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The Events Guide: 8th to 14th April 2018

Written by on 3rd April 2018



Mon 9/4 at 11am : Film – The Lion King (Cert U, 88 mins, 1994).

This classic animated film tells the story of a lion cub crown prince who is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father’s death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.

With the voices of Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons and James Earl Jones.

Tickets : £6, Child : £3.   Enquiries : 01522 519999.


Sat 14/4 at 7.30pm : 7 Drunken Nights – Dubliners Story.

Following its sold out smash hit debut tour, Seven Drunken Nights – The Story of The Dubliners returns to theatres in 2018 with an even bigger production.  The show brings to life the music of Ireland’s favorite sons ‘The Dubliners’. Telling the story of a career spanning 50 years and evoking the spirit of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Jim McCann, Ciaran Bourke and John Sheahan. This talented cast of musicians and singers bring the music of this iconic group to life.  A performance that will have you singing and clapping along to such classics as The Wild Rover, The Black Velvet Band, The Irish Rover, Molly Malone, Finnegan’s Wake, McAlpines Fusileers, Raglan Road and of course The Seven Drunken Nights.  This celebration of the music of The Dubliners is a celebration of Irish music itself and a guaranteed evening of music, humor and ‘craic’.

Tickets : £23, Concessions : £21.   Enquiries : 01522 519999.



Thurs 12/4 and Fri 13/4 : Times Vary : Dear Zoo.

Author Rod Campell’s best-selling classic lift-the-flap book, Dear Zoo, is being brought to life for the very first time as a brilliant new stage production. Dear Zoo, which has delighted generations of young readers since it was first published in 1982 and has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide.
Celebrating 35 years in 2017, Dear Zoo, published by Macmillan Children’s Books, tell the story of a child who writes to the zoo asking them to send a pet, continues to delight each new generation of children as they lift the flaps in search for the perfect animal.

Tickets : £14, Family of 4 : £52.   Enquiries : 01636 655755.


Sat 14/4 at 7.30pm : Rock For Heroes.

Immerse yourself into an all new production, celebrating so many artists coming together in the UK & USA. Performed by full live rock band and incredible singers, laying homage to the greatest performers and songs from this historical event.

Tickets : £20.50, Concessions : £18.50.   Enquiries : 01636 655755.



Sun 8/4 at 3pm : Sinfonia Viva – Masters Of Mood.

Join the orchestra of the East Midlands for this wonderful Sunday afternoon concert. The uplifting and engaging programme includes:
Tchaikovsky ‐ Souvenir de Florence; Borodin ‐ Nocturne and Piazzolla ‐ Four Seasons.
Lifting the concert off into the clouds is Tchaikovsky’s carefree and endearingly talkative Souvenir de Florence, a piece that is played with dashingly eloquent, feisty and virtuoso playing. This gives way to Nocturne, one of Borodin’s best-known melodies, with a characteristically sinuous, seductive quality. Beginning in the treble register of the cellos, it is answered by the violins two octaves higher. When it returns at the end of the movement, the cello and violin lines twine round one another in close canon –  a technical device put to wonderfully expressive use by both composer and orchestra. Closing the programme is the freshness and spontaneity of Piazzolla’s writing with Four Seasons. Matched by the committed playing of Sinfonia Viva, who are just the right orchestra to ignite the musical fireworks.

Please note that this programme was postponed from Sun 4/3 due to the adverse weather conditions at that time.

Tickets : From £12.   Enquiries : 01522 873894.


Tues 10/4 at 7.30pm : The Damned United.

Down the stairs…Along the corridor…Round the corner…
Into the dressing room… HIS dressing room. Hateful, hateful place. Spiteful, spiteful place. Dirty, dirty Leeds.
1974. Brian Clough, the ‘enfant terrible’ of British football, tries to redeem his managerial career and reputation by winning the European Cup with his new team. Leeds United. The team he has openly despised for years, the team he hates and which hates him. Don Revie’s Leeds.
Originally co-produced with the West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Damned United takes you inside the tortured mind of a genius slamming up against his limits, and brings to life the beauty and brutality of football, the working man’s ballet.

