Feel the festive spirit come alive with the National Ice Centre this Christmas!

Surrounded by twinkling lights and a majestic tree, and with free skating for toddlers under the age of five, ice skating at the National Ice Centre this December is a Christmas tradition for the whole family.

Recent changes to the ice schedule means that from Monday 4 December, there will be the chance to skate for longer with our extended skating sessions. Plus, a new dedicated area in the centre of the ice will enable pre-schoolers to take their first ice steps with their parents surrounded by fun skating equipment to help them make the most of it.

There’s a whole host of special themed events and parties which can be pre-booked now, including:

  • Gem Family Anthems Christmas Skating Session on Saturday 16 December (2:30pm-5pm). This session will be hosted by Gem breakfast presenters Jo & Sparky
  • Skate with the Nottingham Panthers on Wednesday 20 December (7:30pm-9:30pm)
  • Christmas Family Foam Party on Saturday 23 December (2:30pm-5pm)
  • Christmas Foam Party on Saturday 23 December (7:30pm-9:30pm)
  • New Year’s Family Paint Party on Friday 29 December (5:30pm-7pm)
  • New Year’s Paint Party on Friday 29 December (7:30pm-9:30pm)

In a first for the venue, Brunch with Santa experiences will be available in Encore Bar & Grill giving youngsters the chance to eat, spend some time with Santa, receive a gift, and take to the ice to skate amongst the twinkling lights and Christmas tree. Face painters will also be on hand to turn little ones into princesses, elves and reindeer! Brunch with Santa will be available on 16, 17, 23 and 24 December priced at £12.50 for adults and £15 per child.

Brunch with Santa is available to book now via groups@national-ice-centre.com or via 0115 853 3137. Please note the Brunch with Santa experience cannot be purchased on the day and will need to be pre-booked.

There’s plenty of room to skate with friends, family and colleagues, whatever the weather at the National Ice Centre. With skates starting from baby size 5, toddlers can take to the ice from as young as 18 months old free of charge making skating the perfect family activity this Christmas.

Skating prices start from £7.50 for juniors (aged 5-15) and £8.50 for adults aged 16+ including skate hire. Under 5s are free. Family passes are available from £21 for a family of three.

Festive food and drinks will be available and seasonal treats can be enjoyed in the Sub Zero café before, during or after skating.

For further information, or to book your festive skating session at the biggest ice rink around, head to www.national-ice-centre.com, call 0843 373 3000 or visit in person at National Ice Centre, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham.

Stop For A Minute

Molly’s blogger Desperate Dad takes a moment to tell us why remembrance commemorations are so important to him and his young family… These days it's always a struggle to find a quiet few minutes. There's always so much going on.
Life often seems a blur as we stumble from day to the next, just about keeping our heads above water - if we're lucky.

But this month amongst all the usual extra-curricular activities, the dashing from pillars to posts, the swimming and the football, something special happened - something important. We remembered. November is a wonderful time of year. The season has changed, the frosts have landed, the trees are weeping their leaves and Christmas is a light at the end of a not so distant
tunnel. It's also a time of commemorations.

I was touched to see my boys proudly bringing their Royal British Legion slap bands, wristbands and poppies home from school recently. A special moment, not least because Remembrance time is something very close to my own heart, a passion that I hope will be passed on to the Dynamic Duo as the time continues to fly by. My own infatuation with remembering fallen heroes centres on a fascination with the D Day landings, cemented by my many visits to the shores of Normandy over the years. Sparked by stories of two of my great uncles's wartime experiences and that of a young lad from a Lincolnshire village, who now rests in France and whose story is forever etched into my psyche. It is all of this and more - the sacrifices made by men and women across the last century (and some), the families left behind, the conflicts, the futile waste of young lives and the (hopeful) learning from our past mistakes, which makes never forgetting to remember more
crucial today than ever.

So this month it was important for us all to stop for a moment. To think about all that we have - the past, present and future and to give thanks for the freedoms that the luckiest enjoy in the 21 st century. I’m not claiming to believe that the boys understood completely why they were being asked to be quiet even more than usual of late. That realisation will come. For now it’s enough for them to know that it matters.

At the going down of Mr. Sun and (often too early) in the morning, we will remember them.

Lincoln’s Bombinos selected for Team England Junior Roller Derby team!

Five members to compete in England team during international game in Peterborough

On 25 November 2017, five teenagers from Lincoln’s Bombinos junior roller derby team will be competing as ‘England Juniors’ for the first time in Peterborough. The event will also feature the England Women’s and Men’s squads taking on their French counterparts.


