Budding young builders and archaeologists are invited to get hands-on with the history of Lincoln Cathedral at the forthcoming Family Wow Day on Thursday 29 August.
From 10am to 4pm visitors of all ages can take part in a range of activities in the Cathedral while discovering more about the exciting renovation works that are taking place.
The event is free to attend, although donations are welcomed.
Guests will learn many of the processes that go in to building a cathedral – from the creation of the colourful stained glass windows, to the unusual stone carvings. There will also be construction-themed arts and crafts activities, where visitors can create their own marvellous masterpieces.
The Family Wow Day is being facilitated by Lincoln Cathedral Connected, a project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to improve the Cathedral’s setting and visitor experience.
It forms part of a packed summer schedule of free events that has been taking place at the Cathedral – including discovery tours, hide and seek trails, and historic storytelling.
Team members from Allen Archaeology, who are the archaeologists undertaking work at the Cathedral as part of the Connected project, will be on hand to lead some of the activities. Guests can learn about their latest finds and the many artefacts unearthed during the recent development.
There is also still time to spot the swans which are hiding all over the Cathedral – visitors can simply pick up a family trail for clues as well as fascinating facts on the history of the building. Completed forms can also be entered into a prize draw.
Children can take part in the Big Art activity by adding their handprints to the 2-D ‘hand-made’ cathedral and enjoy a stone mason treasure hunt. Within the Cloister, little ones can enjoy play inside our child-sized cathedral.
Sally Bleasdale, Education Manager at Lincoln Cathedral, said: “We’re very excited to hold the next Family Wow Day at the Cathedral as they have proven a great success with the local community as well as guests from further afield.
“The event gives visitors the chance to meet the archaeologists from the Connected project and learn all about the interesting and exciting discoveries that have taken place during the renovation works. There really will be something for everyone and lots to enjoy – with families even learning how to mastermind their own cathedral.”