Lincolnshire Wolds Outdoor Festival kicks off this weekend

Three people out walking in the Wolds

The popular Lincolnshire Wolds Outdoor Festival returns for a second time this Saturday (20 May), containing over 150 fantastic events and activities across the area between then and Sunday 11 June.

Following a successful first outing in 2022, the Festival encourages participants to explore the stunning scenery that makes up the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, whilst taking part in exciting activities and learning the history of this diverse landscape.

This year’s festival, which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wolds being designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, kicks off with an open weekend at South Ormsby Estate, with over 150 events and activities planned over the course of the three weeks.

Most activities will be free of charge or available at a greatly reduced cost, with something for people of all ages to take part in. Many of the activities designed to give people the opportunity to explore hobbies and new skills that they would not usually try, with planned activities including hikes, guided tours, gliding, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and much more.

There will also be pop-up Nature Labs in marketplaces around the Wolds, starting in Louth on Saturday 27 May and also visiting Spilsby, Alford, Wainfleet and Market Rasen.

The labs will allow residents and visitors to come and learn more about some of the beautiful local wildflowers that are scattered around the Wolds and be guided on how to create their own plant pot out of paper and plant local Lincolnshire Wildflowers seeds to take home and grow for themselves.

Many of the activities will require booking in advance so it is recommended to do so as early as possible to avoid disappointment. More details of the full schedule, including information and booking details on events and activities can be found at Wolds Outdoor Festival.

The festival is ran collaboratively by a steering group of organisations, including: The Ramblers, Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service, Active Lincolnshire, Stourton Estates, South Ormsby Estate Heritage Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire County Council, North Lincolnshire Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and East and West Lindsey District Councils; with East Lindsey District Council serving as lead delivery partner.

Karen Edwards, Place Officer at East Lindsey District Council, said:

“We’re so excited for the festival to get underway, particularly following its success from last year. It will provide residents and visitors with some memorable and unique opportunities to get outdoors and explore the stunning Lincolnshire Wolds that make up such a large part of our district and county.

“I hope that people will come and enjoy the vast selections of planned activities and events, perhaps try something new or visit somewhere you’ve always wanted to, whilst experiencing the incredible surroundings of the Wolds.”

Faye Pudney, Visitor Economy Officer at West Lindsey District Council, added:

“We’re delighted to be able to support this event and showcase how special the Lincolnshire Wolds is. We look forward to welcoming some new (and returning) visitors to the area and hope they will leave inspired to return again.”



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