There’s a feast of fun lined-up for families when this year’s Lincoln Children’s Festival hits the city’s streets.
Not only will youngsters from nearly 20 schools be entertaining shoppers and visitors over the four-day event - which runs from July 3 to 6 – young families with tots between the ages of two and five-years-old will also be able to pop into drama, juggling and arts and crafts workshops.
And with so much happening across the city, in addition to the better-than-ever Festival, families are being encouraged to spend more time exploring Lincoln’s many attractions and enjoy a snack or meal while they are in town.
This year’s Festival is timed perfectly to tie-in with the fabulous Lincoln Knights’ Trail, the Knights’ Education Trail (featuring more than 40 half-sized Knights) and the brilliant Battles & Dynasties Exhibition at The Collection.
There’s also the chance to see The Domesday Book at Lincoln Castle, alongside Magna Carta and The Charter of the Forest, so there’s bags to keep everyone occupied!
But back to the Children’s Festival, which will be a real spectacle, bursting with songs, drama and dance, and complemented by a super range of workshops.
Lincoln BIG Events & Promotions Manager Michael Armstrong said: “We wanted to put a fresh slant on the Festival this year, by offering families the chance to let their children get involved in workshops.
“Each day the Festival will run from 10am, with free tots’ workshops also being staged in each’s day’s location. On Monday, July 3, the Festival will be in Lincoln High Street (near St Benedict’s Square) – with a Juggling Workshop at 1.30pm, with First Feet Entertainment.
“On Tuesday, July 4, we will be based in St Mark’s Square at St Mark’s Shopping Centre, when the schools’ performances will be followed by free drama workshops at 1pm and 1.30pm, which will be run by Back Garden Theatre.”
Lincoln BIG Events & Marketing Assistant Jess Wickham said: “On Wednesday, July 5, the Festival moves to the Waterside Shopping Centre in the High Street, and children’s performances will be followed by free arts and crafts workshops at 1pm and 1.30pm.
“Children can design their very own Lincoln Knight and get involved in a selection of Knights’ Trail activities, and take their work home.
“Finally, on Thursday, July 6 the final day of Festival will take place at St Paul in the Bail, when the schools’ performances will be rounded off by drama workshops at 11.30am and 12 noon and Balloon-making workshops at 12.30pm and 1pm, by First Feet Entertainment.
“We are looking to welcoming more people than ever to enjoy everything that the Festival features and all the other wonderful attractions currently on offer – including the Lincoln Knights’ Trail which gives young people the chance to complete a quest and claim a badge, certificate and a 1217 Battle of Lincoln book voucher.”