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!