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North Kesteven The Heart of Lincolnshire

Leisure Guide

2018 explore • discover • experience

Welcome to the Heart of Lincolnshire Nestling in the heart of Lincolnshire, North Kesteven has much to offer – whether its own varied delights or as an ideal place to explore the attractions of neighbouring cities, towns and districts with their churches, castles, cathedral and coastline. With three operational RAF bases in the district, aviation plays a major part in our heritage and with the RAF celebrating its centenary and the International Bomber Command Centre opening its doors, 2018 promises to be an exciting year! Look out for our newly designed Airfield Trail to discover the unique wealth of aviation heritage in North Kesteven.


With endless countryside, bustling market towns, charming villages and first-rate arts and leisure provision, there’s plenty to see and do, whatever the weather. Our guide will help you plan your visit to make sure you experience the very best of North Kesteven!


Contents 2 Welcome 4 North Hykeham and Sleaford

Visitor Information www.heartoflincs.com Council Enquiries District Council Offices Kesteven Street Sleaford Lincolnshire NG34 7EF Tel: 01529 414155 www.n-kesteven.gov.uk To advertise in the next Leisure Guide, please contact the DiscoverNK team on 01529 308207 or email discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk 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.

6 Discover what to do 8 Aviation 9 International Bomber Command Centre

10 Attractions and Visitor Venues 24 Countryside 25 Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail

26 Ridges & Furrows Arts

& Heritage Trail Project

27 Stay a while 30 Events 2018 32 Stepping Out 33 Order more publications 34 Map 35 Key to symbols


This guide is produced by North Kesteven District Council.


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




Sleaford is a traditional market town, just 30 minutes’ drive from Lincoln with the beautiful St Deny’s 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 be explored using the new ‘When in Sleaford’ trail. This is an illustrated guide which guides you around the historic buildings and places of interest of Sleaford. For more information visit www.artsnk.org

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


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 fun – rural England at its very best.


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If you’re looking for something to do in our District then there’s a great range of things to choose from Whether you’re looking for ideas for a family day out or planning 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.

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Further information on attractions, accommodation and visitor information is available at www.heartoflincs.com

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You can discover heritage sites, including Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum and the International Bomber Command Centre; enjoy the great outdoors using our way-marked Stepping Out walks and Spires and Steeples heritage trail; or get involved in sports at Sleaford Leisure Centre or ONE NK in North Hykeham, which features the UK’s first interactive water 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. April 1, 2018 marks the centenary of the Royal Air Force and Lincolnshire will play a key part in the celebrations. North Kesteven is home to three operational airfields serving the modern-day 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.

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


For more information about aviation within Lincolnshire please visit www.aviationheritagelincolnshire.com

International Bomber Command Centre The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) has been created to provide a world-class facility to serve as a point for recognition, remembrance and reconciliation for Bomber Command.

IBCC is the only single national or international facility that exists to commemorate Bomber Command. The height of the memorial spire is the wingspan of the Avro Lancaster and the centre tells the history and heritage of Bomber Command for present and future generations through interactive displays and an extensive digital archive.

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For more information or to contribute to the memorial appeal visit www.internationalbcc.co.uk

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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 centre on Canwick Hill in the north of the District.


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.

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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.


Many of these attractions are open all year round and hold special events to accommodate a whole range of ages; from family fun days to special exhibitions. For more information visit www.heartoflincs.com

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Copies of all FREE guides can be obtained by returning the information request form at the back of this guide; alternatively please contact the tourism team on 01529 308207, email discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk or visit www.heartoflincs.com

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With two superb leisure centres offering recently refurbished 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 to modern galleries and dynamic theatres showcasing fabulous shows throughout the year.


Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre

Westmoor Farm, Martin Moor, Metheringham, Lincoln, LN4 3WF Recalls life on an operational wartime airfield honouring 106 Squadron. Includes a surviving gymnasium containing artefacts where seasonal lectures and other events are held. Also includes an in-depth Lancaster interior display. Tel: 07486 947095 Website: www.metheringhamairfield.co.uk Open: End of March to end of October, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11am to 5pm, Wednesdays 11am to 4pm. Admission: Free


Cogglesford Watermill

z    g PG 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 the 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: cogglesfordwatermill@n-kesteven.gov.uk Website: www.cogglesfordwatermill.co.uk Open: 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


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: info@lvvs.org.uk Website: www.lvvs.org.uk Open: May to October, 11am to 4pm Admission: £5 including Museum Guide. Different charges apply for Transport Festivals and other special events. Accompanying children free at all times.

