Exploring the Lincoln Knights Trail 2017

Whilst I’ve said about turning The Life of a Thinker into an online portfolio for my journalism, Sunday blog posts have always been an opportunity for me to update you all on what I’ve been up to recently, and I don’t think that will ever change.

Despite finishing university already, I was back in Lincoln this weekend for the School of English Journalism Ball (where, surprisingly, I won the ‘Photo of the Year’ award, which was nice). However, prior to all the exciting celebrations, I had a day to myself, and decided to embark on the Knights Trail which has descended on the city for the summer.

It’s because I hadn’t enrolled at university yet that I just missed 2015’s event – the Barons Trail. Now, it’s sculptures of knights to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln. It was a beautiful day, and with more free time on my hands, I thought I would also film the experience too.

Although I am keen on this post being light-hearted and informal, the rise in ‘tourism trails’ (Paddington Bear, Gromit and Shaun the Sheep have all had their own trails in other areas of the UK) has interested me lately. After all, it promotes a sense of adventure and experience which taps into the current souvenir culture in society.

Gone are the days where just an autograph or anything materialistic would suffice, it’s now about having the evidence to show that such an occurrence, meeting or activity took place. Whether that’s a photo of the celebrity whose autograph you asked for, or something else to trophy, tourists want a sense of satisfaction and gratification – and the Lincoln Knight’s Trail certainly does that.

As I took a photo of the final sculpture outside the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, I felt a great sense of accomplishment, as I browsed at the collection of photos on my phone of all 36 sculptures. Tourism is all about a sense of adventure, and even when I’ve been living in Lincoln for two years, I felt that this weekend.

Anyway, without further ado, here is a gallery of all of the sculptures:

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The Lincoln Knights Trail runs from May 20 to September 3, 2017. More information can be found here.

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5 thoughts on “Exploring the Lincoln Knights Trail 2017

  1. Lovely photos and lovely intro to the post! I think what you said about tourists wanting photo evidence, and more than just a souvenir, is so true. In Canada, where I live, we’re celebrating our 150th anniversary. Access to national parks is free for the year, which allows more people to get those photos. It’d be nice if people just wanted to see nature for the sake of appreciating it, but I suppose maybe wanting it to remain pristine, if only for photos, is one way to want to protect the environment! (I just realized I went off on a tangent in my comment but I saw your line “Think outside the box” so I will just leave it, haha!)

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    • Hahaha, thank you so much for the comment and for ‘thinking outside the box’!

      Oh wow, I’ve always wanted to visit Canada, but I know what you mean. I try to establish a bit of both with these sort of experiences. Sure, take the odd photo for you to look back on in the future, but it’s just as important that you enjoy it in the moment, too.

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