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Out and about - December 2017

The essential guide to what’s on in Lincolnshire for December 2017.

Father Christmas

AN AUDIENCE WITH FATHER CHRISTMAS

16, 17, 20 - 23 Dec
Lincoln Castle, LN1 3AA. Treat your little ones to an unforgettable experience - join Father Christmas as he tells Christmas stories of the past. Every child will receive a Victorian-style gift.

Photo of a Victorian Christmas


VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS QUEST

Ongoing until 6 Jan
Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Burton Road, Lincoln, LN1 3LY. A fun and informative family trail with all the sights, sounds and atmosphere of a traditional Victorian Christmas. Each completed trail wins a gift. £2 per trail.

The Collection museum

 

MY BACK TO NATURE

Ongoing until 14 Jan, daily 10am - 4pm
The Collection, Danes Terrace, Lincoln, LN2 1LP. An exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Turner Prize nominee George Shaw, created while he was artist in residence at the National Gallery in London. Drawing on woodland scenes in the gallery’s collection and his experience of walking in the forest near his hometown as a teenager. Free admission. 01522 782040.

INDUSTRY IN THE TOWN EXHIBITION

Ongoing until 17 Dec, Tues and Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 11am - 4pm
Gainsborough Heritage Centre, 12 North Street, Gainsborough, DN21 2HS. An exhibition showcasing the many industrial firms that helped shape the town’s engineering prowess. £3 for non-members, free for members. www.gainsboroughheritage.co.uk / 01427 610526.

LAURA ELLEN BACON: ROOTED IN INSTINCT

Ongoing until 14 Jan
National Centre for Craft & Design, Navigation Wharf, Sleaford, NG34 7TW. The NCCD welcomes one of the shortlisted finalists of the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize for her first-ever solo exhibition, with specially commissioned work incorporating heritage skills. Free. www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk / 01529 308710.

BALLOONS OVER LINCOLNSHIRE…LIGHTER THAN AIR

Ongoing until 25 March
Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum, Heath Farm, North Rauceby, Sleaford, NG34 8QR. An exhibition exploring the vital role airships and hot air balloons played during WWI and the involvement of the Lighter than Air Section at Cranwell. Free admission. www.cranwellaviation.co.uk / 01529 488490.

1940s VINTAGE CHRISTMAS PARTY

1 Dec
Natural World Centre, Whisby Nature Park, Moor Lane, Thorpe on the Hill, Lincoln, LN6 9BW. With live music from Miller Magic Big Band. Includes a three-course dinner and cocktail. Dress up and let the era come alive! £25 per person. 01522 688868 / www.naturalworldcentre.co.uk.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL

1 - 6 Dec, 10am - 4pm (Sun 12pm - 4pm)
Centenary Methodist Church, Red Lion Street, Boston. Refreshments available. Free admission but donations welcome. 01205 355543.

COFFEE MORNING

2 Dec, 10am - 11.30am
Swallowbeck Methodist Church Hall, Newark Road, Lincoln, LN6 8RZ. In aid of St Barnabas Hospice.

FIRING OF THE FORGE

2 Dec, 10am - 1pm
See traditional ironworking in a Victorian forge in the heart of the village of Welbourn. The forge opens on the first Saturday of the month and now exhibits old photographs, displays and memorabilia along with a restored earth privy.goodhand2@tiscali.co.uk / 01400 272623.

FESTIVAL OF DECORATED CHRISTMAS TREES

2 Dec, 10am - 4pm, 3 Dec, 11am - 5pm
Sleaford Methodist Church, Northgate. Opened by the Mayor of Sleaford. Admission by donation to St Barnabas Hospice. Refreshments, including lunches, served both days. Disabled facilities available. Adults £2.50, accompanied children free. 01529 307395.

NETTLEHAM FESTIVE MARKET

2 Dec, 3pm - 7pm
Craft and farmers market. Email nettlehamfestivemarket@hotmail.com.

LINCOLNSHIRE FOOD AND GIFT FAIR

2 - 3 Dec, 9am - 4pm
Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, LN2 2NA. One of the biggest and best festive fairs of its kind, spanning two exhibition halls - the perfect place to find gifts for loved ones. With demonstrations on crafts and cookery. £5 advance tickets or £6 on the gate. Accompanied under-16s free. www.lincolnshireshowground.co.uk / 01522 522900.

