In the heart of rural Lincolnshire, 19 miles south of Lincoln, lies Sleaford, a bustling market town with a long and varied history.
There are many fine buildings including the splendid 13th century church, St Denys', renowned for its wonderful stained glass and traceried windows. The church has one of the oldest stone-built spires in England and stands an impressive 144ft (44m) high.
St. Denys' also forms the backdrop to the market place where an outdoor market is held every Monday, Friday and Saturday selling a wide variety of goods and produce. On the first Saturday of each month there is a Farmers' Market selling locally-grown fresh produce.
As well as having three markets a week, Sleaford is home to The National Centre for Craft & Design - the UK's largest centre for craft, design and making. In a refurbished warehouse on the banks of the River Slea, you'll find four floors of gallery spaces with a regular programme of exhibitions and events, a contemporary craft shop, cafe and residents artists' workshop.
Follow the picturesque walk along the Slea Navigation to Cogglesford Mill, a fully restored and working 18th century watermill where milling has taken place for over a thousand years.
The surrounding countryside is stacked with aviation history and Sleaford makes an ideal base for exploring the delights of 'Bomber County'.
Location/Area: Heart of Lincolnshire