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Get ready to experience the spirit of 1940s Britain with two days of vintage performances, activities and classic vehicle displays in Lincoln's historic Cathedral Quarter and across the city. The event has become a popular, free, regular attraction in the city's summer events calendar and is not to be missed!

With a packed schedule of entertainment on throughout the weekend, including live music, singing and dancing, local craft markets. Lincoln will be full of atmosphere and tastefully decorated with our patriotic bunting for our biggest 1940s celebration yet.

Visitors and locals alike are invited to step back in time with what’s promising to be two days of fabulous fun.

A range of exciting events located all around Lincoln are due to take place, such as:

  • Live 1940s music and dance
  • Food and drink in the local businesses
  • Craft markets
  • Classic vehicle displays
  • Family activities and pop-up street theatre
    - Punch and Judy | Friday 21st | Cornhill Cove
    - Rhubarb Theatre | 22nd & 23rd | Bailgate, Lincoln
    - The Tank | 22nd & 23rd | Cornhill Cove
    - Roy Bond Magician | 22nd & 23rd, 12pm - 2pm | Cornhill Cove
  • Vintage Fairground (including a carousel and children’s swing boats!)
  • Traditional games
  • Mobile Vintage Cinema | 22nd & 23rd | Castle Square (free admission)
  • Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast by a Hurricane (Weather permitting)
    A fantastic addition this year is a confirmed Hurricane flyover which will take place on Sunday 23rd July, at approximately 12.54hrs (weather permitting). Everyone is encouraged to keep their eyes on the sky and listen out for this impressive historical plane!
  • This year will also see the return of the well-loved Winston Churchill, portrayed by Derek Herbert.

A schedule of performers can be found below:  

Saturday 22nd July

11am – 12pm | Lady Kingsnorth

12pm | Winston Churchill Speech

12.15pm – 1pm | Lahdidahs

1.15pm - 2.15pm | Johnny Victory

2.30pm - 3.15pm | Miss Sarah Jane

3.30pm - 4.30pm | Larks Duo

10.00am - 5.00pm | Lincolnshire Lindy Hop Groups       

12.30pm - 1.30pm | Kyle as George Formby

3.15pm - 4.15pm | Kelly Ann

12.30pm - 1.00pm | Hudson Lewis

2.00pm - 2.45pm | Cleopatra Ridgeway 

3.30pm - 4.00pm | Hudson Lewis

7.00pm - 10.00pm | Damaris Jean & The Ragtime Rewind Band (This is a FREE but ticketed event. Get your tickets here)

11.00am - 5.00pm | The 78 DJ

12.30pm - 1.30pm | Cleopatra Ridgeway

2.00pm - 3.00pm | Lily Lovejoy

1.00pm - 2.30pm | City of Lincoln Band

Sunday 23rd July

10.45am - 11.45am | May Blossom

11.45am | Winston Churchill Speech

12.00pm - 1.00pm | Damaris Jean & The Ragtime Rewind Band

1.15pm - 2pm | Cleopatra Ridgeway

2.15pm - 3.15pm | Larks Duo      

3.30pm - 4.15pm | Lahdidahs     

4.15pm - 5.30pm | The Dreambelles

10.00am - 5.00pm | Lincolnshire Lindy Hop Groups       

1.30pm - 2.15pm | Lady Kingsnorth

3.30pm - 4.30pm | Cleopatra Ridgeway

11.30pm - 12.00pm | Hudson Lewis

12.30pm - 1.30pm | Kelly Ann       

2.30pm - 3.30pm | Lily Lovejoy   

4.00pm – 4.30pm | Hudson Lewis

11.00am - 5.00pm | The 78 DJ

12.30pm – 1.30pm | Johnny Victory

2.30pm - 3.15pm | Miss Sarah Jane

3.30pm – 4.15pm | Kyle as George Formby

1.00pm - 2.30pm | City of Lincoln Band

11.00am & 1.30pm | Lincoln Ukulele Band

12.30pm & 3.00pm | Old Time Rags

The main hub of the 1940s Weekend will take place in the historic Bailgate and Uphill area of Lincoln, but make sure to look out for other pop-up activities across the city to compliment the weekend – visitors can even get their hair styled to be a classic 1940’s hairdo! This year we are pleased to announce that some of the event activities will also be taking place within the impressive castle grounds.

Lee Roberts, Head of Operations at Lincoln BIG said “Lincoln’s 1940s weekend was one of Lincoln BIG’s most popular events last year, welcoming tens of thousands of visitors to the city.  

We are delighted to bring the event back with more attractions and activities for everyone to get involved with, such as vintage games, street theatre and musical performances at the band stand. It’s also great to see more local businesses getting involved and offering visitors unique experiences such as traditional Afternoon Tea and dressing their windows."

Everyone is encouraged to come in period dress to add to the family friendly atmosphere with prizes on offer to the best dresses visitors as well as best dressed business!

The 1940’s Weekend runs from July 22nd to July 23rd, 10am – 5pm. The event is organised and funded by Lincoln BIG.

Stay up to date with the latest Lincoln 1940s Weekend news by visiting the official Facebook event page!


As a 1940’s tea room, we look forward to Lincoln’s 1940s weekend every year! The atmosphere for the weekend is brilliant, we love seeing everyone dressed up and having a good time. Last year we were delighted to win both Best Dressed Shop and Best Dressed Team.

Faye Gault, Owner, Bunty’s Tea Room

Travelling to Lincoln’s 1940s Weekend: 

There are numerous car parks available open to the public over the weekend: 


  • The Lawn 

  • St Paul's Lane 

  • Westgate 1 

  • Westgate 3 

  • Westgate 2 

  • Langworthgate 


  • Orchard Street (City Hall) 

  • Beaumont Fee (next to City Hall) 

  • County Hall 

  • Motherby Lane 

  • Lucy Tower Street 

  • Flaxengate and Flaxengate 2 

  • Broadgate  

  • Lincoln Central 

The following car park and roads will be closed: 

  • Castle Hill Pay and Display Car Park 

  • Bailgate / Drury Lane 

  • Minster Yard 

All restrictions will be in place throughout the weekend as and when required, with signage detailing accurate information and times displayed at the site in advance. However, residents and people with appointments in the Bail will still be able to access, security will be present to assist.  

Lincoln’s Park and Ride Service will also be available on Saturday.

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