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Explore, discover, experience

Heart of Lincolnshire



100 flourishing communities

North Kesteven District Council

What to do, where to go, where to eat‌

For North Kesteven visitors on the move


This guide is produced by the Communications Team at North Kesteven District Council. Images by Pip Batty, Steve Hill, Jason Hippisley, Michelle Rose. Tourist information


Council enquiries District Council Offices Kesteven Street Sleaford Lincolnshire NG34 7EF Tel: 01529 414155 Web: The Heart of Lincolnshire Visitor Guide, your essential guide to everything the district has to offer

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North Kesteven is a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year, an area punctuated by its stunning rural location – perfect for walking or cycling – offering a relaxed pace of life, friendly locals, vast aviation history and some truly unique places to eat and drink. In the heart of rural Lincolnshire, just south of the City of Lincoln, North Kesteven has two main towns of North Hykeham and the historic market town of Sleaford, as well as over 100 distinctive rural villages. Covering 356 square miles, some 92% of the area is classified as agricultural land. This guide aims to explore some of the district’s quaint undiscovered areas as well as the more popular areas. Easily reachable by car or public transport, the district is well connected from the A1, A15, A17 and A46 roads; from Grantham and Newark mainline stations (from London, Leeds, Peterborough, York, Doncaster and Scotland); East Midlands Airport; as well as locally from Lincoln, the Lincolnshire Coast and other areas within the East Midlands.

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Enjoy! The DiscoverNK Team



TOWN and country

The towns of Sleaford amd North Hykeham are thriving places to visit, with some real hidden gems SLEAFORD Located 19 miles south of Lincoln, the market town of Sleaford is well connected by rail and road to the city of Lincoln as well as Lincolnshire’s east coast. The name Sleaford is from the Old English ‘eslaforde’, meaning ‘ford over a muddy stream’ (now known as the River Slea). In 852 the name first appears as Slioford. In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is given as Eslaforde. Until recently Sleaford was primarily an agricultural town, supporting a cattle market and famous seed companies such as Hubbard, Phillips and Sharpes International Seeds. Today Sleaford is developing as a tourist and craft destination. The River Slea runs through the town, bringing together a range of attractions from The National Centre for Craft & Design, built from the former Hubbards seed factory on the Sleaford Navigation Wharf. From there, a riverside walk leads by way


of a wildlife area to Cogglesford Mill, a renovated and functioning flour mill. Markets in the market square are held every Monday, Friday and Saturday.

The Maltings Built in 1907 by Bass and operational until 1959, The Sleaford Bass Maltings are Grade II-listed as among the top 10% of listed buildings in the country. The Maltings are uniquely significant in terms of scale, technological innovation and their impact on the landscape. It is hoped that following major investment they will be brought back to their former glory over the coming years. The site itself is closed to visitors but can be viewed from Mareham Lane in Sleaford.

Cogglesford Mill This fully functioning watermill lies on the eastern outskirts of Sleaford.


The mill, mill house and the stables all form part of an unusual group of Grade II-listed buildings. Situated in a picturesque setting by the River Slea it is thought to be the only Sheriff’s watermill still operating in England. Millers have produced flour on this site for over 1,000 years. Organic stone ground wholemeal flour produced in the mill is sold in the mill shop. The mill shop sells a range of gifts, including organic stone-ground wholemeal flour, locally produced preserves, wooden crafts and Lincolnshire lavender. You can also see the mill in operation and have the opportunity to watch flour being produced in the traditional way. Cogglesford Mill Cottage is a delightful building nestled adjacent to the River Slea, once home to the millers who worked the mill next door where flour has been produced for hundreds of years. Today it is a restaurant, serving a range of hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks.

popular event where people can buy local produce. It takes place on the fourth Friday of every month, on the Ark car park, Moor Lane. The North Kesteven Centre on Moor Lane is the District’s largest leisure centre. It is home to a variety of sports facilities, and two indoor swimming pools, café and bar. The neighbouring Terry O’ Toole Theatre opened in 2002 and is a small, community theatre hosting a number of events and performances. The theatre’s programme frequently includes musical performances ranging from jazz to brass bands; contemporary dance; as well as classical theatre. 