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Navigation House

Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, NG34 7TW This original canal 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. Adjacent to the National Centre for Craft and Design for refreshments and toilet facilities. Group and school visits welcome by prior arrangement. Tel: 01529 305904 Email: navigationhouse@n-kesteven.gov.uk Website: www.navigationhousesleaford.co.uk Open: All year. 1 Apr to 31 Oct Monday to Friday 12 to 4pm. Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 4.30pm. Bank Holidays 11am to 4pm. 1 Nov to 31 Mar: Saturdays and Sundays 12 to 4pm. Admission: Free


Welbourn Forge

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Tel: 01400 272623 Email: goodhand2@tiscali.co.uk Website: www.visitlincoln.com/ things-to-do/welbourn-forge Open: First Saturday of the month, 10am to 1pm Admission: Free



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The forge is fired on the first Saturday of the month. Smithying demonstrations. Group and school visits available by prior arrangement.


Terry O’Toole Theatre

ONE NK, Moor Lane, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9AX The Terry O’Toole Theatre is North Kesteven’s very own arts theatre situated at ONE NK in North Hykeham. Described as a ‘Hidden gem’ by BBC Radio Lincolnshire, the intimate 200 seat theatre presents a vibrant, high quality programme of professional drama, music, dance and children’s theatre, complemented by a wide range of community performances. As well as performances, the theatre boasts a lively participation programme, including artsNK’s Youth Dance Programme, music workshops, MaDD Summer School and ACTion Community Theatre. Tel: 01522 883311 Email: terryotooletheatre@litc.org.uk Website: www.terryotooletheatre.org.uk Twitter: @terryotoolethtr Facebook: /TerryOTooleTheatre


The Natural World Centre

z    g PWG 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, Otter’s Reach, 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: whisby@1life.co.uk Website: www.naturalworldcentre.co.uk 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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Sleaford Museum

81 Southgate, Sleaford, NG34 7RQ Award-winning Sleaford Museum explores the history of Sleaford’s past, its people and the local area through informative, wellresearched exhibitions. Detailed illustrated boards, fascinating artefacts and items, plus personal stories in attractive displays that change frequently - so there is always something new to see - are on view. An eye-catching scene in the large picturewindow encourages visitors (7,000 so far) into its FREE entrance, only to be amazed at the colourful Tardis-like interior. Entirely set-up and run by enthusiastic dedicated volunteers, it appeals to all ages with maps, old photographs, research books, films-onloop, a quiz, and dressing-up for children. Please discover this unique, quirky, everchanging attraction situated in Monument Gardens. Tel: 07518 972 016 to arrange a group visit. Website: www.sleafordmuseum.org.uk Open: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday 10-3 plus special occasions. Facebook: Sleaford Museum Twitter: @MuseumSleaford


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The National Centre for Craft and Design

Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, NG34 7TW We are the largest venue in England entirely dedicated to the exhibition, celebration and promotion of national and international contemporary craft and design. Under one roof, our five gallery spaces showcase up to 20 world-class exhibitions every year from the most innovative, challenging and accomplished artists to new and emerging talent.

Tel: 01529 308710 Email: info@nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk Website: www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk Open: 10am to 5pm (10am to 4pm on Bank Holidays) Admission: Free


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Our stimulating learning programme inspires people of all ages and skills. Our shop stocks contemporary handmade products. NCCD is home to Design Nation, a leading professional development organisation for British designermakers and artsNK, the country’s largest rural arts development agency specialising in visual and performing arts projects.


Heckington Windmill Hale Road, Heckington, NG34 9JW

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. The whole site has benefited from a major programme of investment which has restored the whole Victorian industrial site surrounding the windmill and created a contemporary visitor attraction with things for the whole family to see and do. The on-site 8 Sail Brewery champions award winning craft beer including the Rolling Stone ale which uses malt ground in the mill, whilst the Miller’s Tearoom allows you to taste home baked breads and cakes in the shadow of the windmill which supplies its flour. This unique eight-sailed windmill is the only one of its type left in the world. 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 see the ingenuity and engineering behind the milling process.

