Mollys Guide - Summer 2019


ISSUE 37 • SUMMER 2019

The Woodland Trust

for parents & carers




Visit & discover


Fantastic family days out this

at Gridline Racing




Crazy Daisy Golf

Children’s play

area, Daisy Karts

& bouncy castle

Meet our animals

in the paddock

Why not try the

‘Lazy Daisy

Drive Thru’

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

home-made real

dairy icecream

and seated café

that offers an

assortment of

meals, snacks

and drinks.







7 days a


Tel: 01522


Lincoln Road, Skellingthorpe, Lincoln LN6 5SA •

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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Desperate Dad

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

pig departures.

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

after all?

You’ll be pleased to know that our remaining

four-legged friends are a picture of health



Summer 2019

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 kids.

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

at all.

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

Desperate Dad.

Read more adventures:

Facebook: Desperate Dad

Twitter: @Dad_Desperate

Instagram: @daddesperate



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

Called Justice.

You can also stay up to date with the latest festival news by following Newark Book Festival on


Summer 2019

Elsewhere, there is

lots of interactive fun

happening across

the Festival weekend

to get young readers

and artists inspired.

From a promenade

theatre performance

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 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.


Summer 2019

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

the year.

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

be successful.



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

reflective practice.

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.


Summer 2019

Believe Together, Achieve Together





6 - 8PM

De Wint Avenue, Lincoln, LN6 7DT

01522 882900 •

Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School

Educating in Lincoln since 1090


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:

Wragby Road, Lincoln LN2 4PN

Twitter @LCHSed


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



Pembroke Academy

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

“Achieving Together”.

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.


Summer 2019


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




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 to find out more.


Summer 2019


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







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




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


Summer 2019

Gates open from 8.30am. Get in touch via 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

memorable performance.”

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.



Family Fun

Something fun for everyone

this summer...

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.


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.


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.


Summer 2019


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.


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!


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.


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).


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

Skegness Seasiders

this summer!

Let the Skegness Seasiders,

the family of 11 individuallynamed

seaside themed

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 2019

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.”


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.


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.


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



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!


Doddington Hall


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.


Jubilee Park

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.

Discover Woodhall Spa’s best kept secret

• Heated outdoor swimming pool

• Children’s Play Park

• Games Hut

• Tennis & Cricket

• Croquet & Bowls

• Cafe & Picnic areas



Dogs welcome



Camping & caravaning site

set amongst beautiful woods

Toilet & shower block, laundry

and washing up facilities,

disabled wet room, baby change

and wash area available.

For more information

or to book:

01526 353478

Book online

now for the

pool to beat

the queues on

sunny days!

Stixwould Road, Woodhall Spa, LN10 6QH



Lincoln BIG

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

The Cornhill.

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.


Summer 2019

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

much more.

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.



Uncle Henry’s

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

cafe courtyard.


Summer 2019

Getting the whole family

on track...

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

also available.

Kids Karting Klub aimed at 8 to 13yrs old, includes

tuition from our race instructors on the best racing


Gridline Racing

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

Racing today!

For further info:


Photo © Andrew Rawlins


Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Get closer to

nature with the


Wildlife Trust

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.


Similar looking to a lump of

bubblewrap, these now empty

egg cases have been made by

the largest sea snail in the UK!

Photo © Pixabay

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


Summer 2019


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!

Wild events

Find a list of all our events

on our website here:


Weds 31st July, 11am-3pm,


Drop in and discover the

wondrous Wash at Gibraltar Point

with sea dipping, self-guided

trails and nature crafts!



Sat 3rd Aug, 10am-4pm,



Sun 4th Aug, 10am-4pm,



Join our Coastal Warden as we

look for whales, dolphins and

porpoises as part of an official

watch with the Sea Watch



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.

Photo ©

Emma Bradshaw

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:



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

• Earth

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



Summer 2019

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

around though!)

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

tree species

• 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

you wish.

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!


Outdoor adventures don’t have to stop after the

holidays, become a family of Nature Detectives – visit to join.



Scaman’s Eggs

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

Ruth’s Eggciting

Eggsplorer Wraps,

starting with

collecting freshlylaid


Scaman’s Eggs.


Summer 2019

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


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

Phoenix (5).

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Instagram: scamanseggs




Holiday fun

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

Digital screen time is almost

inevitable but IntellectoKids

Learning Games app makes it a

valuable experience. The app has a

range of fun and educational games

that teach kids

aged 3-6 a variety

of skills including

the alphabet,

numbers, basic


memory and logic

skills, so

it’s perfect for

busy parents who

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kids occupied

while boosting

their IQs.

Summer 2019


Source: *Business Wire

Get creative

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

plastic tray.

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.


local attractions


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.



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


Summer 2019

If it’s raining a fun and educational, quick indoor

activity is a migratory bird word search click here: 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:

Photo by

John Bridges


Find out more at


favourite animal and act out their behaviours. You

can download activity sheets on how to make

these masks here:


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:


If you’re inspired to get out and about, a great

starting point is to find your nearest wood at Don’t

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:




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

the grown-ups!

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


Summer 2019

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

Dinosaur Encounter

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

this Summer...




• 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


School trips






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01652 678822

South Kelsey,

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





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

Hartsholme Country Park, Skellingthorpe Road,

Lincoln, LN6 0EY


Summer 2019

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:






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!




CU = Childrens University

validated activities






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

and amaze!

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 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.


Summer 2019

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