1000 Years of Traditional Crafts

Top Ten Events

While there’s plenty more that are bound to tempt, whenever you visit, we reckon these are some of Lincolnshire’s must see events.

1. A spot of blacksmithing… or stonemasonry

Traditional skills from across the centuries come alive in Lincoln during July at 1,000 Years of Traditional Crafts, a hands-on event featuring more than 50 traditional crafts and skills… from blacksmithing, pole lathe and willow weaving to stonemasonry, jewellery-making and silver smithing.

2. England’s oldest traditional event?

It’s hard to explain in a sentence, but in a nutshell this is a giant tussle between two villages in north Lincolnshire for possession of The Haxey Hood, a tradition at least 700 years old that continues to this day each January. One of the oldest traditional events in England, it’s certainly quirky.

3. Horsing around

We’re home to some of the country’s top equestrian events. September’s Burghley Horse Trails features the world’s best horses and riders plus fantastic shopping while April’s Belton Horse Trails is another world-class event. The Lincolnshire Horse Trials in March also attracts national and international entrants.

4 The Largest Village Show in England!

Summer sees fetes and shows in towns and villages across Lincolnshire, but one claims to be probably England’s largest village show. A quintessentially English occasion for families, July’s Heckington Show can trace the origins of its annual festivities back 900 years and the current site has been its venue since 1867

5. Discover Lincolnshire … for free!

Who can resist a bargain? Head here in March for the annual Discover Lincolnshire Weekend and enjoy two days of family fun when many of the county’s top attractions open their doors for free or with extra special discounts.

6. Light up the seaside

As traditional as fish and chips, no trip to the seaside is complete without a summer night stroll along the promenade to see the illuminations. Catch this annual blaze of colour from July with Skegness, Mablethorpe and Cleethorpes always popular. Look out for the entertainment-packed switch-on ceremonies too.

7. World egg throwing championships

Yes, you read it right. Lincolnshire is home to The World Egg Throwing Federation and while there’s plenty of fun to be had, they take the sport – oh yes it is - seriously. Organised egg throwing is thought to date back to at least 1322 in the ancient Lincolnshire village of Swaton. Today it hosts the annual World Egg Throwing Championship in June, as part of Swaton Vintage Day.

8. Spires, steeples and art

Winding its way through 26 miles from the iconic Lincoln Cathedral to the market town of Sleaford, the Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail boasts artworks, church architecture and countryside. Created by local communities, the artworks range from a steel sundial to a 20-foot mosaic. Offering a stroll, or hike, at any time of the year, October’s Spires & Steeples Challenge is an annual charity walk or run.

9. Vintage Forties weekends

Lincolnshire was once known as 'Bomber County' because of the number of bases here. Aviation heritage is still very much alive today – and not just at our many aviation attractions. During July, turn the clock back to the 1940s at the Woodhall Spa 1940s weekend - an Edwardian spa town with Dambuster Squadron connections – and at the 1940s Weekend at Thorpe Camp.

10. Lincoln Christmas Market

It might be a cliché, but we really have got Christmas all wrapped up! Lincoln hosts one of Britain's oldest and biggest continental-style Christmas Markets in a stunning floodlit heritage setting. The medieval cobbled streets and grounds of Lincoln Castle and Cathedral are filled with festive market stalls… who could ask for anything more?