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 discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk.

For regular updates you can find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. You can also see our 2016 programme of events by clicking here.

Latest News

Get your walking boots on!

The North Kesteven Walking Festival will return on Saturday 9 July and has 9 days full of walking and family fun! The majority of walks are free to attend and range in different lengths as well as including evening and weekend walks. You can view the programme online by clicking here! For more information please visit www.1life.co.uk/nkwalkingfesitval or for regular updates find the festival on Facebook or follow @NKWalking on Twitter. 

Any one for tea?

Cogglesford Watermill are now selling refreshments including hot and cold drinks and snacks. You can also enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the River Slea by sitting outside and soaking up the sun. The mill is currently open 7 days a week (Mon-Fri, 12pm to 4pm & Sat & Sun, 11am to 4.30pm). Visit www.cogglesfordwatermill.co.uk for more information.

Summer Fun, Sunday 28 August

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre holds its annual Summer Fun event. From kites to cockpits, there is something for all the family to enjoy whatever your age!

This is a free event - call 01529 488490 / 308102

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 Theresa_hobbs@n-kesteven.gov.uk

Spires and Steeples Challenge 2016

This year's Spires and Steeples Challenge will take place on Sunday 16 October! Run or walk 26 or 13 miles in aid of charity. For more information visit www.1life.co.uk/SpiresandSteeplesChallenge. For regular updates find the challenge on Facebook or follow @Spires_Steeples on Twitter.