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Adults £5 Children £3 Under 5s Free

Opening Times January to Easter: Friday to Sunday Easter to 15 July: Friday to Sunday 16 July to 3 Sept, Monday to Sunday 4 Sept to 2019, Friday to Sunday

12 – 4pm 12 – 5pm 12 – 5pm 12 – 4pm

Call 01529 461919 or Email enquiries@heckingtonwindmill.org.uk

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Manor House Stables

The Manor House, Timberland Road, Martin, LN4 3QS Join one of our cookery or craft courses and enjoy learning a new skill in a relaxed and friendly environment. We offer courses in baking bread, chocolate making, jams & preserves, healthy baking, wartime recipes from WW1 and WW2, historic cookery, knitting, crochet, natural beauty & bath products using natural ingredients, lavender, gardening and creating Green Man plaques from clay. All courses are small and include a homemade two course lunch with wine. Gift Vouchers are available for every occasion. Contact us if you’d like to book your own small private course (between 4 - 6 people) or team building session. Also on site is a small exhibition of WW2 Home front and the Women’s Land Army.

Select Lincolnshire Winner in Education/ Teaching establishment 2015, 2016 & 2017

Tel: 01526 378717 or 07979 750760 Email: sherry@manorhousestables.co.uk Website: www.manorhousestables.co.uk


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Newark Air Museum

Drove Lane, Winthorpe, Newark, Notts, NG24 2NY The UK’s largest volunteer managed aviation museum with 78 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 education programmes available for visiting schools. Tel: 01636 707170 Email: enquire@newarkairmuseum.org Website: www.newarkairmuseum.org 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 £9, Over 65s £8, Children £4.50, Family ticket [2 adults & 3 children] £24 Appointments are preferred for Group [15 plus people] visits, although not essential and a party rate booking information pack is available on application.


Holly Tree Soft Play

z B ghPGW Holly Tree Leisure Ltd, Fen Road, Washingborough, Lincoln. LN4 1AE A multi-level soft play frame suitable for energetic and adventurous under 9s. Interactive sessions are also available including weekly early years classes, health visitor baby weighing and guest sessions. Soft play also available: The Railway Inn, 195 Witham Rd, Woodhall Spa. LN10 6QX Tel Lincoln: 01522 790275 Tel Woodall: 01526 352580 Email: hollytree@softplaylincoln.co.uk Website: www.softplaylincoln.co.uk Open Lincoln: Monday to Sunday 10-4pm Friday 10-6pm in Spring and Summer Open Woodall: Tuesday to Friday 9.30am-3pm Admission: Under 1s £2, 1 to 3 yrs £3.95, 4 yrs+ £4.95. Adults free.



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New for 2018!


North Kesteven District Council is working with iFootpath to make all its Stepping Out walks available on its easy use mobile app! See page 32 for more info...

When in Sleaford The When in Sleaford... trail features artworks which take their inspiration from Sleaford’s rich history. Eighteen bronze roundels, created by artist David Mackie, are sited on walls and in pathways in and around Sleaford, leading you to discover historic buildings, visitor attractions and existing artworks in the town. Pick up a free trail map from Navigation House, The National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford Museum or Cogglesford Mill, or visit www.artsnk.org/when-in-Sleaford to download a map. Children’s sticker packs are also available to purchase for a small charge. Call 01529 410 595 for more information.

Walk through the beautiful countryside of North Kesteven, explore local heritage, discover new artworks and uncover hidden stories as the trail passes through bustling towns and traditional villages, taking in attractions such as Terry O’Toole Theatre, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum, the Knight’s Templar Preceptory at Temple Bruer, Welbourn Forge, the Waddington Village Trail and many more.

For more information about the project and the route visit www.ridgesandfurrowstrail.org or call 01529 410 595

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Ridges & Furrows is a new arts and heritage trail for Lincolnshire linking The National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford with Whisby Nature Park via the Lincoln Edge.


Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Heath Farm, North Rauceby, Sleaford, NG34 8QR Royal Air Force College Cranwell is probably the most famous landmark in RAF history. Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum portrays the fascinating story of this historic establishment from its early days as a Royal Naval Air Service base to the current day. The experience includes interactive exhibits including a Jet Provost flight simulator, Vampire Nose Pod, exhibitions and artefacts. There is also a courtyard area with a Jet Provost aircraft. The museum also runs a programme of fascinating exhibitions exploring the wealth of aviation’s remarkable heritage as well events suitable for all ages. Group and school visits are welcome by arrangement. Tel: 01529 488490 Email: cranwellaviation@n-kesteven.gov.uk Website: www.cranwellaviation.co.uk Open: 1 Apr to 31 Oct: Daily, 10am to 4.30pm. 1 Nov to 30 Mar: Weekends only, 10am to 4pm. Admission: Free


Market Square Café and Restaurant

zgPGW 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 Market Square Café and Restaurant. Nestled in the market place in Sleaford and located within our Tudor style building with double fronted shop windows, enabling beautiful panoramic views of the historic medieval parish church of St Denys.

