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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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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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Halloween at Doddington 2018

October 13, 2018 to October 31, 2018
All Day
Doddington Hall & Gardens
Halloween at Doddington 2018

Enjoy some autumn and Halloween fun at Doddington Hall & Gardens with ghost hunting, pick your own pumpkins, and a scarecrow competition.

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Cathedral Quarter, 3-10 miles from Lincoln, 11-20 miles from Lincoln

The Spires & Steeples Challenge 2018

October 14, 2018
8:30am to 5:30pm
Westgate Water Tower
The Spires & Steeples Challenge 2018

A charity 26-mile run or walk following the public footpaths and bridleways along the Spires & Steeples Arts & Heritage Trail from Lincoln's Cathedral Quarter to Sleaford.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Halloween at Cogglesford

October 31, 2018
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Cogglesford Watermill
Halloween at Cogglesford

FREE

Join in with ghostly fun and activities at the 18th century Cogglesford Watermill in Sleaford.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

North Kesteven Christmas Present Trails

December 1, 2018 to December 21, 2018
11:00am to 4:00pm
North Kesteven Christmas Present Trails

Take part in Christmas trails at three heritage venues south of Lincoln throughout December.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Festive Milling Day

December 9, 2018
11:00am to 4:00pm
Cogglesford Watermill
Festive Milling Day

FREE

See Sleaford's watermill decorated for Christmas and enjoy some festive treats as it rumbles into action for the last time in 2018.

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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

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

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

Oakloft

Oakloft

A peaceful, countryside retreat set in the grounds of Redhouse Farm B&B - only 2 miles from the edge of historic 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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