Everyone from individual artistes and events organisers to volunteers, community groups and schools are invited to help make Lincoln’s Great Magna Carta Weekend unforgettable!
On June 15 1215, at Runnymede, Magna Carta was sealed by King John and the Barons and, to mark the 800th Anniversary of this significant historical event, Lincoln BIG and its partners are pulling together two days of festivals and fun – for the weekend of June 13 and 14.
We want it to be a weekend buzzing with activities and vibrant events for the whole family to enjoy and one that will be long remembered by local residents and visitors alike.
Lots of planning and hard work is going on behind the scenes to get this show on the road, but we know that the more people and organisations who get behind it, the more successful it will be.
Highlights include a Night of Festivals, featuring a colourful carnival; the launch of the Lincoln Magna Carta Charter Barons’ Trail of 25 Baron sculptures; live music, festival fun and fireworks on the Brayford Waterfront and the University of Lincoln campus; a Magna Party at Lincoln Castle; Medieval storytelling on Steep Hill and Radiating Signals – a procession of community flags.
There are lots of ways for businesses, organisations and individuals to get involved, so we are urging you to put on your thinking caps and let us have your ideas and pledges of support – which we will include in publicity in the run-up to the weekend.
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: “We are encouraging businesses to create Magna Carta window displays. Restaurants, bars and cafes might offer Magna Carta-themed menus and staff could wear Medieval dress.
“LiberTeas is urging the whole nation to sit down to celebrate the occasion, have a debate about or reflect on their liberties.
“We are sure individuals and groups of all ages will be excited about the opportunity to be part of the procession in our Night of Festivals Carnival. Artistes might want to perform on the Freedom Stage in front of the University of Lincoln and street entertainers are welcome to add extra colour to the streets of Lincoln during the festival weekend.
“Naturally we need plenty of volunteers to help us to deliver these events and also to provide information and directions to visitors to the city,” added Mr Corrigan.
Anyone who is in need of more information or keen to share their ideas or details of how they plan to celebrate, is encouraged to get in touch with Rachel Hempsall at Lincoln BIG on (01522) 842702 or by email at: Rachel@lincolnbig.co.uk.