93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019

So there's more than seven weeks to fill with fun entertainment, with children wanting exciting things to do while school is out for summer, and you're wondering how on earth you are going to make the excitement - not to mention the pennies - last that long... don't worry about it. We've taken all the hard work out of the task. Right here we have more than 90 ideas for days out, craft activities, exhibitions, theatre, picnics, going to a museum, enjoying a bike ride, a Punch and Judy show, a day at the beach and much more.

And, some of them won't cost you a penny.

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Get out your diaries and fill them with these...

Dinosaur Encounter

The Collection Museum in Lincoln is giving families the chance to come face-to-face with dinosaurs in this amazing exhibition visiting from London's Natural History Museum.

Among the exhibits is the Natural History Museum's most sophisticated animatronic T Rex, the size of a young adult. The Dinosaur Encounter exhibition has been timed to coincide with the summer school holidays and will stay insitu until September 8.

This groundbreaking experience has been a year in the planning and has taken several weeks to set up at the museum.

Close encounters with a huge Tyrannosaurus Rex

James Sharples from The Collection said: "Ideally we want to wow people.

"We want people to come in here and feel like they are getting a really great experience from the space, whether families, adults or children.

"Also for people to feel they have gone back in time."

There are also some astonishing casts from fossils... look out for the massive Tyrannosaurus Rex skull containing 48 teeth.

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Lincolnshire's own finds, including fossils and a Plesiosaur found in Lincoln, are incorporated, and there is even some myth-busting from popular culture such as some very interesting facts about the Velociraptor made famous by Jurassic Park. While you are at the exhibition, also have a go at excavating from the sand pit.

A summer of events runs alongside Dinosaur Encounter including an exhibition trail, craft activities, fossil handling sessions, family fun days and talks.

Here are some of the events in the What's On diary at The Collection:

  • Dino Explores on Tuesday, July 30 (10am-3.30pm): Take part in a dig and learn how to be a palaeontologist.
  • Cretaceous Park Adventures on Tuesday, August 6 (10am-3.30pm): Explore the world of Cretaceous period and find out about Lincolnshire during that time.
  • Funky Fossils on Tuesday, August 13 (10am-3.30pm): Get hands-on with some fossils and design your own.
  • Dino Doodles on Tuesday, August 20 (10am-3.30pm): Dinosaur themed art.
  • Tickets for the exhibition are not required for the family fun events which are priced workshops GBP3; crafts GBP2.
  • Also, pick up an exhibition trail (GBP2 per trail) to work out the clues and write the correct letter in the box to give you the name of this fierce group of predators. Solve the trail and receive an exclusive Natural History Museum Dinosaur Lolly.

Find out more... This life-size T Rex is in Lincoln - and it will blow you away!

Join the dinosaur hunt!

Continuing the dinosaur theme, there are 11 dinosaurs on the loose in Boultham Park and, if you can track them down, you'll be rewarded with a prize! Organised by Access Lincoln, the free dinosaur hunt will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, August 7 and 8.

The dinosaurs have been created by local artist Rosie Ablewhite using locally-sourced wood, including some from Hartsholme Park.

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Alison Mackfall, Access Lincoln project co-ordinator, said: "With each dinosaur you track down you'll find a letter. Once you've collected them all, simply unscramble the anagram to claim your prize.

"It's a great opportunity to get out in the open air and get some exercise, and the ideal way for you and the family to start your summer holidays!"

To take part, simply collect an activity sheet from the Access Lincoln marquee, near the cafe, anytime between 10am and 3pm.

For more on all Access Lincoln visit

Rand Farm Summer Fun

Rand Farm Park is offering a 2019 Summer Pass which will allow visitors unlimited admission all through the season.

The pass is GBP15 per person, and the family run working farm has also organised a programme of summer holiday events. The season kicks of with Mythical Creatures on July 20 to August 4. Meet unicorns and fairies, enjoy potion classes and step into the dragon's lair.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019Rand Farm Park is home to many different animals, which you can meet on your visit

Later in August, Rand Farm Park turns into Jurassic Farm Park for a dinosaur invasion.

