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The Heart of Lincolnshire
Countryside and towns south of Lincoln

Find heritage, beauty, and a year of events in North Kesteven.

Cyclists in North Kesteven

The Heart of Lincolnshire
Countryside and towns south of Lincoln

Find heritage, beauty, and a year of events in North Kesteven.

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The Heart of Lincolnshire

Nestling south of Lincoln lies North Kesteven, the Heart of Lincolnshire: a place brimming with history, heritage and great places to visit, whatever your age.

North Kesteven is home to three operational RAF stations and has a rich aviation heritage which can be explored using the free Airfield Trail.

Overlooking Lincoln Cathedral is the iconic International Bomber Command Centre Memorial standing as a point of recognition, remembrance and reconciliation.

If you’re feeling more energetic, take advantage of the hirebike scheme and explore Witham Valley Country Park, linking a number of green spaces across the City of Lincoln and North Kesteven.

It provides great places to relax and unwind in beautiful, unspoilt countryside.  On the way you'll find Whisby Nature Park with miles of way-marked walks as well as a visitor centre, café and outdoor adventure play area.

The Heart of Lincolnshire is criss-crossed with over 135 miles of way-marked Stepping Out Walks, showcasing the hidden gems from the Knights Templar to poignant former airfields. The walks are complimented by stunning artworks scattered across the landscape enhancing your walk.

A 30 minute drive brings you to the traditional market town of Sleaford. Its striking architecture is testament to the prosperity brought to the town by the Sleaford Navigation Company.

Sleaford boasts a wealth of history and heritage including Cogglesford Watermill, a working watermill, and beautiful Church of St Denys whose stone broach spire is one of the earliest of its kind in England. 

Find out more on the 'Heart of Lincolnshire' website or in the visitor guide. You can order a guide for free, including postage, on the Visit Lincoln shop.

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Villages & Countryside, 11-20 miles from Lincoln

Cogglesford Watermill

Cogglesford Watermill

Dating back to Saxon times, Cogglesford Watermill is thought to be the only Sheriff's watermill still in operation in England.

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Villages & Countryside, 11-20 miles from Lincoln

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Discover the fascinating story of the historic Royal Air Force College Cranwell and become a pilot on the Jet Provost flight simulator.

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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Doddington Hall & Gardens

Doddington Hall & Gardens

A privately owned, fine late Elizabethan Mansion with stunning gardens, located just outside Lincoln, highlighting 400 years of unbroken family occupation and a delightful cafe, restaurant, farm shop, and more.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Gallantry in the Air

April 1, 2018 to March 29, 2019
10:00am to 4:30pm
Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum
Gallantry in the Air

FREE

Learn about the RAF crew who paid the ultimate price at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum's exhibition to mark the Royal Air Force's 100th anniversary.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Ctrl/Shift: New Directions in Textile Art

February 2, 2019 to April 22, 2019
10:00am to 5:00pm
The National Centre for Craft and Design
Ctrl/Shift: New Directions in Textile Art

FREE

A unique textile exhibition at the National Centre for Craft and Design, with exhibiting artists demonstrating the creative tensions that exist between accomplished skill, experimentation and the development of new ideas.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Spring Bulb Pageant 2019

February 10, 2019 to March 31, 2019
11:00am to 4:30pm
Doddington Hall & Gardens
Spring Bulb Pageant 2019

A spectacular pageant of Spring bulbs starting with snowdrops followed by Lent lillies, heritage daffodils, winter aconites and snake's head fritillaries. Open Sundays and half term only.

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City of Lincoln, Lincoln Suburbs

The Great Escape

March 23, 2019 to March 24, 2019
2:00pm to 5:15pm
International Bomber Command Centre
The Great Escape

A screening of the classic film in the 75th anniversary year of the famous escape, held at the International Bomber Command Centre.

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City of Lincoln, Lincoln Suburbs

1940s Murder Mystery Dinner and Dance

March 30, 2019
7:00pm to 11:30pm
International Bomber Command Centre
1940s Murder Mystery Dinner and Dance

An evening of mystery, murder and intrigue, dinner with friends, and dancing the night away - 40s style - at the International Bomber Command Centre.

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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Bentley Hotel, Leisure Club & Spa

Bentley Hotel, Leisure Club & Spa

BEST WESTERN PLUS Bentley Hotel is Lincoln's only hotel with a fully equipped gym, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.

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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Branston Hall Hotel

Branston Hall Hotel

Dating back to 1885, Branston Hall Hotel and Spa is a fine 53 bedroom country house Hotel in the heart of Lincolnshire situated three miles south of beautiful city of Lincoln in 88 acres of stunning parkland and lakes.

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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Broadleaf House

Broadleaf House

A stunning, quality house designed by the owner, only four miles from Lincoln but surrounded by open countryside.

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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Carnforth Guesthouse

Carnforth Guesthouse

Valerie and John welcome you to their house, a place to stay for business or pleasure less than five miles from Lincoln.

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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Chapel Guesthouse

Chapel Guesthouse

Beautiful bed & breakfast in a renovated chapel in the picturesque village of Brantson, near Lincoln.

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Lincoln Suburbs, Villages & Countryside

Country House Hotel Washingborough Hall

Country House Hotel Washingborough Hall

This welcoming, boutique hotel is a beautiful early Georgian House, set in three acres of mature garden and woodland in the heart of Washingborough village, just over 2 miles east from the historic city of Lincoln.

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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Doddington Hall Holiday Cottages

Doddington Hall Holiday Cottages

Stay at Doddington Hall in one of the estate's historic but beautifully renovated holiday cottages.

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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Eagles Guest House

Eagles Guest House

Bed and breakfast located in North Hykeham, ideal for family or business visitors in Lincoln.

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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Lut’s B&B

Lut’s B&B

Renovated, listed farmhouse B&B surrounded by beautiful countryside yet a short journey from the historic city of Lincoln.

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