ISSUE 37 • SUMMER 2019
The Woodland Trust
for parents & carers
Visit & discover
Fantastic family days out this
at Gridline Racing
ACTIVITIES & EVENTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Crazy Daisy Golf
area, Daisy Karts
& bouncy castle
Meet our animals
in the paddock
Why not try the
to grab an ice cream
on the move!
Daisy Made Farm is a family run business in Skellingthorpe, on the outskirts
of Lincoln city, providing a fun day out for children and adults alike.
NEW for 2019
• Try Daisy’s Offroad Adventure in our new kids landrovers!
• Brand new play area with new play equipment & games
• Pedal tractors and small equipment for tots
• See the goats joining the fun in their own tree house
• New small animal houses in our improved
Animal Paddock area
with our real dairy ice cream
made fresh using milk from
our own dairy cows.
Don’t forget our
and seated café
that offers an
7 days a
Lincoln Road, Skellingthorpe, Lincoln LN6 5SA • www.daisymadefarm.co.uk
Hoorah! The long summer holidays
are almost upon us – nearly time to
pack away the school uniform and
This edition of Molly’s Guide is as always, packed
full of ideas to keep you all occupied over the
coming six-week break. From popular diary dates
at The Beach which returns to Lincoln’s City Square
and the Dinosaur Encounter at The Collection.
And don’t forget we will be providing weekly
updates on our website – providing details of the
forthcoming family events! Enjoy your summer
break, may the weather be kind and we look
forward to seeing you in September!
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Three Little Piggies...
Often our house resembles a mini petting zoo, in fact you’ll regularly hear
me wise-crack that we could charge admission for people to come and
have a look round.
Until (fairly) recently, two dogs, a cat and
three guinea pigs graced chez Wood - we’ve
also had a Jedi hamster in the past too - but
more of him later.
I say ‘until recently’ because well ‘recently’,
we’ve suffered a spate of unnerving guinea
First it was the beloved Forest (no idea about the
name?), pet of boy 2 - who after being diagnosed
with a rather unfortunate medical condition
meant he never returned from a ‘routine’ vet visit.
Then it was the Bolshoi Baz - a right little
character, named after me (no idea why?)
who succumbed to the naturals one night
after feasting on a festival fruit and had to be
despatched with honour forthwith - don’t ask
Finally, the last piggy standing, Ren (Star Wars
yet again) shuffled off his mortal little coil after
squeeling a little too much for my liking during a
routine Sunday clean out.
From three to zero in just a matter of months.
Perhaps we’re not cut out for guinea pig rearing
You’ll be pleased to know that our remaining
four-legged friends are a picture of health
Foreign dogs Leia (I know!) and Antonia join
Luke the cat (ok, ok!), ensuring a thriving
throng leaves no minute spare for any of us.
All in all, this malingering menagerie, keeps
the family firmly on track and although I’m
famed for my tongue-in-cheek disapprovals
- we wouldn’t be without them if I’m honest.
A house with a pet(s) is always a home, not
sure you quite need six, but you catch my
The lessons my kids have learnt, the
unconditional love and the responsibility
they bring are important life values for young
minds to wonder on.
They are part of the extended family, loved,
stroked and cherished, and with a healthy
dose of ‘get down’, ‘shut up!’ and ‘leave it’,
thrown in for good measure - and that’s just
The recent fate of the three little piggies is
also not the first pet heartbreak my little Dr
Doolallys have had to face.
First there was Nemo. Not a fish but a King
Charles cavalier, who with his numerous
health issues still managed a decent 12 year
His bond with boy 2 was
quite magical and he’s still
remembered with much
fondness to this day when
his images flash up on the
family digital photo album.
Next to leave us was
lovable hamster Anakin - a
great little (you guessed it)
Star Wars rodent who kept
us all in hysterics with his
midnight wheel spins and
living room exercise ball adventures. Mobile
Death Star to you and me.
These inevitable departures, although hard to
bear for us all, are also incredibly important
experiences for young, impressionable souls
- giving them their first realisations that
perhaps things don’t always last forever and
to grasp each day as if it’s the first.
Of course we do temper these tumultuous
changes with a healthy dose of parental
‘They’ve gone to the stars’, we quip while
furiously finding a replacement to plug the
ginormous gap left behind.
Although this time, the gap
was not filled quite so quickly.
In fact we haven’t bothered
I think we’re fine with our
foreign dogs and eccentric
cat for now - sticking as we
are for the time being.
Life is crazy enough at the
moment ever since the
dynamic duo were joined by
girl number 1.
The piggy cages are waiting in the wings
(garage) however, cleaned and ready for
action just in case the petting zoo requires an
extra addition one of these days.
It appears to be a never say never scenario
when it comes to furry friends for this frantic
family of five.
Barry Wood is an ex journalist now working
for the NHS in Lincolnshire. A father of two
boys and one girl and husband to one
Portuguese wife, he blogs regularly as
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Newark Book Festival
Get inspired at Newark Book Festival
– there is something for readers of all ages to get involved in at this year’s festival...
This July, Newark Book Festival is once again set to captivate
young readers with a whole host of family-friendly fun. Alongside
another year of high-quality adults’ events, the programme includes
some amazing children’s panel talks as well as a whole host of
writing and craft workshops, storytellers and Street Theatre.
Between July 12th and 14th, this year’s
theme of Home and Away will be brought
to life with tales from Newark and beyond,
circus and carnival themed entertainment at
Newark Castle with seaside fun,
Paddington Bear crafts,
and the Greatest Show
in the centre of Newark
to launch the festival.
With a wide selection of
both ticketed and free
events, there is something
for everyone to see and
The quality of Children’s
authors taking part in
the festival this year,
is especially high. This
Includes a YA Fiction
for schools’ panel event, featuring awardwinning
and bestselling authors, Kim Slater,
Sara Barnard and Paula Rawsthorne.
On Sunday 14th July, there is also
a chance to meet the authors of
some of this year’s biggest new
9-12 fiction titles in the Magic, A
Malamander and Mystery event.
Thomas Taylor, illustrator of the
first ever cover for Harry Potter
and the Philosopher’s Stone,
talks about his stunning new
novel Malamander. He is joined
by Michelle Harrison, author
of beautiful new spell-binding
story, A Pinch of Magic, and
Newark Book Festival favourite,
Elly Griffiths, who has released
her first children’s book, A Girl
You can also stay up to date with the latest festival news by following Newark Book Festival on
Elsewhere, there is
lots of interactive fun
the Festival weekend
to get young readers
and artists inspired.
From a promenade
of Robin Hood and the
Monk and Fairy Tales for
under- fives at St Mary
Magdalene Church, to
poetry workshops with Troy
Jenkinson, Chitra Soundar
and celebrity children’s
author, potty poet and
illustrator, Chris White,
plus many more.
At Newark Library,
the festival will be helping
to launch this year’s Summer
Reading Challenge with the
creators of Super Kitty, where
there will also be the chance to
meet Maisy Mouse and peruse
the Festival’s Helen Cresswell
The market place and town hall will
be alive with activity all weekend,
with Street Theatre performances
from Adambara and Zhim,
Frroojamaflip and Fred, and Angie Mack Hula
Street Show. On the Newark Book Festival
market stall, visitors will be able to find
information about events and pick up for free
this year’s special festival postcard produced
by illustrator, Mark Chambers.
In 2019, Newark Book Festival is also
introducing its first ever Primary School
programme, matching authors; Gareth Baker,
Chris White, James Nicol, Ian Douglas,
Wilf Morgan, Daniel Henshaw, Frances
Stickley and Thomas Taylor, with schools
across Newark for a day of writing and art
workshops, readings and inspiring a love of
books and reading.
