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

Real Bread Week

A celebration of supporting your local, independent Real Bread bakery or by baking your own. Real Bread Week will return from 24 February to 4 March 2018 for its 10th anniversary and Cogglesford Watermill in Sleaford will be supporting the campaign with their Dough to Go event on Sunday 25 February. Join expert bread maker Linda Hewitt who will be giving visitors the chance to make bread dough using Cogglesford Watermill's own flour for you to take home and bake. M H Preserves will also be in attendance selling their delicious homemade jams, jellies, pickles and chutneys - a great accompaniment to your freshly baked bread!

For more information contact Cogglesford Watermill on 01529 413671 or email cogglesfordwatermill@n-kesteven.gov.uk.

2018 Leisure Guide now available!

With 2018 now in full swing you’re bound to start seeing the adverts for planning your summer breaks and looking forward to a warmer climate. What’s great about visiting the Heart of Lincolnshire is not only the beautiful countryside but there’s always something to do whatever the weather!

Want to know more? Read our new 2018 Leisure Guide which is now available! Read it online here or contact the Discover NK team for a hard copy by emailing discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk or call 01529 308207.

North Kesteven Airfield Trail refreshed in time for Cententary celebrations

Discover the fascinating aviation heritage that can be found in the Heart of Lincolnshire in North Kesteven District Council's refreshed Airfield Trail. The North Kesteven Airfield Trail is a popular and long-standing publication designed to enable visitors to locate the active RAF stations and former airfield sites – many now identified by distinctive signs – in this part of mid Lincolnshire. Click here to find out more or to order a copy email discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk.

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.