Lincolnshire the place to be if you're looking for fun
Column by Coun Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council
It’s true to say our summer hasn’t really got going this year, and it’s hard to believe that there’s only a couple of weeks to go until schools break up for the six-week holidays.
But if you’re looking for something to do, our Lincolnshire County Council heritage sites are offering something for everyone come rain or shine! So if you’re making plans either for yourself or your family, you don’t need to rely on the weather for a great day out.
Most youngsters love dinosaurs and a fantastic pre-historic experience is promised at The Collection Museum, Lincoln, from Saturday, July 13 until September 8. Dinosaur Encounter is a thrilling exhibition from London’s Natural History Museum. With impressive models and animatronics, fossil replicas and even a roaring, snorting full size T-Rex, you’ll be transported back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the land!
Complementing the main exhibition are four exciting fun days providing hands-on opportunities for youngsters. They include the chance to learn how to be a palaeontologist, find out about Lincolnshire at the time of the Cretaceous period, explore a collection of fossils, and create your own piece of Big Dino Art.
For more information, see www.collectionmuseum.com
A whole host of events on a Victorian theme take place during July and August at Lincoln Castle. These include costumed characters in the Victorian Prison recounting their tales, the Victorian Extravaganza including circus acts and fairground rides, and a Victorian Fair with galloping horses, jugglers, fire-breathers and colourful sideshows.
The Castle grounds are set to provide a great outdoor venue for theatrical performances such as Alice in Wonderland and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The summer season finishes with the annual Steampunk Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend. See www.lincolncastle.com/events for the full programme and how to book.
While you’re in Lincoln, take the opportunity to visit the nearby Museum of Lincolnshire Life (www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/musuemoflincolnshirelife)
Gainsborough Old Hall is hosting medieval-themed events throughout the summer (www.gainsborougholdhall.com)
If heritage isn’t for you, why not enjoy the coast by going to the North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards or the nature reserve at Gibraltar Point? Days could be spent visiting some of our lovely villages or historic market towns, or going for walks or cycle rides.
So when you’re planning activities for the summer – remember that you really don’t have to go far to have a great time. We’re so lucky to live in a county where there’s so much to do.