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Our Local Events Guide is your treasure map to uncovering the hidden gems of the Bailgate area, what’s going on in Lincoln and beyond. From quaint market days to enchanting events and gatherings,

 

let’s create memories together…

Did you, like me, have notions of learning a new skill during those indefinite days of lockdown? Did you start making your own bread, learn to crochet, take up photography or master the downward dog?


For me I wanted to learn how to make pasta and after a quick google & watching a Jamie Oliver youtube of him making pasta dough from scratch, I thought how hard could it be? I don’t possess a food mixer, so attempted the 'kitchen worktop' method. Well my patience lasted one bag of 00 flour and a couple of free range eggs and then back to Tesco wholewheat fusilli I went.


3 years later, and on the hottest day of the year so far, I found myself in the middle of the Lincolnshire countryside, on a pig farm, in a beautifully converted barn at The Lincolnshire Cookery School on their ‘Pasta Mania’ course. The school is the run by Fiona Lucas, located at Hill Farm, in Snelland - and from the moment you enter the building you are swept up in Fiona’s warm, fun and approachable personality. You’re there for the day, not just an hour or so, but with Fiona’s knowledge and passion shining through, the day whizzes by in a flurry of Magimix, a dusting of flour and a generous glug of olive oil. 



For each stage there was a short demonstration by Fiona, then we simply got stuck in with hands on cooking. First, we learnt how to make fresh pasta dough and use a pasta machine to create tagliatelle, which we used for a Carbonara, my all time favourite pasta recipe and this one was probably best I’ve ever tasted. Next was filled pasta, I stuck to Ravioli with ricotta, garlic, spinach and walnuts, while others got adventurous creating Tortellini. I made some pasta bows with the left over pasta dough (now dried and in my kitchen cupboard waiting to be used) and we even snuck in some gnocchi (not technically pasta, but who cares they were fun to make and bloomin’ delicious)



Fiona is so patient, which is a good job because I wasn’t the fastest pasta maker *, but her charisma also creates an atmosphere where no one feels they are going too slowly or too quickly for that matter, and because the class sizes are limited, it's more like you are having a one-to-one lesson. (* i was also taking the photos, although not of the Carbonara, I was too busy sampling that!) Fiona is also a member of Ladies in Pigs, a group who support the pig industry by working to increase the awareness of Red Tractor Pork, bacon, ham, gammon and pork products, particularly in local schools.


As well as all the ingredients being provided we were given a delicious lunch and refreshments were plentiful throughout the day, in fact the only thing you need to bring with you are some containers to take your pasta creations home and a tray for your pasta bows to finish drying out on, which I didn't have, so cobbled together some tinfoil laid on a car mat.



The Lincolnshire Cookery School won the Destination Lincolnshire's Experience of the Year 2023 Award, and for good reason! There’s a course for all tastes and skills; from baking bread to patisserie, pies, pasties & puddings to Indian, Asian, Spanish & Italian. I haven’t covered even a third of the courses available, but as the tagline says ‘Nothing beats the taste of freshly made pasta’ and there are now 3 new pieces of pasta making equipment in my kitchen.

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Each month I'll be sharing a few of the more intimate & community events going on throughout the region, giving them their own platform, rather than adding them at the bottom of an article about larger events. These events are vital to many charities and local groups to raise essential funds or to promote community awareness and are the heart and soul of our city and wider county. So if you would like me to share your event please do get in touch.


Tuesday 4th June - Sunday 9th June

On Tuesday 4th June, a group of 14 vintage tractors will embark on an epic tour of Lincolnshire. The Tour de Lincolnshire will leave Farmer Brown’s Ice Cream, in Huttoft, on a journey of approximately 350 miles around the border of Lincolnshire, to raise money for 2 Lincolnshire based charities; The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and Andy’s Hospice. Once it leaves Huttoft, the tour will pass through many villages and towns including Sandilands, Cleethorpes, Burton-On-Humber, Winteringham, Flixborough, Haxby, Gainsborough, Torksey, Thorpe-On-The-Hill, Claypole, Gunby, Market Deeping, Sutton St James, Kirton, Wainfleet & Skegness before finally arriving back at Farmer Brown’s Ice Cream for their Open Farm Sunday on the 9th June 2024.