PLEASE NOTE: The performance on 1 March 2018 was postponed to this date, due to the adverse weather conditions at the time. All ticket holders have been contacted.

Tickets : From £12.   Enquiries : 01522 873894.


Wed 11/4 at 10.30am : Diddy Disco.

Join in for the Drill Hall’s hip club for under 7s and their happening parents! They play a bit of everything from current tunes to rock and roll to disco, mixing it up to make it fun for children and mums and dads alike! All children must be accompanied and face-painting is also available.

Tickets : £3 per child, Accompanied adults : Free   Enquiries : 01522 873894.


Sat 14/4 at 7.30pm : 70s Party Night featuring Abba Mania.

Abba Mania are widely regarded as the world’s number one touring ABBA tribute production.
Featuring a special concert presentation, which celebrates the music of ABBA in a respectful and enjoyable way, re-living the times when ABBA ruled the airwaves. ABBA MANIA brings ABBA fans old and new a night not to be missed. If you’re looking for an excuse to party, reminisce or simply be entertained by the best music ever, then ABBA MANIA is for you!
So dig out those platforms, dust down those flares, join in and enjoy all of your favourites including: Mamma Mia, Voulez Vous, Dancing Queen, Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper and many more.
The resident DJ shall take over the reigns after the ABBA party of the night! The disco should then finish at around midnight.

Tickets : From £12.   Enquiries : 01522 873894.



Tues 10/4 from 8pm : ATG Slam.

Lincoln’s most raucous night of rhymes – 12 poets, 2 rounds, 3 minutes…

You may ask ‘What is a Slam?’  Performers get 3 minutes in each of the two rounds to perform a poem, the audience scores each performance out of ten and the winning slammer walks away with £35 and bragging rights, with 2nd place receiving £15 and still a fair amount of bragging rights.

Tickets : Pay what you like.   Enquiries : 01522 837600.


Thurs 12/4 at 2pm : Nick Sharratt’s Big Draw Along.

Join acclaimed children’s writer and illustrator Nick Sharratt to find out how he creates his picture books. He’ll show you how to draw Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, kings and cats and all kinds of crazy creatures. Plus he’ll share some of his very best drawing tips. Bring pencils, paper and something to lean on and expect plenty of chances to join in!

Nick has illustrated close to 260 books. They range from board books for babies to novels for young teenagers. He’s worked with authors including Julia Donaldson, Jeremy Strong, Michael Rosen, Giles Andreae, Kaye Umansky, Kes Gray and most notably Dame Jacqueline Wilson and he’s also written around 40 of his own bestselling books.
He’s also the proud recipient of a gold Blue Peter badge.

Tickets : £8, Child : £5.   Enquiries : 01522 837600.


Fri 13/4 at 10am : Lil’ Pacs – Eggcite.

Join others for a very special Eggcite Lil’Pacs based on ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheiffer.

This free creative storytelling session is perfect for parents and toddlers.

Tickets : Free.   Enquiries : 01522 837600.


Fri 13/4 from 5pm : Commuter Jazz.

The weekend starts here. Great live music from laid back Lounge to Brazilian beats. Enjoy two hours of mixed jazz on Friday evenings in Zing Cafe Bar 5–7pm.

Entrance : Free.   Enquiries : 01522 837600.


Sat 14/4 at 2pm : Monstersaurus.

This brand new show from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants is monster-ously good! Follow the young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of whacky inventions and incredible monsters, but he has a problem – now he has made them all, what is he going to do with them?!

This energetic show full of thrills, spills, magic and mayhem will delight the whole family – with original music and plenty of audience participation! Suitable for ages: 3+

Tickets : £10, Child : £8.   Enquiries : 01522 837600.



Mon 9/4 at 1.30pm : Easter Bunny Eggs Factor.