The full programme of events can be found
at www.newarkbookfestival.org.uk or in
the festival brochure which can be collected
from venues across Newark and beyond
including the theatre, festival venues, coffee
shops, libraries and key attractions. Most
tickets can be purchased from Newark
Palace Theatre on 01636 655755 or
Facebook: newarkbookfest/ Twitter: @NewarkBookFest Instagram: @NewarkBookFest
Lincoln Minster School
T: 01522 524 622
Start your journey towards
an education for life...
We are excited to offer places in our successful
Holiday Club to children in our Pre-Preparatory
Nursery, aged 2-4.
Running during the school holidays for 13 weeks of the year, Holiday
Club provides an incredible environment for children aged 2-12 to learn,
have fun and experience a wide range of activities that they can enjoy
with their peers. Both the pastoral and educational needs of the children
are well catered for, and they learn to play with children of all ages.
We strive to create an exciting and inspiring learning environment in
which children will flourish; our aim is to cultivate inquisitive minds
through encouraging children to ask questions, to investigate and to
make their own discoveries during our thoughtfully planned activities.
We believe in providing a broad range of experiences to help develop
a love of learning. We are also careful to make sure that classes are a
sensible size to allow for positive social interaction between children
and to ensure that each individual has their voice heard.
Wellbeing is at the forefront of our nursery provision and children
practice mindfulness and relaxation as part of their learning which
develops their emotional wellbeing and increases their resilience to
stress, boosts self-confidence and enhances their performance and
Alongside morning Creche sessions and after-school club, this now
means we can offer childcare in our OFSTED outstanding Nursery
from 7.45am until 6.00pm for 46 weeks of the year.
Booking is essential. Please get in touch for further information.
A new headteacher is at the
heart of a transformation at
Sir Robert Pattinson Academy
Dale Hardy arrived at the academy in the
Autumn and his determination to create a
thriving school is shining through.
Sir Robert Pattinson was already renowned for ensuring
pupils were not just well educated but encouraged and
supported to become valued members of society.
The Academy made sure that understanding and
preparing for the world of work were integrated fully
alongside excellent international programs which include
links with schools all over the world, international
expeditions and exchange opportunities.
Now Mr Hardy is building on the success by further
developing an atmosphere where students are safe,
valued, happy, challenged and strive to achieve their best.
The Academy has high expectations of both teachers
and students. Challenging targets are set for all and
pupils and teachers support each other to achieve them,
monitoring accurately the progress of students during
Sir Robert Pattinson Academy has talented and
committed staff. Both teachers and support staff are
Sir Robert Pattinson Academy
focused on ensuring that every student succeeds
in a harmonious and supportive community.
We aim for our students to develop socially as well
as academically, be confident about themselves,
motivated by a strong sense of personal worth and
show consideration for others.
The Academy has a strong ethos that every
student should value, enjoy, respect and be
excited by learning and the world around them
– giving them a unique opportunity to achieve and
The Witham Academy
‘Believe together, achieve together’
The Witham Academy is a ‘good’ school
offering high quality education from the ages
of 2-18. Central to our ethos is the motto
‘believe together, achieve together’ where a
true sense of community, high expectations
and ambition for all mean that we improve
life chances for our children.
Our knowledge-engaged curriculum enables
learners to transfer their skills and understanding
into new contexts. Our approach to learning
places pupils at the centre of everything that we
do and develops the ‘whole’ child by investing
in developing cultural capital; fostering a love of
reading, mathematics and science along with
the creative arts and modern foreign languages.
This offer sits alongside an excellent and highly
successful pastoral structure.
Witham staff and students share their wisdom
to build positive relationships which empower
intellectual curiosity and inquisitiveness through
Our strong community values promote
responsibility and respect, qualities which
encourage learners to become true citizens who
are better equipped to succeed in the world around
them. It is this sense of community which stays
with our students for many years.
Believe Together, Achieve Together
16 TH SEPTEMBER
6 - 8PM
De Wint Avenue, Lincoln, LN6 7DT
01522 882900 • email@example.com
Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School
Educating in Lincoln since 1090
OFSTED RATING 2018 “GOOD”
Year 5 and 6 Open Evening
Tuesday 10th September
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Headteacher’s talk 6.45pm
Sixth Form Convention
Thursday 14th November
7pm - 9pm
For visits to the school contact:
Mrs T Turner Tel: 01522 887364 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wragby Road, Lincoln LN2 4PN
Twitter @LCHSed www.christs-hospital.lincs.sch.uk
Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School
Celebrating the past, embracing the future...
Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School cares for every single
student. We believe that every child has the capacity for
outstanding achievement. Our mission is to help each
individual unlock that capacity.
We hope and expect that our young people will grow into
articulate, caring and compassionate adults who are ready for the
next stage in their development and learning.
Our exceptional learning environment and our sense of
community make this a truly unique place to learn and work.
We are fortunate to have fantastic sports facilities including
a swimming pool, 3G pitches, tennis courts, dance studio,
gymnasium; a state of the art Science, Technology and Art
facilities, but most importantly highly qualified and motivated staff
who work to support all students to be the best they can be.
Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School provides a first-class curriculum
and nurtures talent to help all of its students achieve personal
excellence. Together we can ensure that our young people are
safe, happy and ambitious in every area of the school.
Mr Mckeown, Headteacher
An exciting and growing 11-16 Academy…
We are part of The Priory Federation of Academies
Trust, based in the city of Lincoln.
Pembroke provides a stimulating and supportive
environment where everybody is able to achieve their
best. Pembroke Academy is a family and, like any family,
we care for, support and motivate each other, and share a
common desire to be there for one another. Our Motto is
The happy and calm atmosphere radiates to every
corner of our Academy and our students thrive under the
direction of dedicated and excellent teaching and support
staff, whilst also benefiting from the first-rate academic
and sporting facilities.
Our Academy, now into its second year, offers a
curriculum that enables our students to succeed
academically as well as enjoy an enriching programme
of extra-curricular events. The journey our students take
from Year 7 to 11 is both exciting and rewarding.
The Pembroke values are Curiosity, Wisdom, Courage,
Passion and Generosity and our students strive to work
hard and exhibit these values at all times.
We encourage you to look at our website and social
media pages - this will give you a picture of day-to-day
life at Pembroke. We would also encourage you to come
and see our Academy and experience the enthusiasm and
vibrancy that we generate every day.
Our pupils enjoy a stimulating, supportive,
academic education. Find out more as
we welcome you to our Open Evening on
Thursday 19th September 2019, 6pm-8pm
Phone 01522 751040
CROFT LANE, CHERRY WILLINGHAM, LINCOLN LN3 4JP
Sir William Robertson Academy
Come and find out how your child can ASPIRE
to a brighter future…
Choosing a secondary school is one of
the most important decisions you will
have to make for you and your child.
The decision making process will be eased by
gathering as much information about possible
schools in advance of the October deadline. With
this in mind, we would like to extend an invitation to
parents/carers and your child to come and tour the
Academy where you will see first-hand the excellent
behaviour of our pupils and the high-calibre
learning taking place in the classrooms.
Sir William Robertson Academy is judged as Ofsted
‘Good’ (March 2019) in all areas of the school and
has also been recognised as being one of the ‘Top
100 non-selective state-funded schools in England’
by Nick Gibb MP – Minister of State for Schools.
The school was delighted to learn once again that
according to the DfE School Performance Tables
there is no better performing similar secondary
school than Sir William Robertson Academy within
a 75 mile radius of the school.
The Academy is a highly successful 11-18 school
with a flourishing and rapidly expanding Sixth
Form. The school fosters an aspirational ethos
in which every child is expected to achieve the
very best they can in all that they do. Situated in a
unique rural location, SWRA provides a safe and
idyllic learning environment with superb pastoral
care and support and a varied programme of
enrichment and extra-curricular activities. The
Academy is easily accessible from Newark,
Grantham, Sleaford, Lincoln, North Hykeham, the
A46 and surrounding villages – with school buses
serving each of these areas.
