We are really lucky to live in a city with so much history and beautiful places to explore. I really wanted to visit the poppy wave at Lincoln Castle before it was removed and although it wasn't the biggest thing in the world it was amazing to see and we enjoyed a day of adventures exploring the castle, cathedral and best of all finally venturing on the open top tour bus. I underestimated how much fun it would be and quite how much the kids would love being stuck in traffic on roads we know so well, but it was worth every penny.
The Poppy Wave
The Poppy wave from artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper has been installed in the grounds of Lincoln castle this summer, the sculptures initially played a part in the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the autumn of 2014. After this summer, the poppies will be donated to the Imperial War Museums.
The poppies were beautiful and we luckily saw them on the very last week before they're removed. Although this wasn't the most exciting thing for the children as it was a roped off and don't touch event (obviously) I'm so glad I took them to see it.
The castle grounds are beautiful and after a great deal of renovation on the site over recent years it's now an amazing tourist attraction (even more so than before) and we love having picnics there, especially on days like this where the steam punk event was just beginning - I'll post about that separately. There was a guy playing saxaphone just outside and as we were the only ones to clap, he played a song especially for Alf to dance to - The Pink Panther theme.
You can't help but be amazed by Lincoln Cathedral every time you see it. Pictures, especially mine just don't do it any justice and if you haven't been there it's well worth a visit.
Open top bus tour
We've seen the tour bus doing the rounds so many times and Alf has always wanted to go on it. As it was just me and children are free, the £10 (for two days) ticket didn't seem too bad and it really was worth every penny. We were guided round the city, above the traffic, level with the roof of lorries much to Alf's amusement and talked through all the areas and street names, it was great.
I must say I think the kids highlight was watching the diggers at close range while we were waiting in traffic! We never use buses as we just walk everywhere so the kids really enjoyed it and it was Soph's first time - she loved it.
We had a great day exploring our city and although I thought I knew a lot already, I learnt lots more and it was an amazing day in the sunshine.
Have you visited Lincoln?