15 Things to do this Autumn
Lincoln Book Festival
This year's festival explores the theme of 'revolution', taking as its inspiration the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which first gave some British women the right to vote. Lincoln Book Festival places history at its heart, bringing some of Britain's best-loved novelists, historians, biographers, broadcasters, academics and public figures to the historic cathedral city of Lincoln for a week-long literary festival devoted to the best history writing and historical fiction from Wednesday 26 September-Saturday 29 September. Alongside headline author events there are free writers' workshops, competitions, schools activities and local history tours and talks. Most events are hosted at The Collection in the city's Cultural Quarter, or the iconic Lincoln Drill Hall theatre.
Asters and Autumn Colour
A special opportunity to enjoy Brightwater Gardens with the rich colours of early Autumn. Pay a visit from Friday 28 September to Sunday 30 September to see more than thirty varieties of Aster together with other late summer plants growing throughout the garden against a backdrop of rich early autumn colours. Cake and sandwiches will be served with tea and coffee in the Hay Barn. From 11am-4pm. Adults: £5 & Children (under 16): free.
Dr Ken Presents the Science of Circus Show
Roll up, roll up and explore the science behind the thrills and spills of the circus on Saturday 29 September & Sunday 30 September. Dr Ken takes you on a voyage of discovery investigating how performers make use of many scientific principles in their tricks and stunts. Find out if jugglers love gravity, how clowns use the force of a Jedi and why unicyclists need to keep moving to stay still. It’s science, but not as you may know it! Suitable for all ages. Sat-2.30pm and Sun-12pm & 2.30pm. Woolsthorpe Manor, Grantham, NG33 5NR & Guildhall Arts Centre Ballroom, St Peter's Hill, Grantham, NG31 6PZ
Kindertransport - the concert documentary
2018/19 marks the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport; the astonishing mission to rescue children from the hands of the Nazis and bring them to safety. Thousands travelled by train and ship, leaving behind their parents and wider family, in order to have the chance of new lives - lives free from persecution. Composers Robert Steadman and Hannah Borrill have created a “concert documentary” telling the story of the Kindertransport in words, song and music, incorporating traditional music alongside specially composed new work on Sunday 30 September. The piece follows the lives of the children in Germany and Czechoslovakia: the effect of Kristallnacht, the journeys across Europe and how they settled into their new lives. Chapter House Ensemble will perform ‘Kindertransport'. The second half of the evening will feature Simcha - Lincoln’s very own a Klezmer band - performing an uplifting range of traditional Jewish music. Tickets: £8 in advance (£10 on the door). From 7.30pm-10pm. The Lawn, Union Road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN1 3BL
Bransby Horses Autumn Fayre
A fun filled day out for the whole family on Sunday 30 September to celebrate Bransby's 50th anniversary, including riding demonstrations and parades, a dog show, retail stalls, and a BBQ with Pimms and Prosecco on offer. Highlights of the day in the Main Arena include riding demonstrations from some of the residents looking for a new home, parades from horse’s ponies, donkeys and mules living at the charity plus an opportunity to meet some of the adoption animals or even the foals born at Bransby Horses this year. There will be yet another opportunity to take part in the Dog Show with additional classes added to the timetable for the Autumn Fayre. As well as all that, there will be a variety of stalls to enjoy a browse around and indulge in a little retail therapy. The Feedroom Café will be hosting a BBQ with Pimms and Prosecco as well as the delicious homemade treats throughout the day. The Autumn Fayre is free to attend but donations are gratefully received. All funds raised go directly to helping to care for the horses, ponies, donkeys and mules living at the charity and enable Bransby Horses to continue with the vital welfare work. Bransby Horses is a rescue centre which is home to more than 400 horses, ponies, and donkeys ready for you to meet. From 11am to 4pm.
Lincolnshire Day 2018
Celebrate all things Lincolnshire on the county's official day including events, free entry to attractions, and special offers on Monday 1 October. Lincolnshire's official county day marks the anniversary of the Lincolnshire Rising, a revolt by Catholics against the establishment of the Church of England by Henry VIII on 1st October 1536. Yellowbellies: (born and bred in Lincolnshire) and those who have moved from the county to call it home celebrate the county's traditions, past and culture by dressing in yellow, while others holding local events and decorating their workplaces and homes with Lincolnshire flags. To get involved, you can pick up your own Lincolnshire flags and merchandise at Lincoln Visitor Information Centre. Please see website for offers and events happening for Lincolnshire day.
