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. You’ll find attractions to suit many interests and budgets including museums, historic houses, heritage and visitor centres, mills, arts and crafts, music and dance plus lots more!

You can read our 2015 Leisure and Days Out Guide online by clicking here. You can also request a hard copy by contacting the tourism team on the detials below.

There are also many poignant reminders of the vast aviation heritage of the district, from airfields to memorials and heritage and visitor centres; 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 which can be viewed by clicking here.

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 Centre, please contact the North Kesteven Tourism Team in 01529 308102 or email

For regular updates you can find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. You can also see our 2016 programme of events by clicking here.

Latest News

Can you spare some time?

North Kesteven District Council is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join their tourism team. Proud to champion tourism, North Kesteven District Council supports four visitor centres within the District offering a unique experience for all ages. Open to the public all year round, each venue has a distinctive story linking the site to local history, capturing the imagination of visitors young and old and giving people the opportunity to learn about their local heritage. Working within the visitor venues, you will provide excellent customer service creating a memorable experience for all visitors. You will have the opportunity to learn new skills including heritage skills such as milling, traditional ironworking; not to mention gaining experience in a customer service environment and meeting a wide range of new people. There are no minimum hours required and times are flexible to suit you. Minimum age for all volunteers is 17 years old. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, and would like an informal discussion, please contact Theresa Hobbs on 01529 308102 or email

A Walk Through History

Sunday 19 June, 10.30am, meeting at Navigation House

Take a walk through history with lcoal historian Dr Simon Pawley and discover some of the delights of the traditional market town of Sleaford. This walk will take approxiamately 1 hour.

For more information contact Navigation House on 01529 305904 or email

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre goes on the Air!

Saturday 18, Sunday 19 & Saturday 25, Sunday 26 June

Join Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre as they take part in an amateur radio special event - International Museums Weekend. Popular for amateur radio enthusiasts and anyone just interested in our heritage, International Museums Weekend was created in order to set up amateur radio special event stations at as many museums as possible throughout the whole of the world. Open from 10am to 4.30pm, see the heritage centre make contact with museums from around the world! Visitors will also have the chance to explore the history of RAF Cranwell’s Electrical and Wireless Training Unit during World War II as well as having a go at Morse code on a Morse code machine and learn how to translate messages. For more information visit or call 01529 488490.

Flying High as North Kesteven Celebrates 75 Years of Jet Flight

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre & Metheringham Airfeld Visitor Centre saw over 500 visitors through their doors last weekend as they celebrated 75 years of Jet Flight. It was 75 years ago on 15 May 1941 that RAF Cranwell saw the first flight of an allied jet-powered aircraft, the Gloster E28/39, using an engine designed by Sir Frank Whittle. To recognise this extraordinary event, visitors to Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre experienced the thrills and spills of jet flight through simulators, taxy runs, cockpitsand various engines. Cranwell Aviation Hetritage Centre also has a special exhibition relating the Frank Whittle kindly loaned from the Lutteroworth Museum of which received many positive comments over the weekend. For more infomration about Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre, visit for information about Metheringahm Airfield Visitor Centre visit

North Kesteven Walking Festival Programme Now Available!

The North Kesteven Walking Festival is now available! Returning this July with 9 days of walking and family fun for all ages. You can read the programme online now by clicking here. For regular updates find the festival on Facebook or follow @NKWalking on Twitter. If you would like to be added to their mailing list, pelase contact the Events Manager, Donna Sutton on 01522 694353 or email

Spires and Steeples Challenge 2016

This year's Spires and Steeples Challenge will take place on Sunday 16 October! Run or walk 26 or 13 miles in aid of charity. For more information visit For regular updates find the challenge on Facebook or follow @Spires_Steeples on Twitter.