Twenty-first century tourists and shoppers are being encouraged to tap into digital technologies and explore the secrets of Lincoln’s past.
Smartphones at the ready, people have the chance to be the first to walk the city’s new Digital Roman Trail, which is being launched on Saturday, May 17 – Lindum Colonia Day.
But “non-techies” can just as easily go exploring by picking up a printed version of the trail from the city’s Visitor Information Centre in Castle Hill. Copies cost just £1.
The new walk has been devised by the Visit Lincoln Partnership and Lincoln BIG and it guides visitors along a route which takes in the upper Roman city and which also includes details of other Roman landmarks further south.
The launch of the trail is just one aspect of a great weekend. May 17 and 18 will be bursting with Roman-linked activities, all designed to give people a flavour of what life in Lincoln was like 1,600 years ago, when it was known as Lindum Colonia.
People should also watch out for Roman military patrols and battle skirmishes while out and about in the city.
Lincoln’s famous Posterngate – part of Lincoln’s Roman South Wall which now lies under a bank – will also be open for guided tours throughout Saturday (May 17), from 10am to 3.30pm. Entry costs £1 per person.
On Saturday and Sunday (May 17 and 18) people will also be able to visit a Roman Camp, which is being set up within Lincoln Castle.
Conservator W H Conservation will have at stall in St Mark’s Square (on both days, from 10am), where they will be telling people how Roman artefacts make the journey from being buried thousands of years ago to being given pride of place in today’s museums.
People will be able to see the conservators’ work, examine artefacts and have a go at making parts which can be used to repair broken objects.
The Visit Lincoln Partnership and Lincoln BIG are encouraging city businesses to enter into the spirit of the weekend and celebrate Lincoln’s Roman history by offering special promotions and deals.
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: “The Visit Lincoln Partnership and BIG are proud to have worked together to produce this exciting new trail. We hope it will prove to be fun and informative for our first-time and repeat visitors and also encourage local people to discover more about our amazing city.”
Businesses which are keen to offer deals over the weekend, are urged to let the Visit Lincoln Partnership know about these by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More details about Lindum Colonia Day can be found at: http://www.visitlincoln.com/whats-on/lindum-colonia-day.