Hundreds of thousands of people, including visitors from America and China, are expected to visit the new-look Lincoln Castle – and many of them could pass through South Holland.
Businesses, hotels and attractions are being urged to prepare themselves to benefit from the £22million refurbishment at the historic location – and make sure they are noticed when visitors explore what is available in the county.
Lincoln Castle re-opened last week with a day of celebration, featuring medieval fun and games and appearances from Cbeebies’ favourite Mike the Knight.
The castle may be an hour away, but there are more links with South Holland than you might think.
For one thing the man responsible for overseeing the project and seeing it was finished on time and within budget is Coun Nick Worth, district councillor and Lincolnshire County Council’s executive member for culture and heritage.
Coun Worth said: “Because of national and international media coverage we could attract hundreds of thousands of people and visitors will want to stay in Lincolnshire and explore the area.
Many will arrive in London and travel through South Holland to get to Lincoln.County councillor Nick Worth
“Many will arrive in London and travel through South Holland to get to Lincoln.
“On the back of the castle launch it’s a real chance to sell ourselves.
“It’s an opportunity to encourage people to come and see our historic attractions, such as Ayscoughfee Hall, visit places such as Springfields and Spalding town centre and enjoy events held in this area.”
Lincoln Castle is the new home for Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest – the only place in the world where they can be viewed together. More on this can be heard on April 30, when Lord Cormack, who was involved in the Magna Carta vault, will be guest speaker at a Holbeach Civic Society meeting in the Reading Room, Church Street.
Other experiences at the castle include a complete-circuit Medieval Wall Walk offering spectacular views of the city, enhanced by a fascinating audio guide.
The newly-refurbished Victorian Prison – closed to the public for decades – includes films, panels and digital interactive screens exploring prison life.
Also on display is archaeology uncovered during the works, including an internationally important Saxon sarcophagus, or stone coffin – and there is a new castle shop and café, offering souvenirs, gifts and refreshments.
Details of the different visitor experiences and prices can be found on the castle website at www.lincolncastle.com
• A little bit of Spalding is also heading to Lincoln when artwork from Spalding Gentleman’s Society goes on show from June 27 at Lincolnshire’s Great Exhibition at The Collection, Usher Gallery and the Wren Museum at Lincoln Cathedral.