The Bombinos team was set up around 6 years ago when the adult team, the Bombers, found that children were becoming interested in learning to play roller derby. The team currently sees 25 boys and girls aged 10-17 regularly training on a Saturday morning at Yarborough leisure centre in Lincoln and are coached by 4 skaters from the adult team.

Coach Violet Impact said “We’re so pleased and proud that some of our Bombinos are playing alongside the best roller derby players in the country. They’ve worked extremely hard, some of them have even been training for over 5 years and it’s great to see their hard work and dedication paying off. It will be fantastic to see the roller derby stars of tomorrow featured in an international event! We hope everyone back home in Lincolnshire will be cheering for Lady MacDeath (Eve), Deady Bear (Madison), Skye Rocket (Skye), ReBell (Rachel) and Red Devil (Becky).”

Tickets are still available for the event that is taking place at Bushfield Leisure Centre in Peterborough from https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3076413

If you are interested in finding out more about junior roller derby, you can search Bombinos Roller Derby on Facebook or by emailing juniors@lbrg.org

Skeletal Shetland Ponies Mark the Start of Winter Welfare Crisis for Bransby Horses

Equine rescue and welfare charity, Bransby Horses, rescued three Shetland ponies last week from the Nottinghamshire area that were severely emaciated. The rescue coincided with the first of this year’s cold weather and with space already limited at the charity, foster homes are desperately needed for rescued animals to free up more space for intakes this winter.

The ponies; Alfie, Tinkerbell and Tyrian have Body Condition Scores of 0, 1 and 0.5, respectively. All three were extremely lethargic on collection and Alfie, who is just two-years- old, collapsed in  the trailer and has since had to be lifted by the charity’s Animal Reception Centre Team on numerous occasions. He has no muscle or fat on him and weighs just 35kg.

The owner of the Shetland ponies no longer has any equines in their care and struggled to initially see the severity of concern and reacted too late. Said Ryan Rouse, Head of External Welfare at Bransby Horses: “The vet is taking this case very seriously and we are monitoring all three of the ponies around the clock. Their blood results show severe health issues that we must tackle carefully once they have stabilised, but the main aim at the moment is to simply build their

We are lucky to have a great support network that offers advice in these situations. “The severity of their weight loss is masked by their thick coats which is not an uncommon feature with welfare cases over the winter period. It is very worrying to think that this is only the start of the colder weather and we are already dealing with such horrific cases, it leaves an uneasy feeling with us all.” Bransby Horses is funded entirely by public donations and is currently caring for more than 400 horses, donkeys and mules. If you are interested in rehoming or would like to make a donation towards the charity’s vital rescue and welfare work please visit www.bransbyhorses.co.uk.

The Vikings Have Landed!

Lincoln's exciting new 'Viking experience' has set up camp in the city - ready to welcome its first drinkers. THOR'S tipi bar, a Scandinavian-style attraction which gives a nod to Lincolnshire's Viking heritage, opens in The Cornhill on Tuesday, November 14 at 5pm. From then on, it will open daily from 10.30am through until December 31 (closing only on Christmas Day).
THOR's twin-linked tipis, with their inviting lighting, wooden tables and benches, cosy furs and fire pit, promise to be a real magnet for individuals, families and parties of friends over the festive period.

The fully-licensed bar will serve local draft ales, mulled wine and hot cider. It will also house a hot chocolate station, allowing children (big and small) to enjoy a homemade chocolate treat, with the topping of their choice.

THOR'S Director Maria Farrugia said: 'Our first THOR'S opened in York for Christmas 2015 and was a huge hit, so last year we added Leeds and Sheffield to our stable, and we now very excited to be in Lincoln.'

Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: "We are delighted to be introducing a new attraction to the city for the important festive season."

The arrival of THOR'S tipi bar signals that the city is now truly geared-up for the festive period. In addition to opening to the public on Tuesday night, THOR'S will also be officially launched by the city's Civic Party at 8pm on Friday (November 17). That night there will also be three unmissable Christmas Lights Switch-On ceremonies - at 6.15pm at St Marks Retail Park, the main event in the High Street at 6.45pm and at The Waterside Shopping Centre at 7.15pm, added Mr Corrigan.

