Welcome to the Heart of Lincs

Nestling at the Heart of Lincolnshire, North Kesteven has much to offer – both on its own merits and also as an ideal place from which to explore neighbouring locations.

Connect with family, explore the outdoors, unearth heritage gems, discover amazing aviation history and enjoy a unique local shopping experience…all in the Heart of Lincs.

We produce an annual Visitor Guide – please see a digital copy here or email us if you’d like us to send you a copy. Advertising opportunities are available too – you can find more information here.

Endless countryside and wide-open spaces are waiting to be discovered!

The area is characterised by big skies and wide open spaces and is the perfect place for getting out and about. With bike-friendly highways, byways and cyclable routes, North Kesteven is particularly good for saddling up and cycling.

One of the very best ways is to immerse yourself in it is by taking in the sights, sounds, smells and splendours of the area on long-distance, short distance, circular and linear walks and trails that criss-cross the area.

Historical discovery provides the inspiration for most of the District’s 20 Stepping Out Walks through which you can explore the area’s tangible history.


Historic Lincolnshire

Unearth hidden heritage gems in the Heart of Lincs.

Wherever you wander at the Heart of Lincolnshire you’ll find yourself walking in historic footsteps.

From the Iron Age tribe which minted coins at Sleaford to the Knights Templar who settled locally, visitors from across the centuries have bequeathed a lasting legacy of historical riches throughout North Kesteven.

The Heart of Lincs boasts the only eight-sailed windmill in Europe – if not the world –  rare survivors of the Industrial Age, the largest malthouses in England, Britain’s only remaining Navigation office, some of the nation’s most iconic churches and a unique wealth of aviation assets including the oldest of all RAF bases.

Close by is a rich seam of history; most notably in Lincoln with its 1,000 year old castle, cathedral and Magna Carta, but nearby Grantham, Newark and Boston are all well worth a trip. East of the district you’ll find Tattershall Castle, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, East Kirkby’s Aviation Heritage Centre and the Lincolnshire Wolds.


Fun for All!

Enjoy adventures for any age or weather in the Heart of Lincs

There are plenty of delightful attractions awaiting your visit to North Kesteven, providing an unforgettable experience.

From award-winning leisure centres featuring exclusive, interactive watery fun to museums packed with historical fascination and creative exploration on an epic-scale, there’s a wealth of things to do whatever the weather.

From working watermills to amazing aviation, they all add even more fun to your holiday and make for a great day out.


Our Historic Towns

A unique shopping experience in the Heart of Lincs.

One of the striking aspects of life at the Heart of Lincolnshire is the ready availability of passionate independent traders, makers, crafters and producers all working to give you the very best they can offer.

From farm gates and county markets to boutiques, country stores and speciality shops, it’s all here in abundance.

The Home of Aviation

Explore the ‘Home of the RAF’ and its vast heritage.

Known as the ‘Home of the Royal Air Force’, Lincolnshire has a vast aviation heritage – and nowhere more so than North Kesteven.

Airfields were first developed during World War I, with the RAF’s first bases and training stations set up here, and in World War II Lincolnshire became the most important home of Bomber Command.

North Kesteven is still home to three operational bases while former airfields, museums and memorials are testament to the bravery of those who served here.

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum and the International Bomber Command Centre are at the heart of the story, with more to be found throughout the North Kesteven Airfield Trail.


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