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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
    Vintage Fairground (including a carousel and children’s swing boats!)
  • Traditional games
  • Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast (Weather permitting)
  • This year will also see the return of the well-loved Winston Churchill, portrayed by Derek Herbert.

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 20th to July 21st, 10am – 5pm. The event is organised and funded by Lincoln BIG.

We will be holding an evening of swing with DJ Dr. Swing of Lincolnshire Lindy Hop Clubs and Damaris Jean & The Ragtime Rewind Band

Saturday 20th July 

The County Assembly Rooms 

7:00pm - 23:00

Tickets are FREE and available here


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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