Event: 1000 Years of Traditional Crafts, Lincoln, Lincolnshire September 29 and 30 2012
The cobbled streets and historic grounds around Lincoln Castle will be reverberating to the sounds of everything from blacksmithing and cobbling to stone masonry and weaving this weekend as the city welcomes back its popular 1000 Years of traditional Crafts event.
Showcasing more than 50 heritage skills the two-day event is held in and around the medieval streets at the heart of historic Lincoln, and brings together heritage crafts across the two sites of Lincoln Castle and the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.
Experts will demonstrate skills stretching back centuries while visitors will be able to have a go at some themselves, thanks to hands-on activities.
Youngsters will have their own special marquee over the two days where they will be able to have a go at making a medieval musical instrument, traditional beeswax candle dipping and plenty more besides.
The popular event also offers the first chance to see inside the recently completed £2.1m Heritage Skills Centre – the first new building inside Lincoln Castle’s grounds for 150 years. There will also be a last chance to see Lincoln’s Victorian prison before it is transformed as part of the three-year, £20m Lincoln Castle Revealed project.
While the chapel and the female prison are already open to visitors, the Victorian male prison will be open especially for the weekend before going back behind closed doors as restoration and development starts on a new visitor attraction.
During the event Lincoln Castle, which is one of the finest Norman Castles in the country, will be open from 10am to 6pm each day, with last entry at 5.15pm. The Museum of Lincolnshire Life is open from 10am to 5pm each day, with last admission at 4.30pm.
- Advance tickets: Adult £8; Concession £7; Child (5-18 years) £5; Under 5s Free; Family (2 adults & 2 children) £20. On the day: Adult £9; Concession £8; Child (5-18 years) £6; Under 5s Free; Family (2 adults & 2 children) £21. See www.visitlincolnshire.com or phone 01522 545 458 for more information.