It’s time to start planning NOW – because the city’s action-packed Lincoln RAF100 Weekend is just hours away!
Lincoln BIG has squeezed so much family fun into this two-day spectacular that our programme is bursting at the seams and we don’t want people to miss anything.
Our much-loved 1940s weekend has been incorporated into this event and with everything from wartime aircraft, special flypasts, Forties’ music and dancing, military uniforms, Vintage Marks and special performances, spread over 13 areas of the city, we’re giving people a quick guide to what’s happening where:
Families who love music, singing and dancing will love the live acts performing in Uphill Lincoln.
Saturday, August 11
11.45am-12.30pm; 2.45-3.30pm – The Dreambelles
1,00m-1.45pm; 4pm-4.45pm – Heather Marie
St Paul’s In The Bail
11.00am-11.30am; 12.30pm-1pm; 1pm-1.45pm; 4pm-4.45pm – 52nd Street Jump
11.45am-12.30pm; 2.45pm-3.30pm – May Blossom
The Strait and City Centre – Battlepipes
11.00am – The Strait
11.30am – Near House of Fraser
12.30pm – High Bridge
The Strait and Downhill locations – Re-enactments with Rhubarb Theatre
4pm – The Strait
5.30pm – Outside House of Fraser
7pm – Boots, central High Street
8.30pm – Brayford Waterfront
On Saturday, at 2.15pm – people should be sure to be at St Benedict Square for a special SURPRISE PERFORMANCE!
Sunday, August 12
11am-11.30am; 2pm-2.30pm – Lincoln Community Choir
11.45am-12.30pm; 2.45pm-3.30pm – The Blighty Belles
1pm-1.45pm; 4pm-4.45pm – Miss Sarah-Jane
St Paul’s in The Bail
11am-11.30am; 12.30pm-1pm, 2pm-2.30pm; 3.30-4pm – 52nd Street Jump
11.45am-12.30pm; 2.45pm-3.30pm – Lady Kingsnorth
1pm-1.45pm; 4pm-4.45pm – The Spitfires
The Strait and other city centre locations – Battlepipes
11am – The Strait
11.30am – House of Fraser
12.30pm – High Bridge
1.15pm – Brayford Waterfront
The Strait and Downhill Locations – Re-enactments with Rhubarb Theatre
11am – outside Boots – Central High Street
12.30pm – House of Fraser
2pm – The Strait
Saturday 12.15pm – Lancaster; 2.16pm – Dakota
Sunday 10.40am – Spitfire
If you miss the magnificent RAF100 celebrations and flypast by 100 aircraft in London during the RAF100 Centenary celebrations, you can still enjoy it – thanks to an Augmented Reality app. University of Lincoln lecturers and students worked with the RAF and a Bedfordshire company to create it.
“All people need to do is download the App to their smartphone or tablet – using one of the following links – and they can enjoy the flypast as often as they like!,” said Mr Armstrong.
During Lincoln’s RAF100 Weekend people can also explore a pop-up Vintage Village at The Lawn in Union Road, which is a “first” for our traditional 1940s weekend.
Children will be able to enjoy fun rides and watch Punch & Judy. The Little Pottery is inviting people to “have a go” at painting ceramics and the re-enactment group Echoes of a Gilded Age will also be on site, bringing the early days of the RAF to life.
The film The Night Watch will also be showing in The Blue Room at The Lawn at 2pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday.
Other weekend attractions include a replica (sit in) model of a Red Arrows Hawk Jet at St Marks. Lincs FM will be playing sounds from the 1940s from a stage in City Square.
The south High Street will be packed with heritage and charity stalls and there will RAF and Fire Engine display on the Brayford Waterfront.
Don’t forget to make time for tea – by joining RAF Veterans in Lincoln High Street and St Benedict’s Church and Garden for the Brew For the Few street party on Sunday, from 11am to 3pm
And Saturday night there’s an unmissable fireworks display on the Brayford Waterfront from about 9pm.
Anyone who wants to get around easily and also visit the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) on Canwick Hill, just south of the city’s boundary, might want to try the city’s Park n’ Ride services.
People can park at Waitrose, off Nettleham Road and travel down into the city, dropping off at Lincoln Cathedral – for the uphill attractions – or ride on to the city’s Broadgate Bus Station
There is also a Park & Rid at the IBCC running to and from the city’s Bus Station.
Download the timetable online – buses leave frequently across the day – around every 15 minutes. Please see: www.visitlincoln.com/RAF100
For further information call Jessica Wickham or Michael Armstrong on (01522) 842702.
(Jess is also available on the mobile: 07703 575055)