Our pupils are well supported through an engaging
and dynamic academic curriculum that is tailored
to the needs of the individual. The school is well
resourced, with wonderful outdoor facilities for a
wide range of sporting activities. We offer a full and
active programme of musical and performing arts
from our purpose built studios.
Come and find out how your child can ASPIRE to a
brighter future by booking a personal tour on 01400
272422 or join us at our OPEN MORNINGS
16th-18th September 9.15am-11.15am or our
September Open Evening on 18th September 2019
6pm-8.30pm. No booking necessary. Please visit
www.swracademy.org to find out more.
Branston Community Academy
Proud to be at the heart of our community...
Branston Community Academy has rightly gained a reputation as one of the very
best schools in Lincolnshire. The school is rated by Ofsted as outstanding in
all areas and in 2015 and 2016 the school received two national awards for the
academic achievements of students for both progress and attainment at GCSE.
This is all within a school site that boasts
excellent facilities enhanced further by £3
million worth of recent investment.
But it is not just the exceptional educational
achievements which sets Branston apart – it
is the desire to achieve academic excellence
in a truly caring, supportive and nurturing
environment which the school is most proud
of, fostering values of individual aspiration,
tolerance and compassion.
Ofsted has praised the behaviour, resilience
and kindness of students along with teachers
who ‘enthuse students with a love for learning
and foster a ‘can do’ culture.
Community is at the heart of this school and
manifests itself not only in the relationships
within the school but also the close ties with
local organisations, businesses and people.
The Academy is home to a thriving nursery
and Heron’s gym, complete with a pool for
public use. Art, Music and Sport play a large
part of Academy life.
Visitors and local dignitaries are welcomed
to the Academy’s annual musical production
and also enjoy the numerous concerts and
shows throughout the year.
The views of students and parents show
these are more than just fine words. In a
national survey both rated the school as
outstanding on every level. The school is
justifiably proud of its success and students
and welcomes visitors to see this in action
either at the advertised open evening (10th
September 2019) or during a visit which can
be arranged by contacting the Academy
DISCOVER OUR WELCOMING COMMUNITY, INVESTIGATE OUR VALUES
AND EXPLORE THE OPPORTUNITIES ON OFFER
Wednesday 11th September 2019, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Headteacher’s address at 7.15pm.
We look forward to showing you and your child around our oversubscribed amazing Academy
Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln LN6 0EP T: 01522 882800
E: email@example.com www.priorycity.co.uk
New Youth Theatre makes a
show of your talent...
There’s no business like show business, as the
saying goes. And at New Youth Theatre, you can
see why, with fabulous shows like ‘Joseph And The
Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat’. Young people
from Lincoln & Newark can now tread the boards
and see what show business is all about.
If you’re 3–5, 5-8, 6–12, or 9-16 years & passionate about starring
in your very own production, then here is your chance. New Youth
Theatre start rehearsals for ‘Joseph’ in September 2019 and will
be performed at The Lincoln Drill Hall. All you have to do is turn
up for rehearsals and have a fab time. Then, when all the hard
work is done, it’s time to raise the curtain and give it your all.
With over 20 years of experience. New Youth Theatre know how
to showcase a talented student, with past students currently
working in the West End and even securing principal parts.
So, whether it’s a fun time you are looking for, or a career in
performing arts, New Youth Theatre is the place to be.
LAMDA Classes & Summer Camps available.
To book your place, call NYT Lincoln on 01522 787601,
or call NYT Newark on 01522 244365.
New Youth Theatre
For more information please visit our website on
The Imps Motorcyle Display Team
The Imps rev up for Revesby Country Fair...
The world famous Imps
Motorcycle Display Team
will wow the crowds at
one of Lincolnshire’s best
loved country fairs.
The infamous bikers are set to perform daredevil
stunts set against the backdrop of the historic
Revesby park on Sunday 4th August 2019.
Aged from just six through to 16, the team will bring
their skills to the main ring during their headline
performance. They have previously performed
across the world for millions of
people, making show-stopping
appearances at The Edinburgh
Military Tattoo and on the BBC.
This isn’t the first time The Imps
Motorcycle Display Team have
brought their impressive act to
the Lincolnshire countryside. They
previously headlined Revesby
Country Fair’s main ring back in
Roy Pratt MBE, team director
of The Imps Motorcycle Display
Team, said: “The Imps are all
very much looking forward to
performing at Revesby Country
Fair and contributing towards
making the day great for visitors.
Our visit will be part of a wider tour,
covering London, Merseyside and
Shrewsberry, before heading on
Gates open from 8.30am. Get in touch via revesbycountryfair.co.uk to book your tickets today.
to Haverfordwest and finishing the tour in
John Roe, chairman of
Revesby Country Fair, said:
“Revesby Country Fair is a
lovely day out for families.
We’re always looking for
ways to make it a fun day for everyone, so
we’re pleased to invite The Imps back once
again to the main ring. The team is really
talented and in high demand, so we’re glad
that they’ve found the time to perform for us.
“They’re an inspiration for young
people everyone and world class
entertainers, so it’s sure to be a
The one-day show will be
championing the best local fayre,
with the award-winning Fairburns
Eggs, Lincolnshire Brewing
Company and Redhill Farm
already confirmed to be there,
as well as Oslinc, Gelston Lamb
and Rosie’s Country Kitchen.
Lincolnshire’s celebrity chef
Rachel Green will also be making
a special appearance.
“It’ll be a fantastic summer for
us and we hope to meet lots of
friendly faces at the fair.”
Flower arranging, clay pigeon shooting,
archery and farrier events are just some of
the activities that visitors can
try for the first time.
Judged produce classes,
cooking and garden-themed
activities and egg and sponge
cake decorating classes will also be taking
place for the whole family to enjoy.
While for machinery enthusiasts, traditional
vintage tractors, classic cars and farming
vehicles will be on display.
Something fun for everyone
Molly’s Guide columnist Sam Curtis
has lived in Lincoln for more than
17 years, after moving from her
hometown, Boston. With an eightyear
age gap between her teenage
daughter, Lottie, and five-year-old
son, Louie, some of her biggest
parenting challenges arise from the
constant struggle to find things that
will keep both children entertained
over the six-week summer break,
which is now very much on the
Here, she lists some of her
favourite things to do, see and
experience in and around the city.
WHERE TO PLAY
Active Nation Birchwood, in
Birchwood Avenue, Lincoln
With its brand new Active Play centre
and funky hi-tech climbing wall, this
place is perfect for keeping both of my
children engaged. The soft play area is
situated directly opposite the climbing
walls, so while my thirteen-year-old
challenges herself on the climbing walls,
my son can bomb around the tubes and
slides of the soft play. The cafe serves
Costa coffee and there’s free Wi-fi, too,
so it’s a winner all round for me.
WHERE TO VISIT
As cheesy as it sounds, Skegness is one of my favourite places to take
my kids. I tend to go off the beaten track and especially enjoy wandering
around the dunes at Gibraltar Point, no matter what the time of year.
We recently visited Skegness Aquarium, too, and I was impressed by
the whole experience. There are fishy friends to look at displayed in a
variety of beautiful tanks and a few furry critters to meet and greet, too.
Plus, my teenager enjoyed it thanks to the endless selfie opportunities
posing with a shark in the background.
Another local attraction we all enjoy is Woodside Wildlife Park.
We often visit two or three times a year and have
already been to see the new penguin attraction
which opened recently. The open layout allows
visitors to get really close to these comical
birds as they dive and swim in their enclosure.
Just be warned, you might get splashed.
WHERE TO EAT
There are so many amazing eateries in Lincoln but for a special treat Ethan’s
Steakhouse and Sushi bar, off Doddington Road in Lincoln, is always a hit with my
family. We time our visit so we can make the most of the Early Diner offer, between
the hours of 3-6pm, Monday to Friday. Not only is the food delicious and healthy
but watching the Tepanyaki chef make prawn tails fly through the air and a plume of
steam rise from an onion ‘Choo Choo’ train never fails to impress, plus it’s happy hour
at the bar at that time and that includes cocktails.
