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Get into the Festival Spirit

Lincoln promises to be an explosion of colourful costumes, fabulous music and fun activities on Saturday, June 14 – so don’t miss out!

Date: 5th Jun '14
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The 2014 Lincoln Festival & Carnival, which will be based around the Brayford Waterfront, University of Lincoln and city centre, is poised to be a real showstopper and perfect for families looking for a great day (and night!) out.

And, for those who want to make a real weekend of it, the Lincoln Bike Fest takes place the next day, June 15, creating the perfect leisure time line-up for anyone taking a short break.

The atmosphere at this year’s high energy festival and carnival, which has a Commonwealth theme, is going to be electric, with plenty to keep everyone happy from 10am right through to 10pm.

Organised by Lincoln BIG and the University of Lincoln, there really will be something to interest all ages, from tots to teens and older adults. Lincoln BIG Events and Promotions Organiser Rachel Hanson said: “Attractions include a traditional fairground at the Brayford Way end of the waterfront. Nearby there will be have-a-go golf, football and lots of other fun activities and stalls.

“Brayford Pool itself provides a fantastic backdrop to the festival and also the focal point for a programme of exciting water-based activities and displays.”

People will also be able to enjoy entertainment taking place on the viewing platform on the waterfront and on the large stage the other side of Brayford Pool – on the University campus – where there will also be face-painting, food stalls and a bar.

A fabulous carnival procession, which is one of the highspots of the festival celebrations, is guaranteed  to dazzle shoppers and visitors to Lincoln.

“This year’s carnival will feature young people from St Faith’s & St Martin’s Junior and St Hugh’s Catholic Primary Schools, in Lincoln, All Saints Primary School in Waddington and community groups based out of  The Showroom in Lincoln,” said Rachel.

“The young people have been working hard with Mahogany,  an arts group which has been teaching them the skills needed to create their colourful costumes for the procession.”  

The carnival procession will leave City Square at 1.30pm and wend its way along Sincil Street,  The Cornhill,  High Street, Guildhall Street, Water Lane and under the Wigford Way bridge into Brayford Wharf North.

“Once there, the procession will be joined by even more revellers, before making its way into Wigford Way and along Brayford Wharf East, finishing up in front of the big stage on the University campus. The costumes are looking wonderful and carnival-goers should watch out for the return of the swans, which featured in last year’s parade,” added Rachel.

As daytime turns into night, the fun continues.  The evening entertainment will be compered by Lincs FM presenters and the festival will go out with a bang, thanks to an amazing fireworks finale – centred on the Brayford Pool island.

The Lincoln Festival & Carnival has been organised by Lincoln BIG and the University of Lincoln – with support from Arts Council England, the Lincolnshire Echo and LincsFM.