Story time at Lincoln Cathedral

Whaling out for things to do with the kids this half-term? Fishing for ways to enhance their learning? Bring them along to Lincoln Cathedral for a story time session of Jonah and the Whale and other sea creature stories.

We are hosting story time sessions inside the Chapter House at Lincoln Cathedral for children seven years and under this half-term on Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th February. Normal Cathedral entry fees apply, but children under five go free. There will be two story time sessions available on both days at 11–11:45am and 1–1:45pm.

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Due to popular demand the story time sessions have returned after the success of those that took place last year. Jonah and the Whale has been chosen as the first story of the year along with a number of other sea creature stories, which will be read out on the day. There will also be an opportunity for children to meet some cuddly sea creatures and make a colourful fish decoration to take home with them.

This is a wonderful opportunity for young children to learn more about the under-sea world and biblical stories, and our stunning Lincoln Cathedral is the perfect setting for them to enhance their learning. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

There’s no need to book, so feel free to turn up on the day. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Glimpse inside Lincoln Cathedral’s historic Old Deanery

Old Deanery (new visitor centre) in snow CGI

We are hosting a free fun-packed event for all the family during Lincoln Christmas Market.

Christmas at the Old Deanery, which will take place on the 8 and 9 December from 10am – 4.30pm, will give people rare access into one of the historic buildings in the Cathedral’s grounds before it is transformed into a new visitor centre, as well as the opportunity to take part in a number of free festive activities.

The Old Deanery on Eastgate, will be transformed into the new visitor centre as part of the Connected project. This event is the last opportunity for people to have a look around and see the plans before we reveal the new centre in 2020.

During Christmas at the Old Deanery, visitors will be transported back to the Medieval Deanery that once stood in its place with medieval-themed demonstrations and activities throughout. These include medieval musicians de Mowbray’s Musicke, a demonstration of traditional manuscript art by the Cathedral’s Illuminator Toni Watts, Derek Tindell with his magnificent Birds of Prey and Janet Reade of historic caterers Forgotten Fare.

Using Google technology to bring the long-lost buildings back to life, visitors of all ages can experience an amazing 360-degree virtual tour of both the Medieval Works Chantry and Medieval Deanery and take a peek into the Cathedral’s medieval past with some of the locally discovered artefacts out on display, all made possible by Pighill Illustrations and Allen Archaeology.

Other activities include creating Wreaths and decorating Gingerbread to eat or take home. Visitors can listen to stories with a Christmas theme around the tree, sing songs and make a simple decoration to take home. There are four story times to choose from: 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm on both days.

It will be a great event to get into the Christmas spirit and as a family enjoy some child-friendly activities in an incredible setting. We want as many people as possible to join us.

Get connected with the Cathedral at Lincolnshire Show

Visitors to the Lincoln Cathedral marquee at the Lincolnshire Show later this month will have the opportunity to take part in a staged archaeological dig led by real archaeologists and view through virtual reality headsets, 360 degree views of some of Lincoln’s lost medieval buildings that once surrounded the Cathedral.

The activities, which are all family orientated, are part of the Lincoln Cathedral Connected project.

Cathedral Lincoln Imp to appear at Lincs Show

We will have a large presence in the Cathedral’s marquee which is bigger than ever before, and will be on hand to help visitors of all ages enjoy the activities and entertainment.

As well as the archaeological dig and virtual reality experience, there will also be brass-rubbing, a magician to keep the little ones entertained, a replica of the Charter of the Forest and complimentary coffee and tea will be supplied by Stokes.

The lost medieval buildings that are being brought to life through virtual reality are the Old Deanery and Works Chantry buildings, which were demolished hundreds of years ago on the grounds of the Cathedral. By simply putting on a virtual reality headset, visitors can be transported back in time and will see specially created images of how the buildings looked as if they are stood in front of them.

Following the first reveal at the show, the virtual reality imagery will be available for people to view via Google Maps on a PC, laptop, iPad or Smartphones.

Families can bring their little archaeologists to a sandpit in the marquee, to have fun searching for bones and other artefacts in this staged archaeological dig. Lead by Lincoln-based Allen Archaeology, children will have the opportunity to clean and study their findings under a microscope and learn about their findings.

Families visiting will also want to keep an eye out for the Cathedral Imp who will be walking around the event handing out stickers to children. Once a sticker has been given children can then show this at the Cathedral marquee to collect ‘treasure’ in the form of chocolate coins.

We’re really excited for this year’s Lincolnshire Show as we have lots going and want to welcome as many visitors as possible to come and enjoy our engaging activities.

We are giving visitors the opportunity to have the first look at the virtual medieval buildings which is really exciting. Lincolnshire-based Pighill Archaeological Illustration has been working on this for several months and they have done a fantastic job of bringing the buildings to life.

The staged archaeological dig will be a great way to get young people involved and interested not just in archaeology but also the vibrant history of the Cathedral, which is what the Connected project is all about.

The leather-bound ‘Book of Oaks’ will also be shown in the marquee which contains the names of people who have previously pledged, planted, grown and promised Oak trees for the restoration of the Lincoln Cathedral roof.

At the marquee, visitors will be able to purchase Oak tree saplings and have their names added to the book, which will be available to view in the Cathedral by appointment. The Oak tree saplings purchased at the show will be planted and in four generations time, felled to restore the Cathedral roof.

The Lincoln Cathedral stand will be hosted by the Connected team and Lincoln Cathedral and The Diocese of Lincoln and will be open to visitors from 9am to 5:30pm on the 21 and 22 June at The Lincolnshire Showground.