Poppies and Parades

Annual remembrance commemorations come to a head in Lincoln next weekend,
with services and parades taking place across the city - all coordinated by the City of
Lincoln Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL).
On the evening of Friday 10 November a Remembrance Concert led by the
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Band will take place at the Sir Robert Pattinson
Academy in North Hykeham. The show starts at 7.30pm and light refreshments will
be available. Admission is £5 on the door with all proceeds going to the Poppy
On Saturday 11 November - Armistice Day itself - there are two events. At 10.45am
at the War Memorial in Lincoln High Street there will be a short service of
remembrance attended by the City of Lincoln Council civic party. A wreath will be
laid on behalf of many local military units, police, fire and prison services and local
businesses and organisations.
Another short service will take place at the Commonwealth war graves memorial in
Newport Cemetery at 2pm where the Royal British Legion will lay a wreath and
observe a silence for those service personnel from overseas who are laid to rest
On Sunday 12 November a service will take place at Lincoln Cathedral. Proceedings
start at 10:30am and will include a parade of Standards from all the local military and
ex-service associations and wreaths laid by the Lord Lieutenant, civic dignitaries,
service and ex-service personnel and many local youth organisations.  
Andy Pearce, Chairman of the City of Lincoln Branch of the RBL said:
Remembrance is vital in helping all ages understand the service and sacrifice given
by both the military and civilian community from the First World War up to the
present day.
“In developing that understanding it is worth reflecting on how different Britain might
be today had the ultimate sacrifice not been made by so many.
“Remembrance for those who have laid down their lives for the cause of freedom
and justice is symbolised by the poppy at this time of year, which contrary to what
organisations such as FIFA might believe is not a political symbol but one of hope.
“Drawn from the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ it represents the armed forces community
past and present, and we hope that as well as a visual reminder of individual
sacrifice it serves to focus minds on the consequences of war.

“It also highlights the need for everyone to properly care for our service personnel
who all are prepared to sacrifice so much as part of their commitment to serving us
“The work of the RBL to help past and present members of the armed forces and
their families goes on all year round and relies on money raised by volunteers.
All the remembrance events are open to the public and all are welcome to join in
with the commemorations.”
So why not join the RBL and start your own tradition this year to help keep this vital
one burning bright into the 21st century.
Wear your poppies with pride and take all the family along to pay your respects.


If you’d like to further support the RBL through membership or volunteering you can
contact the Lincoln branch via the website -
http://branches.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/lincoln or search Royal British Legion
on Facebook.

Don't Miss the Lincoln BIG Lantern Parade

It’s all change for one of Lincoln’s festive annual event - which promises to be
bigger and brighter than ever before. Lincoln BIG’s Lantern Parade, which takes place on December 14, has been overhauled. This year it will include more people and feature “high spots” at the start and finish.

In a change to previous years, the Parade will be starting uphill (instead of at The Cornhill) and it will have a different finishing point too. Lincoln BIG events and promotions manager Michael Armstrong said: “Bailgate and Steep Hill traders will be staying open until 6.30pm that evening, creating a lively backdrop and adding value to this event.

“This year we are inviting whole families to take part, by gathering at the starting
point in Castle Hill at
5pm for carols and a nativity, before the parade forms up and
participants begin to walk down Steep Hill and the High Street.
“After going over High Bridge, everyone will process into City Square where we
have an extra treat in store.”

On arrival, the walkers will be surprised by a fantastic light show, which is being masterminded by Dave Dray of Q Lights, and which aims to bring an extra festive ambience to the city centre.
In addition to enjoying the Lantern Parade, shoppers and visitors are encouraged to make the most of a great opportunity to enjoy Late Night Christmas shopping in Lincoln. There will be plenty of parking options, including FREE deals at selected car parks throughout the city.

Christmas at The Workhouse, Southwell

Join us for a special Christmas at The Workhouse, Southwell which this year takes place over two days, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December. The National Trust property will be celebrating highlights from the past year and there are also traditional seasonal favourites for visitors to enjoy.

Come and stir the Figgie pudding while listening to the paupers in the kitchen, see rag rugs being made or sit in on a Christmas themed school lesson. Gather round the fire and listen to stories from ‘The Voices of the Poor’, accounts of life in the institution. There’s a Twelve Days of Christmas trail and children’s crafts will be on offer with cornucopias, Christingles and lantern-making among the Victorian themed activities. Create a paper bird, write a Christmas wish and hang it on the tree. Have a go at making your own lantern and then join in the procession down the paupers’ path at 3.30pm each day.

The Workhouse choir, accompanied by the harmonium, will be encouraging visitors to sing along to traditional carols. A girls’ choir from the Minster School, Southwell will be performing on Saturday at 3pm. If you are feeling hungry the café will be open and mulled wine and mince pies will also be available. The shop will be stocked with seasonal goods to cater for any last minute gift ideas.

