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Leisure Guide North Kesteven The Heart of Lincolnshire

2017 explore • discover • experience

Welcome to the Heart of Lincolnshire Nestling in the heart of Lincolnshire, North Kesteven has much to offer – whether it is its own, many delights, or as an ideal place to explore the attractions of neighbouring cities, towns and districts with their churches, castles, cathedral and coastline. With endless countryside, bustling towns and charming villages, there’s plenty to see and do in North Kesteven, whatever the weather. With many wonderful places to explore, you will find something to suit every interest and budget. The towns of Sleaford and North Hykeham are thriving places to visit, whilst North Kesteven’s picturesque villages give you time to explore their history and heritage at your leisure.


Welcome to the heart of Lincolnshire


What to do





Council enquiries District Council Offices Kesteven Street Sleaford Lincolnshire NG34 7EF Tel: 01529 414155


Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail


Ridges & Furrows Arts & Heritage Trail Project

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Attractions and Visitors Venues


Where to stay


Where to eat


Events and key dates 2017


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This guide is produced by North Kesteven District Council. Tourist information

Whilst great care has been taken in compiling the information in this brochure, North Kesteven District Council cannot be held responsible for any errors, omissions or alterations contained within it. The inclusion of any establishment within this brochure does not imply any official recommendations by North Kesteven District Council.




Sleaford is a traditional market town, with the beautiful St Denys Church, a market place and abundant history. The River Slea running through the town once brought barges to Navigation Wharf via the Sleaford Navigation. The Navigation was a key trade route central to the town’s burgeoning growth and brought prosperity to many, plus a lasting heritage which can still be explored today.

This guide has been designed to help you get the most out of your stay in North Kesteven. Further information on attractions, accommodation and visitor information is available at Easily accessible by car or public transport, the district is well connected from the A1, A15, A17 and A46 roads; from Grantham, Lincoln and Newark mainline stations; East Midlands, Humberside and Robin Hood Airports; as well as locally from Lincoln, the Lincolnshire Coast and other areas within the East Midlands.

North Hykeham lies to the north of the District, a close neighbour to Lincoln, with a regular rail and bus network linking the two. North Hykeham is included in a city-wide Hire Bike Scheme, providing an ideal way to explore its five recreation parks as well as nearby Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum and Whisby Nature Park. For more information on the Bike Scheme visit

We hope you enjoy your time in North Kesteven.



Surrounding these two towns lies a network of villages offering a wealth of hidden gems to explore. Discover cosy limestone cottages nestling beside contemporary architecture and landscaped grounds. You can also discover lively, flourishing communities, much-valued shops, cafes and facilities.


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Whether you are here for just a day, a week, or more, you can be sure of a warm welcome. The perfect place to relax and unwind, indulge in nostalgia, or simply have lots of fun - it is rural England at its very best.



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National Centre for Craft and Design Navigation House

North Kesteven Airfield Trail

North Kesteven Social Strollers NK Outreach

Lincolnshire Aviation Sleaford Riverside Special Events

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Welbourn Walks

Wellingore and Temple Bruer Bloxholme and Brauncewell Car Dyke by Wood and Fen

Martin and Metheringham Barff Nocton and Dunston Walks Blankney Walk

Scopwick and Kirkby Green Culverthorpe Walks Doddington Walks

Hill Holt Wood and other walks

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There’s plenty to explore in North Kesteven Whether you’re looking for ideas for a family day out or planing a stay in North Kesteven, we’re here to help you get the most out of your visit. From aviation to charming countryside walks, we’ll guide you to some of the District’s delightful treasures.

Further information on attractions, accommodation and visitor information is available at Please refer to the symbol key on page 35 to help you choose your perfect day out.

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You can discover the District’s heritage sites, including Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and International Bomber Command Centre at Canwick Hill; enjoy the great outdoors by taking part in heritage trails or countryside walks; or get involved in sports at Sleaford Leisure Centre and the recently-transformed ONE NK in North Hykeham, which features the UK’s first interactive flume.


Aviation Lincolnshire is renowned as the ‘Home of the Royal Air Force’ and has a vast aviation heritage. The county’s flat, open countryside and its location made it ideal for the development of airfields during World War I, and in World War II, Lincolnshire became the most important home of Bomber Command.

