Quizzes, trails, crafts and more at Heritage Open Days festival

HeritageOpenDaysThe summer holidays may nearly be over but that doesn’t mean parents are not still looking for lots of ways to entertain their mini ones.

And, following a successful 23 years, Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days 2016 festival is sure to have something on offer for county explorers.

Running from September 8th to 11th, the festival is taking the theme of Natural Lincolnshire this year and will include more than 180 free events.

HeritageFaceIf the event or venue is offering “Special activities for children” then you’ll find a smiley face among the symbols in the brochure’s listings.

holbeach bunker (2)Events are predominantly organised and managed by volunteers and encompass heritage sites, buildings, towns and villages and, for the first time, all five National Trust properties will be open on at least one of the days.

Children’s activities will be on offer at Temple Bruer Knights Templar Tower, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust reserves, Gainsborough Old Hall and many more venues.

in the trees2 web ready (2)Would you like “to experience school life in a bygone age”?  Then head to Wilderspin National School Museum in Barton upon Humber (on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm) to visit its garden playground.

Complete a children’s quiz at St Phillip’s Church, Brinkhill (Saturday and Sunday 2pm-5pm),  pit their wits against a cunning trail at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre (Sunday, 10.30am-3.30pm), take part in paper crafts and calligraphy in Lincoln Cathedral Library (Saturday, 10am-4pm) or enjoy a full day of family fun at Willow Tree Fen Nature Reserve in West Pinchbeck (Saturday, 10.30am-4pm) pond dipping, crafting and den building.

kings and queens web ready (2)Heritage Lincolnshire’s Cultural Events Officer Beverley Gormley says “Year after year, Lincolnshire’s Heritage Open Days prove a real winner with local people and visitors as they provide free, unique opportunities to go behind the scenes of heritage venues and discover the region’s hidden histories.

“The events are a wonderful way of bringing people together to learn about their local history, enabling our local heritage venues, nature reserves, organisations, towns and villages to develop a lasting relationship with people in the area.”

For more information visit www.heritagelincolnshire.org

And don’t forget to share your experience on social media using #LincsHODs – they’re looking forward to seeing your #LincsHODselfie!

Summery Sundays

I know I’ve complained about the weather a lot recently but I’ve also been very grateful for the last beautiful couple of Sundays.

During term time Sundays are usually our only family day without scheduled activities  so it’s nice to be able to get out and explore.

We headed to the coast for the last day of the SO Festival in Skegness  on July 3rd.  We watched circus acts and dance shows and listened to live music all as part of the outdoor arts festival but definitely the hit of the day had to be Pif-Paf Theatre’s Flycycle and Submercycle.

Luke was lucky enough to have a ride in the Submercycle – first being introduced to maps of the proposed route and getting dressed for the occasion whilst waiting his turn in the Departure Lounge and then belting up for his “underwater” trip up and down the street with Captain Calypso at the helm before being set back down with us and a beaming smile.

The following Sunday we took advantage of both the sun and a family ticket we won in a Christmas raffle to visit Doddington Hall and Gardens.  The Elizabethan mansion is also home to a lovely farm shop, interiors store and clothing store and we started our visit with a stop at the Giant Store bike shop.

Thanks to store assistant Katie we finally managed to buy a cycle helmet to fit Willow.  (Our minis are definitely mini – Willow is 19 months old but wears predominantly 9-12 month clothing at the moment).

Preparing for their Brave, Bold and Strong sculpture exhibition (July 30-September 11), we were greeted by an impressive dragon on the front lawn which they enjoyed running through.

Inside the hall the tent room was definitely a hit:

And outside in the gardens there were puddles and pillars to play with and sheep sculptures to “feed” and swirly ones to curl up by and emulate.

We finished the afternoon with a stop off at Blackmoor Farm for a spot of strawberry picking.  We managed to get a few red ones among the enthusiastically picked green ones and – after we finally managed to get them to stop -we picked up some cream on the way home to go with them.

Day 27 and 28 #30DaysWild: Natural Lincolnshire

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_27Monday was a day of work and decluttering and there wasn’t much time for anything else so my something wild for the day will be to help publicise another event that’s putting the natural world at its centre.

HeritageOpenDaysThe Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days Festival will take place in September.  With more than 180 free events on offer across the county, this year’s theme is Natural Lincolnshire.

Events on offer range from tours of haunted Old King’s Head in Kirton and a new Heritage Music Microfestival to a rare opening of Dowsby Hall and Gardens.  Guided walks and talks will include the International Bomber Command Spire Memorial, Lincolnshire’s Lost River, Willow Tree Fen Bat Walk and a rare guided tour of Torksey Castle.  Children’s activities will be on offer at Temple Bruer Knights Templar Tower, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust reserves, Gainsborough Old Hall and more.

Heritage Lincolnshire’s Cultural Events Officer Beverley Gormley says: “Year after year, Lincolnshire’s Heritage Open Days prove a real winner with local people and visitors as they provide free, unique opportunities to go behind the scene of heritage venues and discover the region’s hidden histories.

“The events are a wonderful way of bringing people together to learn about their local history, enabling our local heritage venues, nature reserves, organisations, towns and villages to develop a lasting relationship with people in the area.”

For more information visit www.heritagelincolnshire.org 

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_28Day 28 of #30DaysWild was another day in June so, of course, was another day of rain.

So we hit the books again with Animal Sounds, Animal Actions, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Mad About Minibeasts fuelling our bedtime imaginations.

GardenEncyclopediaWe also had a look through another library find – Garden Encyclopedia by Rufus Bellamy – which promised to answer the question “What’s lurking in your backyard?”

The book takes you through what you might find On the Lawn, In the Hedge, Up a Tree, In the Flowerbed, In the Vegetable Patch, In the Yard, By the Pond and In the Air.

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