Outdoor Movie Night: Grease
Celebrate 40 years of Grease under the stars at Bishop Grosseteste University's outdoor movie night on Saturday 6 October. Grab your chairs, blankets, and leather jackets to join us in celebrating the 40 year anniversary of Grease! With free parking (subject to availability) and refreshments available to be purchases, BGU and Skylight Cinema's first outdoor cinema is set to be a fantastic night. Adults: £12, Students/u16s: £7.50, Under 5s: free. Doors open at 5pm, film starts at 7pm.
There'll be stalls selling locally produced food, drink and crafts, alongside music and activities to celebrate the harvest season and beauty of autumn on Thursday 13 October & Friday 14 October. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue. From 9.30am-5.30pm.
Calling all Bingsters! Bing and his friends are coming to Lincoln in the first ever Bing stage show on Thursday 13 October & Friday 14 October. Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they find out how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs. Flop and Amma are there to help, but in this magical world of make-believe things don’t always go according to plan… Don’t miss the chance to see your little one’s face as their favourite characters are brought to life in this brand-new show. Full of fun, laughter and music, Bing Live! is the perfect first theatre trip for pre-schoolers and their families. Going to the theatre… it’s a Bing thing! Perfect for preschoolers as their first theatre show. Suitable for Bingsters of all ages! Children under the age of 12 months will not need a ticket.
We are delighted to welcome CBeebies presenter, Patrick Lynch back to the theatre with this beautifully crafted and imaginative re-telling of the tale of Tom Thumb on Saturday 20 October. There’s nothing left to eat so Mum and Dad are going to leave Tom and his six brothers in the forest! Outwitting his parents and the Ogre, Tom protects his brothers, finds the treasure and makes sure they’ll never be hungry again. This classic story is brought to life in a playful and fascinating show full of Lyngo’s magic with feathery spinning birds, a flying house and a portable forest. Come and join tiny Tom on his very big adventure! Patrick’s shows are always super-popular, so be sure to book early! Tickets: £8.00 Family: £28.00. Age Guide: A delightful show for all the family, suitable from 2 years+
Autumn Self-Guided Family Trail
As the colours change and leaves fall, the animals are getting ready for the coming winter. Explore our self-guided family trail around Gibraltar Point on Saturday 20 October-Sunday 28 October and find out about the big changes taking place in nature at this time of year. Trails can be collected from the Visitor Centre at a cost of £3 per child with a prize at the end when you take your completed trail back to the Centre. Meeting point is at the Visitor Centre. From 10.30am to 3pm.
The Carousel Circus School
Lincoln Drill Hall and The Earthbound Misfits proudly present The Carousel Circus School! Come join us for a free taster session on Wednesday 24 October when you’ll have the opportunity to learn Trapeze, Aerial Hoop, Tight Rope Walking, Juggling and much much more. These taster sessions are suitable for all ages and abilities and they're also FREE, but to save disappointment on the day please book your place now for one of our 2hr sessions. First session from 1pm-2.45pm & the second session from 3pm-4.45pm.
Meet the Victorians
Revel in Victorian style at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life for a day of living history during the October half term on Wednesday 24 October from 10am - 4pm. Meet a host of Victorian costumed characters in the historical room settings:
• Print your own card on the Colombian 1857 printing press;
• See the Victorian Kitchen come to life;
• Buy traditional sweets from the Old Co-op Shop;
• Use Lincolnshire’s oldest working post box;
• Sample a lesson in the Victorian Schoolroom;
• Meet the Laundress and take part in Victorian washing.
Adults: £2.50, Children and concessions: £1, Family ticket (two adults, up to three children): £5.
Did you know Isaac Newton was a secret alchemist? Try some hands-on messy science with our very own mad science volunteers as you explore some of the hidden secrets of alchemy on Wednesday 24 October & Thursday 25 October from 11am-2.30pm. Child £3.00 for the event plus admission charge.
Skegness Roller Disco
Get your skates on and let the good times roll on Thursday 25 October. Good music, friendly family atmosphere, fun for all ages. Skate hire is included or you can bring your own. Four Sessions of Family Fun available: Session 1 at 12pm, Session 2 at 2pm, Session 3 at 4pm, Session 4 at 6pm. Sessions length is 1 hour 50 minutes. Under 12yrs must have an accompanying adult on site. If you wish to accompany your child and sit ring side you must purchase a £1 spectators ticket. Tickets per Session: £5 including Skate Hire.