Exhibitions - Gallantry in the Air
1st April until 30th September - Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum, Heath Farm, North Rauceby, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 8QR - Admission is free - 10am-4pm
This month the Royal Air Force celebrates its centenary. To help mark this occasion, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum will open its next exhibition, Gallantry in the Air, honouring aircrew members who were recognised for their bravery during the Second World War. The exhibition will feature personnel who were awarded UK gallantry medals including No 617 Squadron leader Guy Gibson, Leonard Cheshire and James Harry ‘Ginger’ Lacey, one of the RAF’s most renowned fighter pilots during the 1939–45 war. To give added local interest to visitors in the county, many of the aircrew that will be featured in the exhibition were based in Lincolnshire at some point during their service careers. Many gained the highest award for their valour with some of them paying the ultimate price. Regardless of their individual circumstances, they all shared at least one thing in common: their incredible acts of ‘Gallantry in the Air’. For more information contact Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum on 01529 488490, email firstname.lastname@example.org or please visit www.cranwellaviation.co.uk.
Books - Lincoln Book Festival
22nd September until 29th September - Various locations, Lincoln - Tickets for author events are typically priced £10 per ticket (Michael Morpurgo from £12). Some activities are free to attend.
Some of the UK’s best-known writers and broadcasters will feature in the week-long Lincoln Book Festival, to be held at venues across the city’s cultural quarter. This year’s festival theme is revolution, commemorating the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act.
Guests include War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, acclaimed historian Tracy Borman, science writer Marcus Chown, historians Professor Maggie Andrews and Dr Janis Lomas, and music journalist Jon Robb, whose will be lifting the lid on punk. There will also be a new range of family-friendly fringe events and a return of the ‘flash fiction’ short story competition. Festival chairman, Phil Hamlyn Williams, said: “This year’s theme of revolution gives us a lens to explore the centenary of some British women winning the right to vote and other key developments in women’s rights. We also look at an array of fascinating topics and a variety of books, from children’s writing to biography, music journalism and popular science. As ever, we’re grateful to our sponsors and supporters for making the festival possible, including Arts Council England.” Tickets for all events are available via the Lincoln Drill Hall Box Office on Freeschool Lane, online at www.lincolndrillhall.com or by telephone 01522 873894. Some activities are free. Visit www.lincolnbookfestival.org or see Lincoln Book Festival’s social media channels – Facebook: LincolnBookFestivalUK or Twitter: @LincBookFest
Wellness - Meditation: Happiness is a Way of Life
25th September - Spalding PE11 1SS - 7pm - 01775 764777, www.southhollandcentre.co.uk
Discover the power of meditation with Buddhist nun Rak-ma from the Drolma Centre. This is a four-week course aimed at helping you build inner peace of mind through mindfulness techniques.
Wellness - Full Bloom Autumn 2018
25th September - Lincoln LN2 1EY - 10am - 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com
Kayla Dougan-Bowtell leads this highly popular Tuesday morning dance and movement class for over 50s in the Cosker Room. Tickets: £6 per week or £66 per term (12 sessions).
Wellness - Painting and Drawing with David Rushton
26th September - Stamford PE9 2DL - 10am - 01780 763203, www.stamfordartscentre.com
Students of all abilities are welcome for these relaxed and friendly art sessions. Experienced art teacher David shows you how to develop ideas for themes, such as landscapes, still life and figures.
Comedy - The Comedy Tea House
28th September - Boston PE21 6HP - 8pm - 01205 363108, www.blackfriarsartscentre.co.uk
Selling out now on a regular basis, The Comedy Tea House is back at Blackfriars Arts Centre. With four hilarious comedians and both bars open, it has the makings for another fantastic night out.
Comedy - Funhouse Comedy Club
28th September - Spalding PE11 1SS - 8.30pm - 01775 764777, www.southhollandcentre.co.uk
This month’s stand-ups are award-winning Scottish comedian Larry Dean, Mandy Muden, a unique talent and the only woman ever to combine stand-up and magic on the UK comedy circuit, and firebrand Alfie Brown.
Talks - Literature Talk: Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent
28th September - Lincoln LN2 1EY, 12noon - 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com
Join Dr Mackay as she discusses The Secret Agent, which tells the story of a spy, then stay to watch the film adaptation, starring Bob Hoskins at 2pm.
Wellness - South Lincolnshire Walking Festival
29th September until 28th October - Facebook: southlincswalkingfestival Twitter: @SthLincWalkFest - 01529 461499
Now in its fourth year, the South Lincolnshire Walking Festival offers 61 walks throughout North and South Kesteven, Boston and South Holland. All the walks take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and offer the chance for you to enjoy health-giving exercise while taking in the often breathtaking landscapes of Lincolnshire. Walks vary from 0.5 miles to 26 miles and everything inbetween. They are led by well-known organisations such as the Ramblers, Lincolnshire County Council and Heritage Lincolnshire. This year, the aim is to encourage more people to join in, as part of Lincolnshire County Council’s three-year Access Lincoln project. To find out more, pick up a copy of the festival brochure from your local library or TIC, or download from the festival website. Walks are also listed on Facebook. Harlaxton Manor hosts the grand opening of the festival on Saturday 29th September. This family friendly event offers a rare opportunity to visit the stunning manor house, its gardens and grounds. The festival is organised by Heritage Lincolnshire with support from Lincolnshire County Council, Access Lincoln, North Kesteven District Council, South Kesteven District Council, Boston Borough Council and South Holland District Council.
Talks - First World War Seminar
29th September - Lincoln LN2 1LP - 12.30pm–5pm - www.lincolnbranchwfa.com
The Lincoln branch Western Front Association hosts a seminar at The Collection with speakers Peter Barton, Rob Thompson and Richard Pullen, giving presentations related to 1918. Tickets £20 per person.