And on those sunny days we are all hoping for - head to Daisy Made to sample one
of their bespoke ice cream flavours. Word to the wise - eating a scoop of bubblegum
ice cream will turn your tongue blue.
WHAT TO READ
Both of my children enjoy reading - although Louie is perhaps more likely to leaf through
a book than his sister. We have a few bedtime favourites - Winne the Witch always raises
a giggle and because of his obsession with snakes, Louie will often be found poring over
his animal encyclopedia. And, if he really wants to delay the lights going out for a little
while longer, my tenacious child has realised that requesting Oi Dog!, Oi Cat! or Oi Frog!
by Kes Gray will buy him at least another ten minutes of ‘awake time’. The books in this
series are hilarious and I love reading them aloud but there’s no skipping ahead to the
end or missing any words out. If you’ve read them, you’ll understand what I mean!
WHAT TO COOK
I am not a skilled cook by any stretch of the
imagination (in fact I have a unique skill for
burning pizza, much to the amusement of
those who know me well) but I do find catering
for a family relatively easy during the summer
months. This is the time to dust off the
barbecue and make sure the freezer is stocked
with a few essentials - burgers, sausages, king
prawns, so as soon as the sun comes out you
can announce ‘tonight, we’re dining al fresco’
- which seems more exotic than yelling ‘teatime, come and get
it’. Picnics in the back garden always go down well, too and the beauty is, if
you serve everything on paper plates there’s no washing up to do.
WHAT TO WATCH
For me, the summer months are about getting outdoors and
enjoying fresh air and sunshine but, let’s face it, there’s a
strong possibility that it’s going to rain. Don’t you love the
Great British Summer?
So, it’s a good idea to have a wet weather back-up plan.
I consider a trip to the cinema a treat because it can get
quite pricey but there are a couple of crowd-pleasers worth
seeing on the big screen this summer, like Toy Story 4 which
was recently released to rave reviews. Meanwhile, Disney
fans can look forward to the live version of the Lion King (in
cinemas from July 19). It’s always worth checking out The
Venue Cinema at Lincoln’s Bishop Grosseteste University,
as ticket prices are reasonably priced at £7 per adult and
£5.50 per child (it is also worth noting if you are a Lincoln
Mums cardholder one child goes free with a paying adult).
The school holidays can
be a drain on the Bank of
Mum and Dad, so take
advantage of some of the free (or almost
free) activities taking place in the city this
summer. Dog-loving families will enjoy
Woofest which takes place on Saturday,
July 13 - a family fun day and dog show
in Waddington, close to Lincoln, including
a fun fair, dog classes, and beer tent
- raising funds for the RSPCA.
Or, celebrate the spirit of 1940s Britain in
Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter with two
days of period and vintage activities and
displays during the city’s 1940s Weekend,
held on August 10 and 11. When we
attended this event a few years ago, my
eldest child was ‘arrested’ by a police
officer dressed in his wartime uniform - it
was a highlight for me (her less so).
WHAT NOT TO MISS
Fans of dinosaurs won’t want to miss the chance
to come face-to-face with a roaring, snorting
full-size T-Rex this summer.
An exciting new exhibition from London’s
Natural History Museum will be on display at
The Collection Museum in Lincoln from July
13 until September, 8. Visitors will be able
to meet their favourite dinosaurs in Dinosaur
Encounter at The Collection – with fossil replicas,
impressive dinosaur models and animatronics.
So, here’s to a totally roarsome
summer, come rain or shine!
Molly’s Guide and newspaper columnist
Sam Curtis lives in Lincoln with her
husband and their two children Lottie, 13
and Louie, 5.
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Children’s tickets are just
£1 per trip, when accompanied
by an adult.
Family day riders (valid for 2
adults and 3 children) are just
£12 for all day travel.
For regular bus users, the £16
Megarider ticket offers unlimited
travel on all Stagecoach buses
in Skegness for one week.
Or for two travelling together
it’s just £6.30 with Duo return.
Hop onboard the
Let the Skegness Seasiders,
the family of 11 individuallynamed
character buses, each with
their own personality, help you
make a summer to remember!
The family of open-topped buses, featuring Rocky, Candy, Pierre, Sandy,
Salty, Shelly, Rolly, Sunny, Teddy, Sweetie and Milly ride up and down
the seafront between Skegness and Ingoldmells up to every 10 minutes,
adding a touch of something special to any family day out.
We have put together some top tips to ensure you make the most of your
family time and grab a bargain:
1. What better way to access the many attractions in Skegness than
travelling by bus? Hop onboard one of the 11 Seasiders and collect
the special badges. When you collect six different badges, they can be
exchanged for a goody bag packed with Seasider collectables.
2. There are so many attractions on the Seasiders route for you to visit its
hard to choose where to go, and, with discounted entry offers available
to those travelling with us, you can take advantage of a cheaper day out.
Simply download your voucher online or pick up a Skegness Holiday
Guide packed with discounts from Skegness Bus Station.
3. Every year, to coincide with the return of the Skegness Seasiders, a
brand new storybook is written; with a percentage of the proceeds going
to local charities. A great keepsake for kids to take home with them after a
day out. Books about the exciting adventures of Rocky and friends can be
purchased from the Skegness travel shop.
Whatever you decide to do this summer, make sure to come and say
hello to the much-loved Seasiders and their drivers if you are in Skegness,
they’d love to meet you!
Summer of Ceramics set for
Lincolnshire’s Doddington Hall
Lincolnshire’s historic Doddington Hall is hosting
a Summer of Ceramics, opening in July with
exhibitions of contemporary art presented alongside
its extraordinary ceramics collection gathered over
300 years. There will be new displays and tours,
talks and demonstrations from leading artists,
makers and ceramics experts.
The Elizabethan mansion, near the cathedral city of Lincoln,
provides the backdrop to this celebration of ceramics in all its
forms. The Hall, designed by renowned Elizabethan architect
Robert Smythson, was built of bricks from local clay pits. The
festival includes an exhibition of Doddington Hall’s extraordinary
collection - including continental and English porcelain alongside
the 20th Century British Studio pottery collection of Antony
Jarvis with pieces by world-famous ceramicists with Lincolnshire
connections including Edmund de Waal and Gordon Baldwin –
alongside an exhibition of international and national ceramicists,
staged in The Stable Yard Galleries. The summer long series will
open from 27 July to 8 September.
Current owner and guardian of the Hall, Claire Birch, said:
“We’re proud to be welcoming international and national
ceramicists to Doddington Hall. Major exhibitions, tours, talks
and demonstrations will bring the house and our extraordinary
collection to life for this 300th anniversary.”
GO ON - HAVE A GO!
Few art forms kindle growth and skills in children in the way that
clay does. Working with clay is invaluable in sensory and motor
skill development, building manual dexterity, self-esteem, and
self-expression, problem solving skills, discipline, and pride. It has
therapeutic qualities; children and adults immediately calm when
using clay. Here are a few ways children learn through clay.
CO-ORDINATION AND SENSORY DEVELOPMENT
Clay is cold, it’s wet and squishy, it’s heavy, it begs to be poked,
pinched, twisted and rolled. When children play with clay they
develop fine and major motor skills. They inspect the clay’s
surface and colour, they smell it, they laugh at the sounds it
makes when it’s wet. For some children, it’s the first time they’ve
got wet and dirty. When it’s ready to take home, children hold
what they’ve made, smoothing their fingers over glazed surfaces
inspecting their creation.
TRIAL AND ERROR
As children mould and shape it they become aware they are in
charge. The feeling that they are in command gives them the
confidence to attempt anything; opening their minds to selfexpression
and imagination. Everyone makes mistakes but when
it comes to clay mistakes can be easily corrected so children learn
to keep trying new things.
