2018 events mean lots of fun in the year ahead

Does the year 2018 still sound futuristic to anyone else?  Some of us are still expecting the Y2K bug to wreak havoc anytime soon…

Fortunately 2018 – the Year of Engineering, the RAF’s Centenary, the 100th anniversary of female suffrage, the 60th anniversary of the LEGO brick – has a lot more positive things in store in Lincolnshire and beyond.

If you’re organising an event you’d like added to this list then let me know at hello@theminimalpi.co.uk and if you’re particularly looking forward to attending an event yourself this year then tell us all about it in the comments below!

January 30th: International Bomber Command Centre
Serving as a point of recognition, remembrance and reconciliation for Bomber Command, the IBCC opens at the end of January.

February 12th – 17th: Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood
Trusthorpe Village Hall Theatre Group pantomime

February 24th: Lincoln Mums Expo
Advice, support information, special offers and play/activities for mums to be, babies, right through to toddlers and big kids too.

March 18th: City of Lincoln 10K
Stretch your legs whilst running around Lincoln’s historic landmarks including the Cathedral and the city’s Roman walls.

March 24th and 25th: Discover Lincolnshire Weekend
A weekend of free entry to many of Lincoln city’s and countryside’s attractions.

March 27: Komposit The Performance
Five young composers from the East Midlands present their new pieces of music.

April 8th: Countryside Lincs
The Lincolnshire Showground’s interactive family day out featuring all the fun farming, food and the countryside have to offer.

May 4th-11th: Lincoln Fashion Week
Eight days of fashion events in venues across Lincoln city centre.

June 20th-21st: Lincolnshire Show
A celebration of rural Lincolnshire, with an eclectic mix of entertainment, food, shopping, music, horticulture and farm life.

July 14th-15th: Newark Book Festival
Two days dedicated to celebrating authors and their work that aim to “fire your imaginations, challenge and inspire you present the very best in literature and the arts”.

August 24th-27th: Asylum Steampunk Festival
The largest and longest running steampunk festival attracting participants from around the globe.

August 31st-September 2nd: So Festival
A coastal festival of outdoor theatre.

September 26th-30th: Gravity Fields
The theme for this year’s science-based festival held in Grantham is “voyages of discovery”.

October 1st-31st: Wolds Words
An autumnal cultural festival featuring an array of craft, heritage, literature and performances.

October 13th: Lincoln Sausage Festival
Cooking demonstrations, food stalls, children’s entertainment and live music.

November 24th: Inflatable 5k Santa Run
Flip, bounce and boing your way around the inflatable assault course in full Santa kit at the Lincolnshire Showground.

December 1st-2nd: Lincolnshire Food and Gift
The fair brings together more than 150 varied stands with the very best Christmas offerings, entertainment from live choir groups, cookery demonstrations and a children’s Santa’s Workshop.

December 6th-9th: Lincoln Christmas Market
Cultural entertainment and more than 200 stalls nestled within the medieval square and surrounding area.

 

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Festive fun in the fairytale forest

Robin-Hood-BannerIn the midst of Lincoln’s seasonal theatrical offerings, the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has carved out its niche by offering a winter show rather than a traditional pantomime.

Robin Hood and Maid Marian – Winter in Sherwood is 2017’s production by The Lincoln Company made up of Lincoln School of Performing Arts students.  It’s a perfect pick for the year of the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest and we were delighted to be guests of the arts centre for its opening night on Tuesday.

Littered with eclectic cultural references, it earns its age 6+ recommendation with its use of heightened language but there was still plenty for my younger minis to enjoy too.

Strong heroes, tomfoolery and hijinks with a pair of gormless guards and the dubious allegiances of some wandering minstrels, rousing songs to clap along to, a repetitive strain to join in with that saw my three year old drawing back her bow, a few flash bangs, a pretty smattering of snow, a boo-able baddie and alternative staging with the audience sitting on three sides of the action proved very engaging to all who had come to watch.

Luke says his favourite bit was when Robin Hood was locked up in the castle with the sheriff’s two hapless knights, a comic scene that included all his three favourite characters and an impressive show of archery skill, and Willow was absolutely mesmerised by meeting the characters after the show who were very lovely with a couple of star struck mini theatre goers.

