People eager to make the most of Lincoln’s action-packed RAF100 weekend should be prepared to turn their eyes to the skies for appearances by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Organisers today revealed that this spectacular celebration, which incorporates Lincoln BIG’s popular annual 1940s event, is expected to feature no less than five fabulous flypasts!
The exact timings have still to be confirmed, but historic aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight promise to be the stars of the weekend – with the much-loved Lancaster due to appear late morning on Saturday, August 11 and the Dakota in the afternoon.
On Sunday, August 12, a triple treat is in store. People will hopefully spot the Spitfire in the morning, the Dakota at lunchtime and the Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire together in the late afternoon.
It’s a weekend when everyone is going to be thoroughly spoilt for things to see and do – with displays and activities going on in 13 different areas in the city alone.
With 30,000 people expected to flock to Lincoln, it’s a good idea to start planning your visit now. Get more information by clicking www.visitlincoln.com/RAF100
Park & Ride (with parking at Waitrose, off Nettleham Road) is an option worth considering, with buses running to and from both Nettleham Road and the International Bomber Command Centre on Canwick Hill, just south of the city boundary.
Lincoln BIG Events & Promotions Assistant Jessica Wickham said: “It’s going to be an amazing two days. We are still finalising some aspects of our programme, but we are confident this event will be remembered by families for many years to come.
“Each day there will be lots going on between 10am and 5pm, in locations including Castle Hill, Bailgate, The Strait, Minster Yard, High Street, Brayford Wharf North, City Square and St Marks Shopping Centre, as well as an evening firework display!
What's On for RAF100 Weekend
Attractions include the chance to browse a 1940s Market in the city’s Cathedral Quarter, enjoy live music and dancing, visit charity stands, wander around vehicle displays and stop for tasty refreshments.
The Lawn is being turned into a Vintage Village. Activities include old-fashioned children’s rides, Punch & Judy shows and pottery painting sessions. People can also chat to members of Echoes of A Gilded Age, tuck into their own picnic or pop into Stokes’ coffee shop.
Two other great events are taking place in The Blue Room at The Lawn.
The Nightwatch – a play set in the 1940s when calm has returned to London - centres on five people recovering from the chaos of war. Scenes are set in a dating agency, a bombed-out church and a prison cell.
Catch the action on Thursday or Friday (Aug 9 and 10) at 7.30pm, on Saturday (Aug 11) at 2pm or on Sunday (Aug 12) at 4pm.
On Saturday night (Aug 11) Brandyn Shaw & his Radio Rhythm Makers will playing music from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s at The Blue Room Ball 2018. (8pm to 11.30pm). Tickets cost £15: Visit: https://lpac.co.uk/event/brandyn-shaw-at-the-blue-room/
The RAF100 Weekend programme also features Battle Pipe Processions on Saturday and Sunday. An aadditional surprise is planned, but is still under wraps. Lincoln Drill Hall is also involved in staging re-enactments, with Rhubarb Theatre.
On the Sunday, the RAFA and Healthy High Streets Group – in association with BBC Radio Lincolnshire - are throwing a special Street Tea Party, “Brew For the Few”, where people can “dine” with RAF veterans. It takes place in the St Benedict’s Square area, from 11am to 3pm. Donations for RAFA are welcomed.
Lincs FM is setting-up a stage in City Square, where people can enjoy listening to sounds from the 1940s and watching live performers. It will be place from 10am to 5pm on both days. Anyone keen to sing on stage should get in touch with Lincs FM’s Tom Adams on (01522) 549911.
Children can also dig-in at Lincoln’s BIG fabulous Beach and enjoy aviation-themed rides at The Cornhill.
Families can visit aviation and heritage stands in the pedestrianised south High Street. These will include those staffed by members of Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association, volunteers from Thorpe Camp and Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum and InvestSK.
And they won’t want to miss (and sit in) a full-sized static model of a Red Arrows Hawk Jet at St Mark’s Shopping Centre. Vintage and modern fire engines and RAF displays will also be on show along the Brayford Waterfront.
The IBCC are joining in with the activities, and holding two events over the weekend - join them for Salute to the 40s and stay on in the evening for their Blackout Blitz Ball on the Saturday evening.
A 1940s Dinner is taking place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on Saturday night, but if your family just wants to stay out and enjoy the remainder of the evening, you could round things off by watching some fabulous fireworks from the Brayford Waterfront, from 9pm.
Finally, Lincoln BIG would love to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer to be part of this great weekend, by meeting and greeting visitors, signposting them to different activities or stewarding and marshalling event areas. All they need to do is contact Jessica Wickham on (01522) 842702.