Meet dinosaurs, dig for fossils and even build your own dinosaur for a bank holiday event between August 24 and September 3. As well as enjoying the special events, tickets include unlimited indoor and outdoor play as well as a chance to meet the many animals on the farm with hands on experiences. The Summer Pass allows entry for the cardholder to Rand Farm Park between July 20 and September 3.

To find out more about summer events visit

Family film and swim

To celebrate Terry O'Toole Theatre's new cinema programme, the theatre has teamed up with One NK Centre for a special Family Film and Swim offer. This summer, families can enjoy a fantastic film on three Saturday mornings, followed by an afternoon swim in the One NK pool.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019Enjoy Mary Poppins Returns followed by a swim

Films on offer in the summer school holidays are:

Mary Poppins Returns (cert U) on Saturday, August 3, 10am

Christopher Robin (cert U) on Saturday, August 17, 10am

Shaun the Sheep Movie (cert U) on Saturday, August 31, 10am

Family swims from 12.15pm each day.

Film tickets are GBP3.50, and swim costs GBP2.50 (when booked as part of family film and swim offer). A family Film and Swim ticket costs GBP22 (for four).

The theatre's community film programme will continue in the autumn with Family Film and Swims on the first Saturday of each month, as well as a monthly Friday evening film screening.

Family Film and Swim must be booked through the theatre box office on 01522 883311, or theatre website.

Fun-filled summer on the farm

Beach and water play, a bubble party and water pistol wars are all in the summer events diary at a family farm attraction in Holme between July 20 and September 3.

Pink Pig Farm will offer events and activities around different themes changing over the summer break.

Also on offer will be sand sculpture and sandcastle competitions, and a chance to build paper boats and sail them. In addition to the the summer holiday events, all public areas of the farm will be open as usual. Visitors can meet the farmyard animals, take tractor-trailer rides, stroke small animals and enjoy an animal trail, and join in indoor and outdoor fun.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019Pink Pig Farm is offering lots of summer fun for little ones

Steve Ford, operations manager at Pink Pig Farm, says: "We've tried really hard to create a traditional feel to this year's summer event by adding things like beach and water play, sandcastle competitions.

It's set to be our biggest and best summer holidays event yet, so we're a bit excited!"

Advance tickets available here. Pink Pig Farm, Holme Hall, Holme, near Scunthorpe. Call: 01724 844466.

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In the Night Garden Live

BAFTA award-winning CBeebies TV show In the Night Garden is coming to the East Coast with a live stage version of the popular programme as part of its first UK theatre tour.

The new live show will feature a flying Pinky Ponk and visits the Embassy Theatre Skegness on July 24 and 25.

Families have been watching the television programme for 12 years, and now everyone can take a journey into the magical world of In the Night Garden Live including all the enchanting characters brought to life on stage.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019See a 2.5-metre long Pinky Ponk Air Orb soar over your head

CBeebies stars - Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends - are all brought to life in a specially-written new story using full-size costumes and magical puppets with music and dancing.

Audiences at the 2019 tour will also see a 2.5-metre long Pinky Ponk Air Orb soar over their heads. Find out more... Watch children react to Pinky Ponk flying over their heads during In the Night Garden Live

Family fun at St Marks

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019

St Marks Shopping Centre in Lincoln has teamed up with online parenting community Lincoln Mums to host three summer events, all of which will include free, fun activities for families.

All three events will take place on a Thursday:

  • July 25 - Welcome to Summer
  • August 15 - Mid-Summer
  • August 26 - Wrap Up Summer

Families heading along will find free activities including face painting, sports sessions, art and crafts and dance workshops. Find out more... FREE family activities on offer at three special summer-themed fun days in Lincoln

Splash about at Fairy Dell

Fairy Dell, which has sprinklers and an ornamental fountain at it centre, is hugely popular in the summer months.

And, it's free to enjoy.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019The Fairy Dell in Skegness

Dating back to the 1880s, the popular paddling pool is located near the Skegness boating lake, next to South Parade. The Fairy Dell was fully refurbished and modernised in 2006 and contains many water features.

Happy 50th Birthday

Children will have the chance to produce a print on a Victorian printing press when the Museum of Lincolnshire Life holds a weekend of family fun to celebrate its 50 anniversary.

On Saturday and Sunday, July 27-28 will host activities including:

  • Hands-on crafts
  • Face-painting
  • A museum trail for children
  • Penny farthing demonstrations

In addition, the traditional sweet shop will be open.

