Free entry to Lincoln attractions for English Tourism Week
Celebrating English Tourism Week, Lincolnshire will be throwing open the doors to many of its top tourist attractions for free on March 16-17.
Among the highlights will be free entry on both days for guided tours of the building and historic insignia at Lincoln Guildhall, which has been used since 1520 and houses regalia including the sword of Richard II.
Elsewhere, visitors can step back into the past at the medieval manor Gainsborough Old Hall, while on Saturday, Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway will offer a free ride in a preserved coach dating from 1920s pulled by historic diesel locomotives.
Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral, which operated a special pre-event ticket draw, will have events running thought out the weekend as well.
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Free access to both venues will be available to those who applied for and received tickets on a first-come-first-served basis before the event when 10,000 were made available. (An entrance charge will apply to anyone else wanting to visit during the weekend.)
Everyone who heads to the castle will be treated to a living history camp, tours of the Victorian Prison, live music and have-a-go archery.
Councillor Eddy Poll, executive member of Cultural Services, says: "There will be lots going on. The Lincoln Castle Garrison living history camp will demonstrate what 15th century life was like. You'll hear prisoners' tales brought to life and there will be archery displays throughout the day and you can even have a go if you think you're a good shot."
Kay Lamb, Chairman of the Friends of Lincoln Castle Committee, a guide at the venue and re-enactor says: "We are currently undergoing great changes to the castle thanks to a successful lottery bid. But even though a lot of the prison is closed while the work goes on we will still be putting on a good show. And people will be able to view the excavation as well, which is very interesting as they are hoping to go right down to the Roman level.
"The female prison is closed and female exercise yard, but we will be doing tours in the male prison which isn't normally open to the public. We will all be dressed up as well, in prison uniform, and the main reenactment will be inside a tent.
"The Lincoln Castle Garrison will be in attendance as well and they are great. They set up their campsite, cook food and have battles. Also, tents where they do pottery.
"I think people will find it quite a bustling and busy place over this special weekend, and will really enjoy everything that's planned."
The castle events run from 10am to 4pm (with the last admission being at 3.15pm). Additional admission charges on the day for anyone without one of the 10,000 free tickets: Adults £4.50, children £3, concessions £3, family £12 (two adults and up to three concessions). The Prison Tours are at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm.
Turn to pages 51-52 for a closer at look at ten free fun things you could be doing with your family and friends during Discover Greater Lincolnshire Weekend.
For the latest list of attractions and events as part of the weekend, visit www.visitlincolnshire.com/dgl