The overall winner of the year-long exhibition ‘The History of The Workhouse in 20 objects’ will be announced and all the winners from the four rounds will be on show. See if the winner got your vote?

Some of the partner organisations who have worked with The Workhouse over the past year on the theme ‘What is Home?’ will be contributing to the Christmas event. The Bare Project, the creative fellows for the year, will show a film of their multi-sensory performance ‘Dangerous or Otherwise’ created in association with Newark Emmaus Trust. Young people from Minster View, the local children’s home, will be making a creative contribution and once again there will be a foodbank, this year in aid of Newark Emmaus Trust.

We will also be celebrating the contribution made by Workhouse volunteers over the year. Their wide-ranging skills and relentless enthusiasm enable us to deliver the varied programme of activities. Maybe you will be inspired to make a New Year’s resolution to join them?

Please book tickets priced £5 (plus 5% booking fee) by calling 0344 249 1895 or see: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/theworkhouse

Flying Visit By Friends From Scotland!

Lincoln attracts a wealth of visitors over the Christmas season – including some special four-legged friends! Thursday, November 23 will see the return of the stars of the Lincoln BIG
Reindeer Parade, who are travelling from Cairngorms to bring extra festive excitement to the city.

Families can meet the reindeer at St Marks Shopping Centre, between 2pm and 4pm, where they will be “resting-up” before their most important job of the day – leading the Lincoln BIG Reindeer Parade, which kicks off at 6pm. The reindeer, who will be teaming-up with Santa Claus and his sleigh, will then proudly process up the High Street, diverting through The Cornhill – past Lincoln’s newest festive attraction Thor’s Tipi Bar – through the newly-developed Cornhill Quarter, down Sincil Street to City Square.

When they arrive families will be able to meet the reindeer again and take plenty of photographs with Santa Claus and the deer. “Lincoln BIG events and promotions manager Michael Armstrong said: “We are looking forward to the return of the reindeer who are always highly popular with local families and visitors.

“This year, our Reindeer Parade is taking a little diversion and the animals will be
processing past Thor’s Tipi Bar in The Cornhill, which is another seasonal first for
Lincoln – but we will be making sure they are not distracted by the opportunity to
poke their noses in the tipis in search of a local craft beer or a hot chocolatey

People traveling into the city for the parade can also make the most of a great opportunity enjoy a spot of late night shopping. There are plenty of parking options – including FREE parking at St Mark’s Car Park for the evening. Shops will also stay open until 8pm.

Teletubbies Live at New Theatre Royal Lincoln

See the iconic, world famous Teletubbies in their first ever theatre show created especially for your little ones.

Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po in a show full of love and laughter as they explore the magical world of Teletubbyland. Look out for the Tubby Phone, Noo-noo and Sun Baby in a fun, bright and safe world which captures young children’s imaginations and encourages them to explore the world around them.  Join in and enjoy beloved features from the TV series along with brand new songs.

Featuring full-sized Teletubbies characters, bright colours, puppetry, movement, songs and actions, Teletubbies Live is the perfect show for introducing young children to the fun and magic of theatre.

To buy tickets visit www.newtheatreroyallincoln.co.uk or call 01522 519999. Alternatively you can visit the Box Office at New Theatre Royal Lincoln, Clasketgate, Lincoln, LN2 1JJ

Tickets £16, Family tickets from £29

Join us next weekend for a festive fun filled day for all the family!

The 6th annual Crackin’ Christmas Celebration will take place next weekend on Saturday 11 November from 10am to 4pm at the Natural World Centre, Whisby Nature Park.

Over 20 stalls will be in attendance at this year’s market with some being members of the Country Crafts Association, an organisation dedicated to promoting the skills and excellence of local artists and crafters.

Find perfect gifts for all the family with items such as glassware, woodturning, jewellery, handmade bears, vintage recipe biscuit and chutney and much more! There will also be plenty of activities to keep little ones entertained including a mobile climbing wall, badge making and face painting. Otters Reach Indoor Adventure and Little Darters Wildlife Adventure will also be open as normal.

Tempt your taste buds with our tasting stalls giving you the opportunity to buy your favourites from Saints and Sinners jams and chutneys, Dennetts ice cream and the Lincolnshire Brewing Company. Outdoor stalls will also include speciality hot chocolate, jacket potatoes and mulled wine.

We’re also pleased to welcome ACTion Community Theatre who will here to showcase their Victorian mini street melodrama ‘A Bird In The Hand’ as well as festive carols from Sleaford Concert Band.