Everyone is excited about the Easter Bunny’s singing competition – but who will Fluffy think has got The Eggs Factor? Marty MacDonald, Henrietta Hen and Professor Pinky are all going to enter – can you help them practice and see if YOU have The Eggs Factor too? The prize is an exciting visit to the hidden Chocolate Factory – and a special chocolate treat from the Easter Bunny himself! Join the fun, songs and laughter in… Easter Bunny’s Eggs Factor – then meet the Easter Bunny afterwards and receive a special Easter treat!

Tickets : £10, Concessions : £9.   Enquiries : 01476 406158.


Mon 9/4 at 2.30pm : Easter Crafts with Creation Station.

Once you’ve met the Easter bunny and received your special Easter treat, why not pop along to the Ballroom for some Easter themed crafts?

Tickets : £2 per child.   Enquiries : 01476 406158.


Thurs 12/4 at 2pm : You’ve Got Dragons.

This production is by Taking Flight Theatre Company Based on the book by Kathryn Cave “Dragons come when you least expect it. You turn round…and they’re there.”

Lots of people get them; bad dreams, swirly tummy, feeling prickly. And sometimes they make you feel alone. So, what can a young child with a bad case of the dragons do? A delightful tale of one child’s journey to come to terms with their dragons told in Taking Flight’s unique style. With live, original music, this highly visual, sensitive production is a humorous and touching exploration of the dragons we all face. An intergenerational show, featuring creative captioning, interwoven BSL and audio description, You’ve Got Dragons is a treat for the whole family. And remember… “No dragon is more powerful than YOU!”

Tickets : £7.50, Concessions : £6.50, Family of 4 : £20.   Enquiries : 01476 406158.


Fri 13/4 at 7.30pm : Jump, Jive and Wail starring The Jive Aces.

The Jive Aces present their spectacular “Jump, Jive & Wail” show with guests Miss Amy Baker and the lindy hoppers! Renowned worldwide for their high-energy spectacular showmanship, their viral video ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ and for being the first live band to reach the final rounds of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, The Jive Aces have firmly established themselves the UK’s No.1 Jive & Swing band. The live show includes classics like “When You’re Smiling’, “Mack The Knife” and “Sing, Sing, Sing”, plus originals such as ‘La Dolce Vita’ taken from their various albums. The in-demand sextet average 300 shows a year and have worked with Van Morrison, Keely Smith and performed for HM the Queen. They headlined and sold-out the Royal Albert Hall and thousands of festivals, theatres, dance halls, etc, in 35 countries, including Buckingham Palace for the Coronation Festival, Trafalgar Square for the Olympics and major theatre tours in the USA.

Tickets : £17, Concessions : £16.   Enquiries : 01476 406158.


Sat 14/4 at 7.30pm : Hey Beatles.

Hey Beatles perfectly capture the live feel and excitement of the band at their peak and their show promises to be an unmissable event!

Tickets : £12, Concessions : £10.   Enquiries : 01476 406158.



Now until 1/7/18 from 10am : Arms and Armour at Lincoln Castle.

Imagine the clash of steel in combat and sport and be awed by these lethal weapons from times gone by.  Visitors can view a selection of real arms and armour from Tudor to Victorian times, imagine the warriors and soldiers who would have worn and used these arms and armour and got themselves “dressed to kill”.

Visitors to the Victorian Prison can see new displays of the Heritage Service collection of arms and armour.  The objects on display take a thematic look at elements of the collection, and include three suits of 16th Century armour, horse armour, armour from the English Civil War, bladed weapons and finally a variety of armour.

Annual Passes, All Inclusive, Prison & Magna Carta, Castle and Cathedral Joint tickets are valid for this event.

Entry : Normal entry charges apply.   Enquiries : 01522 782040.


Now until Sun 15/4 from 10am : The Conqueror’s Easter Quest.

Celebrating the 950th anniversary of Lincoln Castle, junior visitors are invited to seek out the clues to building a Castle with chocolate rewards for all.

Entry : Normal entry charges apply.   Enquiries : 01522 782040.



Sat 14/4 at 1.10pm : Lunchtime Recital by Simon Vincent.

