Lincolnshire Day ― Date, History, and Details

Lincolnshire Day

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History of Lincolnshire Day and How to Celebrate/ Observe It

Lincolnshire Day is celebrated on 1 October each year. It commemorates the day in 1217 when King Henry III sealed the Charter of the Forest at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. This document confirmed and extended the rights of free men to use the royal forests for hunting, fuel and pasture. It also banned the practice of ‘afforestation’ – the enclosure of land to create private hunting grounds.

The Lincolnshire Day Society was founded in 1992 to promote the county and its history. The society organises events and activities on or around 1 October each year. These have included a countywide church service, a ‘forest walk’ through the ancient Woodhall Spa woods, and the planting of a Lincolnshire oak tree.

In 2015, Lincolnshire Day was designated as an official county holiday. This means that schools and colleges are closed, and businesses can apply for a special licence to open for extended hours.