Over the weekend, the museum will be operating 'pay-what-you-decide', with visitors able to choose how much to donate for entry.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019The traditional sweet shop will be open

There will also be a special exhibition in the Gatehouse Gallery, featuring photographs of the museum's official opening in July 1969 and a varied selection of objects from its past, many of which have not been on show for years.

Cllr Nick Worth, executive member for heritage, said: "After 50 years, the Museum of Lincolnshire Life is still going strong and attracting thousands of people each year. The museum is now a part of the county's history itself and we'll have a special exhibition telling its story through the years.

"There's also a range of fun activities going on. So come along and join in the celebrations."

Find out more.

Sam and Mark's On The Road Show

Children's TV favourites Sam and Mark, from CBBC's Big Friday Wind-Up and Copycats, are taking to the road with a new live show.

The double BAFTA award winning duo will bring audiences an hour of entertainment, packed with sketches, jokes and games in a show for all the family to enjoy together.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019Sketches, jokes and games in a show for everyone

Presenters Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes first appeared on our screens as contestants on Pop Idol in 2003. Their friendship began whilst filming backstage and they have been inseparable ever since.

Best-known for presenting Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind Up for which they received two Children's BAFTAs for Best Presenters, other TV credits include Junior Bake Off, Match of the Day: Can You Kick It, TMi, Copycats, Who Wants To Be A Superhero and Jump Nation.

Big Friday Wind Up also won a Children's BAFTA for Best Entertainment Show.

Sam and Mark's On The Road Show will be at Lincoln Drill Hall on Saturday, August 10 (2.30pm). Tickets: GBP12.50. Book tickets online or call the box office on 01522 873894.

Visit Lincoln Arboretum

This Lincoln park is of Grade II historical importance, containing beautiful gardens, lakes, fountains and a children's play area.

Sutton on Sea Pleasure Gardens

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019Sutton on Sea paddling pool is free of charge.

Sutton on Sea paddling pool is shaped like a maple leaf located in the Pleasure Gardens.

It was gifted by the Canadians following the 1953 Sutton on Sea floods. The paddling pool includes a children's play area, picnic area and multi-use games area.

Follow the giant footprints

Families are encouraged to look out for some giant footprints on Lincoln's streets and follow them if you dare. Lincoln BIG is laying scores of 'paw-prints' and those brave enough to follow the trail will come face-to-face with some pre-historic creatures who are starring in a special summer exhibition.

The Collection Museum in Lincoln is hosting the Dinosaur Encounter visiting from London's Natural History Museum until September (see above). Lincoln BIG operations manager Richard Baxter said: "We decided it would be a great idea to lay a trail of quirky dino-footprints leading people to The Collection and these will be popping-up all over the city."

Trampolining Summer Camp

Youngsters can get bouncing, make new friends and learn new skills at a series of Trampolining Summer Holiday Camps being hosted by the Big Jumps Trampoline Club in Sleaford.

Youngsters can attend for one day or every day on:

  • July 23-26 (9am-4pm)
  • August 6-9 (9am-4pm)
  • August 20-23 (9am-4pm)
  • GBP15 per day
  • Additional GBP10 to stay until 8pm.
  • Ages 4 up

Head coach, Stephanie Osborn, explains the focus of the camps: "To keep children active and to promote a healthy lifestyle. To learn new skills and make friendships for life.

And to promote mental well-being.

"The day is structured with set activities per hour - some of which include trampoline basketball, obstacle courses and of course learning new skills on the trampoline."

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019Make new friends, have fun and learn new skills at Trampolining Summer Holiday Camps (generic picture)

Any ability is welcome, beginners to experienced, and every session is fully inclusive.

"Regardless of ability or experience they will all achieve something throughout the day and for some just turning up will be the achievement. There really is something for everyone so come down and meet the lovely coaches.

"Physically they will be working out using gymnastic skills but also practicing their hand-eye coordination and basic multi-skills.

"Socially they will enter friendships they might not have in a different environment as they all share the same interest - trampoline - and we also encourage older members to help and inspire younger members to continue and progress.

"We also just purchased a new pit to learn somersault skills in - the only pit in the surrounding area - so the children will be the first people to try it out. Super exciting!"