ALFORD CHRISTMAS CRAFT MARKETS

2 - 3 Dec, 10am - 4pm
Corn Exchange, Market Place, Alford, LN13 9EB. Buy unique handmade gifts, plus teashop, music, children’s crafts. Free admission.

WREATH-MAKING WORKSHOP

2, 3 and 5 Dec, 10am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 4pm
Visitor Centre, Hartsholme Country Park, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln, LN6 0EY. Join rangers and try your hand at this traditional Christmas craft. Aimed at adults. £15. Booking essential. 01522 873735 / email hartsholmecp@lincoln.gov.uk.

LINCOLN CRAFT MARKETS

2, 9, 16 Dec, 9am - 4pm
Lower High Street, Lincoln. Promoted by the County Crafts Association and featuring artists and crafters from across the East Midlands. www.countrycraftsassociation.co.uk.

PARK RUN

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Dec, 9am - 10am
Witham Way Country Park, Tattershall Rd, Boston, PE21 9NQ. A free weekly timed run suitable for runners of all abilities, with the average run time a little over 30 minutes. Runners need to register in advance. www.parkrun.org.uk/register.

ALADDIN

4 Dec - 7 Jan
New Theatre Royal Lincoln, Clasketgate, Lincoln, LN2 1JJ. A magic carpet ride to the fairy-tale land of Marrakesh, with fun, laughter and the adventures of Dame Donna Kebab, her handsome son Aladdin and comical son Cous-Cous. www.newtheatreroyallincoln.co.uk / 01522 519999.

GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM

5 - 9 Dec, 7.30pm, matinee 9 Dec, 2.30pm
Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre, Victoria Road, Louth. From the novel by Michelle Magorian. Tickets £8.50. Theatrecard £7.50. 01507 600350 / www.louthplaygoers.com.

BOSTON CRAFT MARKET

7 Dec and 21 Dec, 10am - 3pm

Market Place, Boston, PE21 6EH. Ideal opportunity to get unique hand-crafted gifts. 01205 314200.

LINCOLN CHRISTMAS MARKET

7 - 10 Dec
Bailgate and Steep Hill, Lincoln. Stalls, performers and festive cheer take over Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter for four days of unmissable entertainment, shopping, and food and drink. www.lincoln-christmasmarket.co.uk / 01522 873503.

CHRISTMAS MINCE PIE AND COFFEE MORNING

8 Dec, 9.15am - 1pm
Allan Barker Recreation Ground, High Street, Coningsby, LN4 4RA. Homemade mince pies, tea/coffee, large tombola and raffle. 07432 405091.

ROCKABILLY CHRISTMAS PARTY

8 Dec
Natural World Centre, Whisby Nature Park, Moor Lane, Thorpe on the Hill, Lincoln, LN6 9BW. Includes a three-course dinner, cocktail and live music from Relentless. Dress up and let the era come alive! £25 per person. 01522 688868 / www.naturalworldcentre.co.uk.

BRANSBY HORSES CHRISTMAS FAYRE

9 Dec
Bransby Horses Visitor Centre, Bransby, Lincoln, LN1 2PH. Join us at our Visitor Centre for Santa’s Grotto, face painting, live brass ensemble, last-minute Christmas shopping and festive family fun! Admission free but donations gratefully received. www.bransbyhorses.co.uk / 01427 788464.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL

9 - 10 Dec, 11am - 4pm
All Saints Church, Nocton, LN4 2BG. Free admission, donations welcome, refreshments available. Also, concert with Banovallum Singers on Sat 9th at 7.30pm, tickets £6, and carol service on Sunday 10th at 4pm. 01526 322285.

GIFTED 17

9 - 10 Dec
National Centre for Craft & Design, Navigation Wharf, Sleaford, NG34 7TW. Contemporary Christmas market with high-quality craft stalls, local food, music and free family activities. www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk / 01529 308710.

MILLING DAY

10 Dec, 11am - 4pm
Cogglesford Watermill, East Road, Sleaford, NG34 7EQ. Visitors can see the mill in operation during special milling days on the second Sunday of the month. Learn about the history of the mill and its millers, try grinding grain and explore the mill. Free admission. www.cogglesfordwatermill.co.uk / 01529 413671.

