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There’s so much to see and do around Lincoln in the run up to Christmas. From pantomimes to Santa visits, from Christmas trails to craft fairs. Here’s our Lincoln Mums guide to What’s on and when this month…
PANTOMIMES

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Lincoln Drill Hall, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY
Following last year’s record breaking Beauty & The Beast, which played to over 14,000 people, Jack & The Beanstalk is set to be our most incredible festive spectacular yet – and it’s also our 10th anniversary panto too, so come along and join in the celebrations!
Back by popular demand is James Campbell as the outrageous Dame Dotty Trott, mother of our hero Jack and his brother Silly Simon. They haven’t a bean to their name and their loveable cow Daisy has gone dry. Worse still, the village is at the mercy of the giant Blunderbore – and his wicked henchman Fleabottom has captured the beautiful Princess Zena…but this is one princess who can take care of herself! Come along and follow Jack up the beanstalk to find out who saves the day!
With everyone’s favourite characters, stunning costumes, spectacular sets and effects, hilarious song and dance routines, plus more jokes than a bag full of magic beans, this is one madcap adventure your family won’t want to miss!
*Please note: the signed performance will take place on the 9 Dec 2pm and the performance at 2pm on 28 Dec will be the relaxed performance.
A relaxed performance is specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including very young children, people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. The auditorium lights will be left on so it’s not quite so dark, you’re free to get up and walk around and the sound will not be quite so loud. Other than that, it’s exactly the same as a regular performance.
Friday 8th Dec – Tue 2nd Jan
01522 873894 www.lincolndrillhall.com/shows/jack-the-beanstalk

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• Aladdin – New Theatre Royal, Clasketgate, Lincoln, LN2 1JJ

Following our outstanding Pantomime ‘Cinderella’ last year, our ‘Aladdin’ will have you on the edge of your seat! Join us for a magic carpet ride to the fairy-tale land of Marrakesh, join the fun, laughter and adventures of Dame Donna Kebab, her handsome son Aladdin and comical son Cous-Cous.
Meet the beautiful Princess Jasmine and her glamorous mum Sultana Tangine.
Watch this enchanting adventure unfold but look out for the evil magician Abanazar who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the all-powerful magic lamp.
This year’s pantomime stars a cast for all ages! Staring Sandi Bogle from Gogglebox and Celebrity Big Brother 2017 as Sultana Tangine. Andy Abraham, the Platinum selling soulful X-Factor star as The Genie of the lamp. Chris Johnson, CBBC’s favourite presenter ‘Yonko’, ‘All over the place’ star and voice of Dennis the Menace as Cous. Back by popular demand, the hilarious Patrick Kearns as Dame Donna Kebab, who recently performed in ‘One man two Guvnors’ and the equally as funny and charismatic Ian Crowe, as Abanazar. Taking the title role is the gorgeous Alessandro Lubrano as Aladdin. Introducing Georgia Hayes-Cowley as the Slave of the ring and the beautiful Anna Hannides fresh from performing as Pocahontas in Disneyland Paris as Jasmine.
The chorus will comprise of four Professional dancers backed up by sixteen local boys and girls from across the County (eight per cast in teams ‘Emerald’ and ‘Sapphire’)
Prices from £12 – £22
December 4th – January 7th
01522 619999 http://www.newtheatreroyallincoln.co.uk/shop/pantomime/aladdin/

Christmas 2017

Robin Hood and Maid Marian – Winter in Sherwood at LPAC, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS
It is Winter in Sherwood and snow covers the greenwood. It’s a time of magic and adventure. The boy-king Henry III rules an England in civil war and the Sheriff of Nottingham sees his chance to seize control. The people need a hero but who will step forward and fight for them? Join Robin Hood and Maid Marian on this rip-roaring quest suitable for families and children aged six up.
TICKET PRICES:
Ruby Performances: (Previews) £10 All Tickets. Monday 11 December 10am & 1pm. Tuesday 12 December 10am & 7pm
Emerald Performances: £15 Full // £10 Child // £6 Schools. Wednesday 13 December 10am & 1pm. Thursday 14 December 10am & 1pm. Monday 18 December 10am & 1pm
Diamond Performances: £15 Full // £10 Child. Saturday 16 December 2pm & 6pm. Sunday 17 December 2pm. Wednesday 20 December 2pm. Thursday 21 December 2pm. Friday 22 December 2pm (relaxed performance) & 7pm. Saturday 23 December 2pm & 7pm. Sunday 24 December 10am & 2pm.

Mon 11 Dec 2017 – Sun 24 Dec 2017
01522 837600 www.lpac.co.uk

Beauty and the Beast at The Palace Theatre, Appleton Gate, Newark, NG24 1JY
A Beauty of a Panto…A Beast of a Show! Come and join us for a beauty of a pantomime this festive season. With last year’s production being described as “one of the best pantomimes I have seen at the Palace” (Newark Advertiser), the Palace Theatre is planning another spectacular show this year with the magical tale of Beauty and the Beast.
Once again, the show will have all the ingredients for a perfect family panto with spectacular set and costumes, fabulous songs and dances, bags of slapstick fun and starring Jonathan Wrather (Emmerdale’s Pierce Harris)!
So, book your tickets now for a fun filled panto, and to discover if Beauty can see beyond appearances and learn to love a Beast!
Premium Performances: Stalls £21.00, £20.00 concessions; Circle £20.00, £19.00 concessions; Family £74
Standard Performances: Stalls £19, £18 concessions; Circle £18, £17 concessions; Family £66
Special Offer Performances: £16
8th December – 3rd January
01636 655755 http://www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/palacetheatre/

 

Meeting Father Christmas

• Rand Farm Park – Breakfast with Santa
Such a special experience for all the family with ever lasting memories! On Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th, Saturday 16th or Sunday 17th, come along for BREAKFAST WITH SANTA from 9.00am with lots of additional Christmas Surprises (bookings only). 01673 858904
Belton House – Every weekend from 1-24 December. Book in advance online or 0344 2491895

Ark Wildlife Park
Come and visit Santa in his grotto at the Ark this Christmas.
Santa arrives Saturday 2nd December and will be here every weekend until 20th December, after which he will be here every day, up to and including Christmas Eve. They’ll also be festive activities and Christmas themed treats in the Kalahari cafe throughout December. Show a screen shot or print out of our Festive greetings poster (on website, or cut out from Decembers Primary Times) at reception when you visit, to be put into a draw for a Junior keeper experience. You can come and visit Santa’s grotto between 12-1 and 2-3pm. £5 per child, all children who visit Santa will receive a gift. Please note you will need to purchase a day ticket/s to the park as this is not included in your visit to Santa’s grotto.
Uncle Henry’s Farm Shop – Breakfast with Santa
Our cafe is truly magical at Breakfast time as Santa makes an appearance on his festive tractor bringing gifts for all the children. Saturday 9th December 9.30am-11.30am and Saturday 16th December 9.30am-11.30am. £3.00 per child. The price includes a visit from Santa to your table and a small gift. Any food and drink are additional on the day. Santa will arrive at 10am. Please enquire at the cafe to book or call 01652 640308.
Doddington Hall – Meet Father Christmas
Add some magic to the festive season for little ones by visiting Father Christmas in the cosy family setting of the Hall’s Library. Meet the Christmas Elves, share your Christmas wishes with Father Christmas and receive a small present per child. Tickets are sold out, but you can join the waiting list by emailing Doddington Hall.