For more details email [email protected] or call 07983 872495.

Help Elmer celebrate his birthday

This year Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is celebrating his 30th birthday.

You can help him with those celebrations when he visits New Theatre Royal Lincoln on Friday, August 23 in a brand-new live stage show, based on the classic children's book series by David McKee, first published in 1989. Elephants, as everyone knows, are big, have trunks, and are grey.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019The show is based on the children's book series by David McKee

But Elmer is a patchwork of brilliant colours! His fun-loving and cheerful personality keeps everyone in a playful mood, until the day he gets tired of being different and tries to blend in with the herd.

Will Elmer The Patchwork Elephant ultimately realise that his friends have always valued his unique characteristics and that it is always best to be yourself?

Find out more... Help Elmer the Patchwork Elephant celebrate his birthday in Lincoln

Lincoln By The Sea

While we're blessed in Lincolnshire to have a host of stunning beaches, it does take people who live in the more landlocked parts of the county time to travel there. If your little ones are itching to break out the bucket and spade and build some sandcastles, but you can't face the drive, then it might be worth a visit to Lincoln By The Sea, which is a free 'pop up' beach, that will open to the public on July 22. The beach has been a feature in the city over several recent summers and this year will be re-created on the city's Cornhill and stay in place until August 31.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019Punch and Judy shows will take place throughout selected days

Lincoln BIG operations manager Richard Baxter said: "Children are being urged to remember their buckets and spades!

"We've ordered the authentic seaside sand, there will be plenty of colourful deckchairs placed around the beach and we're going to have a children's roundabout too.

"We know that Punch and Judy is a much-loved attraction - for the mums and dads as much as the children - so Professor Jon Thursby will also be returning and trying to keep Punch and Judy and their friends in order, whilst providing lots of laughter for everyone."

Families can watch free Punch and Judy shows on:

  • Thursday, July 25
  • Tuesday, July 30.
  • Thursday, August 1,
  • Thursday, August 8
  • Thursday, August 15
  • Tuesday, August 20
  • Thursday, August 22
  • Tuesday August 27
  • Thursday, August 29

Performances will take place around 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

As well as Mr Punch and Judy, children should look out for the baby, Mr Punch's dog Toby, the policeman, Joey and Clown and other characters.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019Children reminded, 'take your buckets and spades'

Space Chase

Seven weeks off school is a long time when you're a child and it's pretty easy for their literacy skills to slip backwards a bit during the holidays. In a bid to tackle the issue, libraries across the country run a summer reading challenge where children are challenged to read six books during the school holidays.

The theme for this year's is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and to run alongside it, Lincoln Central Library has organised a summer of free space themed craft sessions and special activities after it launches on Saturday, July 13.

Children of all ages are invited to take part and they can read anything they like - fact books, stories, joke books or picture books. There are no rules!

Every child joining the challenge will receive a membership pack and a special certificate once they have read all six books.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019Children will be introduced to the Rockets, a futuristic family living in space

But as well as the reading, the challenge includes a fun background story and activities. This year, children will be introduced to the Rockets, a futuristic family living in space.

They are on the trail of Aliens. The Aliens are jumping from galaxy to galaxy helping themselves to whatever they like.

Now books have started to disappear from the Moon Library and the Rockets are on the case. Children will help the Rockets solve clues, dodge black holes and shooting stars, collect stickers and have lots of fun and adventures along the way.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019The challenge is to read six books during the school holidays but they can be anything - fact books, stories, joke books or picture books. There are no rules!

The team at Lincoln Central Library has also planned a series of space themed activities including six craft sessions and two special events alongside the four regular weekly children's sessions which will continue throughout the summer holiday.

Find out more ... FREE weekly space-themed craft sessions for your children this summer

Enjoy a day out at Whisby Nature Park

If you reach the point where your children just need to get out of the house, you could do worse than visit Whisby Nature Park.

The park at Thorpe on the Hill, just outside Lincoln has more than six miles of footpaths around the ponds and lakes so there's plenty of opportunity to tire out the little ones. But the park also has the Natural World Centre, the Little Darters Wildlife Adventure Area and Otter's Reach Indoor Adventure areas to keep visitors entertained, so there's plenty to do. Little Darters Wildlife Adventure Area is packed full of tunnels, bridges and sand pits.

