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 discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk. You can also see our 2017 programme of events by clicking here.

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Latest News

National Mills Weekend

Cogglesford Watermill are to take part in National Mills Weekend! Join in the celebrations as the mill rumbles in to action on Sunday 14 May. They will be joined by M H Preserves who will be offering tastes of their home made jams and chutneys and Greenfield Bakers who produce delicious bread using wood fired ovens. 

For more information please call 01529 413671 or email cogglesfordwatermill@n-kesteven.gov.uk.

North Kesteven Walking Festival Returns!

Back and better than ever! 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!

North Kesteven is privileged to a vast open countryside with fascinating heritage and diverse wildlife. The North Kesteven Walking Festival aims to showcase these opportunities bringing them to you to enjoy the great outdoors.  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.

For more information visit www.1life.co.uk/nkwalkingfestival

NEW Exhibition: High Flying Women - Pioneering Aviators

From Saturday 1 April, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum’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.

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 whisby@1life.co.uk.

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 www.1life.co.uk/spiresandsteepleschallenge.