Winter in Sherwood is showing at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre until Sunday, December 24th and includes a relaxed performance on Friday, December 22nd.  Click here for further information. 

Children’s arts opportunities put in the spotlight

From the regular visiting children’s theatre productions to the toys in its cafe area along with in house provisions such as the Diddy Disco, accessible changing facilities and a lovely warm welcome, the Lincoln Drill Hall has long been a favourite destination for young audience members.

And now the Free School Lane arts centre is making it even easier for those wanting to find out what’s on offer to enjoy alongside their children by launching a new family brochure.  Sales and communications manager Gavin Street explains why…

“Lincoln Drill Hall is a great place to introduce children to the arts.  The venue hosts a year-round programme of live shows, theatre groups, workshops and creative sessions specifically aimed at younger audiences – from tiny tots to teenagers – plus events the whole family can enjoy together.  And with the launch of a new seasonal family brochure, you can find it all in one place!

“So what’s coming up in the Spring?  Running through the season are the Happy Monday Club weekly creative play sessions for pre-schoolers, which includes sessions based on storytelling and drama, dance and movement, art and making and rhythm and music.  These sessions take place in the venue’s cafe bar on Monday mornings, 10.30am-11.30am.  On Wednesdays, the Drill Hall also hosts Hartbeeps, weekly musical adventure classes for newborns, babies and toddlers.

“Or for older children, why not Fishtank, the city’s alternative youth theatre, where the kids create their own original theatre pieces and then perform them in front of a real audience.  Drama skills, self-confidence, team-building and fun are guaranteed in these sessions for Tiddlers (ages 3-6), Juniors (ages 7-11) and Intermediates (ages 11-16).  Sessions run on Saturday mornings throughout the year.

“And rounding off the first half of the Spring, February half term is packed with events.  These include the first outing of the season of Diddy Disco (Tuesday 13 February), the venue’s hip dance club for under 7s and the interactive theatre adventure The Dead Sea (Wednesday 14 February), which follows a young marine biologist on an ecological rescue mission to the bottom of the ocean.  There’s also Rhubarb Theatre’s time-travelling Sidney’s Shed (Friday 16 February), which whisks young audiences on an exciting journey to dig up the past and weed out history’s bullies and Hiccup Theatre brings the classic story The Gingerbread Man (Saturday 17 February) to vivid life through amazing puppetry and fabulous live music.”

For more information about these and other events later in the season pick up a copy of the new Drill Hall Family brochure or read it online here.  For more about the venue visit www.lincolndrillhall.com (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

And don’t forget there’s still the pantomime to enjoy before the end of this year.  To find out more about Jack and the Beanstalk, showing from December 8th to January 2nd, click here.

 

Santa’s Workshop has an extra touch of magic this year

The Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair 2017

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If Christmas itself and the chance to catch a glimpse the man in red aren’t magical enough for your children then the Lincolnshire Showground has arranged for an extra spellbinding attraction at the Santa’s Workshop at Lincolnshire Food and Gift this year.

The Magical World of Fingley, a series of five children’s novels, will be bringing two of its pixies, Astoria and Nixie, to the event taking place on December 2nd and 3rd and they’ll be helping younger visitors to enjoy colouring, crafts, reading, writing, storytelling and treasure hunts.

There will also be a range of Christmas crafts for children to have a go at and Super Chefs will be helping them decorate their own festively-shaped pizzas.

Lincolnshire Showground CEO Jayne Southall says “Christmas is all about family and we’re keen to ensure that the Fair celebrates everything that is great about Lincolnshire by offering something for everyone.  Children love the magic of Christmas and we are delighted to run the Santa’s Workshop for a second year following its popularity last year, and to welcome The Magical World of Fingley.”

The fair is open from 9am to 4pm on the Saturday and Sunday.  Tickets are £5 in advance, £6 on the door, accompanied under 16s and parking are free.

Find out more on the Lincolnshire Showground’s website.

Children of Lincoln

Children of LincolnHave you heard about the Children of Lincoln project?

