The Lincoln Guides: 5 of the best things to do when you visit Lincoln

5 of the best things to do when you visit Lincoln

In this post, I'll be sharing 5 of the best things to do when you visit Lincoln, from the iconic Lincoln Cathedral to the beautiful Doddington Hall. So without further ado, here's what made the list...

Lincoln Castle

1. Lincoln Castle

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Built by William the Conqueror in 1068 and home to an original 1215 Magna Carta, Lincoln Castle has stood for hundreds of years and is the perfect place to discover 1000 years of history. You can walk the Castle Walls, visit the Victorian Prison, see the iconic Magna Carta and learn about its story and go on a guided tour, amongst many other activities.



Lincoln Cathedral
Credit: Matthew Feeney


2. Lincoln Cathedral

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If you come to Lincoln, you have to visit the famous cathedral where films such as the Da Vinci Code have featured it. It is the fourth largest in the UK and has been described as one of the most precious pieces of architecture in Britain. The Lincoln Cathedral website has a handy page with 10 things to do in the cathedral. They also hold events throughout the year with even a theatre production of Oliver Twist taking place in the cathedral nave, so it's worth seeing what's on.


Steep Hill Lincoln

3. Bailgate and Steep Hill


Steep Hill is a steep (actually named the fourth steepest in the country!) cobbled street which is lined with independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants - you can spend hours exploring these lovely independent businesses. The street leads to the Cathedral and Castle and also to Bailgate which is part of the Cathedral Quarter and once again, filled with independent boutiques, shops and cafes along cobbled streets. Surrounded by the remains of medieval Lincoln it makes for a wonderful experience.


Doddington Hall Lincoln
Credit: Simon Broadhead of Heritage Photographic

4. Doddington Hall & Gardens

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Doddington Hall is around 8 miles from Lincoln City Centre but is well worth a visit. A beautiful Elizabethan Manor House with walled gardens plus a restaurant, cafe and farmshop - there is plenty to do and Doddington are encouraging visitors to eat, shop and stay, and enjoy a summer safely in their wonderful grounds. They hold a multitude of events throughout the year, from decorating the hall at Christmas to pumpkin picking in October and sculpture exhibitions in the Summer (their latest sculpture exhibition is on now until 6th September).

The Collection Lincoln
Photo credit: Michael Westley

5. The Collection and Usher Gallery

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The Collection is the county museum and gallery for Lincolnshire. It brings together an award winning archaeology museum and the region's premier art gallery, The Usher Gallery in the heart of the city. The Collection pays host to a huge variety of exhibitions, events, workshops and lectures. There is also a Play space in The Collection which is great for younger visitors.





Lincoln: An introduction to The Lincoln Guides

Introduction to the Lincoln Guides

Hello and welcome to my new blog series; the Lincoln Guides. A series of posts over the next month or so, sharing lots of information about Lincoln including the best restaurants, the must-dos and the best villages around the city. Many of the recommendations have come from the wonderful Lincoln Bloggers UK community which I launched last month so you know that they're going to be good!

I'll be updating this post with links every time a new post goes live so this will be a hub for the blog series.

So why Lincoln? It's the city that I moved to two years ago after living in London. I'm originally from Surrey but my parents moved to Lincoln 5 years ago for a change of lifestyle and to be closer to family. We decided to follow them up here when I was pregnant with my baby girl, so that we could have extra support, enjoy the countryside and also be closer to my husbands family in Sheffield.

It's been lovely being able to explore a new city and Lincoln has so much to offer. There's so much money being put into development of the city and it's a really exciting time to be part of it. Hopefully you'll find these guides useful, whether you live in the area or are planning a visit! So, without further ado let's crack on...



Lincoln: An Evening at The Botanist Lincoln

The Botanist Lincoln

Press visit with Lincoln Bloggers UK

I've been to The Botanist in Leeds and London and have loved it both times (especially the cocktails!) so was super excited when I discovered that it was coming to Lincoln. I was even more excited when I was invited to their pre-launch press evening, along with the Lincoln Bloggers UK gang - a community I set up a few weeks ago and that is growing daily.

The Botanist Lincoln is in the Cornhill Quarter; an area which has undergone a huge amount of development and is now home to an Everyman Cinema (opens on Friday!), a Cosy Club and some lovely shops including Whistles and Hobbs. It's a gorgeous area and a great place to spend an evening. 

The Botanist in Lincoln interior
The Botanist in Lincoln interior

The Botanist is just as beautiful as the other venues I've been too. Filled with plants, industrial style furniture and great lighting, it's a treat for the eyes and I was getting a lot of interior inspiration. My Mum and I were given a complimentary cocktail on arrival which was delicious, and we got to enjoy the downstairs bar area whilst our table was prepped. 

