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. If you’re feeling more energetic, take advantage of the hirebike scheme and explore Witham Valley Country Park, linking a number of green spaces across the City of Lincoln and North Kesteven. You can also explore hidden treasures using MicroBreaks which are easy to use cycling routes designed for you to have fun with family and friends.

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

Easter with DiscoverNK!

Back by popular demand! Come and explore these fascinating venues during the school Easter holidays and try their family Easter trail! Trails are available at Cogglesford Watermill and Navigation House in Sleaford, and Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum in North Rauceby. All three venues will have hidden clues for you to find, be warned there are some cunning hiding places! As well as having lots of fun and exploring these historic buildings, you can find the full set and claim your prize! 50p per trail. Contact 01529 308102 or email for more information.

North Kesteven District Council’s visitor venues will soon be open 7 days a week, ready to start the summer season.

From Sunday 1 April, visitors can enjoy extended opening hours at Cogglesford Watermill and Navigation House in Sleaford, and Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum in North Rauceby. 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 local heritage.

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.