At the beginning of November Daddy and the two eldest minis attended a family fun day entitled Imagining a ‘Child Friendly’ Lincoln at the University of Lincoln.  They enjoyed some art and crafts activities and taking a shot at the Lincoln City Imps in the Community goal and had the opportunity to find out more about children’s rights and “Child Friendly Cities”.

UNICEF Child Friendly Cities initiative was launched by the UN in 1996 with the aim to make cities liveable places for all by putting children first stating “The well-being of children is the ultimate indicator of a healthy habitat, a democratic society and of good governance”.

The School of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Lincoln have been working with the City of Lincoln Council and Lincolnshire County Council since 2016 to launch a child rights initiative for the city of Lincoln and the fun day saw this aim realised.  Other Children of Lincoln steering group partners include the Lincolnshire Children’s University, Children’s Links, Lincoln BIG, Education Business Partnership, Priory Academies, Bishop King Primary School, St Francis Special School, LiNCHigher, Bishop Grosseteste University and LCVYS.

Now they can start work to achieving their aims.

“Our aspiration is to be recognised by UNICEF as a Child Friendly City alongside a number of other cities in the UK.  We aim to raise awareness of children’s rights in Lincoln, by holding events for children and families, conducting research and working with local services and businesses to help them prioritise children’s rights.”

Acknowledging that Lincoln is already a great place to grow up in, they wish to pay special attention to the most vulnerable children within our city listing children with disabilities or health needs, children who are looked after by the state, children who get into trouble with school/police, children who are young carers, children living in poverty and children who are homeless.

Find out more at http://childlincoln.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/

Do you think Lincoln is a child friendly city?

The Light Princess

STphoto-LP-AnnaUsing elements of circus and classical choreography, a new full length ballet taking the tale of Sleeping Beauty as its inspiration is being performed at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre this weekend.

Ballet Cymru’s The Light Princess tells the story of a princess afflicted by constant weightlessness, unable to get her feet on the ground, until she finds a love that brings her down to earth.

STphoto-LP-Beth RobbieFeaturing video projections and a new score by Welsh harpist, composer and recording artist Catrin Finch, The Light Princess was produced in collaboration with The Riverfront Theatre in Newport and continues Ballet Cymru’s work using powerful and timeless stories to challenge its dancers to interpret some of the finest characters in literature.

The Light Princess will be performed by Ballet Cymru at the LPAC in Lincoln on Sunday, November 19th at 5pm. Click here to find out more.

Heigh-Ho Ho Ho, it’s off to the grotto we go

Christmas 2017

Santa 2017If my blog stats are accurate then many of you are a lot more organised than me (although I probably didn’t need numbers compiling to tell me that).

Last year’s Looking to find the man in red?, a list of where the bearded one and his helpers were appearing in and near Lincolnshire, has been steadily gaining views again since early this October.  Despite my usual “not until at least after Halloween” ruling I had considered doing my usual Father Christmas visit round-up earlier this year.  My post Putting the heart into Halloween might explain why I never managed to but, as I’ve also seen certain venues are already selling out, I thought I better get on with it now.  You never know, it might make me get on with booking our visit too, after all it’s not that long until he has to return to the North Pole to see to his global duties.

As always, live events can be subject to last minute changes and selling out so be sure to check booking details before you travel and certainly before promising anything to excitable mini ones! 

And, if you know of one we’ve missed, then please email hello@theminimalpi.co.uk with the link and I’ll be happy to add it.

Ark Wildlife Park, Stickney
Various dates between December 2nd and Christmas Eve
www.arkwildlifepark.co.uk

Baytree Garden Centre, Weston, Spalding
Various date between November 4th and Christmas Eve
www.baytree-gardencentre.com

Belton House, near Grantham
Various December dates
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house/

Boston Pescod Square
Various December dates
Facebook event

Brigg Garden Centre
Various dates in November and December
www.britishgardencentres.com

Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway
Various December dates
www.cclr.co.uk

Doddington Hall, near Lincoln
SOLD OUT (waiting list available)
www.doddingtonhall.com