Creativity is a highly valued attribute. Playing with clay enables
a child to mould different things with endless possibilities for
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
Clay is a tool for teaching lots of subjects. Numbers and letters
can be moulded in clay for numeracy and literacy and science can
be taught by testing clays. Clay is effective in preparing children
to problem-solve and be creative. There are numerous benefits of
playing with clay from developing creativity, to physical dexterity
and coordination, academic and problem-solving skills but most
important its relaxing and pure, unadulterated fun!
WORKSHOPS, TALKS AND MASTERCLASSES
Workshops, talks and masterclasses will give
people the chance to have a go at new activities
including handling clay, throwing a pot and painting
ceramics with commissioned artists and makers.
There will also be the opportunity to learn about both
contemporary and historic ceramics with national
and international experts.
Dates for workshops, talks and tours can be found at
Summer of Ceramics runs from 27 July to 8 September.
Doddington Hall and Gardens will be open Wednesdays,
Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 12noon
– 4.30pm. The gardens open at 11am and last admission
is at 3.30pm. Admission applies.
The Stable Yard Galleries will be open daily 10am-4pm
and entry is free of charge.
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Jubilee Park’s high summer
special events programme
has something for all ages
July’s highlight is the 1940s weekend 12-
14th July. This centres around the park
but involves the whole village in what has
become a nationally important event of
its type with thousands of visitors.
A special Dad’s Army themed bar helps to raise
money for the charity that runs the facility. The
swimming pools and all the park facilities are
open. Those travelling into the village can use the
event’s park and ride facilities on Saturday and
Two midnight swims are planned in August
– 3rd and 31st, starting at 11pm. The perennial
favourite of the regular outdoor film screenings,
Top Gun, takes place on 10th August. A new film
to the evening events is The Greatest Showman,
with two viewings planned - 18th August and 7th
September. On 25th August there a combined
Kinema viewing and evening swim featuring The
Little Mermaid, ideal for younger family members.
Pre-booking is advised for all these dates.
ACTIVITIES & HOBBIES
Woodhall Spa’s role in the famous wartime
Arnhem event is commemorated in the park on
18th August. Another newcomer to the annual
calendar is a Last Night of the Proms special
evening on 14th September with a final evening
swim on 21st before the pool closes for the
season on 22nd September.
Throughout the summer the park and gardens
and free childrens’ play area are open with a café
for snacks and ice-creams.
Further details are on the park’s website.
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• Children’s Play Park
• Games Hut
• Tennis & Cricket
• Croquet & Bowls
• Cafe & Picnic areas
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Make the most of the summer holidays...
Hooray! A fantastic family attraction will soon be popping-up in the city centre again.
Lincoln BIG is counting down the days until it
brings a taste of the coast to the heart of the
city, when it recreates Lincoln By The Sea in
All the essential ingredients have been ordered
– including the authentic seaside sand and
those colourful stripey deckchairs, which
mums, dads and other members of the family
can’t wait to relax in while the children get busy
with their buckets and spades.
The Beach is back on July 22 and it will remain
in place until August 31. There will be a fun
roundabout for the youngsters to enjoy too,
This year will also see the return of the muchloved
Punch & Judy Shows – and families can
catch the action on no less than nine different
Professor Jon Thursby will be back, trying
to keep Punch & Judy and their “extended
family” in order and there’ll be plenty of fun and
laughter for youngsters and a touch of nostalgia
for adults who are old enough to remember
watching Punch’s antics on their visits to the
seaside down the decades.
Children and the young at heart can watch the
early Punch & Judy Shows on Thursday, July
25 and Tuesday, July 30.
They will also be appearing on Thursday,
August 1, 8 and 15; Tuesday August 20;
Thursday, August 22 and Tuesday August 27,
with the final Punch & Judy shows taking place
on Thursday, August 29. Families can see the
shows at about 11am in the morning and there
will be two further shows in the afternoons, with
the last taking place at approximately 3pm.
Prof Thursby is promising plenty of action and
is encouraging youngsters to look out for other
favourite characters who traditionally pop-up at
the Punch & Judy shows, including the baby,
Mr Punch’s dog Toby, the policeman, Joey the
Clown, the crocodile and others.
The beach is in a great location, close
to the Cornhill Quarter shops and
cafes – making it handy for people to
buy ice creams, drinks and snacks.
This attraction will be bursting with
Summertime fun and it always proves a winner
with local families and those who live outside
the city…but it’s not the only event to look out
for during the holidays.
Lincoln BIG’s 1940s Weekend is taking place
on August 10 and 11. Last year’s event, which
incorporated RAF100 anniversary celebrations,
was a real crowdpuller, which brought in
about 50,000 people, so there was a fantastic
This Summer’s event will be taking place in The
Strait, Castle Hill and at Lincoln Castle and there
will also be a food
area at St Paul’s In The Bail.
Look out for great music, dancing in the street,
displays of military and historic vehicles, people
dressed-up in the fashions of the day and much
We are keen to create an unforgettable weekend
with a true 1940s vibe, which offers something
for the whole family and we will be decorating
parts of the city with posters and bunting and
hoping to have a wide variety of vintage stalls
and great musical entertainment too.
For more information:
T: 01652 640308
Come and explore our exciting
Giant 5-acre Maize Maze this
Summer at Uncle Henry’s!
Can you find all the clues and make your way back out?
We have some A-Maize-ing fun new activities this year, come
along and discover them for yourselves! Open daily during
the summer holidays from Saturday 20th July and then every
weekend until October half term.
Prices : £6 per person, Group ticket for 4 £20, 2 years & under
free. Military discount - £1 off single tickets
The Tractor & Trailer Rides run daily during the summer and are
priced separately to the maze entry, please check our website
for further information. All tickets can be purchased from the
shop tills at Uncle Henry’s from Saturday 20th July.
The Maize Maze is open from 9.30am Monday to Saturday and
10am on Sundays and last entry is at 4pm Monday to Saturday
and 3pm on Sundays. Free car parking is available and our
outdoor children’s play area and farm trail is also free to use for
Please note that under 16’s must be supervised by an adult at
all times whilst in the maze. We also advise wearing suitable
footwear and protection from the sun on hot days.
Dogs are not permitted in the farm shop, cafe or Maize Maze
but are welcome to enjoy our farm trail walk and our outdoor
Getting the whole family
Gridline Racing is Lincolnshire’s largest
indoor karting centre, based in the centre
of the picturesque city of Lincoln.
With an all new multi-level circuit – the first of its kind
in the county – as well as the latest 2019 karts from
the world’s number one kart manufacturer, Gridline
offers one of the safest but most exciting forms of
motorsport and makes it available to the whole family.
The 120cc cadet karts are suitable for kids aged 8
years and above. We also have a fleet of SODI’s new
SR5 200cc Honda’s so the adults can get in on the
action and put even Lewis Hamilton to shame!
And now, even the younger ones can get involved
thanks to our Sodi 2Drive 270cc Honda, which allows
any passenger over the height of 4ft with no age
restriction! The driver must be at least 16 years of age
in order to drive this unique machine.
We offer a wide range of events, varying from our
popular Arrive & Drive practice timed sessions for
beginners to the increasing popular birthday party
options. For the bigger kids, exclusive race events that
can accommodate for any budget or group size are
Kids Karting Klub aimed at 8 to 13yrs old, includes
tuition from our race instructors on the best racing
HOBBIES & ACTIVITIES
line, driving tips, track walk, and a total of 45 minutes
worth of karting on track (2 x 15 minute session plus a
5 minute qualifier and 10 minute race).
Be part of the fun and get yourselves down to Gridline
For further info: www.lincolnindoorkarting.co.uk
Photo © Andrew Rawlins
HOBBIES & ACTIVITIES
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Get closer to
nature with the
Top 5 things to
find when you go
Here are some things
to look for when you go
walking along the coastline.
If you find something sharp
or come across a jellyfish,
don’t touch it! If you’re
unsure, take a photograph
and identify it when you’re
back at home.