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information please contact the Natural World Centre on 01522 688868 or email whisby@1life.co.uk for more information.


World Hello Day Web Walk is taking place on Saturday 18th November.

Get your walking boots on and join a fun, organised walk on Saturday 18th November to
celebrate World Hello Day in Lincoln.
Organised in partnership by Access Lincoln, City of Lincoln Council and Sustrans, the
celebration walk will start from six different locations across the city and meet in the middle
at St Mary le Wigford Church for tea and cake.

The led walks, which are all less than two miles long, will start at 10am from West
Common, South Common, Boultham Library, The Plough (Newark Road), Lincoln County
Hospital and Bishop Grosseteste University.
Anyone can come along and join in and fun activity packs will be provided for children,
including a ‘spot the smile’ game where posters of different animals smiling will be hidden
along the route!

Access Lincoln, a Lincolnshire County Council programme which promotes sustainable
and active travel in and around the city, is inviting everyone to come and join in with the
walks. Sarah Hubery of Access Lincoln, said: “World Hello Day is an international annual
celebration all about bringing people together and highlighting the importance of
communication within our communities.

“This year to help celebrate the annual day, we have organised a ‘web walk’ where people
from all corners of Lincoln will set off from different starting locations and come together to
meet in the middle - like a spider’s web!
“The walks are all less than two miles and will take roughly an hour, meaning the walks are
suitable for all ages and abilities.
“Once at St Mary le Wigford Church it will be another great opportunity for people to
socialise and for the children to play and have fun together. We hope everyone joins in on
the day and feels the benefits of not only walking but also feeling part of the community.”
For more information about the World Hello Day Web Walk, visit:

A Charitable Christmas with Bransby Horses🐴

Local equine rescue and welfare charity, Bransby Horses, has a wonderful selection of Christmas cards and festive gifts, including the new Advent Calendar which features the popular adoption animals.

The charity’s Christmas Fayre (9 th December) also provides a great opportunity for Christmas shopping with gift and craft stalls galore. Children will also be able to visit Santa in his grotto while adults enjoy a mulled wine. To adopt a horse, donkey or mule for the year costs just £10 and makes an exciting Christmas present for animal lovers of any age, who can then visit their adoption animals throughout the year.

To see the range of Christmas cards and gifts please call into the Bransby Horses’ Visitor Centre Gift Shop (open daily 10am-4pm) or visit the online webshop at www.bransbyhorses.co.uk/shop/.

All funds raised go directly to the 424 animals currently in the charity’s care at their
rescue centre in the village of Bransby.

For further information please contact Bransby Horses on 01427 788464 or
visit www.bransbyhorses.co.uk.

It may be winter outside…

As the Halloween horrors begin to take hold, Molly’s blogger Desperate Dad looks forward to a busy winter schedule, which is sure to keep everyone firmly on their toes… Halloween is always a rather special time for our family. Although it officially heralds the start of winter, for us it kicks off the first of many celebrations that help ease the pain of the shorter days and darker nights ahead.

As the clocks wind back and the week unfolds we feverishly look forward to October’s main event. With the kids a little older now, it’s pumpkin carving and trick or treating galore. My iPod’s stocked with a ghoulish party playlist and it’s off to Nana’s for a delectably devilishly tea which usually consists of sausage, mash and lashings of baked beans. Less than a week later and it’s sparklers at the ready as we tentatively remember (remember) 5 November.

A little tricky to fully celebrate with my boys if I’m honest - with one certified adrenaline junkie always looking for Gandalf-style pyrotechnics and the other hidden away in suitably soundproofed bunker – but we always manage to muddle through somehow. The end of the month sees Boy 1 celebrate his birthday. He’ll be nine on 19 November. Nine years since I held him newborn in my arms after being dramatically ventoused out of my wife - blue and distressed from an almost 48 hour labour.

Nine years that have flown by in the blink of eye, time never allowing us enough respite to catch our breaths or take in each major milestone that’s been claimed with ease. Very scary. The last weekend of November is always tree up time for us. In a bid to ring as much Christmas cheer out of December as possible, I find myself scrabbling in the loft for the main feature along with the hand-me- down decorations that will adorn the front room in the coming weeks.

The iPod’s fired up again with more Christmas No.1s than we can physically stomach and by the time the 24th comes around fever pitch has been reached and surpassed, with galactic levels of festive excitement palpable. Christmas with young children is a mix of nostalgia, exhaustion and alcohol. My party hat is secured in place at the dinner table cracker pull and is not removed, by tradition, until I’m dragged to bed kicking and screaming in the late evening.

