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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.

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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.

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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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11-20 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

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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11-20 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

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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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

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

50 Years of Children’s Books

May 4; 2019 to July 7; 2019
10:00am to 4:00pm
The National Centre for Craft and Design
50 Years of Children’s Books

FREE

An exhibition celebrating illustrator Quentin Blake’s 50-year partnership with author John Yeoman, at the National Centre for Craft & Design.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival

May 30; 2019
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Nocton
British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival

Around 250 champion ploughmen and women from all over Britain compete in Lincolnshire over a two-day country festival.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

It’s a Knockout

July 7; 2019
11:00am to 4:00pm
Washingborough Community Centre
It’s a Knockout

A whirlwind day of fun inspired by the famous TV game show, featuring wacky challenges, giant inflatables and water pools aplenty - raising funds for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

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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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

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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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

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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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

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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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

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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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

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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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

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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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

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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