The Botanist Lincoln cocktail menu
The Botanist Lincoln food

We then went upstairs and were seated at our table where we could admire the views over the Cornhill Quarter. They have huge windows which mean there's lot of light in the day, and a lovely atmosphere as it gets darker outside. We then had to make the difficult decision of which food to go for (you can view all of their menus here). We settled upon the Vegan Board with sides of tenderstem broccoli and chunky chips. For dessert we chose the Caramelised Banana Sundae. The food hit the spot and the only part that we left was the Bang Bang cauliflower which was part of the Vegan Board and too spicy for our mild tastebuds!

Covid-wise, we felt very safe; there were hand sanitiser stations at the entrance to both floors and we were asked to sanitise as we entered, all of the staff were wearing masks and the tables were well spaced. It was obviously something that everyone was (quite rightly) very conscious of and made for it to feel very safe.

We had a really lovely evening. It was so nice to get dressed up and wear a full face of make-up and we had no complaints at all. We will definitely be back soon!

The Botanist in Lincoln opens officially on Tuesday 18th August and you can find out more on their website here

Beauty: 5 products to try from Beauty Pie


Today I'm sharing 5 products to try from Beauty Pie. If you're new to Beauty Pie then hop on over to this post for the lowdown where I explain how it works. I've now had membership for a few months and have tried quite a few different products from make-up to skincare (the skincare products are definitely the stand-out for me). These 5 products are ones that I've tried for a little while and highly rate.

Super Healthy Skin Daily Moisture Lotion - £8 (typical price £35)

This is a fantastic everyday moisturiser. I like a moisturiser which is low maintenance, fragrance free and that sinks in easily to the skin - this ticks all of the boxes. It's hydrating without being oily, and I've been using it day and night without fail.

Super Healthy Hair Elastic Repair Treatment - £5.69 (typical price £34)

I've heard mixed reviews on the Beauty Pie hair products but one of my friends is a total convert and said that I had to try this. You use it after conditioner and leave it for a few minutes so that it can strengthen and repair. My hair always feels better after using this so I'm a big fan.

Wondercolour Longwear Cream Shadow Stick - £5.35 (typical price £22)

These cream eyeshadow sticks are often raved about and I can see why. I went for the shade Beige Bombshell which is a cool toned shimmery ivory. It's so easy to apply - I apply it directly to my eyelid and then just blend it with my finger. I was also amazed to find that it didn't crease which always happens to me!

Superactive Capsules Pure Double Vitamin C & Vitamin E Serum - £10.85 (typical price £50)

These have to be my favourite Beauty Pie product - I adore them! I love that the capsules give you the perfect dose of serum and it feels so lovely to apply. My skin always feels a bit tingly after using them which I like as shows that the product is working. I'm going to be trying more of their capsules for sure!

Super Pore-Detox Purifying Face Mask - £8.45 (typical price £35)

This black clay mask is one of the best I've tried. It doesn't cause me to have break outs and leaves my skin feeling fresh. My skin feels a bit tingly as the product works - it has an almost cooling effect and it's nice and easy to wash off too.

If you want to use my referral link you will get your first month of membership free (and I'll get an extra £50 of spend allowance). Just use my link here or enter 'DAISYSENTME' in the refer a friend box at checkout.

Life: 5 Podcasts to listen to

Photo of cup of coffee and an iPhone

I've loved podcasts for a few years now and usually listen to them whilst I'm cleaning, or doing my current favourite activity - my paint by numbers. When Florence was tiny I'd listen to them when I walked her in the pram, and Chris and I listen to them on long car journeys too. I did a post about the ones I was enjoying back in 2017 so you can also check them out here - I still love the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast which I mentioned in that post.

Here are 5 of my current favourites:

1) Sh**ged, Married, Annoyed - this podcast never fails to make me (and my husband) laugh out loud - we relate to so much of it. The podcast is Chris and Rosie Ramsey chatting about all sorts; life, relationships, arguments, parenting and growing up. They are both so funny and so relatable. They're also around an hour long so great for car journeys.

2) Made by Mammas - I love a parenting podcast (as you can tell) and this is one of my favourites. Zoe Hardman and Georgia Dayton chat to lots of different guests and they are always very open and honest about parenting. There are some great topics covered and I love that they are currently releasing two episodes a week.

3) The High Low - this is a weekly chat between Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes and it covers both highbrow and lowbrow news so is a great mix. I also love their book and reading recommendations.

4) Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe's Lockdown Parenting Hell - I've only just discovered this as it was obviously a more recently launch (love how many podcasts have come out of lockdown!) but it is hilarious. I was having such a giggle as I listened to it earlier. Rob and Josh chat to a famous parent about how they are coping with their kids in lockdown and it's so relatable if you have kids.

5) The Grow & Glow Show - I have recently joined the Grow & Glow* community and am absolutely loving it. Vix Meldrew, who set up and runs it, has created this podcast and it's so helpful for learning more about growing your personal brand, improving your content and earning money from it all.

Let me know what your favourites are, as I'm always on the lookout for new ones to listen to!

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