If you’re looking for inspiration for things to do around the heart of Lincolnshire take a look at the places listed here.



Cogglesford Watermill

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


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.


Navigation House

A unique, Grade II listed canal company office with interactive exhibits detailing the history of travel and trade by canal.



Sleaford Museum

Award-winning Sleaford Museum explores the history of Sleaford’s past, its people and the local area through informative, well-researched exhibitions.


Newark Air Museum

The UK’s largest volunteer managed aviation museum with 80 aircraft and cockpit sections from across the history of aviation.


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.



Well equipped gym, classes, and a 25m swimming pool - including a digital, interactive flume - situated in the heart of North Kesteven, south of Lincoln.


Sleaford Leisure Centre

More than 30 group exercise classes every week from yoga to spinning, a state of the art gym, and fantastic 25m swimming pool on the waterfront in Sleaford.


Sleaford Riverside
and Art Trails

Discover the fascinating heritage of Sleaford's historic riverside and town with self-guided trails.


Terry O Toole Theatre

An intimate, 200 seat arts theatre in the Lincoln suburb of North Hykeham with a vibrant year-long programme of performing arts.


The National Centre
for Craft and Design

The home of British craft and design: exhibitions and shopping set in Sleaford's Navigation Wharf.


The Natural World Centre

Discover the world of wildlife in Whisby Nature Park and enjoy children’s adventure play and a delicious cafe at the Natural World Centre.


Welbourn Forge

Traditional ironworking in a Victorian forge located in the heart of the village of Welbourn, dating back to 1864.


North Kesteven Airfield Trail

Explore the Heart of Lincolnshire's aviation heritage with a trail of active RAF stations and former airfield sites.

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Manor House Stables

Join one of our cookery or craft courses and enjoy learning a new skill in a relaxed and friendly environment.


Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum

A stunning collection of more than 60 road transport vehicles spanning over the last 85 years.


Witham Valley Country Park

A connection of green parks and open spaces rich in wildlife and history, perfect for walking or cycling between.


Carre Gallery

This popular gallery is situated in central Sleaford.


Heckington Windmill

Standing out against Lincolnshire’s big skies, this unique eight-sailed windmill forms the centrepiece of a complex set of historic buildings where visitors can experience how food is produced using natural power.

Sleaford is a traditional market town and has many fine buildings including the splendid 13th century church, St Denys', renowned for its wonderful stained glass and traceried windows. The church has one of the oldest stone-built spires in England and stands an impressive 144ft (44m) high. St. Denys' also forms the backdrop to the market place where an outdoor market is held every Monday, Friday and Saturday selling a wide variety of goods and produce. On the first Saturday of each month there is a Farmers' Market selling locally-grown fresh produce.

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As well as having three markets a week, Sleaford is home to The National Centre for Craft & Design - the UK's largest centre for craft, design and making. In a refurbished warehouse on the banks of the River Slea, you'll find four floors of gallery spaces with a regular programme of exhibitions and events, a contemporary craft shop, cafe and residents artists' workshop. Across Navigation Yard is Navigation House, a refurbished original canal company office built in 1838. This grade II listed building is thought to be the only one of its kind still in existence, has a heritage theme covering the early development of the new River Slea and portrays the story of the Navigation and its significant impact on Sleaford’s history.


The River Slea running through the town once brought barges to Navigation Wharf via the Slea Navigation. The Navigation was a key trade route central to the town's burgeoning growth and brought prosperity to many, plus a last heritage which can still be explored today at Navigation House - the Company's canal office built in 1838. You can also follow the picturesque walk along the Sleaford Navigation to Cogglesford Mill, a fully restored and working 18th century watermill where milling has taken place for over a thousand years.

The River Slea running through the town once brought barges to Navigation Wharf via the Slea Navigation. The Navigation was a key trade route central to the town's burgeoning growth and brought prosperity to many.


Also at the Heart of Lincolnshire is a range of shows, festivals and annual activities that make for a truly spectacular summer in particular.

As you venture out and about you are sure to find distractions to catch your eye and entice you to stay for a while, but with a little planning you can ensure that you don’t miss the best of the bunch.

Heckington Show

Every year on the last weekend of July ( July 27 & 28 in 2019) Heckington Show is the biggest event in the area.

Known as the largest village show in England, it retains all of the charms of a genuine country show. In its 152nd year of operation, in 2019 it marks the 150th anniversary of hosting the world’s oldest, continuous cycle race.

Beyond the grass-track cycling, the main ring entertainments programme, livestock displays, extensive heritage showcase, horticultural show, shopping opportunities, fireworks concert and all the fun of the fair combine to a most excellent day –
or two – out for all of the family.

Also in Heckington you will find a spectacular church built on an epic scale, a rare eight-sailed windmill, a railway museum, artisan brewery and a most charming village of architectural gems.


Lincolnshire Show

One of the most authentic of all county shows, the Lincolnshire Show in mid to late June ( June 19 & 20 in 2019) is a real celebration of the best of Lincolnshire.

Located to the north of Lincoln, the historic show champions the agricultural, engineering, aviation and entrepreneurial excellence which abounds within the country and is a social highpoint of the year.

There’s always so very much to see, do, taste and buy with an enviable array of entertainments within the main ring and across other showcases. 


Swaton Egg Throwing Day

One of the more unusual events in the Heart of Lincolnshire is Swaton Vintage Day, a country show that attracts international attention as the host of the World Egg Throwing Championships.

In its 25th anniversary year for 2019 (June 30) it’s an event organised locally for national and international good causes and much amusement.

Alongside more than 400 vintage vehicles, tractors, trucks and classic cars and bikes, are children’s games, refreshments, crafts, novelty dog show and the six rounds of the egg challenge including Russian Egg Roulette, distance throwing, relay and trebuchet which are a perennial global TV sensation.


Some other places you might want to consider

Here are some other things to do in the heart of Lincs. Click the links to find out more.

Lincoln Aviation Trail

Lincoln has a rich aviation heritage stretching from the UK's early aviation history through to the present day. Explore this hidden side of Lincoln with the Aviation Trail.

Georgie Twigg Track

Off-road cycle route between Lincoln and Doddington Hall named after Lincoln-born, Olympic gold medalist Georgie Twigg MBE.

Water Rail Way Cycle Route

Take a walk or cycle ride along the Water Rail Way: a purpose built trail linking Lincoln to Boston with a range of artwork along the route.

RAF Waddington

Located four miles south of Lincoln, RAF Waddington is a busy operational airfield and home to a fascinating Heritage Centre.

Bike Hire at Giant

Hire a bike and head out from Doddington Hall for a picturesque ride through the country or a trip to historic Lincoln.

Leadenham Polo Club

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