Discover days out, entertainment and top attractions

Jazz takes centre stage in Lincoln’s spectacular cathedral on 14th, 15th and 16th July when this historic landmark plays host to a weekend festival featuring leading UK musicians with international credentials.

As the only jazz festival to be staged in a major UK cathedral, this event celebrates a range of jazz styles offering the very best of entertaining, accessible and creative music.

The weekend opens with award-winning vocalist Clare Teal and includes the cream of UK jazz artistes, including Martin Taylor, Tim Garland, Jason Rebello, Paul Booth, Alex Wilson, Djanco, Bryan Corbett and the Festival’s artistic director, trombonist Dennis Rollins.

Sunday morning’s Jazz Eucharist service features a jazz quartet and The Cathedral Choir under musical director Aric Prentice.

All the events take place in and around the cathedral, making use of the visitor centre facilities.

This will be a jam-packed weekend full of top-class jazz acts, which also includes some free events.

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This year’s Revesby Country Fair on Sunday 6th August promises a great day out for the whole family.

The popular event will be hosting more than 200 local trade stands, and a range of entertainment and attractions for all ages to enjoy.

This year’s line-up includes a fantastic performance from Bolddog FMX Display Team, as well as plenty of activities and competitions for dogs and horses to take part in.

To beat the queues on the day, buy your tickets online at Ticket prices £15 (adults), £5 (children), £35 (family of two adults and three children – with under 5s going free).

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As part of the Byrd 400 celebrations taking place this summer, visitors to Lincoln Cathedral will see and hear the St Teilo Organ, a new addition in St Hugh’s Choir.

The Byrd 400 Festival takes place at Lincoln Cathedral between 30th June and 4th July marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Byrd, one of England’s most prolific and respected composers of the late Renaissance.

His influence on choral music is comparable to that of his contemporary Shakespeare’s influence on literature, and to this day Byrd’s sacred music is among that most commonly performed by parish and cathedral choirs.

The St Teilo Organ is a modern reproduction of a Tudor organ of the type that would have been familiar to William Byrd during his time as Master of the Choristers at Lincoln Cathedral. It is on display in the cathedral until September 2023.

The beautiful organ was built in 2001 by organ builders Goetze and Gwynn using traditional materials and techniques and is based on an original Tudor soundboard found at Wetheringsett in Suffolk in 1977.

The oak case is covered in stunning decoration, including murals depicting the Annunciation and Adoration of the Shepherds on the doors. The organ is entirely mechanical, with power provided by a set of manually operated bellows.

Hosting honour
The Revd Canon Nick Brown, Precentor at Lincoln Cathedral, said the organisation was honoured to be hosting the organ: “The stunning St Teilo organ looks very much at home in St Hugh’s choir, in the heart of Lincoln Cathedral. This style of organ would have been familiar to William Byrd during his time at Lincoln Cathedral, when he wrote much of his music, and so it seems apt to have it in residence while we celebrate his life and music.”

He added that the sound is somewhat different to what listeners are used to from the grand Father Willis organ in the Cathedral today.

“Not only is the St Teilo instrument much smaller, it is also tuned about a semi-tone higher than the Willis, so the overall effect will sound slightly unusual to our ears, but we very much hope that everyone will enjoy this opportunity to hear Byrd’s music performed in the most authentic way possible, in the space where he worked day-to-day and for which so much of his music was written.”

The festival will welcome world-renowned performers and academics to Lincoln, to celebrate the life and works of Byrd, and will include music in the liturgy, events and concerts and a lecture series.

The St Teilo organ was built as part of the Arts and Heritage Research Council/Economic and Social Research Council-funded “Experience of Worship” project (Bangor University, led by John Harper).

Lincoln Cathedral would like to thank Professor Harper for permitting the loan of the instrument, Prof.

Andrew Kirkman (University of Birmingham) for facilitating the loan, and Prof. Magnus Williamson for securing support from Newcastle University’s QR Policy Support Fund.

The St Teilo organ will be on display in the cathedral during normal opening hours and will also be used during services, concerts and lectures as part of the Byrd 400 Festival.

For more information and details of the full programme of events for the festival, visit

Stewton Stars Hideaway offers a tranquil retreat, perfect for unwinding in an idyllic rural setting. Nestled in the rolling Lincolnshire Wolds (AONB) and close to the beautiful sandy beaches of the East Coast, here you’ll find luxury glamping accommodation immersed in unspoilt nature.

Hobbit Houses are tucked beneath branches and dark starry skies. The Little Bear and Lyra sleep two and are perfect for a magical romantic escape. The largest cabin, aptly named Orion, sleeps four with two bedrooms suiting friends or families alike. All three retreats offer a unique and cosy stay surrounded by woodland and sunlit views.

