From entertainment and a picnic in the grounds of historic Lincoln Castle to the lighting of the Jubilee Beacon at the International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln is the ideal location to spend the Platinum Jubilee celebratory weekend.

The Great British Outdoor Picnic at Lincoln Castle  

Across Lincoln’s green spaces, including the ground of the historic Castle, visitors are invited to celebrate the Jubilee with a Lincolnshire picnic between Thursday 2 and Sunday 5 June 2022. With live music, delicious regional food available, and family fun activities, the event is perfect for all ages to celebrate the weekend. The Castle grounds are free to enjoy over the bank holiday and will be decorated in celebratory colours. The picnic at the Castle will mark the beginning of Lincoln Castle’s summer festival season, with festivities scheduled across all the bank holidays, key celebrations, and iconic sporting events taking place until the end of August.  

Visitors to Lincoln Castle this weekend will also get a chance to see the much-loved Lucy the Dragon. 

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Jubilee Beacon Lighting and Supper at International Bomber Command Centre  

To commemorate the Platinum Jubilee, there are plans to light 1,500 beacons throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, as well as in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries. Lincoln’s International Bomber Command Centre is one of the chosen host sites in the UK, lighting a beacon in recognition of the Queen’s reign. The ceremony will include a performance by the IBCC Choir and Orchestra, and dinner served in the IBCC Events Marquee. 

The IBCC is a memorial centre, acknowledging the effort of Bomber Command during the Second World War. The site overlooks the city of Lincoln, offering a scenic view of the Cathedral.  

The ceremony takes place on 2 June 2022 at 7:30pm. Tickets are £20 for adults, £10 for children. For more information, please visit: 

The Platinum Jubilee Trail  

Families are invited to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a free story trail around the centre of Lincoln. The trail uses augmented reality, showing seven magical characters that are visiting Lincoln on a day trip from Buckingham Palace. Each character has been assigned a decade of the Queen’s reign and will tell this story when they are discovered. The tour is self-guided and accessed through a smartphone, and participants get access to a digital pack upon completion.  

The trail runs from 30 April – 12 June 2022. For more information, please visit: 

Hunchback of Notre Dame at Lincoln Cathedral  

Performed in Lincoln’s historic Cathedral, a brand-new production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is opening in Lincoln Cathedral this May. Presented by the Starring Lincoln Theatre Company, the musical is based on the Victor Hugo novel, using songs from the Disney adaptation. The show features over 200 performers and is accompanied by a live orchestra.  

The production opens on 23 May and runs for 13 nights. For more information, please visit: 

Accommodation & Getting There 

From luxury hotel rooms, self-contained holiday homes, glamping sites and B&Bs, there is a wide range of accommodation to suit all tastes in Lincoln. 

The Dairy Barn in Ingham, a luxury barn conversion just outside of the city, offers a tranquil and private experience for its guests. A self-contained and self-catered property, The Dairy Barn is suitable for up to six guests. Rates start from £600 for a 7-night stay. Please note that the property requires a 3-night minimum stay. 

Newly opened in 2020, Hanworth Country Park is the perfect accommodation to suit all budgets and holiday styles. Choose from camping, static caravans, or a luxury lodge, depending on what is preferable for your family. All accommodations benefit from the on-site trim–trail, family-friendly coffee shop serving locally sourced food, and the country park’s fishing lake. Rates for tent pitches start from £15 per night. 

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Via the LNER railway line, Lincoln is just a 1 hour and 55-minute trip away from London King’s Cross. Trains depart every two hours. Tickets start from £36 for a day return.