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Tel: 01529 968110 Email: tompigott@f2s.com Open: Monday to Sunday, 7am to 5.30pm Facebook: facebook.com/ marketsquaresleaford



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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: northkesteven@1life.co.uk Website: www.1life.co.uk Open: Monday to Sunday, 7am to 10pm. Bank Holidays, 7am to 10pm.


Sleaford Leisure Centre

   W Eastbanks, Sleaford, NG34 7HH With more than 30 group exercise classes every week from Yoga to spinning, a state of the art gym and fantastic 25m swimming pool there’s something for everyone at Sleaford Leisure Centre. The centre also offers swimming lessons for all ages, under 5s wildlife splash pool as well as a sauna and steam room – the perfect way to relax and unwind after a workout. A wide range of memberships available from regular gym goers to leisurely users, pick the right membership to suit you! Call the centre or visit their website for more information.

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Tel: 01529 303081 Email: sleaford@1life.co.uk Website: www.1life.co.uk Open: Monday to Friday 6.45am - 10pm, Saturday 6.45am - 5pm, Sunday, 9am to 5pm, Bank Holidays 8am to 4pm




The Hive Café

Hill Holt Wood, Norton Disney, Lincoln, LN6 9JP The Hive Café at Hill Holt Wood is situated in the middle of a beautiful ancient woodland not far from Norton Disney village. You will find the atmosphere relaxed and inviting and benefiting from fantastic light in both Summer and Winter. A full range of breakfast options are available alongside rustic Paninis with a choice of fillings. Alternatively, you can enjoy a cup of traditional tea with a slice of the Café’s famous home-made Honey cake, indeed most of our food is home-made and we feel that our prices represent the very best value for money. A unique woodland venue. Tel: 01636 892836 Email: admin@hillholtwood.com Website: www.hillholtwood.com Open: Café is open every Sunday 10am to 4pm. The wood is open every day for free.


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Tel: 01522 688868 Email: whisby@1life.co.uk Web: www.naturalworldcentre.co.uk Open: October to March – 10am to 4pm (hot food closes at 3pm and snacks at 3.30pm). April to September – 10am to 4.30pm (hot food closes 3.30pm and snacks at 4pm).



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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. These can be found at www.countrysidenk.co.uk


There are also many green spaces to enjoy, from ancient woodland to the reclaimed gravel pits at 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.

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For more information visit: www.countrysidenk.co.uk

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.

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For more information visit: www.spiresandsteeples.com

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Did you know that there is a hugely popular Spires & Steeples Challenge in October each year?


Ridges & Furrows Arts & Heritage Trail Project The 30-mile Ridges & Furrows Trail will take you through the heart of Lincolnshire, exploring the distinctive landscape, traditional villages and unique artwork.

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The route mirrors the Spires & Steeples trail on the eastern side of the District, providing an ideal opportunity to link the two for a long distance walk. The trail is being mapped out on the iFootpath app and new trail signage will shortly start appearing.


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For more info visit: www.ridgesandfurrowstrail.org

Stay a while… 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?

Please turn over to discover some suggestions.

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For more information visit: www.heartoflincs.com

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The guide provides a selection of places to stay and eat within the district. Discover award winning cottages to family run B&Bs, delicious licensed restaurants to rustic cafés offering homemade treats – something for everyone!


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, two miles from Boston. Tel: 01205 290840 Email: carol@elmsfarmcottages.co.uk Website: www.elmsfarmcottages.co.uk Open: All year Rates: £560 to £850 per week



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Spring Lane, Folkingham, Sleaford, NG34 0SJ Set in the grounds of Low Farm House, this small family run park is secluded, south facing and enjoyed for its peaceful surroundings, yet is within a few minutes walk of the conservation village of Folkingham and its amenities. Tel: 01529 497322 Email: enquiries@lowfarmpark.co.uk Website: www.lowfarmpark.co.uk Open: Easter to mid October Rates: From £12 to £22. Number of pitches: 36


Oakhill Leisure

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Awards / accreditations: Visit England – 3 stars Tel: 01522 868771 Email: info@oakhill-leisure.co.uk Website: www.oakhill-leisure.co.uk Open: All year Rates: Starting from £12 per night No. of pitches: 60