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North Kesteven is home to three operational airfields serving the modernday RAF, while former airfields, museums and memorials are testament to the bravery of the men and women who served here during the most turbulent of times. These can be explored using the North Kesteven Airfield Trail which enables you to explore this rich history and heritage.

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The North Kesteven Airfield Trail has been designed to enable you to fully experience the District’s aviation heritage.

The height of the memorial spire is the wingspan of the Avro Lancaster and recognises the international and local significance and influence of Bomber Command. The site is still under construction and is expected to be open in July 2017. Lincolnshire earned the title of ‘Bomber County’ when the Headquarters of both 1 and 5 Groups and a third of all the UK’s stations were based in the county. This deep connection and linked history defined the location for the new International Bomber Command Centre located at Canwick Hill in the north of the District.

Up to date information about the project and how to contribute to the memorial appeal can be obtained via the appeal website

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Currently no single national or international facility exists. Therefore it is of significant importance that the history and heritage of Bomber Command is gathered and conserved for future generations.


Countryside We are proud to be home to a variety of landscapes, ancient woodlands, public art and historic buildings. The fascinating history woven into the landscape extends from the Roman waterways of the Car Dyke, through medieval settlements to the more recent airfields of World War II. There is evidence of the past everywhere; Roman roads, deserted medieval villages, lost priories and wonderful Medieval churches. To help discover this fascinating heritage and enjoy the diverse wildlife of our countryside, North Kesteven District Council has produced a series of Stepping Out walks. The walks are complemented by informative leaflets providing easy-to-use maps and directions, together with points of interest along the way.

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The Stepping Out network comprises more than 135 miles of way-marked walks, ranging from less than three to nine miles, which can be explored using our Go Stepping Out! leaflet. Two new walks are due to be added to the programme in spring this year, with 2.5 and six mile routes being created for Heckington.


There are also many green spaces to enjoy, from ancient woodland to Whisby Nature Park which has tranquil walks as well as adventure playgrounds for families. Whisby Nature Park is a part of Witham Valley Country Park which is made up of a number of high quality green spaces. For more information visit

Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail The Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail is a village-to-village journey through the heart of Lincolnshire from Lincoln Cathedral to St Denys’ Church in Sleaford. It provides an opportunity for you to discover the artistic and historical treasures of North Kesteven. The name ‘Spires and Steeples’ refers to the spires of churches once used as landmarks to navigate from village to village and to the rural sport of steeplechasing.

Full details can be found in the official Spires & Steeples booklet for only £1.50. To find your nearest retailer please contact the DiscoverNK team on 01529 308207.

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Did you know that there is a Spires & Steeples Challenge in October each year? For more information please visit SpiresandSteeplesChallenge


Ridges & Furrows Arts & Heritage Trail Project Ridges & Furrows is multi-art project that celebrates North Kesteven’s rich heritage. The project brings together artists, historians and local people to delve into the history of towns and villages along the Lincolnshire ridge, revealing hidden traditions as well as exploring their present day identities. In 2016 the project worked with communities in the villages of Welbourn to explore its agricultural heritage and in North Hykeham to follow the story of its growth from small village to large town.

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In 2017 the project is coming to Waddington to develop a series of events and new artwork. The longer term legacy of the Ridges & Furrows project will be the creation of a new arts and heritage trail that links the Terry O’Toole Theatre in North Hykeham with The National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford via villages along the Lincoln ridge.


Ridges & Furrows is initiated by the NK Arts Partnership (artsNK, The National Centre for Craft and Design, Design Factory, Design-Nation and The Terry O’Toole Theatre), and supported with funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund. For more information about the project visit

Attractions and Visitor Venues There are plenty of delightful attractions awaiting your visit, giving you an experience you’ll never forget. Discover the local history and visit some of North Kesteven's heritage venues - a wealth of things to do and places to see for the whole family. From working watermills and windmills to amazing aviation museums, whether you’re looking for an attraction for a great day out or to add even more fun to your holiday, we’ve got something to suit.

