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Message from Council Leader Cllr Martin Hill OBE - 1 August 2017

Cllr Hill highlights some of the great things to do in Lincolnshire over the summer holidays

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Cllr Martin Hilll enjoying Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool

Here in Lincolnshire, we always knew Lincoln Castle was really special - now it’s official!

Earlier this summer, it fought off opposition from across the UK to be named the country’s favourite castle.

It attracted a stunning 43% of the vote in an online competition organised by HolidayLettings.co.uk, well ahead of runner-up Bamburgh with 17%.

As many of us start our summer break - and look desperately for ways to keep the children and grandchildren entertained! - why not put Lincoln Castle top of your list?

It’s currently hosting Domesday Book - the most important document in English history, and the star attraction in our Battles and Dynasties exhibition.

To make your trip even better, come along for one of our many exciting summer events, such as the Grand Medieval Joust on the weekend of 5-6 August

Every visitor also gets a free return visit within six months - but you won’t want to leave it that long!

Just three weeks later (25-28 August), Lincoln Castle and the uphill area will celebrate the bank holiday in style with the hugely popular Steampunk Festival.

Elsewhere in the city, The Collection is hosting the rest of the fabulous Battles and Dynasties exhibition, with all kinds of national treasures on display.

Spanning 1,000 years of history, they include William the Conqueror’s order for the creation of Lincoln Cathedral, Mary Queen of Scots’ death warrant, Queen Victoria’s throne and Edward VIII’s abdication letter.

Away from Lincoln, King Henry VIII will be holding court at Gainsborough Old Hall on 18 August and talking about his colourful life and six marriages.

There’s even chance to put questions to the notorious monarch, who visited the Old Hall with his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, in 1541.

And don’t forget to marvel at the Tudor-style costumes used in the acclaimed BBC drama Wolf Hall, which are on display at the attraction until 28 August.

Lincolnshire’s hugely popular coastal resorts will also be pulling out all the stops to entertain visitors over the holiday season.

Highlights include the Skegness Carnival, with free events throughout the week of 13-18 August, including a parade and family fun day.

In Grantham, you can relive the 1960s at a Groovy Garden Party in Wyndham Park on 12 August, with music, crafts, activities, fair rides and stalls.

Staying with nostalgia, Boston is hosting a Classic Car Show at Graves Park on 13 August, while Outdoor Cinema comes to Central Park on the 25th and 26th.

If you love the Great Outdoors, have you visited the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty recently, or the wonderful Fens?

Wherever in the county you want to explore, you’ll find useful information to help you at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/countryside/visiting.

Personally, I’m a great fan of getting out in the countryside on my bike, getting fresh air and exercise with my irrepressible Patterdale terrier, Boris.

I also love cooling off on a hot day at the Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool - one of several superb lidos across Lincolnshire.

Sadly for Boris, he isn’t able to join me in having a dip - riotous behaviour isn’t allowed at the facility, and he isn’t overly keen on the water!

Looking ahead to September, I’d suggest a visit to the Stamford Georgian Festival, where you can enjoy everything from street theatre and military encampments to celebrity speakers and a costume ball.

The festival, which includes many free events, will be delighting visitors from 21-24 September - check out www.stamfordgeorgianfestival.co.uk for full details.

The South Lincolnshire Walking Festival also gets underway on 23 September, offering something for walkers of all abilities and interests right up until 29 October.

That’s the day British Summer Time ends, by the way, so let’s all make the most of it while it lasts!

More information

For more information and discounted online tickets for Battles and Dynasties - which runs until 3 September - visit www.lincolncastle.com/domesday or www.thecollectionmuseum.com.

There’s more information about things to do in Lincolnshire at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/heritage or call 01522 782040.

You’ll also get plenty of ideas from the Out and About listings in the current County News, and from the online version at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/countynews.

Another very popular option is www.visitlincolnshire.com.

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