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.

Doddington Hall
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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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Doddington Hall Farm Shop

Doddington Hall Farm Shop

The Farm Shop and Deli at Doddington Hall is filled with delicious local produce, beautiful gifts and elegant small household items.

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Lincoln Suburbs

International Bomber Command Centre

International Bomber Command Centre

A memorial spire, walls, peace gardens, and visitor centre that mark the service and sacrifice of World War II aircrew, ground crew and support staff that lost their lives whilst serving with Bomber Command.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Leadenham Polo Club

Leadenham Polo Club

One of the finest polo fields in the country offering lessons and competitions in polo.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

The Giant Lincoln Cycle Sportive

June 3, 2018
9:30am to 1:30pm
Doddington Hall & Gardens
The Giant Lincoln Cycle Sportive

Join 1,000 other cyclists on a brand new cycle sportive taking place from the Giant bike store at Doddington Hall, raising money for local charities.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Discovering the History of Sleaford

June 24, 2018
11:00am to 1:00pm
Navigation House
Discovering the History of Sleaford

FREE

Join local historian, Simon Pawley, at Navigation House to discover the evolution of Sleaford’s wharf area.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, 11-20 miles from Lincoln, 21-30 miles from Lincoln

North Kesteven Walking Festival 2018

July 14, 2018 to July 28, 2018
All Day
North Kesteven Walking Festival 2018

Two weeks of walks showcasing the breathtaking scenery and fascinating places to visit across North Kesteven, south of Lincoln.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Doddington Sculpture Exhibition

July 28, 2018 to September 9, 2018
11:00am to 4:30pm
Doddington Hall & Gardens
Doddington Sculpture Exhibition

An exciting, inspiring and beautiful array of sculptures from across the UK and Europe in the grounds of Doddington Hall & Gardens.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

National Colouring Book Day

August 5, 2018
11:00am to 4:00pm
Navigation House
National Colouring Book Day

FREE

Celebrate colouring in at Navigation House and help create a book depicting the life of the building's 150 year history.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Lost Village 2018

August 23, 2018 to August 26, 2018
All Day
The Lost Village
Lost Village 2018

An immersive festival experience in an abandoned woodland village in Lincolnshire - a surreal world misplaced in the sands of time.

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Places To Stay
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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

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

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

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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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Manor House Stables

Manor House Stables

Enjoy a holiday in the heart of rural Lincolnshire, less than half an hour's drive from historic Lincoln, and stay in these beautifully restored, award-winning 18th century stables.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Mere Cottage Bed and Breakfast

Mere Cottage Bed and Breakfast

A home-from-home delight in a beautifully restored detached house originally dating from 1740 in a central village location close to Lincoln.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Old Chandlery Apartments

Old Chandlery Apartments

A home from home overnight experience close to Swinderby train station, ten miles from Lincoln: a cross between a B&B and apartment with each room including breakfast and a kitchenette.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

The Stables

The Stables

Set in more than an acre of private gardens adjacent to Doddington Hall, The Stables offers a relaxing stay in the grounds of Doddington Old Rectory.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Windmill Farm

Windmill Farm

A modern, purpose built hotel, restaurant and function room with a distinctive roundhouse design, on the edge of the historic city of Lincoln.

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