La Mia Coppa Trabocca (My Cup Runneth Over) is a composition by Simon Vincent for piano and electronics commissioned by Reverend Ulrike Eichler. The work, which interprets Psalm 23, encourages performer and audience alike to open themselves to receive and give unconditional love, the focus of the recital.

The recital will be augmented by some of Simon’s new compositions for solo piano.

This is a free event included within the normal Cathedral entry charge. Enquiries : 01522 561644.



Sun 1/4 until 30/9 (Sat and Sun only) from 10am : Gallantry In The Air.

To mark the centenary of the RAF, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum’s exhibition will commemorate the RAF crew who were decorated for their bravery. Many of the airmen featured in this exhibition gained the highest award for their valour with some of them paying the ultimate price.

Entry : Free.   Enquiries : 01429 488490.



Now until Thurs 12/4 from 9.30am : Belton’s Nature Challenge.

Explore Belton’s parkland this spring on a nature trail. Make the most of the holidays and discover the delights of trees in the parkland as part of Belton’s Nature Challenge.
Adventurers that complete a trail get a prize for all their hard work. Trails 2 each.

This is a National Trust event and booking is not needed.

Entry : Normal entry charges apply.   Enquiries : 01476 566116.


Fri 13/4 until Sun 15/4 from 8am : Belton International Horse Trials.

World class equestrianism, shopping, classic cars, dogs, entertainment, music, interactive zone. Great family day out! More than just horses… Belton International Horse Trials is a 3-day equestrian event that takes place in Belton’s parkland each spring.
The event is managed by Bede Ltd and runs independently of the National Trust, so for full event details, please refer to the Belton International Horse Trials website: Booking Advisable.

A National Trust Event – Gates open 07:00. Start 08:00. End 17:00. Check Website for Admission Charges. Early-bird Fri. There is no vehicle access via the usual Belton entrance. Event ticket holders are directed to the Lion Gates, located on Londonthorpe Road. The entrance will be well signposted with event signage.

Entrance prices vary daily.

Entry tickets and enquiries : 01476 566116.



Sat 14/4 at 7.30pm : Yesterday Once More – The Karen Carpenter Story.

For music fans everywhere, the Carpenters music was the soundtrack to the ‘70s. Hauntingly beautiful songs like “Close to You” and “We’ve Only Just Begun” made Richard and Karen Carpenter international superstars.
To the outside world, Karen Carpenter had it all: slim, pretty and loved by millions. But beneath her wholesome public image lay a devastating secret.
Featuring many classic and much-loved Carpenters songs, Yesterday Once More tells the story of Karen’s extraordinary musical achievements and her long and unsuccessful battle with anorexia.
This memorable and moving show is performed by accomplished musicians Rebecca Robinson and Mark Heller, and their intimate piano and vocal arrangements showcase the songs in all their poignant beauty.

Tickets : £14.   Enquiries : 01427 676655.



Sun 8/4 from 9.30am : Countryside Lincs.

Back for its fourth year, Countryside Lincs returns to the Lincolnshire Showground on Sunday 8 April with a fun-filled and interactive day all about food, farming and the countryside. Meet producers, crafters, farmers and lots of animals all in one place to inspire young minds all about Lincolnshire’s heritage.

With a huge variety of activities in both the indoor and outdoor zones, Countryside Lincs is the perfect day out whatever the weather. There are seven different zones for children to explore including learning how to make and bake tasty local foods, getting hands-on with creative activities, meeting farmyard animals big and small and even having a ride around the Showground on a big tractor and trailer.

In addition to all of this, there is also a packed ring timetable full of displays for you to enjoy.

Entrance and enquiries : 01522 522900.


Tues 10/4 until Sun 15/4 : Times vary : Moscow State Circus.

The World’s Most Famous Circus – The Moscow State Circus, is a magical experience for people of all ages coming together to witness some fantastically unbelievable acts.

Gostinitsa is a rapturous and passionate new circus experience that unites the Moscow State Circus with the glorious Golden Age of Hollywood a show that promises to have all the spectacle and nerve-tingling, edge of your seat feats for the whole family.

