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Lincoln Area Guide

Lincoln Cathedral Image courtesy of Flickr user Nigel

At first glance, Lincoln is a standard English cathedral city, but a closer look shows a city dedicated to ideas. It has two universities, a lecture series and even a philosophical club.

Lincoln was the home of William Foster & Co., which invented and built the tank during World War I. After enjoying a productive industrial age during the Industrial Revolution and the period during the wars, Lincoln has shifted its economy. Now, it boasts an expanding IT sector, with many e-commerce mail order companies based in the city. Its long history also draws many tourists throughout the year.

Demographics

Lincoln has about 93,500 residents, 97.8% of whom classify themselves as white. The city is also quite young. Almost 11,200 residents are aged 20 to 24, making them the largest age group in the city. In fact, a larger proportion of its population is aged 20 to 64 than the average in England. About 62% of Lincoln's population is in that age range, compared to the English proportion of 60%. Similarly, there are fewer people aged 65 and over. Only 14% of Lincoln's population is that age, whilst 16% of England's population is.

Education

Lincoln has a relatively large selection of primary schools rated good or higher by Ofsted. Its many outstanding primary schools include Queen's Park School and The Hackthorn Church of England Primary School. There are also several primary schools which have converted to academies but still have excellent reputations, such as Ellison Boulters Church of England Primary School and the Hartsholme Academy.

Queen's Park School is also a secondary school, and it is the only secondary school rated as outstanding. Most of the other secondary schools are rated good, including St Peter and St Paul Catholic School and Cherry Willingham Community School. Like the primary schools, there are many secondary schools that have recently converted to academy status, like the Branston Community Academy and Lincoln Christ's Hospital School.

Lincoln has several options for further education. The largest education institution in Lincolnshire is Lincoln College, and it has more than 13,300 students. Bishop Grosseteste University only became a university in 2012, and it specialises in drama and the arts. The University of Lincoln is the larger of the two universities. It grew into its current shape when in 2001 it absorbed the Lincoln School of Art and Design and the Riseholme Agricultural College.

Transport

The main roads into and out of Lincoln are the A15 and the A46, and other major routes include the A1, the A158 the A57. The A15 connects Peterborough to north Lincolnshire, and the A46 links Lincoln with Bath and north Lincolnshire. The A1 is the longest numbered road in the UK, running the length of the eastern side of the country from London to Berwick-upon-Tweed. The A158 goes directly from Lincoln to Skegness, and the A57 does the same to Liverpool.

The central bus station is the Lincoln Bus Station, which has routes through the city and into the county. There are also cycling routes running from the city centre to villages nestled in the countryside.

The Lincoln railway station has services to Peterborough, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Doncaster and London, operated by East Midlands Trains and Northern Rail. The Humberside Airport is the closest airport, and it is 30 miles northeast of the city. It has services to Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam and lots of smaller European and British destinations.

Amenities and Shopping

As it is almost 40 miles from the nearest large city, Lincoln has become a hub for the arts, sport and shopping in the area.

Museums and galleries

Many museums in the city are dedicated to the study of Lincolnshire, including The Museum of Lincolnshire Life, the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology and the Lincolnshire Archives. St Katherine's Heritage and Cultural Centre focuses on the history of the Grade II listed church that stands there today, as well as the priory that was on the site during medieval times.

Galleries look beyond the borders of Lincolnshire. The Collection and Usher Gallery are two museums in one: The Collection explores the past with its archaeology exhibitions, and the Usher Gallery is a collection of paintings, ceramics and sculpture from the 16th century to the modern day. The Sam Scorer Gallery is maintained by the Gallery Arts Trust, which ensures the gallery exhibits some of the best art created by living artists.

Festivals

Lincoln is the home of the Lincolnshire Show, an agricultural fair that celebrates the best of Lincolnshire's produce and agricultural skills. Crafts, demonstrations, dog and equestrian events, flower shows, food and music are all on offer during the two-day show.

Lincoln is a place dedicated to the public participation in ideas, too. At the centre of Lincoln sits the Angel Coffee House, home to the Lincoln Philosophy Club. Founded in 2009, the club meets to encourage the exchange of ideas and the use of critical thinking in the wider public. The University of Lincoln, meanwhile, hosts regular public lectures that are free, though they are so popular that booking tickets in advance is usually required.

Theatres and venues

The Lincoln Theatre Royal is the largest performance arts theatre in Lincoln. Seating up to 481 people, it hosts ballet, opera, pantomime, comedy and theatrical performances. The Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, also known as LPAC, is a modern, 446-seat auditorium that puts on live arts performances including national touring productions, as well as screenings of films made by students from the University of Lincoln.

The Engine Shed is the largest music venue in the area. It features weekly student nights, stand-up comedy performances and gigs by international bands. The Lincoln Drill Hall also hosts performances by jazz, blues and classical musicians, but its flexible auditorium allows it to also put on theatre, children's events, dance performances and more.

Sport

Lincoln City Football Club is based in the city, but more successful is the Lincoln Ladies F.C., which is consistently amongst the top ten ladies' football clubs in England. The semi-professional and amateur football clubs include Lincoln United F.C, Lincoln Moorlands Railway F.C. and Lincoln Griffins Ladies F.C.

The Market Rasen Race Course features National Hunt racing events such as steeplechase, hurdles and standard horseracing.

Lincoln also has a couple of roller derby teams. The Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls are Lincoln's first roller derby team, and the Imposters Rollergirls were established in 2010.

Lincoln also has plenty on offer for amateur and individual sportsmen and women. There are eight golf clubs, several cycling and walking routes and a riding school for those who like to spend the day outdoors. There are also at least four sports and leisure facilities throughout the city, offering everything from swimming and tennis to a fully stocked gym and exercise classes.

Shopping

The Waterside Shopping Centre has over 25 shop fronts, including Topshop, La Senza and the Body Shop. A larger selection of national brands can also be found at the high street. The Lincoln Cathedral Quarter has many independent shops, including art galleries and antique shops, butchers and bakers, second hand bookshops, a traditional toy shop, fashion boutiques, cookery shops and much, much more.

The centre of the city hosts several local markets. The Lincoln Artists' Market is held in Castle Square, every first Saturday of the month, all year round except in January and February. Farmers' markets are held all year, bringing local, seasonal produce and food products to residents and visitors alike.

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