Copies of all FREE leaflets can be obtained by returning the information request form on page 5 in this guide; alternatively please contact the tourism team on 01529 308207, email or visit

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With two superb leisure centres offering upto-the minute facilities, you can make sure your days are jam-packed come rain or shine. North Kesteven has a rich arts influence that can be seen throughout the District from community art work dotted along the Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail to modern galleries and dynamic theatres showcasing fabulous shows throughout the year.


Cogglesford Watermill

East Road, Sleaford, NG34 7EQ In a picturesque setting by the River Slea, this award winning, fully restored working watermill is thought to be the only Sheriff’s Watermill still operating in England. Millers have produced flour on this site for over a thousand years. Stone ground flour produced in the mill is sold in their shop together with locally sourced produce and goods. Milling days take place on the second Sunday of the month from March to December. Special events also run throughout the year. Group and school visits are welcome by prior arrangement. For health and safety reasons, children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Tel: 01529 413671 Email: Website: Opening times: All year. 1 Apr to 31 Oct: Monday to Friday 12 to 4pm. Saturdays and Sundays & Bank Holidays 11am to 4.30pm. 1 Nov to 31 Mar: Saturdays and Sundays 12 to 4pm. Admission: Free


Welbourn Forge

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Tel: 01400 272623 or 01529 308102 Email: Website: Opening times: First Saturday of the month, 10am to 1pm Admission: Free




Navigation House

Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, NG34 7TW The former Sleaford Navigation company office, built in 1838 is now an impressive, refurbished, grade two listed building that stands in the old public wharf area, now known as Navigation Yard. The building, 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. Interactive exhibits, displays and film footage provide interest for all ages. The visitor centre now houses a brand new shop area including light refreshments. Group and school visits welcome by prior arrangement. Tel: 01529 305904 Email: Website: Opening times: All year. 1 Apr to 31 Oct Monday to Friday 12 to 4pm. Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 4.30pm. 1 Nov to 31 Mar: Saturdays and Sundays 12 to 4pm. Bank Holidays 11am to 4pm. Admission: Free


Sleaford Leisure Centre

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Tel: 01529 303081 Email: Website: Opening times: Monday to Friday 6.45am 10pm, Saturday 6.45am - 5pm, Sunday, 9am to 5pm, Bank Holidays 8am to 4pm




Terry O’Toole Theatre

ONE NK, Moor Lane, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9AX The Terry O’Toole Theatre is an intimate 200-seat arts theatre situated in North Hykeham. Described as a ‘hidden gem’ by BBC Radio Lincolnshire, the theatre presents a vibrant high quality programme of professional drama, music, dance and children’s theatre, complemented by a range of community performances. As well as performances, it boasts a lively Take Part programme, including artsNK’s Youth Dance Programme, MaDD Summer School and ACTion Community Theatre. Ample free parking is available. Tel: 01522 883311 Email: Website:


The National Centre for Craft and Design

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Tel: 01529 308710 Email: Website: Opening Times: Open from 10am to 5pm every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Admission: Free



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Moor Lane, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9AX Following extensive refurbishment, ONE NK now boasts the V Flume – the UK’s first digitallyinteractive water flume, with touch screen pods to let you select music, lights and race each other as they make their descent. Best of all the slide will take your photograph and you can have it emailed as a souvenir. For younger children there is a world of fun and adventure in the magical Magna Carta Splash. Specially designed for youngsters, shallow pools lead to a water “confidence building” kingdom with a Magical Castle, Horse Slide and King John Island. There is also a modern 3G pitch, multipurpose studios and a refurbished gym offering a wide range of equipment. Tel: 01522 883311 Email: Website: Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 7am to 10pm. Bank Holidays, 7am to 10pm.


Newark Air Museum

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Tel: 01636 707170 Email: Website: Open: Everyday except December 24th, 25th & 26th and January 1st; November to February daily 1000 – 1600 hours; March to October daily 1000 – 1700 hours (including weekends & Bank Holidays). Last admission 1 hour before closing time. Admission: Adults £8.50, Over 60s £7.50, Children £4.50, Family ticket [2 adults & 3 children] £23.00


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The UK’s largest volunteer managed aviation museum with 76 aircraft and cockpit sections from across the history of aviation. The types displayed range from a Tiger Moth biplane to the mighty Vulcan bomber; star attractions include Russian MiG fighters and the Swedish Saab Viggen fighter / bomber. 2 large Display Hangars housing more than 50 airframes; Display of 40 aero engines; Artefacts displays; Café and large shop. Regular special events and new education programmes available for visiting schools. Appointments are preferred for Group [15 plus people] visits, although not essential and a party rate booking information pack is available on application.


