Well, it’s not compulsory, but those who qualify as yellowbellies and even people like me who have chosen to live in Lincolnshire will be celebrating Lincolnshire Day on October 1st, the anniversary of the Lincolnshire Rising in 1536.
The first official Lincolnshire Day was held in 2006, and every year since then things have been happening around the county on October 1st to celebrate the day. This year is no exception, and the range of events is wide and varied. Here is our selection:
Thanks to Lincolnshire Co-op, dozens of Lincolnshire Day flags will be hidden around the county on October 1, and if you find one you can claim a prize of £10 worth of local food, including everything you need for a Lincolnshire lunch. A total of 73 flags will be hidden from midday, one in each area around almost every Lincolnshire Co-op food store in the county.
Lucky finders who post a picture of themselves with the flag on Lincolnshire Co-op’s Facebook or Twitter pages will also be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a £50 voucher. More details
Naturally the City of Lincoln also has much to offer on the day too. Entry to Lincoln Cathedral and the Museum of Lincolnshire Life is free of charge, and a stagecoach bus, proudly liveried in the Lincolnshire Day colours, will be in Lincoln city centre from 11am. The first 50 people to go to the bus in City Square will be given a free ticket for the city’s open-tour bus tour.
Select Lincolnshire for Food will host a special food market in City Square, (behind Wilkinson’s,) offering the best food and drink from around the County. The market is open from at 9am to 4pm. Watch out for the Lincolnshire Ostrich stall and famous Lincolnshire sausages.
Lincoln Guildhall, the official ‘home’ of the Mayor of Lincoln, will also be opening its doors every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from October. Free tours will be launched on Lincolnshire Day, with medieval music and Lincolnshire folk in themed costumes. The launch, attended by the city’s civic party, will run from 10.30am, and you are invited to join Brian Taylor on his free ‘Mayors and Buildings’ guided walk in downhill Lincoln.
Not far from the City, the Elizabethan mansion Doddington Hall will have a large display of Lincolnshire produce to browse in its farm shop, and up in the beautiful Lincolshire Wolds (our county’s best kept secret!) Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service will celebrate Lincolnshire Day by ‘taking a bus for a walk’ in the Wolds. This free event offers you an eight-mile linear walk along public footpaths forming part of the ‘Lindsey Loop’ from Nettleton to Market Rasen, via Claxby. Details here.