as a child, is about the same size as Mannakin Hall.

“I was so inspired by not only the installations, but his use of mannequins within the exhibition that I got very excited and started plotting – the Awful Halloween Walk.

“Last year, we successfully put on a drive through experience, due to covid restrictions, which we called a safari. That name has stuck with us and so we are back. This time it is a walking safari. A walk around a mannequin graveyard at night, something we’ve done for several years running.”

A spooky Halloween experience in Lincolnshire. | Photo: Paul Greeves

The Mannakin Halloween Safari will take place on October 22, 23, 29, and 30. | Photo: Roz Edwards

Mannakin Ltd was founded by Roz Edwards in 2008 and hires, sells, renovates and upcycles mannequins. She is about to launch Club Mannakin for mannequin-themed business support.

The return of big and fantastic firework displays in and around the city will create a lot of excitement in November.

The Lincolnite has put together a list of displays to look out for to celebrate Bonfire Night this autumn.

If your display is not on the list and you’d like it to be added, please email full details to [email protected].


Autumn Lights – Lincolnshire Showground

The popular Autumn Lights fireworks display is returning to the Lincolnshire Showground on November 6, with fire and glow entertainers, street food and drink, as well as a funfair.

The fireworks display will be choreographed to music alongside hot air balloons glowing in the night sky.

Where: Lincolnshire Showground
When: Saturday, November 6 (2pm-9pm)
Cost: £45-£55 per car – buy tickets here

See more information here.


Back With A Bang – Sincil Bank

| Photo: Lincoln City Football Club

Fireworks will be back at Lincoln City’s Sincil Bank stadium for the first time since 2019 with a fun evening of family entertainment on November 4.

There will also be live music and entertainment, including from the cast of New Theatre Royal Lincoln’s Christmas panto Beauty & the Beast, and a chance to meet the Lincoln City first team.

Where: Lincoln City’s LNER Stadium
When: Thursday, November 4 (from 5pm, display at 8pm)
Cost: Adults £6, concessions £4, family £18, with discounts for Imps Gold/Gold + Members – buy tickets here.


Lincoln Rugby Club fireworks display

Watch the fireworks at Lincoln Rugby Club. | Photo: Brian Penney

Lincoln Rugby Club in Nettleham will host a fireworks display with fun for all the family – fairground rides, candy floss, a sparkler pit, large inflatable slide and bouncy castle.

There will also be pizzas, burgers, hotdogs and a sweet stall at the family-friendly event.

Where: Lincoln Rugby Club, Lodge Lane, Nettleham
When: Friday, November 5 (gates open 6pm, display at around 7pm)
Cost: £5 per person or family tickets for £15 (two adults, two children). It is advised to book in advance, but tickets can also be bought on the day. Buy tickets here.


Firework Spectacular at Sir Francis Hill

Firework Spectacular at Sir Francis Hill Community Primary School

The annual firework event will return with a bang at Sir Francis Hill Community Primary School for its 25th year, on November 5.

Fireworks, fairground rides and food will be available at the event described by the school as “a great night out for all the family at one of Lincoln’s most popular firework events”.

Where: Sir Francis Hill Community Primary School, Bristol Drive, Lincoln
When: Friday, November 5 (5.30pm-8pm)
Cost: Adults £5, children £3, family tickets also available and prices vary. People can purchase tickets here in advance or pay at the gate on the day.


Harmston Young Farmers Bonfire Night

| Photo: Harmston Young Farmers

The free annual family bonfire and firework night held by Harmston Young Farmers’ club for the village and the wider community returns this autumn.

There will be hot food, a licensed bar, sparkler zone, and a rousing performance by The Sleaford Concert Band.

Where: Harmston Village, LN5 9SN
When: Wednesday, November 3 (starts 6pm, fireworks at 7.30pm)
Cost: Free entry, but donations will be collected throughout the evening for a chosen charity.

See more information about the event here.


Sturton by Stow bonfire and fireworks

The Sturton by Stow bonfire and fireworks night will return on November 6, 2021.

The annual firework spectacular will return to the Sturton by Stow recreation field

There will be food and drink stalls, as well as glow sticks sold by Sturton Youth Club. The event will help raise money for the local recreation field, FOSSA and Sturton by Stow Youth Club.

Tickets will be available from mid-October from Sturton General Stores and Sturton Primary School, with limited tickets available on the gate.

Where: Sturton Recreation Field, LN1 2BU (parking available at the school and Bradshaws)
When: Saturday, November 6 (gates open at 5.30pm)
Cost: Adults £6, under-14s £4, under-3s free. Family ticket (two adults and two children) £18 if purchased in advance.

See full information here.


Bassingham bonfire night

The bonfire night and fireworks event will return to the village of Bassingham in 2021. | Photo: Elliot Doody

The fireworks event in the village of Bassingham will return for the first time in four years, for families and anyone who still loves a traditional bonfire night.

Tickets can be purchased from Greens of Bassingham corner shop and The Bugle Horn pub, with a limited number available on the gate on the night.

Where: A field in Bassingham near LN5 9JU
When: Saturday, November 6 (starts at 7pm with fireworks at 7.20pm & 7.45pm)
Cost: Adults £3, under-16s £2, under-4s free.


Harby Bonfire and Firework display

Harby Bonfire and Firework display will be held on November 5, 2021.

Harby’s firework display is its main source of income to help provide the local playing field, bowls pavilion, tennis court, and children’s play area.

Due to bad weather and coronavirus, Harby’s last firework display was held there years ago, so this will be an extra special event and help raise some urgently needed funds. Food, drinks and refreshments stalls will be available.

Where: Church Road, Harby, NG23 7ED
When: Friday, November 5 (gates open at 6pm)
Cost: Adults £5 and all under-16s get in for free


RAF Waddington will also be hosting a fireworks display on Wednesday, November 3. It is only open to military personnel and will be taking place on base, but the local community will likely be lucky enough to see the display from their homes as per previous years.

Elsewhere in the county, the popular Enchanted Lights event returns to Stourton Estates in Baumber near Horncastle between November 4 to 6.

An alternative evening’s entertainment to a traditional bonfire or fireworks night, including the trees and arboretum lit up with coloured lights, toasting marshmallows on specially designed mini fire-pits, and more – see more information and buy tickets here.

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