Cosiness greets you as you step into your Hobbit House with rustic touches, heated furry blankets and soft lighting inviting you to relax.

Super comfy double beds include the most sumptuous bedding to ensure the best nights sleep. Speciality teas and coffees, cookies and slippers are provided as standard. A mini fridge and gas-fired BBQ can be found on the private decked space; a wondrous spot to relax after a day out exploring. Games and colouring kits help while away the day, soaking up the beautiful surroundings and bird song. A short walk along an enchanting woodland path leads you to two super modern bathrooms, both equipped with fluffy towels, luxury toiletries and power showers to refresh you for the day ahead.

The great outdoors
Decking raised among the trees designed to catch the setting sun makes this the perfect place to enjoy al fresco dining. Long views across the countryside contrast with the intricate canopy of trees above.

By night this is the place to enjoy the exceptionally starry dark skies. Sink into the lavish egg chairs and toast marshmallows by the fire with loved ones. You may even be blessed with a shooting star or two.

Countryside trails invite you to hike or potter from your door while taking in your furry and feathered neighbours going about their day hunting for nuts, nibbling along the hedgerows and pecking or singing in the trees.

Stewton Stars Hideaway is perfect for couples and families looking for a tranquil and magical bolthole from which to explore.

The Lincolnshire coast seaside eateries and beaches are a must, while Gibraltar Head Nature reserve is just one of many spots for nature lovers with the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway providing scenic views of the AONB. For an unforgettable experience, book a shark dive at Skegness Aquarium.

Fascinating history and culture are all around, including Lincoln Cathedral and Castle or Belton House.

The nearby town of Louth has an abundance of cafés, pubs and highly regarded restaurants. Adrenaline junkies are well catered for with Cadwell Park Circuit for racers. For those who prefer a more relaxing pace, picturesque cycle routes lead you through historic Britain’s pretty lanes, limestone cliffs then out on to the coastline for magnificent views.

Your helpful hosts also provide a pack of inspiring local information and ideas for days out, and are on hand should you have any other questions.

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The popular Burghley Game & Country Fair returns to Burghley this Bank Holiday Sunday & Monday at Burghley House.

A Country Show full of country sports and pursuits with a couple of main arenas offering all day entertainment, visitors can watch falconry, gundogs, horse boarders, stunt display teams and even a Grand National. Around the showground there is plenty of opportunity to join in, with all the various ‘Have a Go’ events.

There will be clay shooting, airguns, archery and paintball in the Shooting Village. There’s also fishing, falconry and the World of Dogs competitions and displays. Catch the lurcher and whippet racing, gundog scurries, training and even a Fun Dog Show for the family pet – so don’t leave them at home.

And you are not done yet, there is plenty more to see – The Craft Fair, Food Halls, and Chefs Demonstrations where you can join Be & Andrea in the Country Kitchen with Glorious Game and Easy Entertaining themes.

Still going? Then perhaps it’s time to relax in one of the Food Courts, to appreciate the excellent street food and drink on offer, whilst relaxing to background music of jazz and folk.

Children’s entertainment and amusements make it a great family day out at the Burghley Game & Country Fair. It’s all happening in the stunning grounds of Burghley House in Stamford. Pop PE9 3JY into your sat nav or just follow the AA signs into the car parks.

Open Sunday & Monday 28th-29th May, 10am-6pm. Advance tickets now available. Full details can be found at:

Lincolnshire Life extends a warm welcome to our marquee located opposite the Schools’ Challenge and alongside the Discovery Zone. Walk along 10th Avenue and we are right at the heart of the show on Avenue 10 Stand 46.

We are proud to be working with Downtown Grantham in our marquee this year. With a theme of creating the perfect garden, Downtown will be promoting their Spring/Summer 2023 brochure with furniture displays and a variety of the wide range of plants available from Downtown Garden Centre, Grantham.

Win a luxurious Sienna 6-Seater Set worth £599, courtesy of Downtown Grantham
The Sienna 6-Seater Set offers an inspired combination of Textilene with cool, contemporary metallic materials such as aluminium to provide modern outdoor designs with uncompromising quality, durability, comfort and easy-care benefits. This set comes with six reclining chairs with headrests, a rectangular dining table and a 2.7m parasol featuring a crank and tilt mechanism. The multi-position armrest chairs allow complete comfort, however you decide to sit.

Also enter the Downtown competition to win a Char-Broil Gas2Coal Barbecue.

Full competition details and terms will be available on the Lincolnshire Life stand.