The Natural World Centre

Whisby Nature Park, Moor Lane, Thorpe on the Hill, Lincoln, LN6 9BW Set in the heart of a beautiful nature park, the Natural World Centre offers a great gift shop stocked with local crafts and artwork alongside quality items for all occasions. The site has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment and now offers a new indoor play area suitable for children aged 3 and above and to a height of 1.3m. Outside, older children can enjoy Little Darters Wildlife Adventure with its new mini assault course. Take a seat in the Boardwalk Bistro overlooking stunning lakes; enjoy fresh coffee, snacks and a tempting treat or a delicious home cooked meal using quality Lincolnshire produce. Visit our website for regular updates and special events, workshops and other activities for all ages.

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Tel: 01522 688868 Email: Website: Open: 1 April to 30 September: 10am to 5pm, 1 October to 31 March: 10am to 4.30pm. Car park: 1 March to 31 October £2 per day. 1 November to 28 February £1 per day Admission: Free



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Manor House Stables

The Manor House, Timberland Road, Martin, LN4 3QS Join a one-day course to learn to bake bread or cake, make chocolate, cheese or jam, knit, crochet or sew, or create natural beauty products, perfume or beautiful objects in clay. Awards / accreditations: Select Lincolnshire – Winner and highly commended teaching establishment Tel: 01526 378717 or 07979 750760 Email: Website:


Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre

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Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre


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Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum



Whisby Road, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 3QT A stunning collection of more than 60 road transport vehicles spanning over the last 85 years. Easily accessible by bus from Lincoln City Centre. One mile from Hykeham railway station. Tel: 01522 500566 Email: Website: Opening times: Mon-Fri: May - Sept and October Half Term 11am - 4pm Admission: £5 including Museum Guide except Easter and November running days and other special events when different charges apply - see website, accompanied children free at all times

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RAFC Cranwell Heritage & Ethos Centre

RAF Cranwell, NG34 8HG Solely run by volunteers, the RAF Cranwell Heritage & Ethos Centre houses artefacts and exhibitions covering Flying Training at Cranwell and the Central Flying School over the last 100 years. The centre pays tribute to the personnel who strived through adversity to succeed within the RAF. Located closed to the RAFC Cranwell Main Guardroom, the Centre is open on Tuesday afternoons by appointment only during working hours. Please use the contact details provided for more information or to book an appointment. Email enquiries: Email bookings: CRN-RAFC-HandE-CentreBook Opening times: Tuesday afternoons by appointments only. Admission: Free. Donations welcome.


Sleaford Museum

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Tel: 07518 972 016 to arrange a group visit. Website: Open: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, 10-3 and on special occasions. Wheelchair friendly Facebook: Sleaford Museum Twitter: @sleafordmuseum


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A quirky museum in an Art Deco building, Sleaford Museum tells the history of Sleaford’s past, its people and the local area, through informative, well-researched exhibitions. You will find beautifully illustrated story boards, fascinating artefacts and items depicting facts and personal stories in detailed displays that change frequently throughout the year – there’s always something new to see. A vibrant display in the large picture window encourages visitors into its (free) entrance, only to be amazed at the colourful Tardislike interior. Run entirely by enthusiastic volunteers, it also appeals to all ages with maps, old photographs, film-on-loop, a quiz, dressing-up for children and books for research. Please do discover this unique, ever-changing attraction situated in Monument Gardens.


Heckington Windmill Hale Road, Heckington, NG34 9JW

Standing out against Lincolnshire’s big skies, this unique working 8 sailed windmill forms the centrepiece of a complex of historic buildings where visitors can experience how food is produced using natural power. See how our team of millers, engineers, bakers and chefs work together today for an insight into the people who built this mill and made it work. Then follow their progress through our heritage exhibits and displays before enjoying the end product for yourselves at our brewery or café. The whole site is benefiting from a major programme of investment, which when complete will both restore the whole Victorian industrial site surrounding the windmill and create a contemporary visitor attraction with so much for the whole family to see and do. The on-site brewery champions award winning beer including the Rolling Stone Ale which uses malt ground in the mill whilst the Mill House café allows you to taste home baked breads and cakes in the shadow of the windmill which supplies the flour.