Carnforth Guesthouse

Tinkers Lane, Waddington, Lincoln, LN5 9RU Carnforth Guesthouse, conveniently located just 5 minutes from RAF Waddington with good links to Lincoln and Newark. Comfortable double or twin rooms in a peaceful atmosphere with good parking. Tel: 01522 722492 Email: mail@carnforthguesthouse.co.uk Website: www.carnforthguesthouse.co.uk Rates: £75 per night


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The Manor House, Timberland Road, Martin, LN4 3QS Welcome to our beautiful accommodation in award-winning historic stables. The perfect retreat all year round, with wood-burning stoves, generous hampers, gorgeous gardens, relaxing baths and a very warm welcome. Also on site is a small exhibition of WW2 Homefront and the Women’s Land Army. Finalists in the Select Lincolnshire and Taste of Excellence Awards for Self Catering. Tel: 07979 750760 Email: sherry@manorhousestables.co.uk Website: www.manorhousestables.co.uk Open: All year Rates: From £300 for 3 nights Number of units: Sleeps up to 3 (the Bothy) or 4 (the Hayloft)

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Heath House Caravan Park

Heath House, Heath Road, Coleby, Lincoln, LN5 0AR A well maintained site with firm pitches within easy reach of historic Lincoln, its magnificent Cathedral and surrounding tourist area. Local aviation heritage sites to explore. Tel: 01522 810271 Open: Open all year Rates: £14 per night No. of pitches: 10


If you are thinking about visiting North Kesteven please don’t forget that you can go online to get more information about everything in this guide at: www.heartoflincs.com

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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.

Exhibition open every weekend up to Sunday 25 March 2018 FREE Airships Over Lincolnshire... Lighter than Air An exhibition exploring the role airships and hot air balloons played during World War I and the involvement of the Lighter than Air Section at Cranwell. See their development over time including the types of balloon which operated from Cranwell; learn about the working life of an airship crew, find out about Zeppelin raids on Lincolnshire as well as the early career of Barnes Wallis, a designer of airships. Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Cogglesford Mill Milling Days Remember: The mill holds regular milling days on the second Sunday of each month. The dates are as follows:

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Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 March, 11am to 4.30pm FREE Discover Lincolnshire Weekend Our venues will be celebrating Discover Lincolnshire Weekend and showcasing everything that’s great about Lincolnshire. Cogglesford Watermill will be teaming up with the Lincoln Longwools Association to feature one of Lincolnshire’s most recognisable breeds. Come along and see these remarkable animals from young lambs to full grown rams. You can also see the fleece being spun into wool and have a go yourself! Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum, Cogglesford Watermill and Navigation House

Sunday 1 April to Wednesday 31 September FREE

Saturday 13 January 12.30 to 3.30pm

Gallantry in the Air Exhibition FREE

Rubber Ducky Day! Dora the Duck wants to celebrate National Rubber Ducky Day! Come along and enjoy lots of ducky fun - make Rubber Ducky Wands, create pictures and learn how to make your own ‘Hook a Duck’ game at home! Navigation House

Sunday 24 February 11am to 4pm

To mark the centenary of the RAF, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum’s exhibition will commemorate the RAF crew who were decorated for their bravery. Many of the airmen featured in this exhibition gained the highest award for their valour with some of them paying the ultimate price. Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum


Real Bread Week – Dough to Go!

Events 2018

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.

Celebrating Real Bread Week, Cogglesford Watermill will be joined by Linda Hewett an expert bread maker and inspirational food demonstrator. Linda will be offering the chance to make bread dough using Cogglesford Mill’s own flour and taste some delicious home baked bread. Cogglesford Watermill

Saturday 31 March to Sunday 16 April


Molly & Dora’s Easter Trail! Molly the Mill Mouse from Cogglesford Watermill is visiting Navigation House’s Dora the Duck for Easter. Join in with their adventure and try your hand at their cunning Easter Trail. Visit the Mill and Navigation House to collect your trail sheet and don’t forget to claim your Easter prize! Cogglesford Watermill and Navigation House

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.