WHELK EGG CASES
Similar looking to a lump of
bubblewrap, these now empty
egg cases have been made by
the largest sea snail in the UK!
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Get drastic on plastic
Plastic waste in the environment poses such a
huge threat to wildlife because it doesn’t just
disappear; it breaks down into smaller and
smaller pieces. Animals can become trapped or
injured, and even ingest the plastic fragments in
the ocean – which can end up in our bodies too!
Here are some easy swops to help you reduce
your plastic footprint:
1. Swop liquid shampoo for a shampoo bar
- they last much longer than a bottle too!
2. Use beeswax wraps to keep food fresh
instead of clingfilm
3. Take a reusable water bottle out with you
rather than using single-use plastic ones
4. Swop plastic straws for eco-friendly paper,
bamboo or metal alternatives
Nature kids club
Find one of these on the beach and chances
are you’ve found a SHARK! Yep, these tough,
leathery pouches are actually the empty egg
cases of sharks and rays.
The common seastar (or
starfish to you and me) can be found along
the beach after stormy weather. Starfish
have an amazing ability to regenerate lost
limbs - meaning you’ll sometimes spot a
starfish with 1 small leg!
Think you’ve found seaweed? Think
again! Hornwrack is actually a colony
of thousands of tiny animals called a
bryozoan. Look closely and you’ll see
the mesh of little boxes which would
have been home to an individual
animal, or zooid.
The sea potato is
a type of sea urchin that lives buried in
the sand, and looks like, you guessed it,
a potato! When alive, it’s covered in fine
spines giving it a hairy appearance.
Wildlife Watch is the junior wing of the Wildlife
Trusts and is an exciting nature club for kids
from around 6 to 14 years old. It’s a great way
to explore your surroundings and get closer
to the wildlife you share it with!
Find a list of all our events
on our website here:
FAMILY FUN DAY
Weds 31st July, 11am-3pm,
Drop in and discover the
wondrous Wash at Gibraltar Point
with sea dipping, self-guided
trails and nature crafts!
WHALE AND DOLPHIN
Sat 3rd Aug, 10am-4pm,
NORTH SEA OBSERVATORY
AND ANDERBY CREEK
Sun 4th Aug, 10am-4pm,
NORTH SEA OBSERVATORY
AND ANDERBY CREEK
Join our Coastal Warden as we
look for whales, dolphins and
porpoises as part of an official
watch with the Sea Watch
MOTH & BAT NIGHT
Fri 9th Aug, 8.30pm,
An evening of moth hunting and
bat detecting at Far Ings nature
reserve with bat detectors & local
experts on hand to guide us.
We have 9 Watch Groups across Lincolnshire:
Alford, Bourne, Limewoods, Far Ings, Louth,
Rimac, Spalding, Whisby and West Kesteven.
With activities from minibeasting to pond
dipping and even bushcraft, there’s something
even the adults will enjoy!
For those younger naturalists, we’ve got Nature
Tots for under 5s, and for those budding
conservationists we have Junior Wardens for
10 to 16 year olds.
Head to our website to find your local group:
For more information on
actitivies and events visit:
ACTIVITIES & HOBBIES
The Woodland Trust
Discover the great outdoors this summer...
The summer holidays are in full swing
and the Woodland Trust has got lots
of great adventures to get kids active
outdoors and away from their screens!
Discover the natural world on your
doorstep and become a Woodland
Trust Nature Detective this summer!
Create a fairy garden
Use your imagination to design a fantastic fairy
garden! You can do this indoors if it’s raining.
You will need:
• A container, such as a plastic box or an
old washing up bowl
Photo by: MichaelHeffernan/WTML
• A collection of natural materials: small stones or
pebbles, sticks, moss, leaves, and perhaps some
small flowering plants.
Fill your container with earth (if
you’re using living plants, put
some stones in the bottom for
drainage). Use some leafy twigs
to make trees. Build a fence or
little seat with sticks. You could
even make a pond by sinking
a plastic cup or another small
container into the earth and
filling it with water.
Photo by: MichaelHeffernan/WTML
Find out more at
et yourself a woodland challenge
ve a competition with your family and friends and set
challenges to complete on a day out in the woods.
member to decide how many points each one is worth.
ere are some ideas:
Climb a tree (make sure there’s an adult
Balance along a fallen tree trunk
Find three types of flower
(our summer flowers ID will help)
• Cross a stream without getting your feet wet
• Use our leaf ID to identify three different
• Find some wild animal evidence – tracks,
a fox or rabbit hole, some fur caught on
a bush, or even some poo!
• Have a look through the Woodland Trust’s
Activities for more challenge ideas.
Try a barefoot walk
Photo by: MichaelHeffernan/WTML
Let the grass tickle your toes, splash through a
stream, and stomp in some squidgy mud. Did you
know you have over 7,000 nerve endings in each
foot, so walking barefoot is a great way to get in
touch with nature? Just make sure you look out for
anything sharp on the ground.
Some parks and attractions have special barefoot
trails, so search online for one near you. You could
even try setting up a barefoot walk in your back
garden or living room.
Go on a butterfly hunt
Summer brings throngs of colourful butterflies. Use our spotter sheet to hunt for
fluttery butterflies in woodland clearings! But if it’s too wet to go outside, why not
cheer yourself up with a gorgeous butterfly mobile instead? You will need:
• several sticks of similar length • a needle and some strong thread.
• paper – coloured, patterned, or white if you want to colour the butterflies yourself
• colouring pens, glitter (optional) • string or wire
1. Cross the sticks over in the middle and fasten them
with string or wire to make the frame.
2. Fold a piece of paper in two and draw half a butterfly
along the folded edge. Cut around it and open it out.
Repeat for lots more butterflies. Decorate them if
3. Attach a thread to each butterfly using the needle and
tie the other end to a stick. Hang up your mobile and
admire your cloud of colourful butterflies!
KEEP THE FUN GOING ALL YEAR ROUND
Outdoor adventures don’t have to stop after the
holidays, become a family of Nature Detectives – visit
woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives to join.
HOBBIES & ACTIVITIES
Eggciting Eggsplorer Wraps...
I’m a big believer in educating children in
field to fork. Helping kids to understand
where their food comes from and how it
gets to our plates will only encourage them
to make smarter food choices in the future.
We have so much wonderful produce
available right on our doorstep, and
collecting those ingredients from the
local farms and markets can be just as
much fun for the kids as making the
Now that the school summer holidays
are here, it’s the perfect time to get
children experimenting with their food.
My children, Lotte and Phoenix, and
I joined our wonderful friend, Ruth of
Wooden Spoon & Whisk, in making a
quick and easy kid-friendly lunch that
is perfect for packing in a lunchbox and
taking on any explorations you’ll be
doing over the school summer holidays.
Together, my fussy little eaters made
To make Eggciting Eggsplorer Wraps, you’ll need:
• One round sandwich wrap
• ½ tablespoon of mayonnaise and ½ tablespoon of
natural yogurt mixed together well
• 4cm piece of cucumber cut into strips
• Chopped lettuce and one sliced tomato
• Two hardboiled eggs
• Chopped up pieces of wafer thin ham or wafer thin chicken
• Kitchen foil cut to the size of the wrap
Place the wrap on to the foil
HERE’S HOW TO MAKE IT:
Spread the mayo and yogurt mix down the middle part of the wrap
When the eggs are cold, peel the shell and slice or chop the egg
Sprinkle the eggs, ham, lettuce, cucumber and tomato down the middle
of the wrap. Be careful not to over fill them as they can unravel if it is over filled!
Fold the bottom of the wrap up to the centre of the wrap, then fold the left side of the wrap
over to the right side just covering the filling, then fold the right side over the top of the folded
left side of the wrap.
Wrap it tightly in the foil to keep it’s shape until you’re ready to eat it.
Enjoy a healthy, nutritious lunch!
Please make sure the children have an adult available to help with the chopping and cutting.