Sunday 9th June

On Sunday 9th June - The Jerry Green Dog Rescue North Lincolnshire Summer Show takes place at their North Lincolnshire Centre, Broughton DN20 0BJ . This fun dog show, includes classes such as Handsome Chap, Loveliest Lady and Best Rescue. There will also be a host of traders including Fleur’s Kitchen, The Pawprint Company, Aurora Paw, Andrew’s Hedgehog Hospital, Sturton Plants, Wool & Woofers, plus activities and entertainment for all the family to enjoy. This is event is kindly sponsored by Vitalin Pet Food


Sunday 16th June

Sunday 16th June - as well as hosting a Fathers Day Breakfast in the Regency Dining Room, which you’ll need to book*, The Normanby Hall Food & Flowers show, which is held in and around the Secret & Walled Garden area of the Hall, is a shaow to celebrate locally produced artisan food, drink and flora, and includes floristry demonstrations and live cooking from acclaimed chef Richie Stamp-Mason, owner of The Red Lion, Raithby. *The Fathers Day breakfast also includes entrance to the show.


Sunday 23rd June

On 23rd June - Liquorice Park will be holding its Summer Fete - Liquorice Park is a beautiful natural space in the heart of Lincoln’s West End, used as agricultural land since the 16th century. It’s maintained by the Liquorice Park Millenium Green Trust a wonderful, dedicated community and has become a haven for both wildlife habitats and city dwellers.

wednesday 26th June

Sweet Pea Season starts at Easton Walled Gardens on the 26th June; From late June and throughout July, treat your senses to the heady fragrance and visual delights of perfect blooms in stripes, bicolours, picotee, light pastels and deep velvet tones.


sunday 30th June


Following last years popular event, The Harmston Food & Drink Fair returns on Sunday 30th June, offering a fantastic selection of locally sourced and handmade food & drink for you to sample and purchase. Tantalise your tastebuds with Lincolnshire gins, fine wines, homemade jams and preserves, local honey, Lincolnshire apple juice, pastries, cakes and more...



And if you're wondering what else might be on this month take a look The Lincoln Independents What's On Guide inside their June edition, or you can pick one of the 10,000 copies up from various locations.

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I’m sure I’m not alone when I say, I can’t believe it’s June already! Where have the last 6 months gone? Hopefully the weather will now start behaving so all the amazing shows, fetes, festivals and events planned for this month don’t get rained off or become muddy quagmires.


wednesday 19th - thursday 20th june


One of the biggest highlights of the county’s annual events takes place on the 19th & 20th June. ‘The Lincolnshire Show’, is a two day celebration of all things agricultural, something us Yellowbellys do pretty well. 80% of our county is farmed and our region is responsible for producing 25% of the nations vegetables! A large majority of Lincolnshire inhabitants will have visited the show at least once, especially if you ever went to school in Lincoln, so you don’t need me to tell you what happens, but my top tips are comfy shoes, sun cream, a hat & an umbrella - useful when it’s hot too, as there is never enough shade to sit under, and if you live in town, get the bus. There's a special service provided by Stagecoach, starting at Lincoln Central Bus Station, with stops along the way. It drops you off right at the entrance, so no trying to remember where you parked your car you can enjoy a glass or two of Pimms.


Thursday 6th June


Thursday 6th June is the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Normandy, with many events throughout the county commemorating this historical anniversary. The International Bomber Command Centre, located at the top of Canwick Hill, will be hosting an evening including Prosecco reception, 3 course dinner, live music & the lighting of a Beacon at the Spire. The Petwood Hotel, located in Woodhall Spa, is planning to celebrate with an afternoon of live music on The Terrace


Sunday 9th June


Lincoln may be a small city, but its big on history, and I LOVE history, I wanted to be an archeologist when I was little, and so on the 9th June I’ve finally booked myself on one of the Lincoln Free Walking Tours. I usually see the guides leading the walks around and about uphill Lincoln, yellow umbrella in hand, when I’m working at the weekends. These award winning walking tours are designed to be fun and engaging, and are run by people who are passionate about Lincoln’s heritage. There's a range of different tours including an Industry & Innovation Tour and Historic Pubs Walking Tour. (no i'm not doing the pub one, I'm going Roman)


15th June - 30th June


15th June - 30th June sees the return of the North Kesteven Walking Festival, now in its 10th year. This is a two-week walking celebration, allowing you to get out and explore over 70 led walks, scattered across 356 square miles of picturesque villages, medieval churches and thriving landscapes. Choose from sunrise & sunset walks, Father’s Day and summer solstice walks, railway rambles, dog walks, alpaca walks, riverside walks and pubs walks.


saturday 15th june


15th June is a busy weekend, as amongst other county wide activities, it’s also The Dragons Boat Race, a charity event organised by The Ringrose Law Group in aid of LIVES. The Brayford Waterfront comes alive with excited crowds as they cheer on teams from various businesses from across the region, competing in over 20 boats races along a 200 meter racecourse.






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20 Fab Years of Follie!

As we approach the mark of two decades of Follie, we’re planning not just a celebration of our gorgeous gift shop, but a celebration of community, of shared memories, and memories yet to be had.

 

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