Over 30k people expected for Lincoln RAF100 weekend

About 30,000 people are expected to make a beeline for Lincoln over the weekend of August 11 and 12 to celebrate 100 years of the RAF.

The RAF100 weekend, which incorporates the 1940s event, will take place over 13 different areas of the city – and will also include flypast by historic aircraft!

There will be plenty happening between 10am and 5pm each day, in locations including Castle Hill, Bailgate, The Strait, Minster Yard, High Street, Brayford Wharf North, City Square and St Marks Shopping Centre.

People will have the chance to browse a 1940s Market in the Cathedral Quarter, enjoy live music and dancing, visit charity stands, wander around vehicle displays and take plenty of breaks for refreshments.

The Lawn will be transformed into a Vintage Village, with old-fashioned children’s rides, Punch & Judy shows, an opportunity for families to enjoy pottery painting sessions, have a picnic and chat to members of The Lincoln Steampunk Society, who are camping at the venue.

Photo: Steve Smailes for CityX

The weekend, organised by Lincoln BIG, will also include a Battle Pipe Procession, with an additional surprise planned, which has not yet been unveiled. Lincoln Drill Hall is also involved in staging re-enactments, with the Rhubarb Theatre.

On the Sunday, everyone is invited to join the Street Tea Party, “Brew for the Few”, and dine with RAF veterans. It is taking place in the St Benedict’s Square area, from 11am to 3pm and is being organised by RAFA and the Healthy High Streets Group.

Photo: Steve Smailes for CityX

In the pedestrianised south High Street, there will be a chance to visit aviation and heritage stands, including those staffed by members of Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association, volunteers from Thorpe Camp and Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum and staff from InvestSK.

Families will also be eager to see (and sit in) a full-sized static model of a Red Arrows Hawk Jet at St Mark’s Shopping Centre.

And vintage and modern fire engines and RAF displays will be found on the city’s Brayford Waterfront.

Details of the historic flypast are still being finalised.