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Adults £3.00 Children £1.50 Under 5 free


You will be able to visit our bake house (be sure to look out for demonstrations and classes) or follow the trail further back up the food chain to the windmill itself. It is now in full working order so when the wind is right you can step inside the heart of the machine to sense the power – and of course to see the ingenuity and engineering behind the milling process. Our team of enthusiasts help staff the shop, café, museum, exhibitions and the mill itself – you are encouraged to engage with them to understand the story of the mill and the families that lived and worked here. Discover the challenges they faced in a different time – it’s sure to make your visit a special one.

Opening Times Sept 2016 - Easter 2017 Sat and Sun Easter 2017 - July 16th Sat and Sun July 17th - Sept 3rd daily Sept 4th - Easter 2018 Sat and Sun Bank holidays except Christmas Day

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Call 01529 461919 or Email

When in Sleaford When in Sleaford… is a new arts and heritage trail which takes its inspiration from Sleaford’s rich history. Eighteen bronze roundels, created by artist David Mackie, are sited on walls and in pavements around the town. The artworks act as way-markers mapping out pathways through and around Sleaford and encouraging people to discover the town’s heritage, from historic buildings to visitor attractions and existing artworks.

When in Sleaford was commissioned by North Kesteven District Council, through artsNK, working in partnership with William Alvey School. The trail has also been supported by Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant, The Johnson & Mukherjee Brothers Charitable Trust, The Royal British Legion and Sleaford Town Council.

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For more information call 01529 410 595 or email Alternatively please visit Tweet or Instagram your photos of the artworks using #wheninsleaford



where to stay

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There’s plenty to experience in North Kesteven With so much on offer it’s impossible to squeeze it all into one day! So why not extend your stay to a short break or even longer? Whatever type of accommodation you are looking for, you can rest assured that there will be something available to suit your tastes and budget.

There are also many other places to stay within North Kesteven; for more information please visit Please refer to the symbol key on page 35 to help you choose your perfect day out.

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From hotels, a friendly B&B or a cosy self-catering cottage – a warm welcome awaits you. Or perhaps you love the great outdoors? There are a range of camping and caravan sites throughout the District giving you the opportunity to explore our beautiful countryside and beyond!


Woodend Farm B&B

Woodend Farm, Fen Road, Digby, Lincoln, LN4 3NG A homely farmhouse overlooking paddock and woodland. Full farmhouse breakfast. Reasonable prices. Access all day. Dogs welcome. Local pub serving good food, dogs accepted. Scenic walks. Tel: 01526 860347 Email: Rates: from £35 per night



Margaret’s Bed & Breakfast


32 Sleaford Road, Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln, LN4 2NF Friendly homely clean family run bed and breakfast. Full English breakfast included. We try to cater for everyone. We have lots of return visitors. Everyone welcome. Parking on site. Awards / accreditations: 5 food hygiene rating Tel: 01522 532457 Rates: £35 to £50 per night



Elms Farm Cottages


Hubberts Bridge, Boston, PE20 3QP Award Winning Holiday Cottages. Relax and enjoy the peaceful Lincolnshire countryside with a stay in one of the nine self-catering cottages. Set around a pretty courtyard garden, all cottages are fully equipped and furnished to a high standard. Level access throughout. Some cottages with wood burners, en-suite bedrooms and shower rooms suitable for wheelchair users. Two private nature lakes set in over 18 acres of grassland. Walk to the local pub and golf course close to RSPB Frampton Marsh. Situated on the A1121, two miles from Boston. Awards / accreditations: Visit England 4 & 5 star Gold Award Visit England Cyclists & Families welcome

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Tel: 01205 290840 Email: Website: Opening times: All year Rates: £480 to £795 per week Number of units: 9, Number of persons in each unit: 2 - 7