NORTH HYKEHAM Bordering the south of Lincoln, the predominantly residential area of North Hykeham has grown from its village origins in the housing boom that followed World War II. North Hykeham has five parks that allow residents to enjoy its open spaces and a skate park was built for younger residents in 2003 on Witham Fields, off Fen Lane. The North Hykeham Farmers’ Market is a

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in North Kesteven

North Kesteven is a district of picturesque villages, ancient woodland, historic buildings, medieval churches and wide open vistas, rich in wildlife North Kesteven is the privileged home to a variety of landscapes, ancient woodlands and historic buildings. The fascinating history woven into the landscape extends from the Roman waterways of the Car Dyke, through medieval settlements and agricultural methods, to the more recent airfields of World War II. To help discover this fascinating heritage and enjoy the diverse wildlife of our countryside, North Kesteven District Council offers an extensive network of way marked Stepping Out walks. The walks are complimented by informative leaflets and a website providing easy to use maps and directions together with points of interest along the way. The walks cover a variety of landscapes and histories to encourage residents and visitors to explore the delightful countryside. For those interested in history, the Knights Templar (Walk 9) is a must. The walk takes you to a square tower, once part of a large Knights Templar Preceptory. The tower is open to the public allowing you to explore the two floors joined by a winding stone staircase. Engraved into some of the stones are the names of some of the airmen who were based at former RAF Wellingore in World War II, doubtless seeking a moment’s peace from the horrors of war. Woodland walks are always a favourite and Walk 18 contains details of a number of walks around some of the district’s ancient woodland. A particular favourite is Skellingthorpe Old Wood found in Walk 1. A visit in the spring will reveal carpets of bluebells and anemones which fill the 6


woodland with their fragrance. Throughout the walks you will find works of art commissioned by North Kesteven’s arts team. With beautifully carved fallen trees providing a welcome bench or the cheery face of a smiling cow created by fixing discarded metal tools to an old stone wall, there is something new round every corner. The Martin & Metheringham route (Walk 12) follows the ancient Roman Car Dyke and is dotted with wooden sculptures and mosaics, not to mention the imposing memorial to 106 Squadron who were based at RAF Metheringham. The Stepping Out walks cover 18 areas within the district providing over 135 miles of way marked paths through this fascinating landscape. Most of the routes are circular so you can be sure of finding your car at the end, each features interesting buildings, landscape or views and most take in pubs or farm shops to help make a day of it. Each of the walks is carefully managed with trimmed paths, sturdy stiles, reliable waymarking and information boards and handy areas for parking up and picnics. As well as covering varied landscapes, the walks are inviting to all abilities and aptitudes. Ranging in scope from under a mile up to nine miles, each has easy access and some are suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs.  For more information on the walks or details of countryside events within North Kesteven visit or order your map using the form at the back of this guide. 7


Witham Valley Country Park

At the very heart of Lincolnshire is Witham Valley Country Park, a connection of public green spaces covering around 40 square miles of high-quality, unspoilt countryside, rich in wildlife and history Four of the park’s seven beautiful areas are in North Kesteven; Whisby Nature Park, Millennium Green, Tunman Wood, Skellingthorpe Old Wood. The others; Hartsholme Country Park, Boultham Park, at North Hykeham and South and West Commons are in Lincoln. The vision for these areas is for the creation of a sustainable, accessible network of managed outdoor places, providing a range of high quality experiences for everyone. Linking the living landscape and green spaces of the City of Lincoln and North Kesteven. Connections between our green spaces are continually

Whisby Nature Park Walks include lake views, woodland and meadows extending to around 6.5 miles. Routes follow former gravel-pit tracks reflecting the industrial heritage of the site. Most are hard-surfaced for all-weather use. 8

being improved to give you more opportunities to enjoy walking, cycling, and horse riding. Significant improvements have already been made to the play areas, with focus also being put on the wide range of sporting and leisure activities available across the parks, so that you can have a fun day out with friends and family. Award winning cafĂŠs, new cycle tracks, and footpaths are being enhanced throughout to develop access and connectivity between areas. Activities include fishing, camping and much more. There is also an 18-hole golf course just a short distance from Lincoln City centre.

Millennium Green The Green is a public open space of approximately 41.28 acres featuring a large lake, around which is a mile long footpath. A variety of wildlife and plants can be found around the lake.

We will continue to protect and enhance the biodiversity and wildlife value of Witham Valley Country Park working in partnership with Natural England, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency as well as working closely with the core sites existing management plans for biodiversity. Keep up-to-date with local events such as the circus and local fairs, and find new places to explore with guided walks through these beautiful spaces. For more information about public rights of way, events and countryside access, please visit

Tunman Wood Over 132 acres of ancient woodland can be enjoyed by visitors. It is an area where specific plant species are found, and provides habitats for the diverse plant, bird and insect population.