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• Lincoln Castle AN AUDIENCE WITH FATHER CHRISTMAS
Experience the magic of Christmas at Lincoln Castle by joining Father Christmas in a cosy Victorian setting. Sit back and listen to stories of Christmases from the past and enjoy finding out more about the man himself!
Every child will receive a Victorian style gift and have the opportunity to share their Christmas wishes.
Places are limited so please book your place in advance to avoid disappointment.
Tickets: £8 per child, £6 per adult
* each adult ticket includes a free hot drink from Langton’s cafe here at Lincoln Castle.
Saturday 16, Sunday 17, Wednesday 20, Thursday 21, Friday 22, Saturday 23 December
10.15am, 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2.00pm, 3.15pm
Rufford Park Afternoon Tea with Santa:
Thursday 7th & 14th December 2017
4.15pm – 5.30pm
Come along and get into the Christmas Swing with a Traditional child friendly afternoon tea with Santa. With Christmas colouring, music and a present from Santa, what better way to get you in the festive groove.
Menu: Assortment of sandwiches. Mini cupcakes. Strawberry Jelly and ice cream pots. Unlimited squash
(adults will have a normal afternoon tea with unlimited tea & coffee)
£10 Per Head
Email: ruffordabbey@parkwood-leisure.co.uk Tel: 01623 821338
Whisby Garden Centre
Santa is coming!! Santa will be in our grotto between the 18th November and 24th December. Santa visits can be pre-booked please just give our Elves a call on 01522 685395 to get your slot.
Santa will arrive on 18th November and be in his grotto every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, up to and including Christmas Eve. 10.30am-4.30pm £5.95 plus normal winter entry fees. Includes present, make your own reindeer food, free bag of animal food and face painting.
Waterside Shopping Centre
1-24 December 11am – 5pm £6
Visit Santa in his grotto and receive a present
www.bookfatherchristmas.co.uk/waterside
Downtown Garden Centre, Grantham
25th Nov – 24th Dec
£7.50 per child online booking advisable. Max of 4 adults per child, additional adults £1.50 each.
Meet Santa & explore the magical grotto
01476 512333 www.oldrids.co.uk/Santa
White Post Farm, Breakfast with Santa 23rd December
£19.99 each under 2s £10. Full farm admission. See Santa and receive a present. Festive entertainers, Christmas treats to take home and much more. Spaces limited so call to book.
Christmas evenings 22nd & 23rd December £8 each. Under 2s free 5-8pm
A great chance to see the farm at night sparkling with Christmas lights and festive cheer. See Santa, join in the nativity and enjoy some yuletide snacks. Spaces limited so call to book.
www.whitepostfarm.co.uk 01623 882977
North Scarle Railway
North Scarle, Lincoln –Sundays 10th & 17th December 2017
1 pm to 4 pm
Train rides to meet Santa in his grotto
Sundown Adventureland
Santa is in everyday from the 18th of November until Christmas Eve giving out presents (if children under 90cm wish to receive a present from Santa tickets can be bought for a special price of £3.00 each). It is advisable to pre-book and pay for your tickets for your park and Santa visit either online or by contacting us on 01777 248274 and paying over the phone. You can select a date and time of your choice to visit Santa as this will prevent queuing. All indoor play areas, cafes and rides will remain open but some of the park will close at 4pm on festivity evenings.
Normanby Hall, Scunthorpe
See Father Christmas in the bothy on the following dates: December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th.
Clumber Park – Clumberland Tales for Toddlers with Father Christmas
You will be welcomed by Father Christmas’s helpers and invited to take a seat for a group story. Once settled Father Christmas will read a wintery Clumberland tale to get you in the Christmas spirit. Once the story has finished all children will receive a small gift from Father Christmas. This session is for Pre-school under 5’s. Child £8 includes admission to the park
0844 2491895. All children between 1 and 4 require a ticket but adults don’t need one
This event is a group event and there will be a total of 15 children per session. One adult per child is permitted per session. Adults are encouraged to sit on cushions and bean bags with their child. Limited chairs available for those that require them.
Weds 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th 10.15am 10.30am 11am 11.30am Storytime lasts for 15 minutes
Wolds Railway
Our ever-popular ‘Santa Special’ trains will be running on four days this year, with four trains each day.
Each child will receive a specially chosen gift from Santa and grown-ups are served mulled wine.
Prices are £11.00 for children aged 12 and under and £11.00 for adults (13 and over).
Our Santa Special trains are filling up quickly! We advise customers to book now to avoid disappointment!

Santa Special Dates: Sat 9th | Sun 10th | Sat 16th | Sun 17th
Santa Special Times: 10.30 am | 11.45 am | 1.15 pm | 2.30 pm
Lincolnshire Wildlife Park
Tea with Santa: 4th-8th Dec from 4.30pm £15 p/child includes amazing evening walk, Christmas light display, feed the real reindeer, tea with Santa, free gift and story time with Santa
0871 3841130 ticket only event
Park opening times are from 4pm onwards for bookings only. £15.00 per child with free adult entry into the Rainforest Diner, an additional cost of £2.50 will be charged for adults to enter the rest of the park. 10% discount applied to bookings made on or before 31st October only. Tea menu is not suitable for under 2’s, £6.00 charge applied for under 2’s to have the additional activities without Tea.
On the River
11th November to 24th December. Come and meet Santa and enjoy a Christmas treat Includes 40 min trip through magical town, hot chocolate & cake, a chat with Santa, a pressie for everyone. Booking available. Adults £5, OAP and children £4. Tel 07551 876758. Departs on the river in front of the waterside.
• Father Christmas visiting Branston
December 12th to 14th. Say hello to Santa and his elves and enjoy a Christmas song or two. If you’ve a gift you would like given to your child on any of the evenings call Santa’s Elfline on 01522 791699

 

Throughout December:

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• Christmas at Rand Farm Park, Rand, Wragby, Lincoln, LN8 5NJ
Saturday 25th November to Saturday 23rd December
Rand Farm Park is a beautiful Winter Wonderland from 25th November – 23rd December where you can meet Santa, walk through the enchanted forest 3D experience and feel festive with all the magical activities at our Real Christmas Experience.
So much Festive Fun for only £15.95 per Child
Enjoy Winter Wonderland
Decorate festive biscuits in Mrs Claus’ Kitchen
Train to be one of Santa’s helpers in Elf Academy
Walk through the Enchanted Forest 3D Experience
Experience the magic of Bethlehem in the Living Farm Nativity
Meet real reindeer
Mix your own reindeer food to take home
Post a letter to Santa
Visit Santa’s home in the forest
Receive a special token to choose any toy from Santa’s Toyshop
Jump aboard Santa’s Express ride to complete your festive family fun day out!
Penguin games and so much more…
Plus, see the animals and play in the huge heated indoor Play Barn and Play Pods. All the indoor and outdoor play activities and animals are included in your Christmas entrance fee.
01673 858904 www.randfarmpark.com
Fun family backpacks available at Lincoln Cathedral

There will be different themes including ‘Animal Adventures’ for the very young to ‘Work, work, work’ (all about building a Cathedral) for 6 years plus.
The packs are free to borrow whilst in the Cathedral and on return you will receive a sticker and treat.
Victorian Christmas Quest – Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Burton Rd, Lincoln, LN1 3LY
Saturday 4th November until January 2018
A fun and informative family trail with all the sights, sounds and atmosphere of a traditional Victorian Christmas. With new discoveries for the young, and childhood nostalgia for the older generations. Each completed trail wins a gift.
£2 per trail
Christmas, Christmas, Christmas at Pink Pig Farm, Holme Hall, Holme, Scunthorpe, Lincs, DN16 3RE
1st – 23rd December
Santa Woodland Adventure, Build a Bear workshops and themed Christmas Adult and child afternoon teas, it’s not to be missed!
Visit the Pink Pig Farm every weekend throughout December, then 21st, 22nd, 23rd December for our Santa Woodland adventure.
Head to our enchanted woodland, ring the magic bell, wait for our elf to come greet you, head through the enchanted entrance and meet Mrs Christmas in our Magical Yurt with a real log burning fire! Write letters to Santa and make Reindeer food for Christmas Eve. Then make you way along to woodland walk with our elf, spotting the naughty elves as you go! Finally, visiting Santa as a group in his Grotto, receive the magic key for our woodland toy shop and pick a real quality present to take home. This is such a lovely, organic, natural family experience like no other, what’s more there’s not queues, just arrive at your time slot and you’re good to go!
New for 2017 we also have Build a Bear! Join our mischievous elves in their toy shop, help them sort letters destined for the North Pole. Then, choose a unicorn or bear teddy, pull the stuffing out of our giant hopper and stuff until your teddy is lovely, cuddly and amazing!
Finish your day off with a Christmas themed Afternoon tea; melting snowmen, present filo parcels, candy cane cheese straws and spiced cinnamon scones to name a few! Adult and Children version available!
Enjoy the North Star Experience for £25 a child and £14.98 an adult, which includes all the above (Santa experience, construct a bear and afternoon tea)
We should probably add that your Santa experience tickets include all day access to the play barn and farm park, which means the Santa experience is only a £3.00 upgrade on our standard admission price!
Book now as tickets are limited, and 2016 was a complete sell out, book online for an exclusive discount!
01724 844466
http://www.pinkpigfarm.co.uk/whats-on/christmas-christmas-christmas-eeek/
Christmas at Woodside Wildlife Park, Newball, Nr Langworth, Lincoln, LN3 5DQ
10am – 4pm
Come and meet our tigers, white wolves and white owls and many more in our wintry setting.
01522 754280 www.woodsidewildlife.com
• Experience skating on real ice at Downtown Garden Centre, Gonerby Moor, A1, Grantham, NG32 2AB
25th November – 7th January
£6 per child £8 per adult. Online booking advised.
01476 512333 www.oldrids.co.uk/Santa