The days that follow involve lots of tripping over new toys, lazy film afternoons and the vacuuming of endless fake pine needles from the living room floor – this continues into July.
New Year’s Eve has been a damp squib since about 2006. Our current record is managing to stay up until 23:45 by which time we resemble two extras from The Walking Dead, just about able to crawl into the bedroom to doze off to the chimes (or not) of Big Ben. The dawn of the New Year is usually always christened with a kiddie hangover, but never alcohol induced.

The boys are by now so used to their frantic fun-filled mornings that they demand nothing less than intravenous junk food and party game frolics 24 hours-a-day. It’s a relief to get them back to school and settle into a somewhat ‘normal’ nine to five routine again.

But as the dust settles and the January days turn into February’s frosty weekends, Halloween’s hoorays seem like a lifetime ago. Soon the clocks will roll forward, leaving perplexed parents with even less time to complain about the chores of the day. Summer holiday plans will be formalised, annual leave will be booked and the thermal pyjamas will be banished to the back of the wardrobe for another year.

The cycle begins once again and with the changing seasons comes the crushing realisation that children grow ever older along with the cherished memories that they constantly create.
It's a prospect more terrifying than any bargain bin trick or treat costume could ever claim to be.

The hit live show vists new theatre royal Lincoln!

CBeebies’ arts and crafts hero, Mister Maker is back on tour with the hit live theatre show,
Mister Maker & The Shapes Live!

Mister Maker said:
“We had such a fantastic time on our last UK tour, it will be great to meet friends again and
make lots of new ones! 
This year, we've added new songs for the audience to enjoy and some new amazing
'makes'! So Mini Makers and grown-ups; join me, Circle, Triangle, Square and Rectangle for
a real arty adventure…. and get ready to make some noise!” 

Tickets start from £12 (booking fee may apply) with children’s and family tickets available.

twitter @mistermaker

For interview and media enquiries please contact Shereden Mathews
T.020 7734 211

Adaptations, Live Screenings, Pop music and Tap Dancing at the New Theatre Royal Lincoln

If you’re still thinking of ideas for this half term, why not treat your family to a trip the New Theatre Royal Lincoln. You will be spoilt for choice with a pop music sing-along, adaptations of children’s classic stories, a live screening from the Royal Opera House and a tap dancing spectacular.

Artistic Director Natalie Hayes–Cowley explains

“The New Theatre Royal’s programme is designed to offer something for everyone and this half term is no exception! We are so proud to be able to offer some of the best family friendly theatre to Lincoln this October”

Join Hairy Maclary and his friends Hercules Morse, Bottomley Potts and Schnitzel von Krumm for a canine adventure live on stage. This hugely popular show is packed with music, singing, colourful costumes and six of your favourite characters from the book – you’d be barking mad to miss it! Saturday 21st October at 2pm. Tickets from £10

An impressive adaptation of The Three Musketeers brings the story of D’Artagnan to life. Baroque Theatre Company promises a swashbuckling play brimming with energy and skill, featuring a talented professional cast, sumptuous consumes, inventive stagecraft and witty dialog. Perfect for children over 5, and their families. Sunday 22nd October at 2.30pm. Tickets start from £11. 

Experience something truly magical and travel down the rabbit hole with Alice in Christopher Wheeldon’s exuberant ballet inspired by Lewis Carrolls’ much loved book Alice in Wonderland. This is a new and exciting opportunity to see a world class performance screened LIVE from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Monday 23rd October at 7.15pm. Tickets start from £15.50


The best songs from your favourite stars in one fun-packed and uplifting show – that’s Pop Diva’s LiveLittle Mix will cast some Black Magic, Katy Perry will ROAR and of course Adele will be saying Hello as five talented singers bring you an up close and personal gig with the greatest pop performers of today. Friday 27th October at 6pm. Tickets are £16

Tap Factory is an international hit-show featuring urban tap dance, percussion, comedy and acrobatics. The stunning live music and choreography is created from the most ordinary of objects by a highly talented, internationally renowned cast of award-winning tap dancers. Tuesday 31st October at 7.30pm. Tickets from £16

Ticket Information
To buy tickets visit www.newtheatreroyallincoln.co.uk or call 01522 519999. Alternatively, you can visit the Box Office at New Theatre Royal Lincoln, Clasketgate, Lincoln, LN2 1JJ


LINCOLN is one of twelve historic cities which has secured a £1m investment from the Discover England Fund for an innovative new project to encourage more US visitors to explore regional England.