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Manor House Stables

The Manor House, Timberland Road, Martin, LN4 3QS Stay in lovely accommodation in beautifully restored award-winning 18th century stables. The perfect retreat all year round, with wood-burning stoves, gorgeous gardens, impressive baths and a very warm welcome. Awards / accreditations: Select Lincolnshire – winner & highly commended – Self Catering Tel: 01526 3778717 or 07979 570760 Email: Website: Opening times: All year Rates: £100 to £130 per night Number of units: 2, number of persons per unit: 2-4


Oakhill Leisure


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Swinderby Road, Norton Disney, Lincoln, LN6 9QG Proper camping site with great facility block, children’s play area. Plenty of space, woodland walks and fishing all set in lovely countryside with easy access to either Lincoln or Newark. Awards / accreditations: Visit England – 3 stars Tel: 01522 868771 Email: Website: Opening times: All year Rates: Glamping tent: £45.00. 1 unit sleeps 4 people Camping & Caravanning: £10 to £45 per night No. of pitches: 60



Low Farm Touring & Camping Park

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Small family run park in conservation village of Folkingham. Tel: 01529 497322 Email: Website: Opening times: Easter to mid October Rates: From £10 to £18.50. Number of pitches: 36


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where to eat

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There’s plenty to discover in North Kesteven Food and drink produced in Lincolnshire is at the very heart and soul of our way of life. Look out for the Love Food Select Lincolnshire marque it’s your assurance of quality, local produce. Sample stuffed chine, Lincoln Red beef, famous Lincolnshire sausages, Lincolnshire plum bread - delicious served with Lincolnshire Poacher or Cotehill cheeses, plus many other tasty local specialities.

Farm shops and local food producers abound, and monthly Farmer’s Markets are held – in Sleaford Market Place on the first Saturday; and at the Ark in North Hykeham on the fourth Friday, where you can source the very best of Lincolnshire produce. Please refer to the symbol key on page 35 to help you choose your perfect day out.

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After a day out, a brisk walk, or a gentle meander through our picturesque rolling countryside, you may want nothing more than to relax and enjoy a tasty lunch or evening meal. North Kesteven features an excellent range of eateries providing fresh, local produce from coffee shops, cafes and takeaways to friendly traditional pubs and fine restaurants. There’s something to please everyone’s taste.


Market Square Café and Restaurant

2 Market Place, Sleaford, NG34 7SD Friendly and relaxed family run café and restaurant that offers a fully licensed premises with a large varied menu including favourites such as all day breakfasts, steaks, gammons, steak pie, fish and chips, scampi to name a few, as well as a selection of delicious salads and sandwiches, homemade cakes and desserts. Just ask and we will try to cater for your needs. Everyone is more than welcome at the Market Square Café and Restaurant. Nestled in the market place in Sleaford and located within a Tudor style building with double fronted shop windows, enabling beautiful panoramic views of the market place and the imposing view of the historic medieval parish church of St Denys. Tel: 01529 968110 Email: Opening Times: Monday to Sunday, 7.30am to 5.30pm Facebook: marketsquaresleaford


The Red Lion Inn

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High Street, Wellingore, LN5 0DS A traditional family friendly pub, located in the heart of Wellingore village, Lincolnshire. We take pride in selecting the best real ales, fine wine and locally sourced food to welcome you 7 days a week. After a change of hands in 2015, the Red Lion has undergone a major internal refurbishment and we are delighted to offer modern yet traditional surroundings whether you want to grab a snack and a drink or sit and enjoy a home-cooked. Locally sourced meal. We’ll make sure you’re well looked after. “Beautiful pub. Modern meets traditional. Lovely coffee. Great selection of beer and wine. I always stay longer than I mean to.” (R Peterson, Navenby)

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Tel: 01522 810071 Email: Website: Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 11pm. Sunday to Monday and Bank Holidays, 11am to 10pm.



