10 Great Things to do in Lincoln This Weekend

Published on 2016-08-22 / By Washingborough Hall

As far as city breaks go, there can be few destinations in the UK that pack so much food, fun and culture into one modest area as Lincoln. With some of the nation's most remarkable history and a deluge of fantastic independent shops, bars and places to visit, is it any wonder the city is becoming one of the top staycation destinations in the UK? If our current special offers on short breaks were not reason enough to discover Lincoln, here are ten delightful ways to make your next short break an enjoyable one: 

Magic Markets

Image titleLincoln has colorful markets and quality local fare year round (Image Credit: Matt Buck, Wikimedia Commons)

While many English towns have a regular market, Lincoln has no fewer than six lively market days each month! These occasions are a great way to sample the best of local crafts and edibles, do some gift shopping or just browse to your heart’s content:
Lincoln Farmers Market takes place on the 3rd Saturday of each month on Castle Hill year round.  
Lincoln Artists’ Market takes place on the 1st Saturday of each month from March to December on Steep Hill, while Lincoln’s Craft Market takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month at Cornhill.  

Solve a Mystery

Do you love logic puzzles and mysteries? Fancy yourself as a bit of a super sleuth? If so, Lincoln’s own answer to the Panic Room style challenges might be just the ticket. We especially like the fact that Tension EG have mixed some local spice into their challenge too. Can you solve the mystery of the missing Magna Carta in just one hour? Great entertainment for families with older kids or group of friends. More info here: www.tensionexitgames.co.uk

Shop Independently

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There are some truly stupendous boutique stores in Lincoln for anyone who like to keep their retail local and independent. Do keep a special lookout for crafts, vintage fashion and antiques, which are all well represented. Our main site has a shopping section with a rough guide and several useful starting points HERE

Take a Flight into History

As a region with such a rich history in aviation, Lincolnshire is not short on heritage attractions. RAF Scampton still operates as a military site and is just one of several visitor attractions near Lincoln to offer guided tours, authentic exhibits and real planes and vehicles on display. You will need to book in advance for RAF Scampton- but there are also several other sites open for day visitors (see our Aviation History Sites blog for more suggestions).  

Explore Lincoln’s Greener Side

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Scenic walks and a surprising amount of wildlife await at Hartsholme (Image credit: John Bennett / Wikimedia Commons)

For those looking for a leisurely stroll, city wildlife or somewhere to let the kids explore, Hartsholme Park is the perfect weekend destination to stretch your legs. Plenty to see, including a wide variety of birds and wildlife less than three miles from central Lincoln, not to mention family activities such as den building and pond dipping. It’s also a dog-friendly site, should your best friend need a decent walk. Find out more here


Enjoy a crafty Pint in the Cultural Quarter

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For all fans of great beer, Lincoln has never been better served with both classic and new breed brews and special bars. To name but a handful, Lincoln Taphouse & Kitchen and The Strait and Narrow have a dizzying array of craft beers and cocktails to offer. Meanwhile, classic pubs such as the Wig and Mitre and Lincoln’s oldest tavern The Adam & Eve offer real ales and historic character for those who prefer a nod to tradition.

Conquer the Castle

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Offering commanding views and endless historical intrigue, Lincoln Castle is another must. Whether you want to see the legendary Magna Carta, uncover ghoulish discoveries or walk the castle walls, it is a fantastic site. The official site is a real goldmine of information on both permanent features and stacks of lively seasonal events for 2016 & 2017: www.lincolncastle.com 

Brew Up the Perfect Lazy Afternoon

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A typical weekend break can involve a lot of walking and exploring, so why not reward yourself with something a little decadent? Little beats a classic English Afternoon Tea to relax and refresh yourself with a top notch brew and homemade cakes. A great way to treat someone, Washingborough Hall serve this timeless treat every day after noon with a superb selection of sandwiches and sweet treats on offer, just a short drive from the city. Click here for further details.

Learn Something New

Another wonderful aspect of Lincoln is the wealth of arts, crafts and skilled locals willing to pass on their passion. Workshops and one day courses in Lincoln give the visitor the ideal chance to pick up a new skill or try something completely different, even if you’re only here for a weekend escape. Ideal for those who prefer hands-on involvement to being a spectator. Sites such as Lincoln Castle and The Usher Gallery, offer everything from leatherwork to life drawing and photography courses at various times of year.

Let us Entertain You…

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Do you have a passion for live gigs, comedy, theatre and other performing arts? If so, a night of live entertainment is a must! Lincoln City has not one but a small stack of fantastic theatres, gig venues and cultured night spots to head for. See our live entertainments blog to discover seven brilliant venues and highlights to come for autumn 2016.


Special Offers on Lincoln Weekend Breaks at Washingborough Hall

With a delightful country house setting, excellent food and facilities, Washingborough Hall Hotel makes a wonderful weekend escape. Beautifully secluded yet within ten minutes of Lincoln by car, it is an ideal destination to combine activity and relaxation. Why not treat someone you love to a unique getaway with one of our current special offers and hotel deals? Our Midsummer Mondays Offer is just one way to extend your weekend and enjoy superb luxury breaks in Lincolnshire for less.


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