Youngsters are able to watch wildlife in action, go underground in the earth tunnel and climb up the nature exploration towers. You can also try the mini assault course which includes a balance rope, lookout tower and climbing net. This area is suitable for ages 6-plus.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019There's lots of free fun for kids at Whisby Nature Park

Otter's Reach Indoor Adventure provides an all-weather experience and an educational resource for younger visitors aged 3 and upwards to a maximum height of 1.3m.

The area allows younger visitors to explore and experience the park's history through imaginative play and includes a gravel plant with hands-on features, bullrush stilt posts, spiders web climb, raptors' nest and more. These adventure areas are completely free for the family to enjoy.

Summer Family Fun Day

Book a skate and enjoy lots of free activities on the ice and outdoors on the plaza at the National Ice Centre this summer. Activities include a chance to have a go at bubble football, arts and crafts, hockey try-outs, family games, Segway and foam archery.

The National Ice Centre in Nottingham will host the big Summer Family Fun Day on Friday, August 9 (11.15am-3.45pm) - so maybe an idea for a day trip this school holiday.

The fun day will include the venue's first ever zorbing on ice experience.

Get inside one of the balls and try to stay on your feet as you are propelled across the ice. Bubble football will also be played, where you play a game of football as best you can and try to score a goal while zorbing. Ice over shoes will be available to help youngsters have better grip.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019A day of family fun on and off the ice

How about some ice hockey try-outs so you can get a taster of what it's like to be a Nottingham Panthers player?

Drop in to try your hand at different aspects of the sport, such as using sticks, controlling the puck, and even shooting.

A DJ will be playing tunes on the ice and a new photo-booth will be next to the rink, loaded with summery filters for the perfect souvenir. Find out more... Summer Family Fun Day with activities on and off the ice for the price of a skate

A day trip to the beach

If the weather is fine, what can be better than a day out at one of Lincolnshire's beaches? Lincolnshire is blessed with a lengthy coastline and whether it's the bustle of busy Skegness or the peacefulness of Sutton on Sea, there's something to suit everyone's tastes.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019Don't forget your bucket and spade

Skegness

Skegness still brings millions of visitors to the county every year with it's traditional mix of British seaside fun.

And the joy for people who live in Lincolnshire is that it's near enough to visit just for the day.

Anderby Creek

Anderby is a long, unspoilt, sandy beach between Chapel St Leonards and Skegness to the south, and Sandilands and Mablethorpe to the north. Well worth a visit if you want somewhere a bit more off the beaten track.

Theddlethorpe Dunes in Saltfleetby

Theddlethorpe Dunes boasts an unspoilt landscape of salt marshland and sands. It is a designated National Nature Reserve and there are a range of habitats including tidal sand and mudflats, salt and freshwater marshes and sand dunes.

The beach is a vast expanse of flat sand extending in every direction, and the marshes behind the beach are one of only a few locations in the UK where the natterjack toad can be found. This beach is dog friendly.

Chapel St Leonards

Chapel St Leonards is a sand and shingle beach. It is a good place for walking as the beaches stretch for many miles in both directions.

A promenade runs alongside the beach, and to the south the beach leads to the larger resort town of Skegness, which is about six miles away if you fancy heading there.

Ingoldmells

Ingoldmells is a popular, sandy beach. Skegness is a few miles to the south and the town of Chapel St Leonards is to the north. Behind the beach is a promenade.

Head to the woods

We've not just got great beaches in Lincolnshire, we're blessed with some stunning countryside and woodland too! If you really can't face pouring sand out of your shoes, but want to get the kids out of the house, there's plenty of woods in Lincolnshire that are well worth a visit, including:

Skellingthorpe Old Wood

Once a haunt of the Vikings, this ancient woodland lies within Witham Valley Country Park, close to the village of Skellingthorpe, between the A57 and A46.

You can follow trails and footpaths of varying lengths throughout the wood. As well as walking, the woods are great for cycling and wildlife. Look out for a mixture of ancient oak, lime woodland and conifers. Find more local woodlands to ramble through here.

