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. You can also see our 2016 programme of events by clicking here.

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Latest News

Christmas!

Christmas will be soon upon us and there are some wonderful events to take part in this season! Discover the different aircraft which have flown from RAF Cranwell over the last 100 years at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and have a go at Charlie Crane’s Plane Spotting Trail! Visit Cogglesford Watermill in Sleaford on Sunday 11 December for their Festive Milling Day! See this historic mill rumble in action for the last time this year. The mill will be beautifully decorated and you can enjoy a free mince pie and mulled wine as you explore this ancient building and see flour being made as it has been for more than 200 years. A gentle stroll along the riverside brings you to Navigation House; this former Sleaford Navigation Company Office stands in Navigation Yard off Carre Street. Nestling close to the National Centre for Craft and Design, Navigation House will be joining in with their annual gifted Christmas Market on Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 December. On Saturday they will be making stunning mosaic decorations and on Sunday creating personalised Christmas Cards. Call in to join in with these festive activities and explore this charming old building. Both Cogglesford Watermill’s Molly Mill Mouse and Navigation House’s Floyd the Fish will have Christmas trails throughout December.

Don't forget about the Natural World Centre's annual Crackin' Christmas Celebration on Sunday 11 December! Festive fun for all the family! An local artists and crafters market selling unique gifts for all the family! For more information visit www.naturalworldcentre.co.uk

Winter Opening Hours

North Kesteven District Council's visitor venues are now operating in their winter opening hours. Cogglesford Watermill, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and Navigation House are now open on weekends only unitl 31 March 2017. For more information please visit their individual websites or call the North Kesteven tourism team on 01529 308102.

Centre given museum accreditation status!

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre has been awarded Accredited Status by Arts Council England, the national development agency for arts and culture. The Arts Council’s Accreditation Scheme sets out nationally agreed standards that inspire the confidence of the public, funding and governing bodies. It enables museums to assess their current performance, as well as supporting them to plan and develop their services to benefit visitors.

You can read more about this exciting story on our blog.

2017 Calendars are now available!

You can now buy copies of our 2017 calendar made up of our winning entries of our photographic comptition. Calendars are now on sale at Cogglesford Watermill, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and Navigation House for only £3.99. For more information please call the tourism team on 01529 308207 or email discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk.

Training Aircraft at Cranwell

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre's new display is now open until Friday 26 March 2017! Training Aircraft at Cranwell shows the history of Cranwell as a training school, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about the types of aircraft that have flown at Cranwell over the last 100 years.

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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