Giant Snow globe at Downtown Garden Centre, Gonerby Moor A1, Grantham, NG32 2AB
28th October – 1st January
£5 for 5 minutes for up to 7 people. Enjoy a snowball fight and take some festive photos.
01476 512333 www.oldrids.co.uk/Santa

Winter Wonderland at Baytree Garden Centre, High Road, Weston, Spalding, PE12 6JU
Welcome to Christmas at Baytree. For generations we have been celebrating Christmas like no other retail establishment; our Winter Wonderland and Grotto are unrivalled in the UK. Our displays of decorations and lights are envied far and wide, gathered from all over the world, assembled into collections of colours and style to captivate and inspire. This year’s themes are sure to get your imagination up and running for some truly inspired Christmas decorating. New themes this year include the Winter Garden and the Grand Cafe, and many more, all set in mind boggling displays to stimulate the senses. There’s plenty of festive candles, ornaments and knick knacks. There are special decorations and Christmas toys for the children as well as all the usual tinsels garlands and baubles. Our lights have a wow factor to be seen to be believed. There’s also plenty of festive food from two restaurants and a huge selection of gifts for all the family (including the pets). And of course, we have Santa’s Reindeer, the real ones.
To see Santa, receive a present and a real tree is £9.50.
Accompanying adults and children £1.50
To enjoy Winter Wonderland, but not see Santa is just £1.50
A souvenir photograph of your visit to Santa is available to purchase when you exit the Grotto – prices start at £3.90
Opening Times:
Santa arrives at 2pm on Sat.4th Nov.
Open every day from Nov 4th
Mon – Fri 11.00am – 5.00pm
Thursdays (Dec. only) 11.00am – 8.00pm
Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Open at 9.00am on Sundays in December
Christmas Eve we close at 4pm prompt.
Please note; to avoid disappointment please arrive in good time to allow yourself plenty of time to journey through the Winter Wonderland. Note: Weekends during late November and December can be exceptionally busy with queues up to 2 hours we strongly recommend arriving early or avoiding these days.
01406 370242 www.baytree-gardencentre.com

 

Christmas at Doddington Hall, Doddington, Lincoln, LN6 4RU
Saturday 25th November to Friday 29th December
10am – 4pm
Explore Doddington Hall’s Alice in Wonderland themed festive decorations, meet Father Christmas, and browse Christmas gifts, trees, and food from the farm shop.
Make the most of the Hall’s Christmas opening times, farm shop goodies, the Bauble Barn, and home-grown Christmas tree at Doddington Hall & Gardens this Christmas.
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Doddington Hall will be open especially for the festive period with decorations themed on Alice in Wonderland. The Elizabethan Hall will be creatively transformed with displays filled with Christmas adventure and wonder.
Soak up the festive atmosphere of Christmas in this treasured family home, which has seen a lot of Christmas mornings over its 400 years plus history. Take the chance to see what the present-day family and staff have created and to think about how Christmas may have looked and felt through the centuries.
Look out for the decorations and the grand Christmas trees – fresh from the estate itself.
01522 694308 http://www.doddingtonhall.com/
White Post Christmas at White Post Farm, Mansfield Road, Farnsfield, Notts, NG22 8HL
Every day from 25th November
You can see Santa and join in the Nativity Play every day from the 25th November right up to and including Christmas Eve. You can meet our beautiful real reindeer and head through the winter wonderland maze leading right up to Santa’s Grotto. The Christmas Barn is full of games, Christmas crafts to take home, a giant Christmas tree and magical indoor snow falling from the sky.
01623 882977 http://www.whitepostfarm.co.uk

Celebrate ‘A white Christmas’ and Snowy Owl Trail – Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens, Spilsby, PE23 5SS
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Visit Gunby on 25 and 26 November, 2, 3, 9 and 10 December and your dream will come true!
Bring your friends and family to get into the Christmas spirit as Gunby celebrates ‘A White Christmas’.
Enjoy seeing the house sparkle with white decorations, sing carols around the piano and tuck into a lovely mince pie in the tea-room.
And if there’s no snow, we’ll give nature a helping hand….
The house will be open from 11 to 3 during our Christmas openings. Normal admissions apply.
Snowy Owl Trail
Have some fun with friends and family and follow the snowy owl trail in the house. Pick up a free sheet when you arrive at the side door.
Contact telephone: 01754 890102 gunbyhall@nationaltrust.org.uk

Animal Encounters – Ark Wildlife Park, West Fen Lane, Stickney, Boston, PE22 8BD
Everyday we’ll offer visitors the chance to get up close and personal with some of the amazing animals that call the ARK there home, at our unique animal encounter sessions.
During the encounter sessions visitors will receive a further insight into the lives of our animal residents as well as allowing visitors the chance to get closer to the animals without barriers and maybe even face and overcome a phobia or two.
Throughout the year the ARK will host seasonal events, X-mas, Easter, Halloween, Summer, there’s always something new to do at the ARK, see below for information on upcoming events at the ARK.
As well as the diverse range of animals that call the ARK home we also have a large outdoor play area for the kids to burn off some excess energy as well as our covered play area in the activity barn for when the weathers not so good
http://arkwildlifepark.co.uk/
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre, Dogdyke Rd, Coningsby, Lincoln LN4 4SY
Security notice – The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre and the RAF hangar are located within the boundaries of RAF Coningsby where you will enter a military environment. Therefore, all BAGS are PROHIBITED within the RAF BBMF Hangar on public tours. There are no secure storage facilities on site. We thank you for your cooperation.
The BBMF Visitor Centre is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm
Access to the hangar is by guided tour only and admission charges apply. Hangar tours are available from 10.30am and run throughout the day. The last tour is at 3.30pm from March to October and at 3pm from November to February.
The Visitor Centre is normally closed on Saturday, Sundays and Bank Holidays due to RAF commitments and the flying programme.
Admission charges for hangar tours
Adults: £7.90, Concessions: £6.40*
Family ticket: £20.00 (the family ticket is available for groups consisting of 2 adults and up to 3 children)
Children (5 to 18 Years): £4.20, Under 5s: free
Students (proof required): £6.40

