Ride the Tiger Moth trail

The Petwood Hotel is the proud sponsor of this 55-mile cycling and walking trail, just one of eight on offer around the city of Lincoln and surrounding countryside commemorating 100 years of the RAF and the close association that Lincoln and Lincolnshire has with aviation. It’s part of Visit Lincoln’s 100 Voices initiative, which tells the story of the RAF through the people who have experienced it, both men and women, in military and civilian roles. The 100 Voices are presented on “Wings” placed in a hundred Lincoln and Lincolnshire locations that have an association with the RAF.

This circular trail starts in Lincoln and brings you via the Water Rail Way to the Woodhall Spa wing near the war memorial, only a short ride or walk to The Petwood, where you can experience the famous “Dambusters” 617 Squadron Officers’ Mess.         Continue reading

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There be dragons…..

……at Tattershall Castle. Or at least there will be, on Saturday June 9th when you can make your very own pet dragon, take it with you on the Dragon Quest then enjoy watching The Reluctant Dragon presented by Quantum Theatre as the sun goes down. Details here

But if dragons are not your thing, or the date does not fit your plans, Tattershall has other events which reflect the history of the castle. From May 26th to 30th you can spend a day learning how archery helped put food on the medieval table, meet the Wolfshead Bowmen, hear about hunting techniques and test your skills with a longbow. Details here                 Continue reading

New art exhibition in Horncastle

Dont miss the temporary exhibition featuring the work of artist Anita Mortimer:  “A truly uplifting way of looking at the world. On paper, canvas or board. Using pencil, pastel, charcoal, graphite.”

The exhibition is at the Admiral Rodney Hotel, in North Street, Horncastle, this Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13. Tickets are available from the recently extended Mortimer Gallery in North Street. Anita has her own website with lots of examples of her work – well worth a visit whether or not you can make the exhibition.

“I have always picked up a pencil, crayons or felt-tips, since I was a youngster. Hours were spent scribbling on scrap paper or in colouring books. I grew up in Croydon Surrey. The only daughter in a family of four older brothers. Continue reading

New Lincolnshire Coast website

Whether you are a regular Lincolnshire coast visitor or you have not yet discovered its many attractions, you might like to bookmark a new website called Visit Lincs Coast. It’s early days yet, but there are already some compelling pages covering a wide variety of interests, from classic seaside days out to natural habitats and outstanding natural beauty.

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Early maps of Lincolnshire

I recently came across a fascinating blog post by Dr. Caitlin Green, featuring a collection of early maps of Lincolnshire. Caitlin describes herself as a historian and writer whose professional interests lie in the history, archaeology, place-names and literature of late Roman and early medieval Britain.

She explains: “This post is primarily intended to share images of some of the interesting early maps of Lincolnshire that still exist, dating from the medieval era through until the early seventeenth century. Details of each map and a brief discussion of the principal points of interest—including the curious region-name ‘Ageland’ that appears in eastern Lincolnshire on many of them—are provided in the captions to the following image gallery, which I aim to add to over time.”

Some interesting early maps of Lincolnshire Continue reading

Lincolnshire Wolds videos

Earlier this month I noticed three rather nice videos on Youtube promoting the Lincolnshire Wolds which have now been compiled into one feature. There are quite a few scenes shot on our patch, dotted around the three original films, so it’s worth staying with it to the end. Why not sit back, take your mind off mustard gas down in the woods and see how many places or people you recognise!

Inaugural Scampton Air Show

After three years without an air show in Lincolnshire, this weekend you can come and be thrilled by a unique mix of modern military jets, historic warbirds, civilian display acts, the RAF Falcons – the UK’s premier military parachute team, all joining the world-famous Red Arrows performing at their home base! The inaugural Scampton Airshow takes place on 9 -10 September 2017. RAF Scampton will play host to up to 100 aircraft over the airshow weekend, both in the air and on the ground. Buy your tickets here (You must book in advance – no tickets on the door!)

Visitors will be immersed in a feast of aviation, meeting crews from around the world, getting up close to aircraft in the static park, as well as experiencing the amazing 5 hour flying display including the exhilarating take-off and landing! This new event will be raising funds to support the RAF Charitable Trust. Continue reading