SWING INTO CHRISTMAS

10 Dec, 7.30pm
Terry O’Toole Theatre, Moor Lane, North Hykeham, LN6 9AX. An exciting festive programme featuring Christmas swing favourites, plus more of the best from that era. Tickets £15. www.terryotooletheatre.org.uk / 01522 883311.

THE SPA SINGERS CONCERTS

13 Dec, 21 Mar, 7.30pm
St Peters Church, The Broadway, Woodhall Spa, LN10 6SQ. Enjoy new music and old favourites at Christmas and Spring concerts. Tickets £5 (£3 for under-16s and over-65s). 01526 860373.

TODDLER TIME

15 Dec, 10am - 11am
Visitor Centre, Hartsholme Country Park, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln, LN6 0EY.
Join park rangers and dress to get messy for seasonal activities for the under-5s! £2.50 per child (must be accompanied). 01522 873735 / email hartsholmecp@lincoln.gov.uk.

AN 80s CHRISTMAS PARTY

15 Dec
Natural World Centre, Whisby Nature Park, Moor Lane, Thorpe on the Hill, Lincoln, LN6 9BW. Includes a three-course dinner, cocktail and live music from Reins80’d. Dress up and let the era come alive! £25 per person. 01522 688868 / www.naturalworldcentre.co.uk.

A WINTER’S LIGHT

15 Dec, 7.30pm
Terry O’Toole Theatre, Moor Lane, North Hykeham, LN6 9AX. A delightful seasonal programme of music from quartet Hark Hark, featuring traditional carols, rollicking good tunes and irreverent humour about the less spiritual side of Christmas. Tickets £14, concessions £12, under-16s £7.50. www.terryotooletheatre.org.uk / 01522 883311.

EARLY MORNING EXPLORERS

16 Dec
Lincoln Castle, LN1 3AA. Special early morning opening for autistic children and their families. Admission charges apply. www.lincolncastle.com.

WASHINGBOROUGH OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS MARKET

16 Dec, 11am - 9pm
Ferry Boat Pub, Washingborough, near Lincoln. Family fun, carol singing, mulled wine, mince pies, visit Santa, gifts, crafts, stocking fillers, pocket money toys, tombola, raffle and more. Free admission. 07812 749408.

LOST AND FOUND

16 Dec, 12pm and 3pm
Terry O’Toole Theatre, Moor Lane, North Hykeham, LN6 9AX. A magical family show about one boy’s quest to return a lost penguin home. Adapted from the award-winning picture book by Oliver Jeffers. Tickets £8.50 (family of 4 £30). www.terryotooletheatre.org.uk / 01522 883311.

AN AUDIENCE WITH FATHER CHRISTMAS

16, 17, 20 - 23 Dec
Lincoln Castle, LN1 3AA. Treat your little ones to an unforgettable experience - join Father Christmas as he tells Christmas stories of the past. Every child will receive a Victorian-style gift. www.lincolncastle.com.

CHRISTMAS TRAIL

16 - 22 Dec, 12pm to 3pm
Visitor Centre, Hartsholme Country Park, Lincoln, LN6 0EY. Explore the park by taking part in a festive themed trail aimed at children from 4 to 13. Solve puzzles and complete challenges to claim sweet treats. £2.50 per child (must be accompanied). Booking essential. 01522 873735 / email hartsholmecp@lincoln.gov.uk.

BOSTON FESTIVE MARKET

17 Dec, 10am - 3pm
Market Place, Boston, PE21 6EH. Get your last-minute Christmas presents or just treat yourself at Boston Christmas Market. A variety of bespoke items available. 01205 314200.

CAROLS AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE

19 Dec, 7pm
Market Deeping Town Council, Town Hall, Market Place, Market Deeping, PE6 8EA. Carols around the Christmas tree followed by mulled wine in the Town Hall. parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk/marketdeeping / 01778 343170.

BOSTON GENERAL MARKET

22 Dec, 8.30am - 3.30pm
Market Place, Boston, PE21 6EH. An extra market with the regular traders - get all your fresh produce before Christmas Day. 01205 314200.

CAROLS IN JUBILEE PARK

22 Dec, 7pm
Jubilee Park, off Thackers Way, Deeping St James, PE6 8HP. Traditional Christmas hymns and songs accompanied by The Salvation Army Band, organised by The Friends of Jubilee Park and Deeping St James Parish Council. Free entry, with donations to local charities. www.dsjpc.co.uk / 01778 343266.

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