Lincoln Spark Festival to return next month

The Lincoln Spark Festival, a free three-day event which celebrates Lincolnshire’s excellence in engineering, will return for a fourth time next month.

Aiming to inspire future generations and showcase Lincolnshire as a leader in engineering innovation now and in the future, the event will take place from May 3 – 5.

Siemens has been announced as the headline sponsor at the biennial festival and, for the first time ever, the event will incorporate civil engineering with an opportunity to find out more about Lincoln’s new Eastern Bypass.

In previous years, the event has seen more than 9,000 people attend across the weekend. This year will see the addition of the Institution of Civil Engineers ‘Bridge to Schools’, along with the return of exhibits from top engineering businesses.

John Latham, chair of the Spark Engineering Festival steering group, said: “We are delighted to bring this festival to Lincoln for the fourth time.

SPARK! Engineering Festival 2015 held at Lincoln Cathedral.
Picture: Chris Vaughan/Chris Vaughan Photography
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015

“It has become one of the standout events in the annual calendar for engineers, teachers, students and businesses from all over the county.”

Organised as a partnership event by the Education Business Partnership, the City of Lincoln Council and local businesses, Spark aims to promote Lincolnshire as an engineering hotspot and inspire local young people to consider a career in the industry.

“The festival is about increasing awareness of Lincolnshire’s pioneering excellence in engineering both locally and on the world stage. Our county is responsible for the supply of some of the best engineering people, services and products across the globe and we want everyone to know about it,” John added.

Visitors can expect to see a number of interactive displays and impressive exhibits, including a showcase of early civil engineering archaeology to show the historic roots of engineering.

This will be joined by the return of our infamous 50ft timeline which details the evolution of the industry in Lincolnshire, along with a display about the use of robotics in engineering to show the stark contrast between past and present. Science busking demonstrations will also be taking place, as well as a variety of hands-on activities suitable for all ages.

The free event will be open to local schools on Friday, May 3 and will showcase cutting-edge developments in science, technology, engineering and maths happening across the county right now.