Spring. ‘Tis the season to bag a bargain in Lincolnshire

Celebrate spring with a real bargain – by exploring some of Lincolnshire’s top attractions with special discounts and deals.

Head to the county on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March for the annual Discover Lincolnshire Weekend and enjoy special offers, discounts, and events at many of the area’s top attractions.

This year’s fun-filled weekend showcasing top tourist spots features everything from free taster tours at Lincoln Castle, to a discounted flight through the trees at a stately home country park.

Aimed at offering a chance for visitors to discover some of Lincolnshire’s best attractions and hidden treasures, a special Discover Lincolnshire Weekend website section also includes a handy list of free things to do.

Among them is the online bookable Lincoln Free Walking Tour, filled with fun facts and information, offering visitors a chance to explore the historic core of the city, before meandering down Steep Hill into the modern city centre.

And for Discover Lincolnshire Weekend, there will also be free taster tours of the grounds of Lincoln Castle, built by William the Conqueror in 1068 on a site occupied since Roman times, and which has dominated the Lincoln skyline for almost 1,000 years. Pre-booking is advised.

Head 30 minutes south of Lincoln, in a picturesque setting on the River Slea in the historic market town of Sleaford, and the newly restored Cogglesford Watermill will be turning for visitors over the weekend. Dating back to Saxon times, it is thought to be the only Sheriff’s Watermill still in operation in England, and millers have produced flour on the site for over 1,000 years.

Elsewhere in the county, Go Ape’s exhilarating outdoor activities, treetop challenges and thrilling zip line courses at Normanby Hall in North Lincolnshire will be on offer with a 10% discount over the weekend. As well as the Go Ape signature forest, Normanby also has an impressive stately home and country park. Booking is essential.

Meanwhile at 11th-century Regency castle and stately home, Belvoir Castle, situated along Lincolnshire’s southern gateway, there will be free entry for all children (up to 16 years) on 26-27 March.

Among special events will be a chance to step back in time at rare time capsule Mrs Smith’s Cottage, the home of Hilda Smith, who lived there until she was 102 without a fridge, cooker, washing machine or running hot water. The contents and appearance of this Victorian cottage in the village of Navenby have been preserved from when she last lived there in 1995. On Saturday 26 March, Earth Hour will be celebrated at the cottage with stargazing activities, nature experiences and light art inspired by Mrs Smith’s life story.

For more details about the Discover Lincolnshire Weekend, head to www.visitlincoln.com/discover-lincolnshire

For general information about visiting Lincolnshire, see www.visitlincolnshire.com

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    Step back in time at rare time capsule Mrs Smith's Cottage