Skellingthorpe Old Wood This ancient wood is owned and managed by the Woodland Trust. The wood is home to a number of birds, and has many walkways that can be enjoyed by visitors.


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5 April Treasure Hunt Millennium Green Enjoy a walk around the mile long pathway around the edge of the lake, but don’t forget to hunt for those cunning clues. Meet in the Memorial Hall car park, LN6 9RY

28 April Walk around Skellingthorpe Enjoy the spring flowers around this delightful woodland walk. Meet High Wood car park, North Rauceby.

7 July A Riverside Walk Join in a walk along the River Slea. Meet outside the National centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford.

26 May Walk around Rauceby A walk of approximately 5 miles through the countryside around Rauceby with your dogs. Meet High Wood car park, North Rauceby.

28 July Walk around Welbourn A walk of 6 miles through the open countryside around Welbourn lowfields with your dogs. Meet Welbourn Village Hall car park, LN5 0LZ

30 June Walk around Nocton A walk of 4 miles through wooded plantations and open countryside with your dogs. Meet Nocton Village Hall car park, LN4 2BH



Take to the skies

Lincolnshire is commonly referred to as ‘Bomber County’, and North Kesteven – with its three active bases and vast aviation heritage – is the place to visit for aviation enthusiasts of all ages Lincolnshire’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. Several airfields in the district are still operational and serving the modern-day RAF, while former airfields, museums and memorials are witness to the bravery of the men and women who served here during most turbulent times. The North Kesteven Airfield Trail has been created to enable visitors to locate the active RAF stations and former airfield sites – many now identified by distinctive signs – in this part of mid-Lincolnshire. The route can be followed

within a comfortable day’s drive, or for a more leisurely tour, spend a few days here combining the trail with visits to aviation attractions and other places of interest close by. The Lincoln Cliff, being a north-south escarpment, had a magnetic appeal to defence chiefs seeking airfield sites in eastern England during the Great War. Westerly winds assisted heavily laden, low-powered biplanes of the Great War when taking off or landing. On 1 April 1916, Royal Naval Air Service Station Cranwell, part of HMS Daedalus, opened as a training station to teach officers to fly aeroplanes. RNAS training continued until 1 April 1918, when it joined with the Royal Flying Corps

NORTH RAUCEBY Map: 2D Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre Heath Farm, North Rauceby, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 8QR Royal Air Force College Cranwell is probably the most famous landmark in RAF history. Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre 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, displays, various exhibits and artefacts, storyboards, courtyard area with Jet Provost aircraft, Vampire nose pod, video theatre, local tourist information, and shop area. Light refreshments are available. Group & school visits welcome by prior arrangement. For information on special events please contact the Centre during open times or the NKDC Tourism Unit. Tel: 01529 488490 during open hours or NKDC Tourism Unit 01529 308102 Email: Web: Open: All year: 1 Apr – 31 Oct: 10am – 4.30pm daily 1 Nov – 31 Mar: Sat & Sun only: 10am – 4pm Admission: Free.

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to form the Royal Air Force. The station then became known as RAF Cranwell. World War II was a war in which aviation showed its devastating potential. Each combatant wanted faster machines in the air, capable of carrying more armament over a greater distance. The Air Ministry demanded larger airfields with dispersed facilities – hidden if possible to reduce the risks of air attack. By 1940, the search for prospective airfields was at full throttle and, as it is on the eastern side of the country, Lincolnshire was an ideal launching platform for a possible bomber offensive. When the war ended in 1945, there was no longer the need for so many military airfields. Many of those that had been constructed during the war were closed down, their concrete runways torn up, and returned to agriculture. At some airfields, the domestic quarters on the old sites were used as temporary housing. Today, three RAF stations remain in North Kesteven: Waddington, Cranwell and Digby.

