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Lincoln Castle prepares to celebrate one year of its new look

29 March 2016

Happy Birthday, Lincoln Castle!

The new-look castle is celebrating is first birthday - and everyone’s invited to a party in the grounds!

On Friday 1 April, there will be celebrations as the popular attraction marks the first anniversary of its spectacular £22m refurbishment.

Castle Opening

King John will be gracing the castle with his royal presence and will show his generous side with a special birthday cake to be shared with visitors from 12pm. You can also have your very own royal photo with the king and meet medieval characters.

Cllr Nick Worth, Executive Member for Culture and Heritage, said: “It’s been a phenomenal first year for the castle, with a stunning 250,000 people through the gates.

“We want everyone to share in that success, so we’ll be putting on a free party with all invited.

“Our second year looks set to be just as exciting as the first, so if you’re one of the few people who haven’t found out what all the fuss is about, pay us a visit soon.”

The improvements were made possible thanks to funding from the county council, Heritage Lottery Fund, European Regional Development Fund, David Ross Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and other private donations.

The work was carried out by Woodhead Heritage, the specialist conservation team of Robert Woodhead Limited.

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Simon Butler, Conservation in the historic built environment advisor for Woodhead Heritage, said: “Lincoln Castle Revealed was a phenomenal project to work on, in terms of its scale, historical significance, and also in our positive collaboration with the team at Lincolnshire County Council. Testament to the success of the scheme, we are incredibly proud to have been a part of the team that has already won ten regional and national awards. A year on from the reopening of the castle, we still sit as nominees in the prestigious Museums and Heritage Awards and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards, both of which will take place this Spring. I look forward to continuing to be a part of Lincoln Castle as a regular visitor and observer.”

The birthday event runs from 10am to 4.30pm, with the castle open until 5pm. Admission to the grounds is free, but normal admission prices apply for the castle attractions. Visitors can also take part in the castle’s special Easter Quest, which is free for ticket holders or £1 per person for non-ticket holders.

For more on all Lincoln Castle has to offer, visit www.lincolncastle.com .

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