We also have these fantastic competitions for you to enter:
WIN courtesy of the Queens Head, Kirkby-la-Thorpe – 3 Course Dinner for Two.
WIN courtesy of The Grange Spa – Ultimate Grange Indulgence, full day spa experience at The Grange Spa, Pointon.
WIN courtesy of The Dower House, Woodhall Spa – £50 voucher.
WIN courtesy of Doddington Hall, Doddington – 2 x Adult Annual passes.
WIN courtesy of Washingborough Hall Hotel, Washingborough – Afternoon Tea for Two.
WIN courtesy of Lincolnshire Life – a Bottle of Champagne.

As well as all that, we’ll be bringing our Lincolnshire Flag merchandise and guests will also get a complimentary copy of the magazine to take home. So don’t forget to pop by and see us on 10th Avenue.

We look forward to meeting you there.

Full competition details can be found on our website:

Lincolnshire’s biggest annual event, the Lincolnshire Show, will be making its grand return this month. Hosted and organised by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society (LAS), The Big Show will take place at the Lincolnshire Showground and is set to welcome more than 60,000 visitors across two days with a brand-new timetable of events.

Now in its 138th year, The Lincolnshire Show will take place on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd June 2023, with tickets now on sale.

This year’s event will see the addition of new zones and breath-taking entertainment in the Main Ring as well as a range of favourite exhibitors and spectacular live demonstrations.

The Big Show 2023 is set to welcome more than 60,000 visitors, who can expect an action-packed two days, including competitions, delicious local produce in the Food Court, beautiful blooms, local art, and handmade crafts in the Lincolnshire Lifestyle Marquee.

Andrew Buckley, chairman at Lincolnshire Agricultural Society said: “We can’t wait to welcome visitors back to the Lincolnshire Show this year. We really want to encourage families, young people and individuals to come in and join in the fun. We offer an amazing array of exhibitors, live demonstrations and interactive displays that are loved by all.”

With excitement already mounting, this year also welcomes the new LAS president, HM Lord-Lieutenant, Toby Dennis.

Andrew continued: “A big welcome also to the new LAS president, HM Lord-Lieutenant, Toby Dennis. It’s great to have him on board for what is set to be another fantastic show. We are a great charity which aims to educate young people, families and individuals about food, farming and the countryside. All profits are used to fund educational work, supporting local children from around Lincolnshire.”

A popular favourite, the Schools’ Challenge will also return to the Exo Centre this year, where local schools showcase their selected Schools’ Challenge entry. With 10 challenges to choose from, the event aims to inspire young people to gain a better understanding of Lincolnshire’s rich agricultural history, its horticulture and land-based activities.

The Lincolnshire Kitchen will be open again, where visitors will be able to take a seat and watch top chefs cook with local produce and create tasty treats.

Meanwhile, other highlights from the event will include immersive livestock and equine classes taking place across both days, and the chance to visit the Agricultural Line to see machinery from past to present.

Andrew continued: “This year, we’ve worked hard to make it a show to remember, with some long-standing classics such as the Aviation Zone, but also a few new surprises too.”

To buy tickets to this year’s Lincolnshire Show, visit

Catherine Harris, partner and head of agriculture at Wilkin Chapman says: “We’re pleased to be exhibiting at the Lincolnshire Show, a celebration of all that’s great about Lincolnshire!

“Rooted in the heart of Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire, our firm has over 400 partners and staff who provide a unique balance of trusted legal and insolvency advice to both private and commercial clients.

“Our agriculture, energy and renewable and tourism sector solicitors understand the complex issues that are intrinsic to this industry. We have supported farmers, landowners, and their families over many decades, building strong relationships that last for generations.

“We’re also proud to be a longstanding member of the NFU Legal Panel in Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire.

“Please join us at stand 5-9, 5th Avenue for a glass of Pimm’s, a bite to eat, and to meet our team of experts from every service area.

“There’s also a chance for you to win a fabulous prize!”

For further information, contact Catherine. Tel: 01522 515929, email or visit

Grimsthorpe Castle estate will once again be filled with the distinctive roar of pre-war motorbike and car engines as the event remembers the speed trials’ founder, Richard Powell, who passed away in 2022.

Save the date in your diary – Saturday 1st July – and be sure to book your tickets for what promises to be a memorable day.

Richard’s knowledge and enthusiasm for vintage and classic motor vehicles was infectious and organisers Mel Hart and Colin Faulkner remain devoted to upholding the spirit and authentic pre-war speed trialling atmosphere which makes the event so unique.

The Syston Park Speed Trials was first held in 2015 and relocated to Grimsthorpe in 2018. From the marshals in their brown duster coats to the vintage commentary caravan – and of course the more than 100 classic cars and motorbikes that will compete – the day honours the rich heritage of Grimsthorpe, which hosted the first time trials for the Lincolnshire Automobile Club in 1903. Grimsthorpe Castle is a magnificent backdrop for the event and its main approach, which will form the track for the day, is slightly elevated and offers an unrivalled view of the action. The castle is less than five miles from Bourne, a town with its own rich automobile history as the home of racing driver Raymond Mays and his Bourne based ERA and BRM companies.