RAF WADDINGTON Just a few miles south of Lincoln, the airfield began life in 1916 as a busy training station for the Royal Flying Corps, developing into a strategically important airfield. The retention of Waddington during the Cold War era was virtually assured when its 1.7-mile long runway was built during 1953. When Waddington reopened in June 1955 it received two Canberra squadrons and the first Vulcans arrived in May 1957. By August 1961, three squadrons of Vulcans were based at Waddington until the type finally retired in March 1984. Retired from service in 1984, the Falkland veteran XM607 is now displayed opposite the aircraft viewing enclosure on the A15 at Waddington. RAF Waddington is now home to most of the RAF’s surveillance and reconnaissance assets and fulfils various roles. The RAF Waddington International Airshow is a spectacular event and one of the largest modern

military airshows in the country, which annually attracts visiting aircraft from around the world. The 2013 show takes place on 6 and 7 July.

RAF DIGBY Although fast jets may be seen traversing the local farmland each weekday, Digby itself no longer has an active airfield. Nowadays the Station supports both strategic decision makers at the highest level and the front line on a 24/7 basis, directly supporting the UK Armed Forces wherever deployed. Digby’s wartime operations room, which has been recreated complete with plotting table and maps, is open to the public every Sunday from May to October, and also throughout the year to organised tours.

RAF CRANWELL The history of military aviation at Cranwell goes back to November 1915 when the Admiralty requisitioned 2500 acres of land from the Earl of Bristol’s estate. And on 1 April 1916, the Royal Naval Air Service, Training Establishment, Cranwell was born. In 1987, the Flying Training School at the Royal Air Force College was reorganised at RAF Cranwell. Many aircraft types have been in service here, including Avro Tutors, North-American Harvards, de Havilland Vampires, Jet Provosts, Tucanos and the Bulldog.

DISUSED BASES BRACEBRIDGE HEATH There are two early flying sites in Bracebridge Heath. They are separated by the Lincoln Cliff and can be seen from the A15 from Lincoln. The Lincolnshire flying field owned by Clayton & Shuttleworth stood a mere 10 feet above sea level, whereas Robey’s first airstrip – near the cemetery at Bracebridge Heath – had an altitude of 210 feet. A wide slab-sided biplane of 250 horse power was constructed by Robey’s in an attempt to meet an admiralty order for an anti-Zeppelin fighter. However, in late 1916, the ‘fighting machine’s’ third take off 11


proved to be its last when it burned out on the roof of the former St John’s Hospital. The proximity of the site to Waddington’s airfield led the Ministry of Supply to requisition the hangars in May 1941 so that the A.V Roe Company could carry out running repairs to Lancasters and other precious aeroplanes. The A15 south of Bracebridge Heath was used as a taxiway to tow aircraft. Whilst Avro Anson aircraft were being refitted for the Royal Navy, two-high speed delta winged aircraft – the single seat Avro 707A and the two seat 707C – were completed at Bracebridge Heath.

COLEBY GRANGE Continuing south from Waddington airfield along the A15 you will pass the remains of an 18th century inland lighthouse known locally as Dunston Pillar. This was reduced in height in 1940 to lessen the risk of aircraft colliding with it. Just 2.5 miles from Waddington, behind the Kitchen Café, stands the watch tower of Coleby Grange airfield – a short-lived wartime site without paved runways. You can park in the café car park. Although the site was intended as a satellite airfield for Digby, during the summer of 1940, Hurricanes and Defiants from Kirton-in-Lindsey operated from Coleby Grange due to problems in completing another aerodrome.

METHERINGHAM The former RAF Metheringham can still be seen where two public roads follow the tracks of a runway and taxiway. The airfield appears to have been laid out to take advantage of a shallow island of sand and gravel, which stands some 50 feet above the level of the adjoining fens. The main runway, nearly north-south in orientation and over one mile in length, was amply suited to use by heavily laden bombers. In 1943 Alderman George Flintham MBE and his fellow farmers were given only 48 hours’ notice to remove household belongings, livestock and equipment from the chosen site. Oak,


birch and rhododendrons were soon uprooted and farm buildings demolished. The site was ready for service by late October, and Lancasters arrived in November 1943. One week later, 106 Squadron sent a contingent of 18 aircraft to raid Berlin. Four months and 15 raids later, during which 492 RAF bombers failed to return, over three square miles of the city were devastated. A plaque and Book of Remembrance to 106 Squadron can be seen near the west window inside Holy Trinity Church in the village of Martin. Photographs and memorabilia can be seen at Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre and memorial garden.

