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. 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 2016 programme of events by clicking here.

For regular updates you can find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. You can also discover more in our new blog! Click here to find out more.

Latest News

Heritage Open Days, Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 September

Once again all three venues will be taking part in the national campaign Heritage Open Days designed to encourage visitors to explore their local history and heritage. There will be a free fun family trails at Cogglesford Watermill, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and Navigation House. You will be able to see Cogglesford Watermill in operation on Sunday and will also be joined by Greenfield Bakery with their delicisous bread baked in a wood fired oven. If you stop by Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre they will also be offering free refrehsments. For more information about Heritage Open Days please visit

Free events - please contact the North Kesteven District Council tourism team on 01529 308102.

Countdown is on for this year's Spires and Steeples Challenge!

It's just over a month to go until this year's Spires and Steeples Challenge taking 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.

Spooky Goings On...

Cogglesford Watermill will be open for Halloween between 6 & 8pm for a special event. Come and explore thsi creaky old mill and have a go at some creepy crafts and spooky stories. Ideal for children aged up to 14 years. Please note children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information please contact Cogglesford Watermill on 01529 413671 or contact the North Kesteven District Council tourism team on 01529 308102.

NEW Mini Assualt Course is now open at the Natural World Centre at Whisby Nature Park

Great news for youngsters as the Natural World Centre's mini assault course is now open! Ideal for a range of ages from 6 years and up, the assault course is designed to give children a challenge and encourage them to get out and about and be more active. The area is an extension of Little Darter's Wildlife Adventure area which opened back in 2009. The whole area has recently recieved a refurbishment and is now open once again for everyone to enjoy. Otter's Reach Indoor Adventure is still proving popular with younger visitors and is the ideal all-weather play area and offers interatcive play for children aged 3 and above and to a height of 1.3m.

For more information please call the Natural World Centre on 01522 688868 or email Alternatively please visit

NEW Display at Crawnell Aviation Heritage Centre: Training Aircraft at Cranwell

Do you know what a Bristol Bulldog looks like? Can you spot a Hawker Hart? Come and discover more about the many different types of training aircraft at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre’s upcoming display.

Explore RAF Cranwell’s history as a training school and learn about the types of aircraft that have flown at Cranwell over the last 100 years. Training Aircraft at Cranwell will be open to the public from Saturday 1 October to Friday 26 March 2017 from 10am to 4pm (weekends only).

For more information visit our new blog!

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