Hill Holt Wood

A beautiful 34-acre woodland open daily 8.30am 'til sunset and boasting a wide variety of wildlife and abundant wildflowers, with several well-marked walks around the site at Norton Disney.

Hartsholme Country Park

A Green Flag Award winning park.

Victorian landscaped gardens, and access to parts of Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve. Follow footpaths and discover the lakes, woods, meadows and heaths, home to many plants and animals, with bridges crossing the lakes. The main entrance is on the B1378 (Skellingthorpe Road).

It is signposted from the A46 (Lincoln Bypass) and from the B1003 (Tritton Road).

Free museums in Lincolnshire

  • The Museum of Lincolnshire Life in Lincoln. This is free for all (except for some event days) and gives fascinating information about the rich and varied history of the area. The museum has a Children's Trail available to keep younger visitors engaged, and the History Hunters playground is the perfect place for little engines to let off steam.

  • The Collection and The Usher Gallery, Lincoln are where you can see regular and visiting exhibitions including, throughout the summer, Dinosaur Encounter (see above).

    Throughout August, free dinosaur activities will also be available in the Clore studio at The Usher Gallery.

  • Spend the day at Village Church Farm in Skegness - an open-air museum of local and agricultural history with outdoor activities and gardens (donations welcome).

  • At Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre you can discover the history of Royal Air Force College Cranwell from its early days as a Royal Naval Air Service base to the current day. The experience includes interactive exhibits such as a Jet Provost flight simulator, Vampire nose pod, exhibitions and artefacts. There is also a courtyard area with Jet Provost aircraft on display.

  • Enjoy the free exhibitions and regular craft sessions and activities for children at the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford.

Chambers Farm Wood

Situated on the site of a medieval woodland near Wragby, the wood contains a wealth of butterflies and rare ancient small leaved lime trees. Find trails in Chambers Farm Wood here.

Willow Tree Fen

Willow Tree Fen has been transformed from arable land growing beans and cereal to a more traditional fenland landscape of shallow meres, seasonally flooded pastures, hay meadows and reedbeds. Find out more.

Snipe Dales Country Park & Nature Reserve

An area of two halves in the Lincolnshire Wolds with wet valleys and scrub in the Nature Reserve and mixed woodland forming the Country Park.

This diversity of habitats supports a wide range of birds and other wildlife. Find out more.

Rigsby Wood

At the foot of the Wolds near Alford, this ancient woodland is thought to have been around since prehistoric times. Rigsby Wood is lying partly on chalky Boulder Clay and partly on glacial sands at the edge of the Wolds. Look out for tawny owls and great spotted woodpeckers.

Tortoiseshell Wood and Porter's Lodge Meadows

Some of the oaks are over 150 years old in Tortoiseshell Wood and fallow deer are frequently seen in the wood as well. Porter's Lodge Meadows possess rich and varied flora and meadow, aquatic and marginal plants.

Dole Wood

There's lots of wildlife to see in this wood including more than 120 species of moth which have been identified within the reserve.

Lincolnshire Limewoods

The Lincolnshire Limewoods is a historic area of the county rich in wildlife. Discover ancient woodlands and quiet countryside as well as many archaeological sites.

A series of six circular walks ranging from 3.75 to 9.25 miles have been produced by Lincolnshire County Council in Bardney, Faldingworth, Fiskerton, Stainfield and Apley, Woodhall Spa, Wragby and Goltho. Download leaflets.

Visit Boultham Park

Once a private estate, Boultham Park is open to the public. Take a walk around Boultham Park's lake and play in the children's playground just south of Lincoln city centre on Boultham Park Road. The children's play area was actually designed by local children for local children.

There is also lots of local wildlife to discover.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019Boultham Park

Dragon Boat Race

Head to Brayford Waterfront on Saturday, July 20 to watch more than 100 people take to the water for a day of Dragon Boat racing. Sixteen local teams will be taking part, starting with time trials. Then, the quickest four, will go into semi-finals and the grand final before the award ceremony.

The event will be raising money for local charities Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and Nomad Trust.

Event time: noon-4pm.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019Team taking part in the annual charity Dragon Boat races on Brayford Pool, Lincoln

Take a walk around Hubbard's Hills

With the River Lud trickling through its centre, plenty of bridges, hills to climb and trees, Hubbard's Hills park is a beauty spot left to the town of Louth by Auguste Alphonse Pahud. After Auguste died, he left seven men responsible for the distribution of his fortune. The will stipulated that the money had to be spent in memory of his beloved wife.