SWINDERBY RAF Swinderby closed in 1993 due to the rationalisation of the RAF’s ground training organisation. While some original hangars remain for industrial use, sadly many of the original buildings on the main site were demolished by 2009. The village of Witham St Hughs also now occupies part of the airfield’s former accommodation site. The airfield, located on Thurlby Moor, was named ‘Swinderby’ simply to confuse the Luftwaffe as to its true location. One decoy airfield was laid out closer to Swinderby village and others existed at Bassingham and Brant Broughton. This was not enough to fool the Luftwaffe, who damaged two aeroplanes and severed group communications during a bombing raid. Close to the village of Swinderby is the site of Morton Hall that became the headquarters of 5 Group Bomber Command following their arrival from St Vincents, Grantham, in October 1943. They remained there until disbanding in December 1945. The hall was severely damaged by fire and subsequently demolished – however, the site continued to be used as an RAF unit until the late 1950s, and is now an HM Prison.  To order your copy of the North Kesteven Airfield Trail see inside back page.



Waddington Heritage Centre

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre

RAF Waddington, Lincoln LN5 9NB

North Rauceby, Near Cranwell, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 8QR The Centre traces the history of RAF Cranwell from its Royal Navy years and the Royal Air Force College to the present day. The experience includes an interactive Jet Provost flight simulator, displays, exhibits and artefacts, storyboards, courtyard area with Jet Provost aircraft, Vampire nose pod, video theatre, local tourist information and shop. Free Admission

Tel: 01522 728595 Travel back in time to RAF Waddington’s history within Bomber Command and the Augsburg raid; learn about the V-Force during the days of the Cold War and the Black Buck raid. Discover the science of radar and other modern technologies used in the Combat ISTAR platforms flown from Waddington today. Visits are free by appointment only.

RAF Digby Sector Operations Room Museum RAF Digby, Near Scopwick, Lincoln LN4 3LH The original operations room bunker of this former Fighter Command airfield has been restored, complete with plotting table, state boards and equipment. Other rooms include items related to the many bomber squadrons that were based in the county and the history of RAF Digby. Free Admission

Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre Westmoor Farm, Martin Moor, Metheringham, Lincolnshire LN4 3BQ

Located on part of the former RAF Metheringham base, recalls life on an operational airfield, and honours those who served there. Nearby are the remains of runways and taxiways, and a memorial to 106 Squadron. During the year a number of special events and lectures take place. Free Admission

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre Heath Farm, North Rauceby, Sleaford. NG34 8QR T: Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre on 01529 488490 during open times or NKDC Tourism on 01529 308102 W: E:

Waddington Viewing Area Sleaford Road, Waddington, Lincoln LN5 9FG

Tel: 07540 752432 RAF Waddington’s viewing area is located off the A15 opposite the airfield and is a purpose-built 140-space car park which is open to the general public for safe aircraft viewing.

Sunday 14 July Cranwell Aviation Summer Festival Displays, exhibits, activities for adults and children – something for everyone to enjoy. Refreshments available. Free admission. 10.30am to 3.30pm 13


NEWARK Map: 1C Newark Air Museum Ltd Drove Lane, Winthorpe, Newark, Notts NG24 2NY The UK’s largest volunteer managed aviation museum with 74 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; engine/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. Tel: 01636 707170 Email: Web: Open: Everyday except 24th, 25th, 26th December and 1st January, Nov – Feb daily: 10am – 4pm Mar – Oct daily: 10am – 5pm (including weekends and Bank Holidays). Admission: Adults £7.50 Over 60s £6.50 Child £4 Family ticket (2 adults and 3 children) £21.




Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre

RAF Digby Sector Ops Room Museum

West Moor Farm, Martin Moor, Metheringham, Lincoln, Lincs LN4 3BQ Recalls life on an operational airfield honouring 106 Squadron. Includes a surviving gymnasium (recently restored) containing artefacts, where a season of lectures and other events are held. Tel: 01526 378604 Email: Web: Open: Sats, Suns & Bank Hols: 11am – 5pm. Weds: 11am – 4pm Groups at other times by arrangement. Admission: Free.

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RAF Digby, Lincoln, Lincs LN4 3LH Restored fighter command sector operations room in original 1937 bunker. Detailing history of RAF Digby 1918 to present day. Unique archive of documents, photographs and equipment on display. Contact: 01526 327272 Web: Email: Open: Tours conducted at 11am from first Sunday in May to first Sunday in October. Booking not necessary. Private groups by prior appointment. Admission: Free – donations welcome



Experience Lincolnshire’s ‘big skies’ and discover the thrill and excitement of aviation – past and present. Uncover a landscape criss-crossed by wartime airfields and reminders of Lincolnshire’s historic aviation role. Whether you are an enthusiast or simply looking for a great family day out with attractions, heritage centres and memorials, Lincolnshire has something to suit everyone.

