Free chance to see delights of Lincolnshire

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Lincolnshire is throwing a freebie extravaganza weekend on Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 called Discover Lincolnshire Weekend.

For the whole weekend the county’s most popular tourist attractions, including Lincoln Cathedral will be throwing open their doors and putting on activities free of charge.

The weekend will kick-start Lincolnshire’s contribution for British Tourism Week which takes place between March 12 and 20.

Emma Tatlow, deputy chief executive and head of marketing at Visit Lincolnshire, said: “Discover Lincolnshire weekend is the perfect chance for local residents and people from outside of the county to see what Lincolnshire has to offer – and the best bit is it won’t cost you a thing.”

“It doesn’t matter if you are a resident, making a return visit or are completely new to Lincolnshire – either way you’ll discover a wealth of county gems.

“Take advantage of a roof tour on Lincoln Cathedral, join a discussion about Lincolnshire’s horticultural heritage, and enjoy a free tour of a working windmill; not to mention demonstrations, re-enactments and foodie delights.

“Discover Lincolnshire Weekend 2011 is a time to get to know the places and people that make Lincolnshire so special.”

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Here are just a few things available for free!

Delve into Lincolnshire’s History at Lincoln Cathedral

Take advantage of free entry to Lincoln Cathedral and see the rarely-opened Cathedral Library exhibition from 11am to 3pm. In addition there will be roof and tower tours for over 14s at just £3 each.

For those with green fingers – Goltho Gardens, nr Market Rasen

Gain free entry to a 4.5-acre garden that was started in 1998, but already looks established. A long grass walk flanked by mixed borders forms a focal point; paths and walkways span out to other features – a nut walk, planted mostly for spring interest, an experimental border, a small woodland area and a stunning wildflower meadow.

Milling around at Waltham Windmill, nr Cleethorpes

Experience the daily work of a miller. Enjoy free entry, tours and a cup of tea or coffee while observing traditional milling.

The Natural World Centre at Whisby Nature Park, nr Lincoln

Get free entry to view local wildlife on a quirky floating bridge and climb the beautiful wood-constructed exploratory towers before taking a delicious locally-sourced meal or cake in the Boardwalk Cafe Whisby Nature Park.

The Spalding Flower Bulb Museum, Spalding

The Spalding Flower Bulb Museum is dedicated to the people of South Lincolnshire who worked in the fields growing the bulbs that made the area famous for its tulip fields.

The Collection Museum, Lincoln

Take part in free guided tours of The Collection at 11am and The Usher Gallery at 2pm, as well as meet Roman soldiers in full Roman regalia to hear about what life was like 2,000 years ago.

The buildings sit side-by-side in the centre of Lincoln city close to Steep Hill and enjoy spectacular views of Lincoln Cathedral.