Saturday 2nd December

Lincoln Artists Market, Castle Hill, Lincoln, LN1 3AA
10am – 4.30pm
Nestled between Lincoln’s beautiful Cathedral and Castle, the Artists’ Market offers visitors the chance to view and buy a variety of beautiful, hand-crafted, and unique pieces of artwork and crafts.
Taking place on the first Saturday of every month from March to December, the Artists’ Market offers a fantastic opportunity to buy bespoke pieces for your home, or unique gifts for your loved ones this Christmas.
Sat on the ancient cobbles of Castle Square, the Artists’ Market is surrounded by Lincoln’s beautiful architectural heritage, a location enviable by even the country’s largest outdoor showcases for art.
The market is a great way to browse and buy affordable artwork direct from both established, and up and coming artists from the local area. So, make a day of it, and explore Lincoln’s beautiful Cathedral and Castle; or visit the variety of boutique shops, restaurants and cafés that Lincoln has to offer.
• Crafty Kids Club at Lincoln Central Library, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EZ
10am – 12pm
https://www.better.org.uk/library/lincolnshire/lincolncentrallibrary/timetable
Teenage Market at Lincoln Co-op City Square Centre, Sincil Street, Lincoln, LN5 7EJ
10am – 4pm
For ages 10 -29 (Young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult for the duration of the event.)
Saturday 2nd to Sunday 3rd December

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Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair at the Lincolnshire Showground, Tillbridge Lane, Scampton, Lincoln, LN2 2NA
9am – 4pm
A mix of delicious local produce, gift stalls and workshops make the Food and Gift fair at the Lincolnshire Showground the best way to kick start your Christmas preparations.
The Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair is now in its 17th year and has grown and grown over the past decade to help kick off the festive season. Spanning two exhibition halls and a large marquee, this is the second largest annual event at the Lincolnshire Showground and it’s all held indoors!
Here you will find more than 150 exciting and varied exhibitors, entertainment from live choir groups, and cookery demonstrations from top local chefs with tips on cooking a delicious festive feast. The Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair promises Christmas treats and festive inspiration for all the family.
The Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair is not one to miss this Christmas, so come along for lots of festive treats and a great day out.

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Feeling Festive Christmas Weekend Event at Tattershall Farm Park, Marsh Lane, Tattershall, LN4 4JR
10am
Treat your family to a day out at Tattershall Farm Park this December for their Christmas Weekend event where there will be festive food and drink, Father Christmas will arrive with his helpers and the children can see him in his magical grotto. Entry Prices to the farm are: Normal Admission £5.50, Children (under 2yrs) free, Seniors & Concessions £4.50, Groups of 10 or more £4.50, Family Ticket (for 4 people) £21.
email: farmers_wife@tattershallfarmpark.co.uk
Christmas wreath festival at All Saints Church, Wellingore, Lincoln, LN5 0BX
10am – 3pm
Come along and see the church decorated with a variety of Christmas wreaths produced by local schools, churches, clubs, groups and businesses.
Entry by donation. Seasonal gifts/crafts for sale. Raffle and seasonal refreshments. A stress-free and enjoyable way to pass the time in the build up to Christmas.

Sunday 3rd December

Frozen party at Wacky Warehouse, The Game Keeper, Newark Rd, South Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9NH
4pm – 5.30pm £3.50 per child

• Sleaford Christmas Market, Sleaford, Lincs, NG34 7SH
11am – 5pm
The market will be held in the town hall and town centre and will feature an exciting range of stalls, food and drinks plus live entertainment and music. There will be fairground rides in the Market Place and a charity Santa’s Grotto in the Town Hall. The Christmas lights switch on will take place at around 4.15pm in the Market Place, once the St Denys’ Church Christingle service has finished.

Metheringham Christmas Celebrations
A service will be held at St Wilfrid’s Church at 3.45pm followed by a procession to the War Memorial Garden. At 4.30pm carols, a Nativity Procession and tree lighting will take place. The Christmas Market will open, Santa and his Elves will arrive and gifts will be presented. There will be mulled wine, mince pies, tea, coffee, juice, music, raffle, fair ride and stalls.

Monday 4th December

The Happy Monday Club – Lincoln Drill Hall, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY
10.30am
We run regular creative play sessions for the under 5s in our café bar on Mondays. The sessions are organised by Rhubarb Theatre and led each week by a different local artist (music, dance, storytelling & making). There are just 20 places each week and accompanying adults go free (the bar is always open for coffee & cake!)
£3For more info call 01522 873894 www.lincolndrillhall.com
Messy Morning at Lincoln Central Library, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EZ
10.30am – 11.30am
No Booking required

Story time at Bracebridge Library, 107-115 Newark Road, Bracebridge, Lincoln
10.30 – 11am
Bring along your under 5’s for stories and rhymes aimed for pre-school children.
Email: Judith.Hibbitt@GLL.ORG

Wednesday 6th December

• Rhyme Time at Lincoln Central Library, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EZ
10.30am – 11.30am
No Booking required
https://www.better.org.uk/library/lincolnshire/lincolncentrallibrary/timetable
Coding Club at Lincoln Central Library, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EZ
4pm –4.45pm
For ages 9-11
Please contact to book
http://www.better.org.uk/library/lincolnshire/lincolncentrallibrary/timetable
Story time at Branston Community Library, Station Road, Branston, Lincoln
10.30am – 11.30am
Our story time sessions are aimed at under 5’s but older siblings are also welcome to come along.
This event is free Our Storytime sessions are aimed at under 5’s but older siblings are also welcome to come along.

• Little Pottery Studio at Suite 3 The Lawns Lincoln LN1 3BU

10-3pm
Ideal session to come and meet other parents and create some personalised hand and foot prints.
These are ideal for keepsakes and make wonderful Christmas gifts for friends and family
https://www.facebook.com/pg/thelittlepotterystudio/events/?ref=page_internal

 

 

Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th December

Lincoln Christmas market and Medieval Christmas Market – Uphill Lincoln
http://www.lincoln-christmasmarket.co.uk/

Friday 8th December

Lil’ Pacs; Story telling with Kirsty – Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS
10-11.30am Free Entry
Fun creative play sessions led by storytellers, musicians and artists: perfect for parents and toddlers.
Friday Mornings in Zing Cafe Bar
www.lpac.co.uk 01522 837600
High Street Farmers Market at Lincoln High Street 9am – 4pm
A conveniently located market on Lincoln’s city’s buzzing High Street, offering fresh and local food.
If you want an intimate market that offers one-to-one advice, as well as locally sourced produce, then look no further.
Take a break from the expanse of retail shops, and get back to nature’s wholesome produce, with the most convenient of Lincoln City Centre’s Farmers’ Markets.
Farmers’ markets aren’t just a source of local organic produce, they’re also a great day out for the whole family. With stalls offering beyond just fresh ingredients: there are cakes, treats and snacks available to enjoy; and the local attractions can be visited too – much more than just your average trip to the supermarket.
• Board Games at Lincoln Central Library, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EZ
10am – 12pm
No booking required
https://www.better.org.uk/library/lincolnshire/lincolncentrallibrary/timetable
Lego Club at Branston Community Library, Station Road, Branston, Lincoln
4pm – 5pm
Join us for a fun filled hour of Lego building! Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Places limited – please email the Library for details branstonlibrary@gmail.com
Woodhall Spa Christmas Fayre
The ever-popular Christmas Fayre will take place on 8th December in Station Road and The Broadway from 6.00 to 9.00 pm.
All the traditional activities and features established over the years will be there for all to enjoy and the street will of course be full of stalls and activities from clubs and craftsmen and local organisations. Something for everyone. The ever-popular Christmas Grotto for Santa and his Elves will be a major draw for the crowds of children who we see every year. Street entertainment along the whole closure area throughout the evening will feature Morris dancers, street musicians, mascots, Clowns (the friendly variety!!!) and children’s fairground rides. A big hit last year, the County Linx Radio Bus will provide music and a focal point for singers and other entertainment in the centre of the village near The Co-op.
Backdrop to the event will be the Christmas lights and the festively decorated Millennium Garden which this year will feature further spectacular enhancements.
The Carol Service organised by the Parish Council will be in Royal Square. Town Crier John Derbyshire will again be leading the parade from St Peter’s Church.
• Flix in the Stix at Laneham Memorial Hall, Main Street, Laneham, DN22 0ND
7.30pm
This animated comedy adventure, produced by the company behind the Wallace and Gromit films, sees Santa’s clumsy son Arthur put on a mission with St. Nick’s father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours. It features the voices of James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent and Bill Nighy.
Arthur Christmas is rated U, which means it should be suitable for audiences aged four years and over, although it is impossible to predict what might upset any particular child.

Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December

Lincoln Artists Christmas Village, St Martins Square, Lincoln
10am – 9.30pm
Find unique works from local artists in St Martin’s Square during Lincoln Christmas Market at the Lincoln Artists’ Christmas Village.
Held at the top of Lincoln High Street in St Martin’s Square, the Lincoln Artists’ Christmas Village is a great place to browse and buy affordable art and craft direct from established and up and coming artists from the local area.
There’s something for every taste and every pocket with a wide choice of original artworks from paintings to photography, ceramics to textiles and artisan made fashion.
Escape the crowds of Lincoln Christmas Market for something different as you enjoy the delights of Lincoln city centre at the Artists’ Christmas Village.
• Christmas market family event at The Old Deanery, Lincoln Cathedral
Join us for a fun packed free family event with a rare glimpse inside the historic Old Deanery on Eastgate within the Cathedral grounds, soon to be transformed into the new Visitor Centre.
Design and make your own beautiful collage star or holly wreath using card cut outs coloured paper and sparkly shapes.
Decorate gingerbread biscuits with icing, sweets and silver balls. Create your own masterpiece to eat or wrap up and take home for later.
Listen to stories with a Christmas theme around the tree, sing songs and make a simple decoration to take home. Story times: 10.30am 11.30am 1.30pm and 2.30pm

Friday 8th to Sunday 10th December

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• Victorian Christmas Tea Room, Burton Rd, Lincoln.
10am until 4pm
Take the weight off your feet and join us in our pop-up Victorian Christmas Tea Room for a warm and restful refreshment stop.
With traditional cake and hot drink deals for £4.00 or snacks at just £2.00 you can soak up the Victorian atmosphere whilst feasting at almost Victorian prices.
The Tea Room is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Christmas Market, and can be easily found by the Park-and-Ride bus stop which is just outside the Museum of Lincolnshire Life on Burton Road.
Tel 01522 782040

Saturday 9th December

• Christmas Fayre at Bransby Horses, Bransby, Lincoln, LN1 2PH
11am – 4pm
Free event
Help raise funds for the horse charity with festive fun, shopping, delicious food, seasonal craft stalls, Santa’s Grotto, carols and mulled wine.
With more than 420 horses, ponies and donkeys to care for, the Bransby Horses Christmas Fayre is also a great opportunity to meet the animals, find out more about them, and to help raise funds for the charity. Santa’s grotto will also be open, with mulled wine for parents and carers to enjoy.
Christmas present ideas available include horse themed gifts, an Advent Calendar featuring the adopted animals, or a horse or donkey adopted for the year – just £10.
Donations are gratefully received on entry and all funds raised go towards the welfare work to help care for, rehabilitate and rehome the horses, ponies and donkeys that have been rescued.
01427 788464 www.bransbyhorses.co.uk

• Crafty Kids Club at Lincoln Central Library, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EZ
10am – 12pm
https://www.better.org.uk/library/lincolnshire/lincolncentrallibrary/timetable
• Santa & Christmas Market at Marshall Yard, Gainsborough, DN21 2NA

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December

• Carols in the Marble Hall at Belton House, Belton, Grantham, Lincs, NG32 2LS
Enjoy an evening of classic and modern carols in the grandeur of Belton’s Marble Hall. Indulge in a warming glass of mulled wine and a mince pie below stairs during the interval. Adult £12 Child £8. 6-8pm
01476 566116 https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house
Christmas trees and safaris at Stourton Estates, Top Yard Farm, Horncastle, LN9 5PB
10am – 4pm
Kick off the festive season at Stourton Estates to see the red deer calves in the barn, buy a Christmas tree, and stay for a hot drink and a home-made mince pie or slice of cake.
Whilst you visit you can browse the selection of premium Nordman Fir Christmas Trees on offer or perhaps choose some of Stourton’s very own venison, reared on the farm to enjoy over the festive season – there are recipe cards for inspiration if you haven’t cooked this beautifully flavoured meat before.
There are also special Christmas Safaris – please book your places in advance to avoid disappointment.
Kiln dried logs and kindling will be on offer too if you wish to collect & fill your boot with a bag of logs at the farm over this weekend, or place an order for delivery.
01507 578236 www.stourtonestates.co.uk
• Christmas carols in the park at Rufford Abbey Country Park, Ollerton, Notts, NG22 9DF
9th December from 1pm – The Award-Winning Lace City Chorus will be with us to perform some classic Christmas carols and songs to help you get into the festive spirit
10th December from 1.30pm – Mansfield Community Choir will be with us to perform some classic Christmas carols and songs to help you get into the festive spirit
01623 821338 http://www.parkwoodoutdoors.co.uk/centre/rufford-abbey/christmas

Sunday 10th December

• Festive Milling Day at Cogglesford Watermill, East Road, Sleaford, NG34 7EQ.
See Sleaford’s watermill decorated for Christmas and enjoy some festive treats.
Join Cogglesford Watermill for their last milling day of the year and see this historic building come to life and watch the huge water wheel rumble into action turning the millstones to grind grain.
The mill has been producing flour since the early 18th century and the mill has been beautifully preserved by North Kesteven District Council, giving a real insight into milling in days gone by.
As it is the last milling day of the year, it will be beautifully decorated for Christmas and visitors can enjoy a free mince pie and mulled wine.
01529 413671 www.heartoflincs.com
• Belvoir castle at Christmas, Grantham, NG32 1PE
Belvoir Castle is beyond magical especially at Christmas time, so The Duke & Duchess of Rutland are opening their doors to their magnificent home to give you a magical Christmas experience!
On Sunday 10th, Monday 11th & Wednesday 13th December from 4:00pm till 9:00pm. Wander through the majestic rooms, filled with seasonal decorations and listen to the beautiful music being performed by a variety of musicians. For the finale of this festive evening everyone will congregate in the guard room to join in a Christmas Carol sing song!
A complimentary mince pie and glass of mulled wine is included in the ticket price, or a tasty brownie and juice for the little ones. Pork Cobs, tempting treats and festive drinks will also be on offer. There is plenty to do for the children with craft sessions in The Old Kitchen, and a visit from Santa on his Victorian Sleigh with a surprise for every child.
Adults £20, Child £10, Groups of 30 or more – Adult £16 | Child £10
Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £50
01476 871001 www.belvoircastle.com

Monday 11th December

The Happy Monday Club – Lincoln Drill Hall, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY
10.30am
We run regular creative play sessions for the under 5s in our café bar on Mondays. The sessions are organised by Rhubarb Theatre and led each week by a different local artist (music, dance, storytelling & making).
There are just 20 places each week and accompanying adults go free (the bar is always open for coffee & cake!)
£3
Please note this session will take place in our studio theatre, The Room Upstairs
For more info call 01522 873894 www.lincolndrillhall.com

Messy Morning at Lincoln Central Library, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EZ
10.30am – 11.30am
No Booking required
https://www.better.org.uk/library/lincolnshire/lincolncentrallibrary/timetable

Story time at Bracebridge Library, 107-115 Newark Road, Bracebridge, Lincoln
10.30 – 11am
Bring along your under 5’s for stories and rhymes aimed for pre-school children.
Email: Judith.Hibbitt@GLL.ORG
• Belvoir castle at Christmas, Grantham, NG32 1PE
Belvoir Castle is beyond magical especially at Christmas time, so The Duke & Duchess of Rutland are opening their doors to their magnificent home to give you a magical Christmas experience!
On Sunday 10th, Monday 11th & Wednesday 13th December from 4:00pm till 9:00pm. Wander through the majestic rooms, filled with seasonal decorations and listen to the beautiful music being performed by a variety of musicians. For the finale of this festive evening everyone will congregate in the guard room to join in a Christmas Carol sing song!
A complimentary mince pie and glass of mulled wine is included in the ticket price, or a tasty brownie and juice for the little ones. Pork Cobs, tempting treats and festive drinks will also be on offer. There is plenty to do for the children with craft sessions in The Old Kitchen, and a visit from Santa on his Victorian Sleigh with a surprise for every child.
Adults £20, Child £10, Groups of 30 or more – Adult £16 | Child £10
Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £50
01476 871001 www.belvoircastle.com

Tuesday 12th December

• Tinsel tots at Normanby hall, Normanby Rd, Normanby, Scunthorpe, DN15 9HU
10.30am – 1.30pm
Join us for lots of festive fun for children aged 5 and under and their grown-ups! Snuggle up by the fire in Normanby Hall for singing, stories and making a Christmas craft to take home.
Places cost £4 and must be booked in advance by calling 01724 720588.

