Two weeks ago my boyfriend proposed. We were in a rowboat on a lake in Hyde Park when he got down on one knee and asked that question. It was overwhelmingly exciting and I still can’t stop smiling or celebrating or randomly staring at my ring during meetings…and while I cross the road…and while I make dinner…and wh.en I’m typng…
Yet, while Hyde Park was where the most romantic moment of my life took place, I have to credit beautiful Lincoln for setting the scene. With its cobble stone streets, invigorating arts scene and historic architecture I have deemed little Lincoln the Brad Pitt of romantic towns: it may look a little too pretty at first, but look at it long enough and there’s more than just a twinkle in this town’s eye*.
(* Please note, it is less than 14 days since I got engaged and thus I am utilising the ‘allowed cheesy lines’ clause, thank you.)
So, while it was hard to narrow it down, here are my top five most romantic things to do in Lincoln.
1. Adopt a book for your loved one from the Wren or Medieval Library, Lincoln Cathedral
The Wren Library is located in Lincoln Cathedral and was described by Sir Roy Strong as “the most beautiful room in England”. The room contains more than 5,000 volumes from the personal library of Michael Honywood, Dean of Lincoln from 1660 to 1681.
When you adopt a book, a bookplate is added to its inside cover and you can also organise to tour the library to visit your book. For more information go to: http://lincolncathedral.com/support-us/adopt-a/
2. Leave a message of love on the message wall at Café Aroma
In a cozy room upstairs at one of the cities finest coffee houses, voted one of the top ten coffee shops in the UK by The Guardian http://coffeearoma.co.uk/, there is a wall filled with secrets. Next to the wall are pens, blank paper and a box with a sign encouraging you to write your own and add to the magic. Among the confessions are moving declarations of love.
3. Take a stroll in the Woodlands
Lincolnshire is blessed with some of the most impressive woodlands in the nation. Swanholme Lakes in Hartsholme Country Park is always calming and sets the scene for a bit of romance. Such woodlands have also inspired some pretty impressive poetry from Tennyson, Keats and the whole flowery word gang. I challenge any woman not to swoon after hearing poetry in woodlands. And if you’re not attached, you can still wander deep into the woods and hug a tree… everything needs a bit of love.
4. See a play in the grounds of Lincoln Castle.
Each summer Lincoln Castle hosts open air theatre. The audience gathers on the lawn inside the castle walls and is treated to some of the bard’s best. Last year I was lucky enough to catch A Midsummer Night’s Dream and my lovely (now fiancé) prepared an impressive picnic of cheese and wine as accompaniment. (In order to restore a bit of my dearest’s manly reputation, I must admit that following the play we went to the Magna Carta and drank a lot of beer.)
The next Open Air Theatre performance will be Macbeth, performed by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men.
24th June 5.30pm – 10pm
Gates open at 5:30pm
Show starts 6.30pm
Ticket Prices: Adult £14.50, Child £8.50
5. Be carried down Steep Hill after a night in heels
As pub closing time approaches, many ladies out on the town are filled with dread at the thought of having to tackle Steep Hill (up or down) in their finest shoes. At the same time, many men have a similar feeling: the dread of assisting their tipsy ladies by way of piggy back or assisted lean down or up the hill.
And for many men, at 4am and after a dirty kebab, this act is as poetic and filled with love as a sonnet at sunset.