The Heart

Welcome to the Heart of Lincolnshire!

Close to the city of Lincoln, this is rural England at its very best – a perfect base to make the most of Lincolnshire’s incredible aviation heritage and historic landscapes. Nestled in the heart of Lincolnshire, North Kesteven has much to offer; endless countryside, bustling market towns and charming villages – there’s plenty to see and do whatever the weather!

Whether you are visiting for the day or a week, North Kesteven is the perfect setting; and will not only offer a very warm and friendly welcome, but many wonderful places to spend your time.

Explore our extensive Stepping Out network with over 140 miles of waymarked walks scattered across the district; or find attractions to suit many interests and budgets from heritage and visitor centres, aviation museums to contemporary craft centres – something for all the family to enjoy.

There are also many poignant reminders of the vast aviation heritage of the district, from disused airfields to memorials; the surrounding countryside is rich in connections to 'Bomber County', a name reflecting Lincolnshire’s wartime role as a key location for bomber stations.

The district is also home to the first military air academy at RAF Cranwell, a station steeped in history playing an important role during World War II. North Kesteven is home to several operational airfields serving modern day RAF, while former airfields, museums and memorials are witness to the bravery of the men and women who served in the most turbulent of times.

You can find out more about North Kesteven’s aviation history in the district’s Airfield Trail.

Lincolnshire will also commemorate and celebrate the centenary of the Royal Air Force this year with many events across the county. For more information visit

If you would like further information about the district or the District Council's visitor centres including Cogglesford Watermill, Navigation House and Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum, please contact the North Kesteven Tourism Team in 01529 308102 or email 

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Latest News

Explore, Discover, Experience the Heart of Lincolnshire for FREE during Discover Lincolnshire Weekend.

This year’s Discover Lincolnshire weekend will be offering visitors the chance to get a great deal this spring by opening many of its top tourist attractions for free! Attractions across the county will be offering free admission or special discounts as part of the Discover Lincolnshire Weekend from 24th to 25th March. Many attractions across North Kesteven will be taking part including Cogglesford Watermill, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum, Heckington Windmill, Lincolnshire Road Tranport Museum and Navigation House! For more information visit

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum commemorates RAF 100 with its exhibition honouring the heroism of RAF aircrew during World War II.

2018 is set to be an important year for aviation as the Royal Air Force celebrates its centenary. To mark this occasion, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum will open their next exhibition on Sunday 1 April 2018 entitled ‘Gallantry in the Air’ honouring Royal Air Force aircrew who were decorated for their bravery during World War II. For more information visit our blog.