Events: Inspirational May half term family fun across Lincolnshire – ideas for all ages

Events: Inspirational May half term family fun across Lincolnshire – ideas for all ages

Things to do in Lincolshire…

Little ones get the best deal for the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend because not only do they have the Monday off, they have the entire week off too.

Hopefully the sun will be shining and everyone can enjoy seasonal outdoor fun.

We’ve rounded up lots of ideas, with events and activities to suit the youngest all the way up to families with older kids.

See what takes your fancy…

Bug Week

Creepy crawlies will be taking over the family-run Pink Pig Farm during half term where there will even be a chance to trying eating bugs… if you dare.

The bugs are taking over

During Bug Week visitors will be able to handle real life bugs, critters and mini beasts, meet the friendly ‘Crystal the Cockroach’, take part in maggot racing, bug eating and go on a scavenger hunt around the farm with a prize at the end.

In addition to the special activities for this event, all public areas of the farm will be open as usual. This includes Piggy Tail Lane, farm park, play barn and the animal trail.

Vicky Walker, play barn manager at The Pink Pig Farm, says: ‘We’ve got lots planned for our upcoming Bug Week, which we think little ones are going to love.

“This time around we will have a scavenger hunt around the farm, and of course, the wonderful Lion Learners will be joining us! This was really popular last year, so we’re hoping for an even bigger turnout this year”.

There will be a chance to meet mini beasts as well

Lion Learners are a group from North Lincolnshire who go around the county with mini beasts – snakes, lizards, bugs and more – visiting events and schools to educate children.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets from £2. Book here. Pink Pig Farm, Holme Hall, Holme, Scunthorpe.

Show Comes to Town

The Lincolnshire Show is heading to Lincoln to give everyone a sneak peek at what this year’s event has in store.

Tractors, local produce, and farm animals will be in City Square to give everyone the chance to experience some of the attractions at the show this year. There will also be the chance to get involved in interactive activities.

Head down to Lincoln to enjoy Show Comes to Town on Saturday, May 25 (10am to 3pm).

Lincoln Castle Knight School

The Victorian Prison exercise yard at Lincoln Castle will transform into a Knight School for half term (May 25 to June 2).

Youngsters can discover the skills needed to become a medieval Knight – take part in sword drill, wear a medieval helmet and carry a shield.

Visitors can also discover the skills of the medieval warrior in a have-a-go siege artillery area in the castle grounds. Try your hand at small versions of ballistas (sometimes called bolt thrower, it was an ancient missile weapon that launched a large projectile at a distant target), catapults and trebuchets – a powerful type of catapult – as you put your medieval siege skills to the test.

You can also take part in the Conqueror’s Castle Quest and explore the grounds to seek out the clues and find out how a medieval castle was built. 

Knight School is included in Castle Day Ticket or is free for annual pass holders. Prices: adult £14, concs £11.50, child £7.50, family £35.50, under 5s free. Medieval Siege Artillery in the castle grounds: £2 per person, £1 annual pass holder. The Conqueror’s Castle Quest: £1 per person, 50p annual pass holder. Join in 10am-5pm.

Roman Posterngate Tours

The Collection is hosting tours of Posterngate
The Collection is hosting tours of Posterngate

Guided tours allowing you to take advantage of a rare opportunity to explore part of Lincoln’s Roman south wall, which is now hidden under a city centre bank, will be offered on Saturday, June 1.

The tours will be given from experts at The Collection, and you can discover a Roman Wall which is now below an old bank building off Lincoln’s High Street.

Pay for entry on arrival: adults £3, children £2 (16-18) under 5s free. Starting at 10am (until 3.30pm, last tour starts at 3:10pm). Each tour lasts 30 minutes, is limited to 20 people and includes a historical talk and photography opportunities.

Live music

An evening that celebrates songs from the greatest musicals of all time with classics from Les Miserables, Phantom Of The Opera, Wicked and Jesus Christ Superstar is coming to Lincoln.

The concert will bring together high tenor and lead singer of G4 Jonathan Ansell and Jai McDowall who won Britain’s Got Talent in 2011, and will visit New Theatre Royal Lincoln on Tuesday, May 28 (7.30pm).

Les Musicals Live in Concert will also include showstoppers from Chess and We Will Rock You.

Find out more… Britain’s Got Talent winner heading to Lincoln to perform concert of musical classics

For 2019, the tour will bring together Jonathan Ansell and Jai McDowall

Cycling Festival

A led-ride and treasure hunt in Skellingthorpe Old Wood will be part of a new cycling festival taking place during half term.

There will also be a range of cycling activities for all the family to try, including a pump bike track (a circuit of rollers, banked turns and features designed to be ridden by riders creating momentum with up and down body movements instead of pedaling and was originally designed for the mountain bike and BMX scene), a virtual velodrome racing simulator, have-a-go KMX karts, and children’s mountain bike taster sessions.

Organised by Access Lincoln, North Kesteven District Council and Giant, Cycle Fest is a free event taking place in the grounds of Doddington Hall on Saturday, June 1.

In addition, Giant will have demonstration bikes and will be providing free bike safety checks.