Also, be adventurous with your salad! Ruth recommends giving watercress, rocket or different
coloured lettuce, beansprouts, shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, sultanas or raisins a try…
Simone, the Egg Lady, lives in Little
Grimsby, near Louth, with her husband
Neil, and two children Lotte (11) and
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Top ways to keep children entertained over summer...
Summer holidays are nearly upon us. It has been found that 58%* of parents
feel stressed over entertaining their children over the six weeks, especially as
they want to make sure that they create the best and most magical memories
for them to look back on when they grow up. To help alleviate the anxiety, below
are some clever ideas on how to keep your kids entertained and engaged.
Play and learn
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Tie-dying has been a classic activity on
the bucket list of many parents and children
during the holidays. Change it up by trying out
a lesser-known technique called ice-dyeing to
give your old or glum tees, socks and cushions
a new lease of life.
The best thing is that this activity isn’t as messy
or daunting as it sounds. In fact, it’s inexpensive
and encourages your little one to get as creative
as she or he wants.
For this, all you need is more than one colour
of DYLON Hand Dyes, an item you want
to dye (an old white tee, for example),
a bag of ice cubes, rubber gloves,
cooling rack and large
Enjoy the outdoors
Embrace the sunshine and head off to the
countryside, the seaside or even a local park and enjoy
some outdoor games such as frisbee and hot potato. Follow
this up with a delicious picnic. Simplify your snacks and
food with Vaya Jumbo, a tiered lunch box that keeps your
meals hot or cold for up to six hours, so you can tuck into a
lush spread of the family’s favourite dishes regardless of how
unpredictable the weather is. If it’s chilly, load it up with a warm
tomato soup, and if it’s sunny, fill it with crisp, cool salads.
4 Develop a green thumb
Whether you have a house or flat, summer is the ideal
time to teach your little one about gardening, especially
as various studies have proved that it improves a child’s
wellbeing, learning and overall development. Be sure to spend
time with your child reading tips and articles about pot plants,
herbs and vegetables, as well as planting the seeds, so they really
feel involved. If they’re older and ready to take up some responsibility,
make a dedicated play garden for them to grow plants, enjoy sensory
play and have a digging patch of their own.
Did you know that Lincoln was once ruled by
Vikings and is now known for its stunning heritage
and famous foods? Act like a tourist in your town and
revisit history by checking out the magnificent Cathedral
which stood as the tallest building in the world for over 200 years,
as well as the Lincoln Castle which has acted as a symbol of power
in England through the ages.
If your child is more of an animal lover, take him or
her to Bransby Horses, where you can meet more
than 400 horses, ponies, and donkeys.
Alternatively, take your younger ones to Lincoln
Toy Library, which is ideal for those up to five
years old as they can either enjoy the play area
or borrow the toys to play with at home.
ACTIVITIES & HOBBIES
The Woodland Trust
Activities for long summer days with the Woodland Trust.
Whilst there is never a
guarantee of warm weather on
British summer days, the days
are long and there is plenty of
time to fill with fun.
The Woodland Trust has lots of exciting and educational
activities for young Nature Detectives that will inspire
them to spend time outdoors in open spaces and
woodlands. Activities such as spotting migratory birds
and beautiful summer flowers, to creating masks and
pretending to be a variety of fun woodland creatures will
keep your kids entertained and active.
One of the most visually stunning summer woodland
flowers is honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum). Its
cream trumpet-like flowers become orange, often
reddish outside, they are two lipped with the upper
lip having four lobes and its sweet scent attracts
wildlife and humans alike. Honeysuckle can be found
in woodland and along hedgerows from June to
September. The white admiral butterfly - a declining
species - relies specifically on honeysuckle. Its nectar is
also prized by bees that are important pollinators.
Photo by Pete Holmes - WTML
Kids love to use their imagination and have a real sense
of adventure. They can use their love of pretend and
make-believe and transform themselves into one of six
woodland creatures such as a cunning fox chasing a
vole, or a kestrel hovering ready to swoop to catch a
mouse. On your own, or in a group, pretend to be your
If it’s raining a fun and educational, quick indoor
activity is a migratory bird word search click here:
www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/puzzle. If you’re
lucky you might be able spot swallows or swifts
where you live. Both of these birds are from Africa
and nest in the eaves of older houses.
For a guaranteed viewing of a migratory bird
why not check out the Woodland Trust osprey
webcam that is currently live streaming images
of adults Louis and Aila with their two young
chicks from Loch Arkaig:
Find out more at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives
favourite animal and act out their behaviours. You
can download activity sheets on how to make
these masks here: www.woodlandtrust.org.
Why not try pond dipping? Grab your net and
bucket, and pull on your wellies ready to search
through the watery depths. You can use our
recording sheet to make notes of what you find.
Will you spot a tadpole, or a damselfly, or maybe
a newt? You can download the activity sheet and
spotter sheet here: www.woodlandtrust.org.
If you’re inspired to get out and about, a great
starting point is to find your nearest wood at
forget to wear tough shoes and pack wellies and
an anorak in case of bad weather. You can also
pack a picnic and before you go download some
spotter sheets or other activities from the Nature
Detectives site. If you enjoy them you might
consider joining the Woodland Trust as a fully
paid up family of Nature Detectives. You’ll get a
fantastic welcome pack bursting with awesome
activities, an activity folder, stickers, bookmark,
membership card and seasonal activity packs
for outdoor adventures all year round. Find
out more at: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/
ACTIVITIES & HOBBIES
Jump Inc Lincoln
Get your jump on!
Jump Inc Lincoln is the ultimate high-octane
excitement park, so leave your inhibitions at the
door and get your jump on! Situated in a prime
location, Jump Inc Lincoln is an easy-to-access
urban playground, with high-flying excitement
for all aspiring trampolinists and thrill-seekers.
At Jump Inc Lincoln, they’ve got all the fun your family
could ever want, all under one roof. They’re one of the
largest trampoline and inflatable theme parks in the
country, meaning you can jump, bounce and run amok
for hours, all in a totally safe environment. And that’s just
Designated toddler sessions are every morning and
open exclusively for toddlers aged 5 years and under
for just £5. Plus up to two free parents or guardians can
accompany every toddler free of charge.
Find us at: Sunningdale Trading Estate,
UNIT 1, Dixon Close, Lincoln LN6 7UB
An unlimited bounce session begins at 12 noon running
through to 3pm when bouncers can jump until they can’t
jump any more for just £6.50 per person for 3 hours
on the hybrid mega park. But after school is when all
of the antics really start! With the after school antics
deal, 2 children can jump for 1 hour, and share a pizza
afterwards for just £12 anytime between 3-6pm. That’s
your kids after school activity AND tea sorted.
For more information on the above offers or to read more
on the discounts available please visit www.jump-inc.uk
find out what’s on near you...
Sat 6th July - Sun 8th September
Family Fun at Wragby Maze 10am-5pm
Get lost in the Wragby Maze on your next family
day out. It’s a must stop for family fun and games.
Have fun in the outdoor mazes and play together
with the other games for children and adults.
Enjoy a picnic or an ice cream from the “Snax
Shack” Admission price £6.25. Children under 2
FREE. Entrance fee includes access to all mazes
and all garden games or you can just go round
the Maze at £4.25 or a round of putting for £4.25.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Bardney Road, Wragby, Lincoln, LN8 5QZ
Saturday 13th - Sunday 21st July
Castle Characters 10am-5pm
Meet a duo of costumed performers inside the
magnificent Victorian Prison and hear their tales
of Prison life, discipline, crime and punishment.
Castle day ticket and annual pass holders.
Lincoln Castle, Castle Hill, Lincoln, LN1 3AA
Sat 13th July - Sun 8th September
10am-4pm, (10am to 9pm on Fridays)
Come face to face with your favourite dinosaurs in
a thrilling exhibition from London’s Natural History
Museum. You’ll be transported back in time to
when dinosaurs rules the land with impressive
animatronic dinosaurs featuring a roaring, snorting
T-Rex, lifelike models and fossil replicas.