The astonishing artistes featured in this show have spent their lives training for this world-beating, magnificent performance, which promises to be truly breath taking.

Award winning Clowns, the Chervotkins Duo, will guide you through the Hotel of Curiosities. Featuring performances including acrobatics on Europe’s only double Russian swings, hurtling through the air and somersaulting impossibly from one rapid moving swing to the other. An incredible sight to behold!

The marvelous Alikhanov Troupe features three acrobats climbing and spinning to the very top of two ten metre poles balanced on the single shoulder of one man.

Not only that, you will experience unicycling, foot juggling, trapeze, high wire and of course the unforgettable Gostinitsa bellboys performing an incredible skipping act with a twist not to be missed!

Tickets : From £13.   Enquiries 01522 522900.



Sun 8/4 from 10am : ‘Normous Autojumble.

A great day out for any car or motorcycle enthusiast, the ‘Normous Newark Autojumble offers a vast array of parts, restoration services and related products for a variety of vehicles on ten separate Sundays throughout the year.

Each ‘Normous Newark Autojumble sees Newark Showground filled with hundreds of inside and outside trade plots, as well as a classic car and bike display area. On site catering units are available as well as an inside cafeteria.

Run by a friendly and experienced team of event staff from Mortons Media, each ‘Normous Newark Autojumble attracts a large number of visitors from across the UK in search of the great finds and bargains on offer.

If you’re after a certain part, piece or tool for a motoring project, then the ‘Normous Newark Autojumble is where you’ll find it.

Entry : From £7.   Enquiries : 01507 523456.


Sun 8/4 from 10.30am : Dolls Houses, Miniatures, Dolls and Teddy Bears Show.

Held in the Cedric Ford Pavilion, this event showcases products like dolls houses, miniature, teddy bears and much more in the Consumer and Carnivals, Toys and Games Industries. This is an ideal opportunity to enhance your collections, or to get that special present that you have been searching for.

Refreshments are available within the fair and there is plenty of car parking plus wheelchair access.

Entry : £3, Concessions : £2.50, U16s : Free.   Enquiries : 01945 870160.



The following film is to be shown in this cinema during the coming week :-


Wed 11/4 at 2.30pm : Lady Bird (Cert 15, 94 mins, 2017).

Starring : Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf and Tracy Letts.


Thurs 12/4 at 7.30pm : An Evening With Mistress Nell Gwynne.

Following the sell-out event ‘Sex and the Tudors’, don’t miss this chance to see the world renowned Lesley Smith return to the Venue for an evening with Nell Gwynne. Strictly for over 16’s only!  She can be bawdy at times, so be prepared!

Nell Gwynne was the mistress of Charles II and for many people they believe that was all she was known for – other than for selling oranges! The real Nell Gwynne is a victory for English womanhood showing great courage and against all the odds became a star of the London stage and beloved of the King of England.

You will have a chance to meet pretty, witty little Nell in a fantastic costume and have a chance to both laugh and cry with her.

Tickets : £7.50.   Enquiries : 01522 527347.


Sat 14/4 at 7.30pm : The Sovereign’s Concert.

Now in its third year, The Combined Bands of the Army Cadet Force and The Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Concert Band present The Sovereign’s Concert: a musical spectacular featuring musicians from all over the UK. This year’s concert will pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force and the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, while also providing musical entertainment for all the family with everything from Disney to Pomp and Circumstance.

The Combined Bands of the Army Cadet Force will this year be made up of musicians from Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Hampshire & The Isle of Wight, and Gwent & Powys Army Cadet Forces. They will be joined by Lincoln’s premier concert band: The Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Concert Band, known for regularly selling out concerts at venues all over Lincolnshire as well as performing at the Lincolnshire Show.

With local music in the form of “The Lincolnshire Poacher”, world famous tunes such as Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”, and showstoppers including “Land of Hope and Glory” and “Highland Cathedral”; The Sovereign’s Concert 2018 is a show not to be missed!

Tickets : Adult £8, U16s/Military Veterans : £5.   Enquiries : 01522 527347.


Cinema Tickets From : £5.   Enquiries : 01522 527347.