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Kippers Fish & Chips

64 Kyme Road, Heckington, Sleaford, NG34 9RS Large refurbishment works completed this year and full shop modernisation to bring this once run down fish and chip shop back to its former glory. This is a family run fish and chip shop in the lovely village of Heckington serving the finest quality fish and chips. All our fish is delivered fresh daily from Grimsby to ensure it is succulent and flaky. On our menu we offer cod, haddock and plaice and all of a very generous size. Our potatoes are sourced locally from Lincolnshire farms and all the chips are freshly prepared on site using our crinkle cut chipping machine. We also have on the menu Whitby scampi, Whitby cod goujons, a variety of children’s meals all in boxes with toys, burgers, chicken burgers, sausages, homemade Yorkshire fish cakes and lots more. Please visit our Facebook page for more information at Kippers fish and chips or call the shop for more details. Tel: 01529 660024 Email: Opening times: Mon, Tues, Wed & Thursday 16:00 - 20:00 Friday 12:00 - 14:00, 16:00 - 21:00 Saturday 12:00 - 14:00, 16:00 - 20:00



The Hive Café

Hill Holt Wood, Norton Disney, Lincoln, LN6 9JP Enjoy a cup of traditional tea with a slice of the café’s famous honey cake or sample a rustic panini with a choice of fillings, all delicious, homemade and organic. Tel: 01636 892836 Email: Website: Opening times: Café is open every Sunday 10am to 4pm. The wood is open every day for free.


Boardwalk Bistro

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Tel: 01522 688868 Email: Web: Opening times: 10.00am-4.30pm Summer and Weekends (1st April until 30th September) 10.00-4.00pm Winter (1st October-31st March). CLOSED Christmas Eve and Christmas Day


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Enjoy fresh coffee, snacks and a tempting treat or a delicious home cooked meal using quality Lincolnshire produce. Special & seasonal events also take place throughout the year, visit our website for more.


North Kesteven District Council offers something for visitors of all ages at its popular visitor attractions. These events are designed to help you discover these fascinating places.

Thursday 16 February, 11am to 3pm


Family Fun Day…Exploring Sleaford’s Riverside From a working watermill to a wetland meadow, explore this historic riverside. Join Countrysidenk and Discovernk to discover rural crafts, nature trails and much more!

Starts at Cogglesford Watermill. Entry is free however there may be charges for some activities.

Saturday 1 to Monday 17 April


Molly & Floyd’s Easter Eggstravaganza!

Cogglesford Watermill’s Molly the Mill Mouse is visiting Navigation House’s Floyd the Fish with Easter eggs but she has lost some along the way! Visit the Mill and Navigation House to collect your trail sheet and help Molly to find them before claiming your own Easter prize. 50p per trail. Cogglesford Watermill and Navigation House

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 March, 11am to 4.30pm

Cogglesford Mill Milling Days 12 March 9 April 14 May 11 June 9 July 13 August 10 September 8 October 12 November 10 December


Discover Lincolnshire Weekend

Venues will be celebrating Discover Lincolnshire Weekend showcasing everything that’s great about Lincolnshire. Come along and taste one of Lincolnshire’s most famous delicacies – Plum Bread – for free! Cogglesford Watermill, Navigation House and Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre

Saturday 1 to Monday 17 April


Chocks away for Charlie’s Chocolate Delivery! Charlie the Crane has been asked to deliver Easter eggs to the pioneering aviators in the exhibition but has mixed them all up! Come along and help Charlie to deliver his eggs before collecting your own chocolatey prize! 50p per trail.

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre

Saturday 1 April to Sunday 24 September

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Welbourn Forge


Dating from 1864, Welbourn Forge served the local community for over 100 years. You can still see the forge in action on the first Saturday of the month between 10am and 1pm. Contact 01400 272623 for more information.

Sunday 14 May, 11am to 4.30pm FREE

Exhibition - High Flying Women – Pioneering Aviators


National Mills Weekend

Discover the incredible stories of women who fought against adversity to achieve aviation history. From world famous Amy Johnson to the Episcopal Priest’s wife who became a world class stunt pilot – come along and be inspired!

Cogglesford Watermill joins in with this national celebration as the mill rumbles into action, grinding the mill’s own stoneground flour. They will be joined by M H Preserves who will be offering tastes of their home made jams and chutneys and Greenfield Bakers who produce delicious bread using traditional wood fired ovens.

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre

Cogglesford Watermill

Please note that whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the events listed above, some events may be subject to change.

Saturday 10 June 10am til 4pm

Sunday 25 June FREE

25th Birthday Party!

