As autumn approaches, as does a new season of openings, festivals, and family-friendly activities to embrace and enjoy. Lincoln provides the perfect backdrop to a season of fun and new experiences, especially those found in the heart of its city centre, The Cornhill Quarter. The area’s recent £70 million regeneration project has breathed a new lease of life through its streets, attracting brand new businesses, attractions, and a whole host of events to get stuck into this Fall.
Pho – Open 16th August
Excitement is palpable for The Cornhill Quarter’s first ever Vietnamese street food restaurant which recently opened its doors. Pho, which is run by founders Stephen and Jules Wall, will bring its fresh and healthy Vietnamese dishes to The Cornhill Quarter whilst also creating 20 new jobs in the region. Pho will also serve food including wok-fried noodles, decadent curries, spicy salads, fresh juices, and a selection of Vietnamese beers, cocktails, and hand-picked wines. The menu at Pho is even accredited by Coeliac UK (about 98% is gluten-free) and over a third is suitable for vegans. Locals are being encouraged to sign up to the Pho newsletter as subscribers will be the first to hear about the launch dates and be in with a chance to book 50% off tables. For more information, please visit https://www.phocafe.co.uk/
Superdry and Robert Goddard – Opening 16th October
Iconic men’s clothes brand Superdry have confirmed they are opening new stores in The Cornhill Quarter this autumn. Fashion retailer Robert Goddard will also be moving in upstairs but without a date announced as of yet. The Superdry franchise will occupy the ground floor of a former bookshop and Robert Goddard’s designer clothing store will be located on the first floor.
The two fashion giants make exciting additions to Lincoln’s shopping district that already boasts Hobbs and Moss Bros amongst others. For further information, please visit https://www.cornhillquarter.
JoJo Maman Bébé – Opening 25th September
The Cornhill Quarter will also be welcoming maternity, baby & children’s specialist, JoJo Maman Bébé this September. Launching on Saturday, September 25th, the shop will be located next to Trent Galleries on Sincil St. To celebrate the opening, there will be a weekend of promotion within store with further details to be announced soon. This is another exciting addition to the growing line-up in the Cornhill Quarter and will spark further positivity around the return of the high street. For further information, please visit https://www.jojomamanbebe.co.
What To Do:
Experience Lincoln’s Incredible Circus Acts
The Cornhill Quarter is delighted to welcome back the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre who will be returning this October with a brand-new programme of outdoor theatre and circus events as part of PopOut Festival 2021. These creative events have previously drawn hundreds of people to the city centre to experience a scale of performance usually reserved for larger festivals such as Derby Feste and Hull: City of Culture. Kicking off on October 2nd and 3rd with Flycyle & Sumbercycle by Pif-Paf Theatre. This cycle-based theatre show invites the audience to climb aboard one of Captain’s vehicles and be whisked off for an adventure around the centre.
The following weekend (October 9th) will see an exhilarating performance ‘iRobot’ undertaken by James Wilton Dance. This trampoline-based breakdance is a martial art and acrobatic mash-up that will leave spectators wowed. Also on the same day, Transported Arts will be presenting a showcase of local aerial artists across three performances, alongside free taster sessions for the public led by a UK Aerial Performance award-winning instructor. For more information, please see https://lpac.co.uk/whats-on/
Take in the Views atop Steep Hill
Head up Steep HiIl, the fourth steepest street in the whole of England. Built by the Romans, originally with steps, Steep Hill connects the historic Cathedral Quarter with the more modern city centre of Lincoln. Those brave enough to walk up the hill are rewarded by an eclectic mix of independent businesses, housing boutiques, tearooms, and vintage bookstores in some of the city’s oldest buildings. It is also the place to grab the perfect picture as it boasts spectacular views over the city and countryside.
Absorb original and invigorating art at the Trent Galleries
For those more artistically inclined, a visit to The Cornhill Quarter’s first contemporary fine art gallery is a must. Trent Galleries is a modern art gallery offering visitors a relaxed and tranquil experience. Showcasing a wide range of fine art and original pieces from a diverse mix of global and award-winning artists, the gallery has proven one of the most popular destinations for visitors to the area. With a full and compelling schedule of artist events, with some of the world’s best artists including Fabian Perez, Doug Hyde, Philip Gray, Sherree Valentine Daines and Jennifer Hogwood – autumn promises to be an exciting season in The Cornhill Quarter. For more information, please see https://www.trentgalleries.co.
Enjoy a Cocktail on the Rooftop Terrace at the Everyman Cinema
The recently opened Everyman Cinema in The Cornhill Quarter has become one of the trendiest places around for an evening drink and it is easy to see why. Equipped with a modern restaurant and bar space, the stunning and chic interior makes for the most instagrammable date nights and catch ups. There is even a stunning rooftop terrace that serves glorious views over The Cornhill Quarter and the Cathedral, as well as delicious cocktails making this one of the top spots to visit on a trip to Lincoln.
As well as being a great spot for food and drinks, the venue also doubles up as a cinema. With four screens kitted out with plush double seater sofas and crushed velvet armchairs, this cinema feels more like a high-class lounge than a movie theatre. For more information, please see https://www.everymancinema.
Discover The Cornhill Quarter’s Historical Past
A stroll around the newly restored Cornhill Quarter is a unique walk-through part of Lincoln’s history. With an exciting blend of modern and historical design, the newly refurbished buildings have been created in the former aesthetic of the town centre. Visitors can saunter around the Grade II listed Corn Exchange building, with underwent a £12million revamp as phase one of the regeneration efforts. Steeped in history, the Corn Exchange dates back to 1879 and has a long tradition as a trading location, from its original market hall roots to its now commercial and retail spaces.
One of the businesses it now houses is the Cosy Club. This new bar and restaurant celebrate the building’s unique heritage through the restoration of its original features. Adorning the walls are historic market adverts, referencing the building’s long tradition as a trading location in the city – the perfect stop after a day of shopping.
Accommodation & Getting There
Lincoln’s Cathedral View Guest House is a beautiful, Grade II listed property, that dates back to the 12th century. Named due to its proximity to the iconic Lincoln Cathedral, the Cathedral View Guest House boasts a stunning view of the city’s historic skyline. Due to the age of the building, each room differs, offering guests a unique experience every time they visit. Prices start from £87.50 for a double room per night, which includes breakfast.
Via the LNER railway line, Lincoln is just a 1 hour and 55-minute trip away from London King’s Cross. Trains depart every two hours. Tickets start from £36 for a day return. The train station is at the very foot of The Cornhill Quarter, making the commute ideal for those travelling up to shop.
For further information on Visit Lincoln: www.visitlincoln.com.
For further information on The Cornhill Quarter: www.cornhillquarter.co.uk