Hubbard's Hills was purchased and, in 1907, was handed over to the people of the town. Find out more here

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019Hubbard's Hills is a popular day out in Louth

Spend a day cycling

Cycling isn't just fun, it's great exercise too and there are plenty of places you can take children to ride their bikes away from the traffic. Here are a few ideas of places to try:

Water Rail Way

A purpose-built trail linking Boston and Lincoln, with a range of artwork along the route, follows the River Witham.

Mostly traffic free and off road, it starts in the shadow of Lincoln Cathedral and finishes at the market town of Boston with the famous St Botolph's Church, known as 'The Stump'. The route is 33 miles (54km) in length and fairly flat throughout. The Water Rail Way features vast open fenland landscapes, with long views and expansive skies.

Artwork along the route is inspired by the words of Lincolnshire's Lord Alfred Tennyson. Find out more and pick a section you'd like to try here.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019The Water Rail Way is mostly traffic free and off road

Lincoln and Doddington Hall

You can enjoy an uninterrupted and safe off-road route between Lincoln and Doddington Hall that's named after Lincoln-born, Olympic gold medalist Georgie Twigg MBE.

The route was opened in July 2017 and the track provides a link between Doddington village and the Sustrans Route 64 which carries on to Lincoln, arriving at the Brayford Waterfront. It is a mile long and comprises of a purpose-built tarmac track which goes across land privately owned by the Doddington Estate. Access is free and available to all cyclists.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019

Lincolnshire Wolds

The Lincolnshire Wolds needs little introduction.

This designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty boasts some of the most beautiful, unspoilt scenery in the region. There are rolling hills, streams and hidden valleys with nestling villages. You can plan a cycle or walk HERE.

Classic Car Rally

The rescheduled Vehicle Rally at Lincoln Castle will now be held on Sunday, July 21.

Visitors can expect to see up to 200 vehicles - cars, motorcycles and small commercial vehicles.

The event is organised by the Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society and the castle grounds are free to enter to enjoy the display (normal admission charges apply for other castle attractions). Head along 10am-5pm.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019Lincoln Castle will play host to a vintage vehicle rally

Lincoln Castle

Don't forget, except during certain events, the grounds of Lincoln Castle are free at all other times. The environment offers a great place for kids to let off steam, enjoy being in the open air, roll down banks and for families to enjoy a picnic in beautiful surroundings.

On Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, the castle will also be hosting a dog friendly weekend when dogs are allowed to join you exploring the grounds, Medieval Wall Walk, Victorian Prison and Magna Carta.

Dogs can enter the cinema space and the David PJ Ross Magna Carta building but not the Vault. Dogs must be kept on leads at all times.

Find out more.

1940s Weekend in Lincoln

Visitors to Lincoln's Cathedral Quarter will be transported back in time when a large event takes over the area on August 10 and August 11. Celebrate the spirit of 1940s Britain with two days of period and vintage activities and displays.

Expanding from The Strait through the Bailgate visitors will find living history displays, live 1940s music and dance, vintage and antique markets as well as vintage children's rides.

There will also be food and drink on offer and activities for all the family. Organisers are hoping Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypasts will be part of the event too.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019Attractions will include large displays of vintage vehicles

Danes Terrace, Bailgate, Castle Hill and The Lawn area will be filled with vintage vehicles from the era and visitors can expect to see 1940s entertainment throughout the weekend in a performance area.

Lincoln 1940s Weekend is organised and funded by Lincoln BIG.

Head uphill to join in on Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and August 11 between 10am and 5pm on both days.

Guided Tours of Uphill Lincoln

For youngsters who love their history, free guided tours from the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology will take place through the historic streets of uphill Lincoln.

Roman tours will show the ruins of Lindum Colonia which still exist today, including the pillars of the portico, the site of Lincoln's first church, the Roman East Gate, and the famous Newport Arch. Meet at St Paul in the Bail at 2pm.

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The Medieval tour will take you back to Lincoln in the Middle Ages, when the streets had very different names, which reflected the trades that were carried on there.