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre first opened its doors to the public on 8 June 1992. Since then the centre has gone from strength to strength and is now a fully Accredited Museum with a passionate team of staff and volunteers. Come along and join us as we celebrate our 25th birthday and enjoy a slice of birthday cake!


Country Crafts

Take part in traditional country crafts with Cogglesford Watermill. Try your hand at corn dolly making, willow weaving and more as we celebrate our rural heritage. Cogglesford Watermill

Sunday 9 July


A Guided History Walk – When in Sleaford

Join local historian, Simon Pawley, for a guided walk along the recently installed ‘When in Sleaford’ history trail. The walk will visit some of the town’s most significant historical buildings and explore Sleaford’s fascinating heritage.

Heritage Open Days

Once again all three venues will be taking part in the Heritage Open Days designed to encourage visitors to explore their local history and heritage. There will be a free fun family trail at each centre on both days and you can see Cogglesford Watermill in action on Sunday.


The Adventures of Molly & Floyd

See what Molly & Floyd are getting up to over the summer holidays. Follow them as they take a trip along Sleaford’s Riverside discovering places to go and lots of fun to enjoy throughout the summer! For more information visit for more information.there is something for all the family to enjoy, whatever your age!

Saturday 30 September to Sunday 25 March 2018 Exhibition – Balloons over Lincolnshire… Lighter than Air

An exhibition exploring the vital role airships and hot air balloons played during WWI and the involvement of the Lighter than Air Section at Cranwell. Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre

For more information visit

Meet at Navigation House

17, 18 and 24, 25 June 2017


Cogglesford Watermill, Navigation House and Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre

Sunday 11 June 10.30am

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 September




Halloween at Cogglesford Mill

Joining in with this national event, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre will once again host an amateur radio station to make contact with Museums from around the world. Find out what is going on in museums as far away as Norway!

Summer Fun

An annual favourite, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre opens its doors for lots of aviation fun. Explore vintage RAF Fire Fighting engines, try your hand at kite flying and test your skills with our cunning trail!

Join in with lots of ghostly fun as this creaky old mill celebrates Halloween. Explore the mill and follow terrifying trails before settling down with some spooky stories. Fancy dress welcome, suitable for all ages.

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International Museums on the Air

Sunday 27 August, 11am to 4pm

Tuesday 31 October, 6 to 7.30pm

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre

Cogglesford Watermill


Please check with the venue beforehand. Please note that all children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.









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North Kesteven is located in the Heart of Lincolnshire just south of the vibrant city of Lincoln.

Lincolnshire North Kesteven

North Kesteven is criss-crossed by the A15 and A17 and is easily accessed from the A1. There is a well-established public transport network and the railway stations are marked for ease of use. For more details on public transport visit or call 0871 200 22 33.

Key to symbols This guide is packed full of great ideas for places to visit for all the family. To ensure you get the very best out of your visit, see our easy to use symbols key that gives an ‘at a glance’ guide to what is available. Table of symbols


Parking available

Accessible by public transport

M1 (One step ahead) Older and less mobile guests


Coach parking

M2 - Part-time wheelchair users


M3I - Independent wheelchair users

Accessible toilets

M3A - Assisted wheelchair users

h Dogs allowed

Disabled parking

Access Exceptional


Guide dogs allowed

V1 - Visually impaired guests


Gift shops

V2 - Visually impaired guests


Open during winter (Oct to Mar)

H1 - Hearing impaired guests


Groups Welcome

H2 - Hearing impaired guests

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Ground floor bedrooms

 Family rooms available





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Conference facilities

Lounge available for guest use

Children welcome








Local produce served

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Walkers Welcome

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Credit cards accepted

 Cyclists Welcome


Showers / toilets

Drainage hook up for tourers


Chemical disposable toilet

Children’s playground

 Electric hook up for tourers


Shop on site

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 Laundrette

Washing machine

d Water hook up for tourers


Caravan and Camping club member


Whether you are visiting for the day or a week, North Kesteven is the perfect setting and will offer a warm and friendly welcome as well as wonderful places to spend your time this guide is designed to help you get the most out of your stay.

For more information please contact the discoverNK team on 01529 308102 or email

More attractions, accommodation and visitor information at

North Kesteven The Heart of Lincolnshire 2017  
North Kesteven The Heart of Lincolnshire 2017