Wednesday 13th December

• Duckling Christmas Disco at The Natural World Centre, Whisby Nature Park, Thorpe on the Hill, LN6 9BW
1pm to 3pm
A special Christmas disco! Come get in to the festive spirit and enjoy some classic Christmas tunes!
£3.50 per child including snacks and squash. Suitable for under 5s.
For more information or to book please call 01522 688868 or email whisby@1life.co.uk.

Rhyme Time at Lincoln Central Library, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EZ
10.30am – 11.30am
No Booking required
https://www.better.org.uk/library/lincolnshire/lincolncentrallibrary/timetable

Coding Club at Lincoln Central Library, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EZ
4pm –4.45pm
For ages 9-11
Please contact to book
http://www.better.org.uk/library/lincolnshire/lincolncentrallibrary/timetable

• Story time at Branston Community Library, Station Road, Branston, Lincoln
10.30am – 11.30am
Our story time sessions are aimed at under 5’s but older siblings are also welcome to come along.
This event is free Our Storytime sessions are aimed at under 5’s but older siblings are also welcome to come along.
• Belvoir castle at Christmas, Grantham, NG32 1PE
Belvoir Castle is beyond magical especially at Christmas time, so The Duke & Duchess of Rutland are opening their doors to their magnificent home to give you a magical Christmas experience!
On Sunday 10th, Monday 11th & Wednesday 13th December from 4:00pm till 9:00pm. Wander through the majestic rooms, filled with seasonal decorations and listen to the beautiful music being performed by a variety of musicians. For the finale of this festive evening everyone will congregate in the guard room to join in a Christmas Carol sing song!
A complimentary mince pie and glass of mulled wine is included in the ticket price, or a tasty brownie and juice for the little ones. Pork Cobs, tempting treats and festive drinks will also be on offer. There is plenty to do for the children with craft sessions in The Old Kitchen, and a visit from Santa on his Victorian Sleigh with a surprise for every child.
Adults £20, Child £10, Groups of 30 or more – Adult £16 | Child £10
Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £50
01476 871001 www.belvoircastle.com
• Drop in Christmas Crafts at Far Ings Education and Visitor Centre, Barton upon Humber, DN18 5RG
1-4pm
Drop into the visitor centre to have a go at making some sparkly seasonal decorations. Everyone is welcome. Also, to say thank you to all National Lottery players for the funding we have received we are providing a FREE cup of tea or coffee if you bring your Lotto ticket!!!
Join us on reserves around the county celebrating the support of National Lottery Players.
http://www.lincstrust.org.uk/events/2017/10/02/drop-christmas-crafts?instance=0

Thursday 14th December

Lego Club at Lincoln Central Library, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EZ
4pm – 5pm
No booking required
http://www.better.org.uk/library/lincolnshire/lincolncentrallibrary/timetable
Lantern Parade- from Castle Hill to City Square, Lincoln
Join in the festive parade carrying paper lanterns through the streets of Lincoln, ending with a light show on City Square.
This Christmas, join as hundreds of families parade down from Castle Hill to City Square carrying paper lanterns.
The evening will begin at 5pm at Castle Hill with Carols and a Nativity Play. Warm up with a hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts and get your paper lanterns from stalls on Castle Hill before the start of the parade.
Then follow the marching band down Steep Hill, through Lincoln High Street to City Square where the evening will conclude with a spectacular light show.
For one night only, Lincoln’s Steep Hill and Bailgate business will be opening their doors for late night shopping. For more information on late night shopping and opening times, visit our Christmas Lincoln page.
Join the event on Facebook for updates and to invite your friends and family.
• Family Christmas at North Hykeham Village Green, Lincoln Rd, Nth Hykeham, LN6 8NH
3-7pm
There will be a large stage with school performances from the local area as well as Father Christmas, hot food, drinks and fairground rides for children.
Friday 15th to Sunday 31st December
• The Winter Whale at LPAC, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS 15th to 31st December
Once upon a time, in the lands far to the north of here, where the snow still falls deep in winter, a little girl and a little boy were lost at sea. Anja is adventurous but her best friend Karl is not. One day, whilst playing Polar Explorers the two friends find themselves cast adrift on an epic journey. Through rolling waves and frozen seas, the two children search for the magical Winter Whale to help guide them safely home.
From the creative team behind last year’s sell-out show BRRR! THE LOST POLAR BEAR comes a new snowy adventure full of songs, stories and silliness for ages three and over presented in Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s studio.
Produced by Lincoln Stage Company
Tickets: £8.50
Family Tickets: £28 Family of 4 // £24 Family of 3
Running Time: 50 minutes
Age: 3+
Friday 15 December – 1.30pm. Saturday 16 December – 10.30am & 1.30pm. Sunday 17 December – 10.30am & 1.30pm. Monday 18 December – 10.30am & 1.30pm. Tuesday 19 December – 10.30am & 1.30pm. Wednesday 20 December – No Show. Thursday 21 December – 10.30am & 1.30pm. Friday 22 December – 1.30pm & 4pm. Saturday 23 December – 1.30pm & 4pm. Sunday 24 December – 10.30am & 1.30pm. Christmas Day – Closed. Boxing Day – Closed. Wednesday 27 December – 4pm. Thursday 28 December – 10.30am & 1.30pm. Friday 29 December – 10.30am & 1.30pm. Saturday 30 December – 1.30pm & 4pm. Sunday 31 December – 10.30am & 1.30pm
01522 837600 www.lpac.co.uk

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Friday 15th December

• High Street Farmers Market at Lincoln High Street 9am – 4pm
A conveniently located market on Lincoln’s city’s buzzing High Street, offering fresh and local food.
If you want an intimate market that offers one-to-one advice, as well as locally sourced produce, then look no further.
Take a break from the expanse of retail shops, and get back to nature’s wholesome produce, with the most convenient of Lincoln City Centre’s Farmers’ Markets.
Farmers’ markets aren’t just a source of local organic produce, they’re also a great day out for the whole family. With stalls offering beyond just fresh ingredients: there are cakes, treats and snacks available to enjoy; and the local attractions can be visited too – much more than just your average trip to the supermarket.
• Board Games at Lincoln Central Library, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EZ
10am – 12pm
No booking required
https://www.better.org.uk/library/lincolnshire/lincolncentrallibrary/timetable
Lego Club at Branston Community Library, Station Road, Branston, Lincoln
4pm – 5pm
Join us for a fun filled hour of Lego building! Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Places limited – please email the Library for details branstonlibrary@gmail.com