“We are already fully subscribed with 60 cars and 40 motorcycles entered for the track trials. We also have a reserves list,” said Mel. “It is wonderful that we will be welcoming back so many familiar faces from previous years who relish the pre-war atmosphere of the day as much as we do. There is the opportunity, however, to register online to bring your vintage vehicle (pre-1939) to be statically displayed in the glorious Vanburgh Courtyard. You can also bring your classic vehicle on the day and secure a place in the Forward Car Parking for classic cars which always attracts many admirers and enthusiasts from amongst the spectators.”

Among the highlights of vehicles that will be running on the track this year will be the ERA owned by Roland Duce, a 1925 and a 1931 Bugatti as well as a 1936 Aston Martin. Six Edwardian cars will also compete including a 1922 Wolseley and a 1920 Ford Fontenelle.

Notable motorcycles include a 1936 Velocette, a 1909 Lincoln Elk, a 1928 Scott Flying Squirrel and a 1925 BSA.

“It was the vintage attention to detail which was so important to Richard,” Mel continued. “In his honour we will be presenting the Richard Powell Cup for the most authentic driver or rider of the day judged on appearance, so visitors and triallers are invited to join in the fun by coming along attired in their own period dress.”

Sebastian Miller and the Grimsthorpe Estate give their support to the event which reflects the castle’s history as host to Lincolnshire Automobile Club, when in 1903 Sir Hickman Bacon, the founder of the club, and his fellow pioneering Edwardian car and motorbike enthusiasts met for the first time to test their vehicles. These ‘Reliability Trials’ continued until 1911 and gave owners the chance to compete against the clock as well as fellow club members.

The Capability Brown designed parkland offers plenty of space for visitors to enjoy picnics but there will also be locally based food companies offering Lincolnshire produce of their own. The Red Lion at Caythorpe is running a BBQ, Tikka Tonic will be offering some amazing street food, sip a freshly brewed tea or coffee from Boxed Drinks, while Mac & Cheese will be the speciality from FoodBox. For dessert, cool off with treats from Lulabelles Ice Creams, a business set up with encouragement from Richard.

Browse books and posters, vintage automobilia or simply indulge in some tea and cake – or enjoy a pint from the bar.

The organisers are very appreciative of the support they receive from Lincoln based wealth management advisors Brewin Dolphin and classic vehicle auctioneers H&H Classics, who are the main sponsors for 2023. If you would like to be involved, Mel and Colin would welcome volunteers who could help with marshalling on track or giving assistance setting up or in the car parks. Just get in contact via the website to see how you could be involved with this very special event.

As well as all the attractions, there will be a raffle in aid of Cancer Research organised by Richard’s daughter Helena and her friend Beth Farr. There are some exceptional prizes to be won including tickets to the Goodwood Revival and wine tasting at Waddesdon Manor.

Helena and Beth are also in training for a cross-Channel swim in August, retracing Richard’s own solo channel swim in his youth. The girls are hoping to raise £12,000 on their Just Giving page for the charity which you can find under: Beth and Helena Swim the Channel, if you wish to make a donation.

As well as the spectacle of these magnificent racing machines against the backdrop of one of the county’s finest stately homes, there is also the opportunity to look around Grimsthorpe Castle and its beautiful gardens and parkland. This year’s Grimsthorpe Speed Trials promises to be a fitting tribute to Richard Powell and his love of classic British Motoring.

Ticket Information
Tickets are available on the website:, £20 per person, and £25 per person on the gate. Please note that no dogs are allowed at the event.

Venue: Grimsthorpe Castle
Date: Saturday 1st July
Gates: 8am
Races commence: 10am
Dress code: Vintage attire appreciated (though not obligatory)
Facebook: @vintagespeedtrials
Twitter: @vintagespeedtrials

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Calling all UK young artists!Doddington Young Sculptor Exhibition Doddington Hall and Gardens, Lincolnshire invites submissions from UK-based sculptors and 3D artists, aged under 30, for an exciting new open exhibition to be held this summer. Doddington is looking for pieces to be exhibited in the historic working Kitchen Garden, which complement the Garden and its surroundings. The Doddington Young Sculptor Exhibition will run alongside the main bi-annual Sculpture at Doddington exhibition and is an opportunity to exhibit alongside some of the finest contemporary sculptors selected from across the country and further afield. Prizes: 1st prize – £750, 2nd prize – £250Submission deadline: Sunday April 21st 2024Further details about eligibility, terms and conditions can be found at: apply, please email your submission as a PDF document to ... See MoreSee Less