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 2017 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. Group travel tour operators can find further information 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 You can also see our 2017 programme of events by clicking here.

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Latest News

NEW Exhibition: High Flying Women - Pioneering Aviators

From Saturday 1 April, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre’s forthcoming exhibition – High Flying Women – Pioneering Aviators will open to the public telling the stories of female aviators from around the world.  The exhibition will enable visitors to discover these remarkable women and their love of flight, speed, adventure and service for their countries. 

You can find out more by visiting our blog.

Enjoy Eggciting Easter Trails

At Cogglesford Watermill, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and Navigation House

If you're looking for something to do over the Easter Holidays then visit our visitor venues and have a go at their fun Easter trails! Help Molly the Mill Mouse deliver her Easter Eggs to Floyd the Fish with their trail that runs from Cogglesford Watermill to Navigation House in Sleaford. You can also visit Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and help Charlie the Crane make his delivery to the pioneering aviators in their current exhibition. Complete each trail successfully in order to receive your chocolatey prize!

Trails are only 50p each and will run from Saturday 1 to Monday 17 April. Contact Discover NK on 01529 308102 or email for more information.

Photographic Competition Returns

The Natural World Centre’s annual photographic competition is to return this April giving visitors the chance to snap up some great prizes whilst snapping their favourite spots of Whisby Nature Reserve. Entries are being accepted from Saturday 22 April. It is FREE to enter and is open to all ages with a limit of four entries per person. All photographs must be taken within the Whisby Nature Reserve. 
For more information or for an application pack, please contact the centre on 01522 688868 or email

Family Arts Activities in Sleaford for BBC Get Creative Weekend

Saturday 8th April, 11am – 1pm, FREE
The Nettles Green Space, Sleaford

(adjacent to Sleaford Leisure Centre, along the riverside path to Cogglesford Mill)
As part of the Nationwide BBC Get Creative Weekend, artsNK are offering free, family friendly arts activities at the Nettles Green Space in Sleaford on Saturday 8th April. The day also includes the launch of the When in Sleaford Arts & Heritage Trail map and a sticker trail for children. Visit for more details.