What a colourful issue we have for you this month – bursting with ideas for exploring the county and beyond. I try to make the most of the longer daylight hours, especially now we are past the solstice and we will soon start to see the nights drawing in.
gardening feature this month, Brightwater Gardens. If you haven’t visited before, add this garden to your ‘must see’ list. This 21st-century garden has garden ‘rooms’ and vistas which delight in whichever season you visit. Read more on page 24.
To tempt your taste buds, we have included a county Afternoon Tea Tour. This traditional British treat has grown in popularity even more since the pandemic but what a joy that we can now indulge as a group with family and friends. Turn to page 57 to pick your destination tea shop.
Performance of The Lincoln Mystery Plays was postponed from 2020 but they return with a new initiative which will see the plays enacted in Lincoln Cathedral at the end of this month but also, for the first time ever, a tour of performances in churches in Horncastle, Sleaford, Louth and Gainsborough during August. More details are on page 54.
Barbara Young met digital artist James Arden in his studio at Kirkby on Bain. James is bringing to life examples of heritage county architecture using his innovative, creative skills, taking five independent art forms and rolling them into one. Intrigued? Read more on page 50.
Regular readers will know the artwork and writing of regular contributor, Maxim Griffin. His ‘Solvitur ambulando’ column has appeared in Lincolnshire Life for several years, chronicling Maxim’s walks and his connection to the wilder Lincolnshire landscapes. Maxim’s long-awaited book Field Notes has recently been published and you can read Yusef Sayed’s review on page 56.
Finally, we will be heading to Heckington Show on the last weekend of July. The show returns to its full two-day programme and the Lincolnshire Life stand will be located in the Heritage Marquee. Read more about the attractions and evening concert which is planned on page 80. Do come along and say hello when you are walking around the show.