Downtown Boston
December 2nd and 3rd
www.oldrids.co.uk

Downtown Grantham Garden Centre
Various November and December dates
www.oldrids.co.uk

Downtown Grantham Superstore
Supper with Santa – Various November and December dates
www.oldrids.co.uk

Dunholme Community Christmas Fayre, St Chad’s Primary School
November 24th
www.dunholme.org.uk

Elsham Hall
SOLD OUT (December 1st, 3rd, 15th, 17th)
Facebook page

Fillingham Trees, near Gainsborough
December 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th
www.fillingham-trees.co.uk

Hildreds Shopping Centre, Skegness
Various December dates
www.hildredsshoppingcentre.co.uk

Holbeach St Nicholas Community Fayre
December 2nd and 3rd
www.allsaintsholbeach.org.uk/st-nicholas-fayre/

Hykeham Lions
Various December dates
Facebook page

Johnsons Garden Centre, Boston
Various November and December dates
www.johnsonsofboston.co.uk

Kelham Hall, near Newark
November 25th and 26th
www.KelhamChristmas.co.uk

Kirton in Lindsey Fair Gardens
Various November and December dates
www.fairgardens.co.uk

Lincoln area – Lincolnshire Firefighters Escort Santa’s Sleigh
December 15th-19th
Facebook post

Lincoln Castle
Various December dates
www.lincolncastle.com

Lincoln Santa Fun Run & Walk 2017
(No grotto but hundreds of Santas!)
December 17th
www.lincolnsantafunrun.co.uk

Lincolnshire Showground Food and Gift Fair
(No grotto but Santa will be visiting on his sleigh)
December 2nd and 3rd
www.lincolnshireshowground.co.uk

Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, Friskney
Various December dates
www.lincswildlife.com

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
December 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th
www.lincolnshirewoldsrailway.co.uk

Lincoln, Wacky Warehouse, Newark Road
Breakfast with Santa, December 9th, 17th, 23rd
Facebook event

Lincoln, Windmill Farm, off Whisby Road
Breakfast with Santa, December 23rd
Facebook event

LMS Country Store Christmas Market, Wellingore
December 2nd
LMS Facebook

Normanby Hall, near Scunthorpe
Various December dates
www.normanbyhall.co.uk

North Hykeham Fun Farm
Come dine with Santa – December 13th
Facebook event

North Scarle Miniature Railway
December 10th and 17th
www.lincolnmes.co.uk

Oldrids, Boston
Tea with Santa – December 14th
www.oldrids.co.uk

Oldrids, Gainsborough
November 25th and 26th
www.oldrids.co.uk

Oldrids, Scunthorpe
December 16th and 17th
www.oldrids.co.uk

Oliver Boat Trips, Brayford, Lincoln
Various November and December dates
www.facebook.com/oliverboattrips/

The Pink Pig Farm, near Scunthorpe
Various December dates
www.pinkpigfarm.co.uk

Rand Farm Park, near Wragby
Various November and December dates
www.randfarmpark.com

Reepham School Christmas Fair
December 2nd
Visit Facebook event

The Ritz, Lincoln 
Breakfast with Santa – December 19th-21st
Facebook event

Rufford Abbey Country Park
Various dates between November 18th and December 23rd
Facebook event

Scunthorpe Christmas Lights Switch On
November 25th
Facebook event

Sherwood Forest
Santa Paws Dog Grotto
December 9th and 10th
Facebook event

Springfields, Spalding
Various November and December dates
www.springfieldsshopping.co.uk

Sundown Adventureland, Rampton, near Retford
Various November and December dates
www.sundownadventureland.co.uk

Tattershall Farm Park
December 2nd and 3rd
Facebook event

Waterside Shopping Centre, Lincoln
December 1st-24th
www.watersideshopping.com

White Post Farm, Farnsfield
From November 25th
www.whitepostfarm.co.uk

The Winter Express
December 20
The Poacher Community Rail Partnership will be taking the train from Nottingham to the North Pole (Boston) to watch the Polar Express in 3D.  On the train there will be activities, treats and on the way home a very special guest.  Booking essential.
www.lincolnshire.gov.uk