They’ve already been talked about, featured in thousands of tweets, snapped-in scores of Selfies and even yarn-bombed – but the 25 stars of the Lincoln Charter Barons’ Trail are not going to go quietly!
The exciting Trail, which has proved to be a major attraction during Lincoln’s unforgettable 800th Anniversary year of Magna Carta, ends in mid-September. But the fun is far from over and we want more people to be part of the Barons’ story.
That’s why Lincoln BIG has been plotting behind the scenes and created a final opportunity for people to see the fabulous Baron sculptures together, as well as other fun ways to keep their memories of the Trail alive.
The Barons’ Farewell Reunion Event is taking place at Lincoln Castle – from Thursday 24th to Tuesday 29th September – when people can see all 25 Barons, before they head off to be auctioned. Entry to the Castle grounds is free and the Barons can be seen between 10am and 5pm each day.
The Lincoln Barons’ Auction, which is sponsored by Lincs FM, will take place at an evening drinks reception at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Lincoln, on Thursday, 1st October, when they will be sold by professional auctioneer: Ian Walter from J H Walter.
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: "Proceeds from this event will go to support the national foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust. We hope that local businesses, organisations and individuals will be interested in bidding for the Barons and that some will find a permanent home in the city. Tickets for the auction, priced at £20, are on sale from the Visit Lincoln website."
Lincoln’s Auction will be taking place on the same day that the 25 Barons in The Barons’ Charter Trail in the Magna Carta city of Salisbury also go under the hammer.
Souvenir Guides/Auction Catalogues are being produced to cover the Lincoln and Salisbury auctions. People who buy a copy, costing £5, will be able to see images of all 50 Barons together. The guides will be available from mid-September and can be bought from Lincoln’s Visitor Information Centre, online, or at the Farewell Events in both cities.
Get Your Own Mini-Baron
People who are unable to bid for one of our giant Barons should not be disappointed, because mini Paint Your Own Barons are now available from the Lincoln Visitor Information Centre in Castle Hill.
“These Barons, which have been modelled on a Lewis Chess piece, are a great reminder of the full-sized Trail Barons. They are made of bisque, sold plain and people can enjoy decorating them to their own designs,” said Mr Corrigan.
The mini Barons cost £9.95 each, which includes a donation to The Trussell Trust.
People who have taken part in the Lincoln Charter Barons’ Trail are also being urged to let Lincoln BIG know what they think about it, by answering a small survey. It’s a great opportunity to win one of five mini Barons!
To be in with a chance of winning a mini-baron, the survey must be completed by midnight on 30th September.
Barons at Christmas
Finally, mini Barons will be out in force in Lincoln over the festive season, so shoppers and visitors are urged to look out for another “first” for the city - the Christmas Barons’ Trail!
Every shop in Lincoln City Centre will be given their own mini Baron to paint or decorate as they want – perhaps in conjunction with a local artist or school.
“These cute characters will be keeping a slightly lower profile than their bigger cousins, and will be spotted hiding in windows of shops and businesses. We are challenging people to see how many they can find,” said Mr Corrrigan.
“There is also the opportunity for anyone who wishes to donate to The Trussell Trust - the project partner and benefactors of the Lincoln Charter Barons’ Trail - to do so.”
All people have to do is Text TBCL15, followed by the amount of their donation, to 70070. (e.g. TBCL15 £5 to 70070).
The Trussell Trust’s 400-strong network of foodbanks provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK and last year alone the charity fed over a million people.
The Lincoln Barons’ Charter Trail is a Wild in Art event, brought to Lincoln by The Trussell Trust and Lincoln BIG.