Saturday 16th December

• Winter Carols at Belton House, Belton, Grantham, Lincs, NG32 2LS
Wrap up warm and join the Belton team in festive song this Christmas. FREE but tickets must be reserved in advance.
01476 566116 https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house
• Early Morning Explorers Christmas Fun at Lincoln Castle, Castle Hill, LN1 3AA
Join us on Saturday 16th December for our Early Morning Explorers Session, an exclusive hour before opening where young children with autism and their families can enjoy the Castle in a specially tailored environment.
On this very magical session you can drop in on Father Christmas’ preparations at 9.00am in the Victorian setting of the Bath House at Lincoln Castle until 9.45am. Share your Christmas wishes, have a photo opportunity and receive a Victorian themed gift with the man himself.
The Victorian Prison and Magna Carta experience will also be available and adapted to create a more suitable environment for visitors with autism. Within the Victorian Prison you can find Christmas themed crafts with one of Father Christmases Elves.
Our Visit England Gold Accolade winning front of house team will be at hand to assist you throughout your visit.
If you require a moment away or a safe space, our education spaces will be available equipped with sensory toys.
The Langton’s Café team will be serving food and drink from 9am.
The team at Lincoln Castle have undergone Autism Awareness training and worked alongside Lincoln’s Parent Support Group PAACT who is affiliated to the Lincolnshire Autistic Society.
Should you require any more information, please read our accessibility statement. A brand new Easy Read Guide, which is specifically designed for young children and adults with Autism to take on their way around the Castle, can be downloaded and you can find out how to reserve your own temporary ear defenders whilst visiting us.
Please note that these changes to the Castle and its attractions will take place between 9.00am and 10.00am. From 10am the Castle’s audio and visual interpretation will restart. You are more than welcome to stay beyond 10am within the Castle attractions.
Please note that to visit Father Christmas you must have any Lincoln Castle ticket valid for the 16th of December 2017. Returns are valid on this event.
01522 554559 www.lincolncastle.com

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• Christmas Farmers Market at Castle Hill, Lincoln, LN1 3AA
9am – 4pm
Pick up local and fresh produce at Castle Hill Farmers’ Market – nestled between Lincoln’s breath-taking Cathedral and Castle – perfect for a Lincolnshire Christmas dinner.
Castle Hill Farmers’ Market boasts a regular attendance of thirty stalls with a historic setting, sat atop of Lincoln’s famous cobbled streets. It makes a picturesque food market that can be envied by even the largest markets across the country.
Visit Castle Hill Farmers’ Market for delectable samples to try, expert advice on everything from meats to jams, and amazing ranges of food to give your feasts the wow-factor. The market is situated in the Cathedral Quarter, giving you the perfect chance to explore Lincoln’s best boutique shops.
If you want more than just your average shopping trip, and a market with a great friendly atmosphere, Lincoln’s farmers’ markets are for you.
• Lost and Found at The Terry O’Toole Theatre, Moor Lane, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9AX
Showing at 12pm and 3pm
What is a boy to do when a little, lost penguin shows up at his door? Find out where it comes from, of course, and return it safely home! The journey to the South Pole is long and difficult, but as the boy and penguin battle through the storms and dark nights, something beautiful is found…a brave, new friendship.
A magical story from award-winning picture book creator, Oliver Jeffers, this brand-new adaptation will warm up even the very coldest of winter days…
Running time: 55 minutes
Age Guide: 3 years+
Tickets £8.50 F [4]: £30.00
PLEASE NOTE: Family tickets should be bought through the Box Office 01522 883311
• Hartsholme Christmas Trail at Hartsholme Park, Skellingthorpe Rd, Lincoln, LN6 0EY 16th to 22nd December

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12-3pm
Join the Country Park Rangers of Hartsholme Country Park to celebrate their favourite time of year: Christmas. Explore Hartsholme Country Park by taking part in a festive themed trail. Solve the puzzles and complete the challenges to finally claim your sweet treat. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This activity is aimed at children aged 4 to 13 years. This is a Children’s University validated activity.
• Christmas Carol Concert at St Nicholas Church, Newport, Lincoln, LN1 3DP
2-9pm Free event
Take in some traditional carols as Lincoln Choral Society perform Christmas pieces in a free concert. Lincoln’s oldest choral society will be in festive mood as they bring a Christmas concert to St Nicholas Church, just a short walk from Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter.
Admission is free and refreshments will be available.
• Crafty Kids Club at Lincoln Central Library, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EZ
10am – 12pm
https://www.better.org.uk/library/lincolnshire/lincolncentrallibrary/timetable
• Christmas Story Time at Bracebridge Heath Library and Community Hub, London Rd, Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln, LN4 2LA
11am Free event
Christmas story time session for ages 4-11

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December

Santa Punch & Judy with Professor Paul Temple at Rufford Abbey Country Park, Ollerton, Notts, NG22 9DF
Stables courtyard, noon to 3pm. Free show. (Normal car parking charges apply)
A special outdoor Christmas theme Punch & Judy show with ever popular children’s entertainer Paul Temple. A little close up magic and balloon modelling adds to the fun.
http://www.parkwoodoutdoors.co.uk/centre/rufford-abbey/christmas
• Winter Walk in the Park at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, Dickonhill Road, Friskney, Lincolnshire, PE22 8PP
12pm – 7pm
Giant snow globe, festive food stalls, light and music display, bouncy castles. Visit Santa in the grotto for a gift photo and feed reindeer too.
Normal entry admissions apply, park opening times are 12 noon – 7pm, last entry at 6pm. Gift Vouchers & Season Passes accepted. There may be an additional cost for activities including Santa’s Grotto, Photo Booth & Food Stalls. Any additional information such as Animal Talks and entertainment times will be provided on the day of the event.
www.lincswildlife.com

Sunday 17th December

Santa Fun Run & Walk, Castle Hill, Lincoln, LN1 3AA
11.30am
Thousands of Santas run and walk through Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter for the biggest festive fundraiser in Lincoln.
Santas’ of all ages run or walk around Lincoln’s most iconic landmarks, starting and finishing on Castle Hill. This sell out event is all about raising money for some very deserving charities that make a real impact to people’s lives in Lincolnshire.
Over 2,500 runners dressed in their Santa suits will run or walk the 3.5km 2 lap course around the historic Bailgate course to claim their bespoke medals.
• RAF Waddington Band Christmas Spectacular at the Terry O’Toole Theatre, Moor Lane, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9AX
3-5pm
Christmas music, songs, and carols from the RAF Waddington Voluntary Band and special guests at the Terry O’Toole Theatre.
The RAF Waddington Voluntary Band, along with their very special guests the Waddington Military Wives Choir bring you a programme of Christmas music, songs and carols which is guaranteed to get you into the spirit of Christmas.
A seasonal favourite – early booking recommended.
01522 883311 http://terryotooletheatre.org.uk/
Traditional Carol service at Clumber Park, Worksop, S80 3AZ
2 – 3.30pm
No booking needed, Free event but admission applies. Traditional annual carol service
clumberpark@nationaltrust.org.uk
• Town Carol Service at Robert Pattinson School, Moor Lane, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9AF
10.30am
North Hykeham’s Carol Service will be held at Robert Pattinson School. Seasonal refreshments will be served afterwards.

Monday 18th December

• The Happy Monday Club – Lincoln Drill Hall, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY
10.30am
We run regular creative play sessions for the under 5s in our café bar on Mondays. The sessions are organised by Rhubarb Theatre and led each week by a different local artist (music, dance, storytelling & making).
There are just 20 places each week and accompanying adults go free (the bar is always open for coffee & cake!)
£3
Please note this session will take place in our studio theatre, The Room Upstairs
For more info call 01522 873894 www.lincolndrillhall.com
• Messy Morning at Lincoln Central Library, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EZ
10.30am – 11.30am
No Booking required
https://www.better.org.uk/library/lincolnshire/lincolncentrallibrary/timetable
• Story time at Bracebridge Library, 107-115 Newark Road, Bracebridge, Lincoln
10.30 – 11am
Bring along your under 5’s for stories and rhymes aimed for pre-school children.
Email: Judith.Hibbitt@GLL.ORG

Tuesday 19th December

• Elf Boot Camp at Eco Centre, Richmond Drive, Skegness, PE25 3TQ
4.30-6.30pm
Join us at the ECO centre Skegness to make yourself into an honorary Elf! £5 per ticket includes woodland candy cane hunt, wreath making, glass painting, make and take nature craft for your tree and more. Refreshments and mince pies available. Tickets must be pre-booked 07544 177737

