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 Museum, 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

Walking Festival Programme now available!

This year's North Kesteven Walking Festival programme is now available! Back and better than ever with 2 weeks full of walking & family fun for all ages! Join us and step out in to the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside. From themed walks to exploring our stepping out network, you’re bound to find something for you! Make sure to look out for those longer walks too!

Taking place from Saturday 8 to Sunday 22 July, the festival is packed full of walks across the district designed for all ages and abilities to enable as many people as possible to take part. Read the programme online here.

For more information visit

New trail inspired by the rich heritage of Sleaford

When in Sleaford... is a new heritage trail developed by artsNK enabling visitors and residents to discover the fascinating history of the town. The trail features a series of bronze roundels, created by artist David Mackie situated in pavements and on walls acting as way-markers, mapping  out pathways through and around Sleaford and informing residents and visitors about existing public artworks.

For more information or to download a copy of the trail visit There will also be a led walk around the trail on Sunday 11 June with local historian Simon Pawley. Contact Navigation House on 01529 305904 or email for more information.

Exhibition: High Flying Women - Pioneering Aviators

Open until Sunday 24 September, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum’s current exhibition – High Flying Women – Pioneering Aviators tells the stories of female aviators from around the world.  The exhibition enables 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.

Celebrating 10 Years

This year's Spires and Steeples Challenge will take place on Sunday 15 October! Run or walk 13 or 26 miles along the Spires and Steeples Arts & Heritage Trail for charity! For more informaiton visit