The money will be spent on brining history to life by telling stories via enhanced augmented reality and will feature itineraries that link the cities by rail, making it easy to plan and book a multi-destination trip.

Delivered through the historic cities app, it will act as a central point for local information that highlights places to eat and stay alongside trips, tours and travel options.

Lydia Rusling, Head of Visit Lincoln said: “This is a major investment which uses cutting-edge technology to attract international visitors to Lincoln and other leading historic cities.  

“Heritage is a huge draw for US visitors to England. The project names as ‘The Collection’ will enable Lincoln to share our amazing stories through digital technology and will bring the city wider exposure to this important international market”.

This is the first time that England’s Historic Cities have collaborated in this way, The Collection is one of a number of successful projects to receive funding from the UK Government’s £40 million Discover England Fund.

The Discover England Fund is administered by VisitEngland and aims to ensure that England stays competitive in the rapidly growing global tourism industry, by offering world-class English tourism products to the right customers at the right time. The Fund is a central government funded programme of activity, supported by match funding by partners in the public and private sectors.

VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe, said: “The calibre of submissions reflects the innovation in product development thriving across the country’s tourism landscape. The successful projects will boost international and domestic visitor growth creating a step-change in the industry and spreading the economic benefits of tourism across England.”

The project is being managed by a board chaired by consortium member Ruth Connor, CEO of Marketing Lancashire. Ruth said: “We are thrilled to have secured investment from the Discover England Fund. England’s Historic Cities represents some of the best experiences that England has to offer to international visitors and we can’t wait to bring them to the attention of the US market. The consortium has a strong track record of working together but this is the most ambitious project we have tackled together. We are grateful for the support of our partners and look forward to showing the results of our work.”

Joining the 13 members of England’s Historic Cities for this project are Truro and Worcester and the City of London. The project is also supported by London & Partners, English Heritage and UK Inbound.

London & Partners Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Cooke, said: "London & Partners is delighted to be partnering with England's Historic Cities' consortium to promote England's rich cultural heritage to an international audience. As both the gateway to these cities and a unique reflection of England's history in its own right, London is central to the visitor experience. We look forward to working with the consortium to help visitors to make the most of London and their onward journeys throughout England."

Turning Japanese? I really think so…

Looking for a little bit of peace and quiet this half term? Molly’s blogger Desperate
Dad recommends a trip to the Pure Land Japanese garden. The perfect place to
escape the Halloween horrors…

Just a few miles outside Lincoln, off the lonesome A1133, about halfway between
Newark and Gainsborough, lies the most unlikely paradise.
Pure Land Meditation Centre and Japanese Garden offers a tranquil getaway
from the humdrum of the rat race, but is also fabulous fun for young kids to boot.
Run by the highly enthusiastic Buddha Maitreya, its quiet corners, winding paths
and beautiful fish filled ponds allow guests to lose themselves in quiet
contemplation – you really could be a million miles away.

From the moment you set foot inside Pure Land, relaxation takes hold. There are
lots of hidden corners where can sit and drink in the surroundings, or just simply
take a leisurely stroll to spot the lanterns and numerous garden ornaments that
litter the oriental arena.

Originally from Japan, Maitreya moved to the UK in the early 70s where he
taught mediation at universities before settling in Nottinghamshire. There he
bought a house in North Clifton and began work landscaping Pure Land in 1980.
The rest as they say is history.
My boys loved following the picturesque paths and stepping stones, clambering
over the mini bridges and ‘stroking’ the friendly and very tame carp in the ponds.
In addition to the wondrous gardens, there’s also a fascinating crystal garden,
full to the brim with hundreds of the ‘energy giving’ objects, including all shapes,
sizes and colours. We were mesmerised.

It was a wonderful way to while away a couple of half-term hours and there’s
still time to do so before it closes for the winter.
Pure Land is open from the last weekend in March to the last weekend in
October. Japanese tea ceremonies and meditation sessions are also available to

Visit www.buddhamaitreya.co.uk or follow him on Twitter @purelandbuddha

Release your inner wild thing this October half-term!

As Halloween approaches, creatures are hunkering down and hibernating, but across RSPB nature reserves, in the depths of enchanted forests, mystical marshes, frightening fens, and haunted heathlands there remain many beasts that go bump in the night.

Families won’t have to go far to experience the wild things. RSPB wildlife experts will be on hand to showcase Lincolnshire beasts that creep, crawl, flap and slither, in a range of wild-thing-themed events at RSPB Frampton Marsh.