The Collection Museum, Danes Terrace,
Lincoln LN2 1LP
Sat 20th July - Sun 4th August
Mythical Creatures 10am-5pm
Lots of fun activities throughout the school
summer holidays. Unicorn, fairies, spell show
and dragon’s lair and all the usual attractions
will be open.
A great day out
• Farmyard crazy golf
• Take a goat for a walk
• Woodland walk
• Gift Shop
• Award Winning Farm Park
and Tea Room
& say hello
to all our
Lincs LN7 6PR
Wed 24th July - Wed 23rd October
Garden detectives 11am-12pm
Discover the untold stories of Belton’s gardens
with our interactive tour. It’s been specially
designed for families with children aged 5
years+ in mind. There’s limited tickets available,
so pre-booking is essential. Tickets £3.
Saturday 27th July
Climbing Wall 10am-5pm
30 foot inflatable climbing wall suitable for
ages 5+ and available all day. Standard
park entry admissions apply, season passes
accepted. £3 per person for 2 climbs and
proceeds are being donated towards the
construction of Nigel the Puma’s sensory
enclosure. Availability will be affected by
inclement weather conditions. All instructors
of Group Together Ltd are fully trained and
First Aid qualified. Please see their website for
FOR FULL DETAILS ON ALL
WHAT’S ON AND EVENTS
Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th July
Museum of Lincolnshire Life’s
50th Anniversary 10am-4pm
The museum is celebrating 50 years with a new
exhibition and various activities throughout the
weekend. Time: 10am to 4pm. (Last entry 3.45pm).
Adult £2.50, Children/Conc £1, Family Ticket £5
Tuesday 30th July
Den Building CU
10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Who lives in a house like this? Join the Park
Rangers to build a shelter that could protect you
from the wind and rain, using fallen timber and
tarpaulins. The activity will be in the woods so
suitable clothing and sensible shoes should be
worn. There is a charge of £3.50 per child for
this event and booking is essential. All children
must be accompanied by an adult. This activity
is aimed at children aged 4 to 13 years. This is
a Childrens University validated activity. Meet at
10.30am and 1.30pm inside the Visitor Centre.
For further details Call Park Rangers on 01522
873735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hartsholme Country Park, Skellingthorpe Road,
Lincoln, LN6 0EY
Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th August
The Greatest White Post Show 10am-5pm
Ladies & gents, this is the moment you’ve waited
for.. The Circus is coming to White Post Farm!!!
Roll up, roll up, the Greatest Show is coming to
the farm from Friday 2nd- Sunday 4th August!
Get ready for a day to remember, complete with
onsite performers, singalongs and workshops. All
included in admission, plus for £1 you can add a
ticket to go watch the National Festival Circus!! At
this point booking is essential, so make sure you
book online to secure your place.
Tuesday 6th August
Treasure Hunt CU 12pm-3pm
Ahoy me hearties, join us to explore Hartsholme
Country Park by taking part in a special pirate
themed treasure hunt. Solve the puzzles and
complete the challenges to finally find your
treasure chest! £3.50 per child, booking is
essential. All children must be accompanied by
an adult. This is a Childrens University validated
activity. Get your Treasure Hunt sheet anytime
from the Visitor Centre. For further details
Call Park Rangers on 01522 873735 or email
Hartsholme Country Park, Skellingthorpe Road,
Lincoln, LN6 0EY
Wednesday 7th August
Nature Tots: Whisby Nature Park
Nature Tots is a great opportunity for you and
your little ones to enjoy an activity outdoors in
natural surroundings. Whether we’re searching
for seeds or jumping in puddles, Nature Tots is
always great outdoor fun! Please dress for the
outdoors. All children must be accompanied by
an adult. Booking essential. £4 per child.
Wednes 7th - Thurs 8th August
Access Lincoln Dinosaur Hunt
Have fun tracking down the 11 dinosaurs on
the loose around the park! If you can find them
you will be rewarded with a “roarsome” prize!
FREE. For info: Fb: youraccesslincoln Twitter:
FOR FULL DETAILS ON ALL
WHAT’S ON AND EVENTS
Sunday 11th - Monday 12th August
Extreme Teddy Bears Picnic 11am-4pm
A teddy bears picnic but with a medieval
twist. Bring along your favorite furry chum and
complete all the Tattershall Tasks including a
teddy zip wire that starts 35 meters in the air
from the top of the Great Tower.
Lincoln‛s Green Spaces
Bottle Rockets CU Tue 23rd July 1pm–2.30pm
Slime Workshop CU Thur 25th July 1pm–2.30pm
Den Building CU Tue 30th July, Thur 22nd Aug
10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm–3.30pm
Bug Hunt CU - Thur 1st Aug 1pm–2.30pm
Treasure Hunt CU Tue 6th Aug 12pm-3pm
Butterfly Bonanza CU -Thu 8th Aug 1pm–2.30pm
Dream Catchers CU -Tue 13th Aug 1pm–2.30pm
Bug Box Hotels CU -Tue 20th Aug 1pm–2.30pm
Orienteering CU -Tue 27th Aug 12pm–3pm
Kite Making CU Thur 25th July 10am–11.30am
Bottle Rockets CU Thur 1st Aug 10am–11.30am
Den Building CU Thu 8th Aug, 10am –11.30am
Willow Weaving CU Thu 15th Aug, 10am –11.30am
Junk Animals CU Tue 23rd July 10am –11.30am
Kite Making CU Tue 13th Aug 10am–11.30am
Terrific Trees CU Tue 20th Aug 10am –11.30am
Wednesday 14th August
Teddy Bears Picnic 11am-4pm
If you go down to the gardens today, you’ll be
sure of a big surprise! There’ll be storytelling
and games on the main lawn so families are
welcome to bring a picnic and their favourite
teddy bears and wile away the hours listening
to tales of wonder and surprise. Storytelling
is included with the usual garden entry fee.
The gardens will be open from 11am-4pm and
storytelling will take place at various times
throughout the day. If the weather is inclement,
storytelling will relocate to the barn!
FOR FULL DETAILS ON ALL
WHAT’S ON AND EVENTS
CU = Childrens University
TO BOOK please telephone, email or message on Facebook as below:
Friday 16th August
Tudor Adventures - Friday Fun Club
Fun family creative and crafty sessions with
something different to make and take away
every time! Just turn up, no booking required.
Storytelling session will run through the day at
11am, 1pm and 2.30pm. £2 per craft.
Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th August
Victorian Circus 10am-5pm
All the fun of the Victorian fair at Lincoln Castle.
A full weekend of galloping horses, jugglers, firebreathing,
sideshows and music to delight, amuse
Lincoln Castle, Castle Square, Lincoln, LN1 3AA
Monday 26th August
Bank Holiday Fun - Tony Butler’s
Exotic Animals 11am-5pm
Come and join us with Tony and his selection
of Exotic Animals. Always good fun although
sometimes a little scary!!! Admissions: Adult
£5.75 /Children £4.75/ OAP, Disabled, Student
£5 /Child under 2 Free
Tuesday 3rd September
Mosaic Making CU– Lincoln Arboretum
Join Park Rangers to take part in making your
very own mosaic tile to take home. There is
a charge of £3.50 per child for this event and
booking is essential. This activity is aimed
at children aged between 4-13 years This is
a Childrens University validated activity. For
further details Call Park Rangers on 01522
873735 or email email@example.com or
find us on Facebook.
Café Lincoln Arboretum, Monks Road, Lincoln
Thursday 5th September
Nature Tots: Snipe Dales 10am-11.30am
A great opportunity each month for you and
your pre-school little ones to have fun in
natural surroundings. Each session will include
seasonal outdoor activities, with story-time and
refreshments also included. All children must be
accompanied by an adult. Suitable for children
under 5 years. Booking essential. £3 per child.
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