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Countdown to Lincoln’s RAF100 Weekend & RAF AR App

It’s going to be fabulous! Our high-flying Lincoln RAF100 weekend is guaranteed to create unforgettable memories for tens of thousands of people!

Date: 1st Aug '18

Whether you’re passionate about wartime aircraft, special flypasts, Forties’ music and dancing, old military uniforms, tea dresses and Victory Roll hairstyles, browsing Vintage markets or watching colourful re-enactments, you can enjoy them all and more – on August 11 and 12.

Lincoln BIG, which has incorporated its popular 1940s weekend into this special event, is putting the finishing touches to a nostalgia-filled spectacular featuring activities in 13 different parts of the city.

Real and AR Flypasts

Lincoln BIG Events & Promotions Manager Michael Armstrong said: “Excitingly, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight has confirmed the following flypasts - Saturday (11th): 12.15pm the Lancaster; 14.16pm the Dakota and on Sunday (12th) 10.40am: the Spitfire.

“But we want to get everyone “in the mood” right now! Hundreds of people were unable to go to London on July 10 for the magnificent RAF100 celebrations and stunning flypast by 100 wartime and modern-day aircraft, but University of Lincoln lecturers and students have worked with the RAF and a Bedfordshire company and created an augmented reality (AR) App to “make it happen” for anyone who missed out.

“All people need to do is download the App to their smartphone or tablet and they can enjoy the flypast as often as they like!,” said Mr Armstrong.

RAF100 Weekend Programme

Lincoln BIG Events & Marketing Assistant Jessica Wickham said: “Our RAF100 programme is bursting at the seams, but we’ve still got a couple of extra treats and surprises in store.  We’re determined this event will go down in Lincoln’s history!

“Visiting The Cathedral Quarter will be a must for anyone who loves wartime songs and dancing, seeing people wearing 1940s fashions or browsing vintage vehicles, but we’ve added a Vintage Market too.

“One of our newest attractions is the Lincoln Community Choir, whose members will be performing in Castle Hill on the Sunday at 11am and 2pm.”

People are also urged to explore a pop-up Vintage Village at The Lawn in Union Road, which is a “first” for our traditional 1940s weekend. Families are encouraged to have a picnic and children can enjoy fun rides and watching Punch & Judy.

“The Little Pottery, which is based at The Lawn, is inviting people to “have a go” at painting ceramics and the re-enactment group Echoes of a Gilded Age will also be on site, bringing the early days of the RAF to life.

Echoes of a Gilded Age is a World War 1-focused enactment group, but members will be shifting their usual emphasis for the RAF100 Weekend and concentrating on 1918 when the RAF was established.  Look out for talks, presentations and more.

For those who love a good film, The Night Watch will be showing in The Blue Room at The Lawn at 2pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday.

Lots more is happening in other locations, including The Strait, Minster Yard, High Street, Brayford Wharf North, City Square and St Marks Shopping Centre.

The south High Street will be packed with heritage and charity stalls. A replica (sit in ) model of a Red Arrows Hawk Jet at St Marks will be perfect for photos.  Lincs FM will be playing sounds from the 1940s from a stage in City Square – and people who fancy singing should ring the radio station’s Tom Adams on (01522) 540011 to let him know.

And why not let the youngsters stay out later on Saturday night, and take them to the Brayford Waterfront to marvel at our special Fireworks Display?

IBCC Park & Ride

Anyone who wants to get around easily and also visit the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) on Canwick Hill, just south of the city’s boundary, might want to try the city’s Park n’ Ride service.

This offers parking at Waitrose, off Nettleham Road, with buses running to and from both Nettleham Road and the IBCC throughout the weekend.