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.

Enjoy the autumn air and explore our extensive Stepping Out network with over 140 miles of waymarked walks scattered across the district. Make sure to keep an eye out for the many hidden artworks along the way!

For those rainy days you’ll 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.

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.

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. 

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Latest News

Feeling Festive?

The countdown to Chrsitmas is well underway and there are some great opporuntities to celebrate in style at the Natural World Centre near Lincoln! With three great themed Christmas parties you'll be sure to have a great time! For more information call 01522 688868 or visit their website. The National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford will also hold their annual Gifted contemporary Chritmas market on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December! For more inforamtion visit their website. The Terry O'Toole Theatre in North Hykeham also have a wonderful selection of heart warming performanes from Big Swing Bands to Christmas Carols - you'll be sure to find something to get you in to the festive spirit! You can find out what's on here.

Flying High

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum are up in the clouds after receiving great reviews for their latest exhibition – Airships over Lincolnshire… Lighter than Air. You still have time to catch this exhibition which is open until 25 March 2018 exploring the vital role of airships and hot air balloons have played and the involvement of the Lighter than Air Section at Cranwell. See their development over time, including the types of balloons and airships which operated from Cranwell; learn about the working life of an airship’s crew; find out about Zeppelin raids on Lincolnshire as well as the career of Barnes Wallis, a designer of airships. 

For more information call 01529 488490 or email cranwellaviation@n-kesteven.gov.uk.