Charlie’s Easter Trail! Visit the museum to see if you can crack Charlie the Crane’s Easter Egg Trail. Collect your trail and explore this fascinating museum as you hunt for clues - there’s a chocolatey prize when you’ve finished! Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Sunday 13 May, 11am to 4.30pm


Sunday 5 August, 11am to 4pm


Cogglesford Watermill

Sunday 24 June, Meet at Navigation House at 11am


Discovering the History of Sleaford Back by popular demand! Join local historian, Simon Pawley to discover the evolution of Sleaford’s wharf area. Constructed in the early 1790s, Sleaford Navigation had a difficult beginning. Originally designed to run through the town to a wharf on its western side, the Navigation Company found itself running out of money and forced to end its project east of the town centre. How they dealt with this crisis would turn out to have a long-lasting influence on the future development of the town. Navigation House


National Colouring Book Day

Halloween at Cogglesford Mill

Navigation House has a fascinating history dating back over 150 years. To celebrate National Colouring Book Day we would like to create a book depicting the life of this historic building. There’ll be lots of pictures to colour in so why not spend some time colouring with your friends, children or grandchildren or just by yourself and contribute to our bumper sized book!

Have 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. Cogglesford Watermill

Navigation House

National Mills Weekend Cogglesford Watermill joins in with this national celebration as the mill rumbles into action, grinding its own stoneground flour. M H Preserves will be on hand offering tastes of their home made jams and chutneys and Greenfield Bakers will be showcasing their delicious bread produced on traditional wood fired ovens.

Wednesday 31 October, 6 to 7.30pm

Saturday 1 to Friday 21 December


Christmas Present Trails Sunday 26 August, 11am to 4pm


Family Fun day Once again the Museum will be celebrating summer with their Family Fun Day. From vintage fire engines to kites and face painting, there will be lots to do as you explore this fascinating museum.

Help Molly the Mill Mouse, Dora the Duck and Charlie the Crane find their lost presents. Each venue has its own family trail - so explore these fascinating places looking for clues before claiming your own Christmas gift. Cogglesford Watermill, Navigation House and Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Sunday 9 December, 11am to 4pm


Festive Milling Day Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 September


Heritage Open Days Explore your local history and heritage by taking part in our Heritage Open Days. Join a free fun family trail at each venue and see Cogglesford Watermill in action on Sunday.

The mill will be rumbling into action for the last time this year. Join us for a festive milling day and enjoy a complimentary mince pie and glass of sherry. Everything you need to get you in the festive mood! Cogglesford watermill

Cogglesford Watermill, Navigation House and Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum Please check with the venue beforehand. Please note that all children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Events 2018

Saturday 31 March to Sunday 16 April


We’re going digital! New for 2018! North Kesteven District Council is working with iFootpath to make all of its Stepping Out walks available on an easy use mobile app!

These great new walking guides consist of full written turn-by-turn directions, historical notes, photographs and audio snippets. But the best feature by far is the live GPS route map, meaning no more wrong turns!

Download the app! Get the ifootpath app available to download on Apple (iOS) and Android devices and start walking our wonderful routes today!

Some walks are still being uploaded to ifootpath; however you can still order hardcopies (for a limited time only) using the order form opposite.

Stepping Out

For more information about the Stepping Out Walks visit www.countrysidenk.co.uk For more information about the ifootpath app visit www.ifootpath.com


Do you want to disover more about our venues and activities?

If you would like any of the following publications to help you plan your visit, please indicate below: oo

Cogglesford Watermill


Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre


Countryside Events


Natural World Centre, Whisby


National Centre for Craft and Design


Navigation House


North Kesteven Airfield Trail


North Kesteven Social Strollers


NK Outreach


Lincolnshire Aviation


Sleaford Riverside


Special Events


Stepping Out Walks (please specify): oo

Skellingthorpe Old Wood


Aubourn and Haddington


River Witham Walks


Thorpe on the Hill and Tunman Wood


The Eastern Slea


Riverside Walk


Rauceby Walks


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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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 www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/transportand-roads/public-transport or call 0871 200 22 33.

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

Lincolnshire North Kesteven

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.

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Parking available

Accessible by public transport

Disabled parking M1 (One step ahead) Older and less mobile guests

B Coach parking  Toilets

M2 - Part-time wheelchair users

M3A - Assisted wheelchair users

M3I - Independent wheelchair users

Accessible toilets

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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

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Family rooms available


Special diets catered for

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Credit cards accepted

Washing machine Walkers Welcome

 Cyclists Welcome

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Chemical disposable toilet

Children’s playground

 Electric hook up for tourers


Shop on site

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Caravan and Camping club member



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North Kesteven: The Heart of Lincolnshire 2018  

North Kesteven: The Heart of Lincolnshire 2018