For example, do you know where the medieval parchment makers plied their trade? Meet outside the Castle Hill Club on Castle Hill at 2pm.

  • Monday, July 15 - Medieval Streets and Markets (meet outside the Castle Hill Club)
  • Tuesday, July 16 - Roman Uphill (meet at St Paul in the Bail)
  • Wednesday, July 17 - Medieval Streets and Markets
  • Thursday, July 18 - Roman Uphill
  • Friday, July 19 - Medieval Streets and Markets
  • Saturday, July 20 - Roman Uphill
  • Sunday, July 21 - Medieval Streets and Markets

There will be another free Guided Walk of Medieval Lincoln on August 25 (2pm-4pm, meet outside the Castle Hill Club on Castle Hill).

Steampunk Festival

One of the biggest annual events to be held in Lincoln returns this August Bank Holiday weekend and there are plenty of ways you can enjoy The Asylum Steampunk Festival for free. This year the event will run from Friday to Monday, August 23-26.

The festival combines art, literature, music, fashion, comedy and family fun.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019Wander the streets of uphill Lincoln and soak up all the sights and sounds

Attractions and activities at the festival are divided between: free events, ticket-only entry and wristbands which cover all of the main day features. The Bazaar Eclectica, a steampunk market of weird and wonderful items in Castle Hill, and the Steampunk Embassy at the Cathedral Centre are free and open to the public. At the Cathedral Centre visitors will find exhibitions, talks, authors, artists and members of the steampunk community on hand to answer questions.

There is also a chance to watch a steampunk parade through the Bailgate for free.

And, of course, it costs nothing to head uphill and see the amazing costumes and enjoy the incredible atmosphere. The steampunk promenade will take place along Bailgate on Monday, August 26 at 10am - wristbands are required to take part but spectators are welcome for free.

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Cogglesford Mill in Sleaford

This historic working watermill is in peaceful surroundings of pasture fields and trees by the river Slea. It is free to visit and the mill opens for monthly milling days, when you can see it in action.

The mill has been producing flour since the early 18th century, and belongs to a group of mills considered to be most valuable from Lincolnshire and among the most important in the country. Milling Days: second Sunday of the month from April to December. Opening times April to October: Monday to Friday noon to 4pm and Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 11am to 4.30pm.

Free admission.

Free trails around Lincoln

You will not spend much time in Lincoln before stumbling wittingly or unwittingly across Roman history. The Romans certainly knew how to leave a lasting impression. It was AD43 when Roman Emperor Claudius and an army of 40,000 soldiers arrived on the south coast of Britain.

It didn't take them long to work their way up to Lincoln. Around AD50/60, the Legio IX Hispana (Ninth Legion - Spanish) turned up and went on to construct a fortress. The site was later named Lindum Colonia (colonia meaning a self-governing town for retired legionaries).

This important Roman city was built of large stone buildings and was full of houses, shops, workshops, temples and bath houses. The central site of the former legionary headquarters became the forum and basilica, which was central to Roman public life. It contained law courts, civic offices, markets and workshops.

93 ideas for events and activities during the summer school holiday 2019Newport Gate, Roman Arch, built in early 3rd Century

Take a free digital tour of Roman Lincoln with a trail you can access here.

Simply follow on your smartphone (some trails are available in printed version from Lincoln Visitor Information Centre). Other self-guided tours through the city include the 1217 Battle of Lincoln Trail a George Boole Trail, Aviation Trail and the Jewish Heritage Trail. Find all trails here.

Free guided tour

Take a free guided tour of Guildhall and Stonebow in Lincoln on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10.30am and 2pm.

Arrive at the main entrance (Guildhall Street) ten minutes prior to the tour starting.

If you want to stay up to date with events, food, nightlife, days out and entertainment news from across Lincolnshire, there's a number of ways you can do it:

Follow our Lincolnshire Live What's on page on facebook - go and give us a like by clicking here.

We've got a dedicated What's On channel on our website - which you can visit by clicking here.

There are also dedicated pages which collate our articles on Food and Drink, Family and Kids, Music and Nightlife, and Shopping.

And if you're looking specifically for family oriented events, or want to share news on a family event you have organised, why not join our Lincolnshire with Kids group on facebook?

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