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A TASTE of Lincolnshire

As new-season’s produce springs up all around us, it’s a great time to get a taste for what’s grown on your doorstep Lincolnshire means many things to many people. It’s famously known for its flat fens and big skies, its cathedral and coastline, its wartime bomber bases and its cabbage fields. But there’s much more to its edible output than cabbages, cauliflowers, tates and turnips. Given that one-fifth of the nation’s food is grown, reared or produced in Lincolnshire; it’s justifiably known as the Country’s Larder. In amongst its significant service sector, RAF presence, evolving industry and engineering that continue to an economic force, the county and the District benefit from an established agricultural scene which has been consistently important through time. Not only has this shaped our landscape but

also our people, our language, our traditions and most importantly, our food. It’s no accident that Lincolnshire was judged to be Britain’s Favourite Food Spot, pipping Cornwall to the post in a closely-fought contest. Not only on a commercial scale – as the largest UK producer of potatoes, wheat, poultry and cereals, the second largest producer of sugar beet and fifth for pigs – but on a domestic scale too, Lincolnshire has it all and that’s something we can all be proud of – and which we celebrate through our shopping habits and tastes. Whether it’s wheat for bread, barley for brewing, sugar beet for sweetening, oilseed rape for energy, cooking and heating,

SLEAFORD Map: 3D Cogglesford Mill Cottage East Road, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 7EQ Cogglesford Mill Cottages sit in a unique setting just out of town on the side of the River Slea next to a historic watermill. Our delightful building with low ceilings and quaint rooms provide a cosy atmosphere to meet friends, family or business colleagues. Throughout the summer enjoy alfresco dining, tea and cake, light or full a la carte lunches with daily specials. Wednesday – Thursday evening casual dining, 2 courses and drink only £13.95. Friday and Saturday full a la carte. Traditional Sunday lunch. We use fresh seasonal and local produce and grow vegetables, salad, herbs and fruit throughout the year, picked and prepared by our enthusiastic chefs. Tel: 01529 309409 Open: Mon: 10.30am – 3pm Tues – Sun: 10.30am – 4pm Weds & Thurs eve: 6pm – 10pm Fri & Sat eve: 6.30pm – 11pm Email: Web:

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vegetables spanning the spectrum from asparagus to zucchini or meat of a furred, feathered, finned or more familiar farmed kind, you’ll be hard pressed not to find something to eat and drink in Lincolnshire. Whether it’s the staples of meat, milk, crisps, beer, bread, eggs, fruit and vegetables or the local specialities like chine, haslet, plumbread, cheeses, cordials and innumerable variations on the classic Lincolnshire sausage, you’ll not go hungry by solely sourcing Lincolnshire produce. And you can go further still by supporting the local heritage breeds on which the County’s strength was founded, Lincoln Red beef, Lincoln Longwool sheep, Lincolnshire Buff chickens and the curly coat pig, in addition to the game fayre of rabbit, hare, pheasant, venison and duck or fish landed from the sea at Grimsby or caught, farmed and smoked in-land such as trout and eel. TV chef author and ambassador of Lincolnshire food Rachel Green is a firm advocate for getting

a taste for a place and reckons North Kesteven residents are among the best placed for firstclass butchers, bakers, producers and other providers. “There is a high proportion of Tastes of Lincolnshire members within North Kesteven and you only have to see the popularity of the Farmers’ Markets to get a taste for the quality and quantity of what’s grown, reared, brewed and prepared around us. Or beat a path to the excellent farm shops and farm gates to get a feel for what makes the area such a foodie treat,” she said. People who are passionate about food fly the Lincolnshire flag whenever they can and readily spread local fayre on their table. Some of the best places for finding these are the farmers markets at Sleaford on the first Saturday of the month, 9am to 2pm, and North Hykeham on the fourth Friday, at the Ark car park, 9am to 3pm.