Get on your bike this half term
(Image: Instinctive Photography)


Alison Mackfall, Access Lincoln project co-ordinator, added: “There will also be food marquees where you can grab a bite to eat and lots of other entertainment for the family.”  

New FREE summer cycling festival for families will take place during half term

National Trust fun

Belton House

  • May Half Term Trail: May 25 to June 2 (9.30am-5pm, daily). Inspired by Belton’s Creative Women the May trails are all about art, botany and sculpture. Follow the trails through the gardens to see Belton in a new way and express your artistic side. £2 per child. The trails are suitable for all the family. Dogs not allowed. Pick up the trail from the Estate Yard near the Discovery Centre.
  • Garden Detectives: Wednesday, May 29 (11am-noon). Discover the untold stories of Belton’s gardens with an interactive tour. It’s been specially designed for families with children aged 5 years and over in mind. Pre-booking is essential. Tickets £3. To book call 0344 249 1895. Dogs not allowed.

Normal admission fees also apply for both events: Grounds only: adult £12.50, child £8.60, family £33.60, single adult family £21.10.

Tattershall Castle

  • From Dangerous to Delicious – archery, hunting and medieval food: May 25-28 (11am-6pm). Spend the day learning how archery helped put food on the medieval table. Meet the Wolfshead Bowmen, hear about hunting techniques and test your skills with a longbow. Includes have-a-go archery, talks on weaponry and hunting as well as an archery display each day. Dogs on leads are welcome. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply: adult £7.50, child £3.72, family £18.72.

Woolsthorpe Manor

  • Weird Planets Trail: May 25 to June 2 (11am-5pm, daily). Follow a trail around the site to find out why each planet is unique. Finish off your research with a visit to the Lego Soyuz Capsule model. Dogs not allowed. Free activity but normal admission applies.
  • Planets and Discovery Workshops: May 28-30 (11am-3pm, daily). Half term space science workshops. Experience the colossal scale of the solar system, get to know our wonderful planets and make parachutes to bring spacecraft to a safe landing. £2 per child. Spaces are limited, email or call 01476 862823 to reserve your place.

Normal admission applies for both events (includes entry to manor by timed tours): adult £8.80, children £4.40, family £22, one adult and up to three children £13.20.

Swim outdoors

Jubilee Park is inviting everyone to a special event 

Jubilee Park is inviting everyone to a special event on Wednesday, May 29 to celebrate the launch of The Lido Guide.

Created and written by outdoor swimming enthusiasts, Janet Wilkinson and Emma Pusill, the book celebrates the nation’s love of taking a dip outside.

Its release date is June 13, but all those attending the event will have the opportunity to buy an advanced signed copy.

The event (2pm-4pm) will give people the chance to meet and chat to Janet Wilkinson, one of the authors, before taking a dip in Jubilee Park’s heated pool.

Tickets for the event are £8 for adults and £7 for children. Buy tickets here.

Steampunk Weekend

Meet steampunk Pete

A Steampunk Tyrannosaurus Rex will meet families at a special event to be held this Spring Bank Holiday Weekend.

Live entertainment has also be planned as well as a Steampunk-themed clothing and craft market.

The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway will be holding the special three-day event from Saturday to Bank Holiday Monday, May 25 to 27.

Steam trains will be running throughout each day and there will be lots of attractions in the events field at Ludborough Station.

Find out more… Meet Pete the Steampunk Tyrannosaurus Rex at themed weekend during Spring Bank Holiday in May

Outdoor activities

Lincoln’s Green Spaces are hosting activities and events during half term:

  • Junk Instruments at the Arboretum on Tuesday, May 28 (10am-11.30am): Join in the fun of making your own musical instrument out of junk or recycled items. £3.50 per child and booking is essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This activity is aimed at children aged 4 to 13.
  • Dream Catchers at Boultham Park on Thursday, May 30 (10am-11.30am): Join Rangers to try your hand at making your own dream catcher. Let this little piece of Native American folklore trap all your bad dreams and let the good ones through. £3.50 per child and booking is essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This activity is aimed at children aged 4 to 13.
  • Mosaic Making at Hartsholme on Tuesday, May 28 (1pm-2.30pm): Join Park Rangers to take part in making your own mosaic tile to take home. £3.50 per child and booking is essential. This activity is aimed at children aged between 4 and 13.
  • Kite Making at Hartsholme on Thursday, May 30 (1pm-2.30pm): Join Rangers and try your hand at making a kite and see if it flies. £3.50 per child and booking is essential. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This activity is aimed at children aged 4 to 13.

To book call 01522 873735. Find out more here.

Sooty and television friend Richard Cadell
(Image: Steve Ullathorne)


After celebrating his 70th birthday in 2018, there is no slowing down for Sooty.

Audiences in Lincoln can look forward to a visit from everyone’s favourite yellow magic bear during half term as part of a new live spring tour, where he’ll be joined by Sweep, Soo and television friend Richard Cadell.

Find out more… Sooty’s Magic Show will visit several county venues on tour – joined by Sweep, Soo and Richard Cadell


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