All through the year, Lincoln holds a number of events, fairs and markets which are popular with the locals and the tourists; there is always something new to do and experience in Lincoln.
City Square in the middle of town, hosts a variety of entertainment and activities throughout the year such as the pop up Ice Rink at Christmas; the Lincoln by the Sea feature, complete with deck chairs, sand and a carousel; and the pop up roller skate arena. There are also mini fairs, book stalls and charity events to look out for.
The local farmers market sets up shop in the Bail every 3rd Saturday of the month with some of the best local food Lincoln has to offer, from meat to cheese, cakes and fruit to savoury preserves and chutneys.
The popular Lincolnshire Show in mid-June is the annual country show which is a huge favourite and sees thousands of people flock to Lincoln each year. There is show jumping, a petting zoo and a feast of local cuisine; we guarantee you will have a very countrified day.
Arguably our biggest and best event is the Christmas Market! It is a grand tradition here in Lincoln and one that shouldn’t be missed. Taking place usually in the first week of December, this Victorian themed market has hundreds of stalls selling crafts, food, festive drinks, gifts, and of course Christmas themed novella and oodles of festive cheer ensuring you can’t help but get into the Christmas spirit. Starting in the Castle Square, the market guides you through the impressive castle grounds and back out the other side for more stalls and stands. As with most markets, this one does take place outside so it is essential to wrap up warm as there is so much to see and do, you can waste a few good hours wandering around!
From Tea Rooms to Restaurants
There is plenty of choice when eating out to suit all budgets and appetites. Scattered around Lincoln are lovely cafes serving fresh sandwiches, panini’s or a quick slice of cake and a cup of tea. For something a bit bigger head to the Brayford Waterfront where you’ll find the popular favourites including Nando’s, Wagamamas, Zizzi’s and Ask.
If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, the uphill area of the Bailgate is full of locally-run places that will soon become your new favourite from cosy tea shops to independent restaurants. Whatever you fancy, there’s something to please everyone.
You don’t need to look far for a number of places around the city in which to enjoy live entertainment. For the theatre lover there is the Theatre Royal, The Drill Hall and the LPAC (Lincoln Performing Arts Centre), all of which offer a wide range of performances and events.
Live music your thing? You can catch a big name band at the popular Engine Shed venue in the heart of the city, where recent guests have included Rizzle Kicks, Rudimental, Kasabian, Stereophonics, Plan B and Zane Lowe, to name but a few.
If you fancy a quiet night in with a film, the Odeon cinema is just down the hill and overlooks the Brayford. Or a bit closer to home is The Venue, our very own cinema right here on the BGU campus! Here you can watch the classics, catch the latest blockbuster or feed your soul with live satellite screenings of the best plays, ballet and operas the National Theatre Live or the Royal Shakespeare Company has to offer.
With so many students in the city, there is a fantastic range of nightlife attractions. Whether you prefer comfortable conversation in a traditional real ale pub, live, local bands in the uphill Bailgate area or dancing the night away in some fantastic new clubs and bars – Lincoln is sure to have just what you’re looking for.
For a quieter evening, have a friendly competition with your friends at the bowling lanes at Lincoln Bowl or alternatively, release your inner child at Lincoln’s PlayZone during adults only Tuesday evenings. Like a good scary story? Definitely check out Lincoln’s spooky Ghost Walk – a popular attraction for residents and tourists alike and one that shouldn’t be missed!
Due to Lincoln’s rich historical background just roaming around the city will show you the many examples of its vast history, such as the Stonebow and Newport arch (once entrances into the city), to parts of the old wall remaining outside the Lincoln Hotel.
The Cathedral offers a range of tours from the dizzying heights of a Roof and Tower tour to the intricate detail of a Floor Tour. You can also go in for free and have a wander around by yourself. Just across the square from the Cathedral is Lincoln Castle which is also available for tours and exploration.
If museums and art are your thing, head to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, The Collection or the Usher Gallery which house many wonderful artefacts, exhibitions, paintings and pottery from around Lincoln and the surrounding area of Lincolnshire.
For more information on things to do around Lincoln, upcoming events and where your friends and family can stay when they come for a visit, have a look at the Visit Lincoln website.