Wednesday 20th December

• Festive Family Fun Day at Belton House, Belton, Grantham, Lincs, NG32 2LS
Enjoy a day full of family fun, with Christmas crafts, face painting, festive games, song writing workshops and storytelling. There’s also Belton’s annual Christmas Jumper Competition, so don’t forget to come in your festive finest.
01476 566116 https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house
• ‘What the Dickens?’ followed by tea with Father Christmas at Lincoln Castle, Castle Hill, LN1 3AA
Get into the festive spirit with this family friendly performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Using story-telling and puppets, our 2 characters Sir Henry Greatham and Lady Lydia, will tell the story as Scrooge and use puppets to bring the famous tale to life.
After the 30-minute performance, you are invited to join us for tea with a very special guest.
Father Christmas has taken time out of his busy schedule to enjoy some tea and to meet all of you!
Every child and adult will receive a Christmas themed box containing sandwiches and festive treats.
Places are limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Please contact regarding dietary requirements.
Tickets: £15 per child, £15 per adult
4.30pm, 6.00pm
01522 554559 www.lincolncastle.com

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• Reindeer Trail at Bransby Horses, Bransby, Lincoln, LN1 2PH
10am – 3pm £1 per entry
Come along to Bransby Horses and follow the Reindeer Trail to help find Rudolf and his eights reindeer friends.
£1 per entry which includes a free prize draw (prizes to be drawn on Wednesday 3rd January)
01427 788464
• A Christmas Carol at Lincoln County Assembly Rooms, Bailgate, Lincoln, LN1 3AR
7.30pm
On Christmas Eve, the most magical night of the year, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is whisked away on a terrifying journey through the past and into the future, accompanied by three fearsome ghosts determined to make him realize the true meaning of Christmas.
Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story is brought alive in this most traditional of productions, complete with beautiful period costume, song, dance and a magnificent, original musical score. Join critically acclaimed theatre company Chapterhouse as Scrooge’s frozen heart begins to melt and he finally embraces the festive spirit in this most Christmassy of Christmas tales.
Family Ticket (2 full price adults and 2 children) £40
https://www.lincolndrillhall.com/shows/a-christmas-carol/
• Rhyme Time at Lincoln Central Library, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EZ
10.30am – 11.30am
No Booking required
https://www.better.org.uk/library/lincolnshire/lincolncentrallibrary/timetable
• Coding Club at Lincoln Central Library, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EZ
4pm –4.45pm
For ages 9-11
Please contact to book
http://www.better.org.uk/library/lincolnshire/lincolncentrallibrary/timetable
• Story time at Branston Community Library, Station Road, Branston, Lincoln
10.30am – 11.30am
Our story time sessions are aimed at under 5’s but older siblings are also welcome to come along.
This event is free Our Storytime sessions are aimed at under 5’s but older siblings are also welcome to come along.
• Flix in the Stix at Digby War Memorial Hall, Beck Street, Digby, LN4 3LY
7pm
Arthur Christmas will be shown, doors open at 7pm. Film starts at 7.30pm. There will be a licensed bar and coffee bar, popcorn and ice cream. Take a cushion!

Thursday 21st December

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• Glitter Tattoo, face painting and Christmas craft at Bransby Horses, Bransby, Lincoln, LN1 2PH
10.30am – 2pm
Join us and enjoy a selection and Christmas themed activities (craft, glitter tattoos and face painting)
£3 for a glitter tattoo or face painting
£1.50 per craft
01427 788464 www.bransbyhorses.co.uk

• Lego Club at Lincoln Central Library, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EZ
4pm – 5pm
No booking required
http://www.better.org.uk/library/lincolnshire/lincolncentrallibrary/timetable
• Flix in the Stix at Fiskerton Village Hall. Ferry Rd, Lincoln, LN3 4HU
7.30pm
This animated comedy adventure, produced by the company behind the Wallace and Gromit films, sees Santa’s clumsy son Arthur put on a mission with St. Nick’s father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours. It features the voices of James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent and Bill Nighy.
Arthur Christmas is rated U, which means it should be suitable for audiences aged four years and over, although it is impossible to predict what might upset any particular child.

Friday 22nd December

Toy Library – Christmas party 1am to 11.30am. £5 per child.

Toy Library – Christmas disco 12.30 to 2pm – £5 per child

Christmas Disco Christmas Party

• Magical personalised Christmas experience at Lincoln Castle, Castle Hill, LN1 3AA
Create magical memories for your children by booking a bespoke evening with Father Christmas; speak to our specialist team who can help to make dreams come true.
Lincoln Castle is offering the ultimate magical experience for a family to make unforgettable Christmas memories. This exclusive experience includes:
VIP evening access to Lincoln Castle
Access to the wall walk with Father Christmas
Magical foot lit walk to Father Christmas’ Victorian grotto
Opportunity to give your Christmas wishes directly to the man himself
Stories told by Father Christmas in a cosy Victorian setting
Gifts given by Father Christmas
Price is available on application. To find out more and to make sure you don’t miss out on this unique opportunity, email heritagehire@lincolnshire.gov.uk

• Christmas cupcake decorating at Bransby Horses, Bransby, Lincoln, LN1 2PH
10.30am – 2pm
Get creative and decorate your own Christmas cupcake with festive decorations in The Feed Room Café.
£1.50 per person
*Adult supervision is required at all times and children must be three years or older to participate in this activity*
01427 788464

• High Street Farmers Market at Lincoln High Street 9am – 4pm
A conveniently located market on Lincoln’s city’s buzzing High Street, offering fresh and local food.
If you want an intimate market that offers one-to-one advice, as well as locally sourced produce, then look no further.
Take a break from the expanse of retail shops, and get back to nature’s wholesome produce, with the most convenient of Lincoln City Centre’s Farmers’ Markets.
Farmers’ markets aren’t just a source of local organic produce, they’re also a great day out for the whole family. With stalls offering beyond just fresh ingredients: there are cakes, treats and snacks available to enjoy; and the local attractions can be visited too – much more than just your average trip to the supermarket.

• Board Games at Lincoln Central Library, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EZ
10am – 12pm
No booking required
https://www.better.org.uk/library/lincolnshire/lincolncentrallibrary/timetable
• Lego Club at Branston Community Library, Station Road, Branston, Lincoln
4pm – 5pm
Join us for a fun filled hour of Lego building! Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Places limited – please email the Library for details branstonlibrary@gmail.com

Saturday 23rd December

• Reindeer Trail and free Christmas quiz at Bransby Horses, Bransby, Lincoln, LN1 2PH
10am – 3pm £1 per entry
Come along to Bransby Horses and follow the Reindeer Trail to help find Rudolf and his eights reindeer friends.
£1 per entry which includes a free prize draw (prizes to be drawn on Wednesday 3rd January)
Complete the Christmas Quiz for your chance to win an adoption worth £10. Wrap up warm and enjoy meeting our recued residents along the way!
01427 788464 www.bransbyhorses.co.uk
Crafty Kids Club at Lincoln Central Library, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EZ
10am – 12pm
https://www.better.org.uk/library/lincolnshire/lincolncentrallibrary/timetable
• Christmas Film Afternoon at Market Place and Marshalls Yard, Gainsborough, Beaumont Street, DN21 2NA
Wrap up warm and get snuggled up inside one of our fleece blankets for an afternoon full of festive films.
12pm – Polar Express
2pm – Paddington

Sunday 24th December

• Reindeer Trail at Bransby Horses, Bransby, Lincoln, LN1 2PH
10am – 3pm £1 per entry
Come along to Bransby Horses and follow the Reindeer Trail to help find Rudolf and his eights reindeer friends.
£1 per entry which includes a free prize draw (prizes to be drawn on Wednesday 3rd January)
01427 788464

Wednesday 27th December – 2nd January

Reindeer Trail at Bransby Horses, Bransby, Lincoln, LN1 2PH
10am – 3pm £1 per entry
Come along to Bransby Horses and follow the Reindeer Trail to help find Rudolf and his eights reindeer friends.
£1 per entry which includes a free prize draw (prizes to be drawn on Wednesday 3rd January)
01427 788464

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