The Hive Cafe

The Cake Hole

Hill Holt Wood, Norton Disney, Lincolnshire LN6 9JP Enjoy a cup of traditional tea with a slice of the cafe’s famous honey cake or sample a rustic panini with a choice of fillings, all delicious, homemade and organic. Tel: 01636 892836 Email: Web: Open: Sundays only: 10am to 4pm

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Unit 19, Bristol Arcade, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 7ST A small, friendly coffee and cake shop specialising in home made cakes scones and hand crafted coffees. A relaxed environment in which to linger over lunch or indulge in a classic afternoon tea. Tel: 01529 300227 Email: Open: Tues – Fri: 9.30am – 4.30pm Sat: 10am – 4pm Sun & Mon: Closed




In its tenth anniversary year, the former seed warehouse transformed into The National Centre for Craft & Design has a growing reputation as a hothouse for artistic talent. Just inside the door of The National Centre for Craft & Design a block of inscribed leather reads, ‘this used to be a seed warehouse... it still is’. And that’s just what this iconic building is about – germinating creative ideas, nurturing them and giving them space to flourish. Relaunched in 2011 with a name befitting its status as the country’s largest exhibition space for craft and design, the arts venue previously known as The Hub, brings together exhibitions, showcases and items for sale from the cream of international, national, regional and local makers. It is a place to showcase skills and tease out talented crafts people to inspire visitors. In addition to a rolling programme of exhibitions in galleries and window spaces across its four floors, the Centre hosts many talks, events, activities and workshops and has an enviable reputation for its well-stocked shop. Whether you are looking for a special gift, personal luxury or new adornment for your home, you are assured of finding something unique and stylish in the National Centre’s retail space where items linked to the exhibitions sit alongside unique, well-designed and crafted cards, jewellery, ceramics, sculpture and textiles. Featuring the very best of national makers as it does and well-selected examples of good design, many shoppers look on the shop as a 18

gallery as much as a retail experience and the makers themselves look on the NCCD as the home of high-quality crafts. Stock is rotated to reflect the seasons and once a month the artists themselves can be seen in action. For younger visitors there’s always creative and useful material in the Learning Zone to help them explore and understand the exhibits and draw their own interpretation of what’s on show. There are also free to use backpacks to guide the whole family through their artistic odyssey. And once you’ve all enjoyed the current gallery displays, you’ll have worked up an appetite or thirst for the lunches, cakes and snacks at the in-house cafe.


The National Centre for Craft and Design 2 February to 14 April Exhibition: Luke Jerram: Revealing the Invisible Exquisite glass works relating to science, engineering and design featuring multi-tiered chandeliers and clear glass sculptures of viruses and bacteria. Visually captivating, beautiful and jewel-like. 9 March to 2 June Exhibition: Design Factory: Synchronise – Creating Craft Collaborations Design Factory members who have embraced the challenge to collaborate with each other to create new work. Over 20 exhibitors are coming together for this show to present a fresh merging of media and disciplines including textiles and ceramics, textiles and furniture, jewellery and ceramics. 27 April to 30 June Exhibition: Beauty is the First Test Unique and stimulating artworks that explore how mathematical concepts underpin craft

techniques and artistic development. Beauty and playfulness illustrates exactly what delights craftspeople and maths geeks alike. 8 June to 26 August Exhibition: Atelier D’art de France: A Vos Mailles An exhibition of crochet from the French organisation Atelier D’Art de France featuring four textile artists whose practices are based around performance textiles. Saturday 20 July 10th Birthday celebration event Celebration event to mark the 10th birthday of the National Centre for Craft & Design. Events, exhibitions and activities in conjunction with adjacent Navigation House. Saturday 20 July to 29 September Exhibition: Growing A special exhibition which will look back over the first decade of The NCCD (Hub) and investigate what the future might hold for craft and design. 8 September to 17 November Exhibition: Alexis Rago A solo exhibition exploring the

inherent qualities of ceramic material, referencing ideas from life science, evolution and anthropology with innovative integration of digital sound and light. 19 October Exhibition: Altered States An interactive gallery exhibition exploring the birth of video games; from early video arcades to the domestic games console. 23 November to 19 January 2014 Exhibition: Class of 2014 Every year the NCCD celebrates the latest art and design talent to emerge from our national universities by exhibiting an exciting and diverse range of work by a selected group of graduates. Plus a year long programme of gallery talks and tours, lectures, craft workshops, clubs, courses, events and holiday activities. There is something for everyone to enjoy. So whether you are a novice, expert or enthusiast, discover what you can see.experience.learn at The National Centre for Craft & Design.