Chris Andrews, RSPB Visitor Experience Manager at Frampton Marsh said: “Whether you’re a wild child or a big kid at heart; whether you choose to wear fear-inspiring fancy dress, your weirdest wellies, or just turn up as yourself, it is important to visit your local nature reserve this half-term and let your inner wild thing roam.

“With the amount of time children and their families are spending outside in nature declining, unleashing your inner wild thing will provide the perfect opportunity to get out and discover the wild things that surrounds us all. The chance to take a step closer to the wonders of nature and embrace our local wildlife in all its forms, should be a part of every child’s life. The RSPB is here to help every family start their own wild adventure”

A recent RSPB research survey has revealed that an overwhelming number of children want to turn off the TV, put down their devices and spend more time outside exploring nature (note 1). Don’t worry if the thought of leaving your smartphone at home this Halloween gives you the heebie jeebies though. Take it with you and share your photos or videos of your #wildthings with the RSPB on Facebook @RSPBLincsand Twitter @RSPBintheEast..


#WildThings events in Lincolnshire:


Trick or Treat Treasure Trail at RSPB Frampton Marsh

Come learn the legends of local wildlife! You will take a gentle stroll around the surfaced paths, finding out some spooky stories about our furred and feathered friends. Answer the questions and you can win a tasty treat. But watch out for the Shuck, our local ghost dog!

Suitable for ages 4 and above, sorry no dogs. No need to book. Please allow 1 hour to do the trail.

When: Saturday 21 October to Monday 30 October, 10 am - 3 pm

Price: £2.75 per child (RSPB members 20% off)


Birds for Kids at RSPB Frampton Marsh

Is your child a budding Michaela Strachan or Chris Packham? Help them learn their swans from swallows with this child-friendly birdwatching course. Well start with theory and fieldcraft before putting it into practice with a trip onto the reserve. Sorry, no dogs.

When: Wednesday 25 October, sessions at 11am and 2pm

Price: £3.50 per child, accompanying adults free (20% off for RSPB members)

Booking essential, call 01205 724678




Top 5 #wildthings to find this autumn:


  1. Spooky spiders – head out into the garden first thing in the morning and witness these eight-legged creatures weave glistening dew-dropping webs.
  2. Fabulous fungi – look out for mushrooms and toadstools in enchanted forests. If you’re very quiet you might see fairies resting there. Look, don’t touch!
  3. Bursting berries – admire the colours of berries against autumnal leaves on tremendous trees. If you’re confident forage blackberries and sloes for free and make potions in nature’s kookiest kitchen.
  4. Creeping critters – after jumping in and out of squelching puddles, look at the crunchy leaves on the woodland floor. All kinds of creepy crawlies will be setting up an autumn home down on the ground.
  5. Shore-borne shells – following an autumnal storm take a trip to the coast. Look for the shells that marine wild things call home, left behind after high tides. You might even find a crab sheltering under rocks.

Tickets on sale now for BRAND NEW PEPPA PIG SHOW at New Theatre Royal Lincoln!

Wednesday 13th June 2018 at 1pm and 4pm
Thursday 14th June 2018 at 10am and 1pm

Adult tickets £18
Under 16’s £16
Family tickets ( 2 adults and 2 children ) £64

Peppa Pig and her friends are back in a brand new live show Peppa Pig’s Adventure, featuring a new story, loads of songs and heaps of fun at the New Theatre Royal Lincoln.

Produced by leading children’s theatre team Fiery Light, in partnership with licensor Entertainment One (eOne), Peppa Pig’s Adventure marks the ninth consecutive year of Peppa Pig live theatre tours since 2009 and the fifth Peppa Pig stage production in total.

Join Peppa as she gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunch-boxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and her friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of games,  laughter and live music!

The happy campers soon settle down to sleep and listen to the gentle pitter patter of rain.  Safe and warm inside their tents the excited group can look forward to morning time, when there will be lots of muddy puddles to play in!

Richard Lewis once again takes the helm for this new live stage adaptation of eOne’s popular animated TV series which he directs and has adapted for the theatre. He has also adapted and directed the four previous Peppa Pig live stage shows,  Peppa Pig’s PartyPeppa Pig’s Treasure HuntPeppa Pig’s Big Splash and Peppa Pig’s Surprise. The show features music from BAFTA award-winning composer Mani Svavarsson.

Audiences will enjoy interactive fun, songs and games with Peppa Pig and her friends. Peppa Pig’s Adventure promises to be the perfect theatre show for all pre-schoolers.Suitable for ages 3+.