You may have noticed, whether you’re a visitor from Scunthorpe or a resident of Lincoln, that Steep Hill is already half-bedecked with advance warnings.
It’s because the Lincoln Grand Prix Festival of Cycling is scheduled for 12th to 14th May 2017.
Part of the event is called, rather optimistically, we think, the “Uphill Dash”.
Walking up Steep Hill can be taxing – so can you imagine cycling up?
Would you pick the path or the cobbles?
Either way, a “dash” seems nothing more than motivational?
Less strenuous, but still involving exercise, is the upcoming Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival, running (or walking) from Saturday 20th May to Sunday 4th June. All are free and all are led in the East Midlands’ only Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Market Rasen goes all X Factor on Friday 2nd June, with Ladies Day at the Racecourse, with Olly Murs headlining the open air concert.
Later in June, 16th to 18th June to be exact, the Newark Festival returns and with it two 80s legends: Level 42 and UB40.
Finally, the calendar event of the year for Lincolnshire. 21st and 22nd June sees the return of the 133rd Lincolnshire Show, an unmissable event.
This two day event began life in 1869 and originally ran over 3 days at the end of July. It roamed too exhibiting in Scunthorpe, Skegness, Louth and others, until its permanent home was settled on in 1959 at the Lincolnshire Showground.
It now boasts over 600 stands, 2500 livestock and equine entries, and is one of the most popular agricultural shows in the UK – the team at Starkey&Brown love the Lincolnshire Show, as do many others.
2017 also marks the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln and the sealing of the “Charter of the Forest”. Lincoln will have 36 knight sculptures dotted around the city, celebrating Nicola de la Haye (Custodian of Lincoln Castle) and William Marshall (Regent to the young King Henry III), who saved Lincoln (and England) from French rule.
It runs from 20th May to 3rd September and more details can be found here.
The Knight Sculptures will be auctioned off, after the event ends, with money going to homeless charities.
All these events put Lincolnshire on the map and bring vast economic benefits to the area – the Lincolnshire Show alone injects £4,300,000 into the local economy, as well as bringing positive publicity for the city and county.
Now we think that’s all well worth supporting.