SLEAFORD Map: 3D The National Centre for Craft and Design Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 7TW A unique and ambitious gallery that exhibits the most innovative, challenging and accomplished craft and design artists practicing today. It has four exciting exhibition spaces including the largest main gallery space in England, a roof top gallery and a vibrant window space; plus a lively and public programme of talks, workshops and activities built around the themes of each exhibition. The shop provides a visually stunning and inspirational area for demonstrating and promoting creative talent and the licensed café serving locally sourced produce is a popular haven for those seeking a creative respite. Tel: 01529 308710 Email: Web: Open: 10am – 5pm every day apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Admission: Free

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ZYGOTE Festival

A creative celebration of Sleaford’s Seed industry. October 20th 2013

A creative celebration of Sleaford’s historic seed industry will take place in the autumn. Just as farmers all around sow and drill their seed in preparation for a bountiful harvest, the aim of the Zygote Festival is to plant the germ of a creative idea and propagate inspiration and talent through a spectacular arts festival. Zygote is a fitting name, being the initial cell stage in a plant’s development, formed by fertilization. The showcase will be staged at Eastgate Green alongside the national Centre for Craft & Design and other locations through the town, with audiences walking from site to site, much as they did for 2011’s SaFire and 2009’s Light Night. Attractions will include dancing acrobats gliding through the trees, kinetic sculptures scuttling along a cable and raining water on the crowd below and gymnasts unfurling from swathes of silk like butterflies emerging from chrysalis. It will take place on October 20, before which a series of workshops will be held by NKDC’s community arts outreach artsNK. Zygote explores the theme of seeds and germination as a creative celebration inspired by the town’s connection to the seed industry. It offers a broad range of stunning artforms - live

and pyrotechnics. Pieces will be created and commissioned especially for the event, at specific sites and through community involvement – which will include mass mask making for the 4,000-strong audience. Zygote will also be an ideal canvas for the new Kesteven and Sleaford High School animation project to showcase their skills. The aim is that it will develop creativity and leave a legacy of an inspired Sleaford community with increased ambition for the future, increased creative skills and capacity and a unique collection of sculptural work for future events.

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The Spires & Steeples arts and heritage trail has many beautiful artworks and churches to be found as you 4 walk through interesting landscapes. The name refersA143 to the spires of the churches being the landmarks to which visitors make their way and to the rural sport of steeple chasing. It is also recognition of the important Haddington part they have played in the lives of these communities. Some of North Kesteven’s villages have worked with artsNK, North Kesteven District Council and other partners to research and record their distinctive stories. These village trails and artworks have been made possible by the boundless enthusiasm, passion and energy of the residents that have been involved. They are also a reflection of the vision, as well as practical support and funding, that have been given over the years, by the District Council.


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Washingborough As you enter Chapel Park, look out for the cast metal panels, part of Washingborough’s own village trail, and the carved owl on the wall of the old chapel, a partner piece to the large bench further down the road by Jason Thompson. There are also several outdoor art installations in the village, including cast relief panels at the four entrance roads by Sheila Jessop.


Branston Don’t leave Branston without stopping to admire the large mosaic designed by artsNK associate artist Alan Potter and made by village residents as a central feature for their Arts Trail. The sinuous design depicts aspects of village history with one panel being a particularly graphic illustration of the 1962 church fire.


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Sleaford There are a number of artworks to be seen besides the ‘Navigation’ mosaics on the way into the town: the stainless steel ‘Mast and Sail’ by William Lasdun rising from the water near The National Centre for Craft & Design; the ‘Washing Line’ in Money’s Yard, by pupils of a local school; and the ‘Wyvern’ (the dragon symbol of Sleaford’s Victorian developers, Kirke & Parry) by Richard Bett on Southgate. B1178



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can come and create their very own masterpieces. The Pottery Painting Cafe, 47 Westbanks, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 7QB Tel: 01529 307694


From kayaking to culture - there’s plenty for all the family to do in North Kesteven CULTURE


The National Centre for Craft & Design hosts a diverse range of exhibitions, showing contemporary and applied arts from a national and international selection. Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 7TW Tel: 01529 308710 www.nationalcraftanddesign.

Little Darters Wildlife Adventure Area is a naturally made play area providing exciting free play for children aged 2-16 years. Whisby Nature Park, Moor Lane, Thorpe-on-the-Hill, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN6 9BW Tel: 01522 688868

Sleaford’s own Georgian Theatre and home of Sleaford Little Theatre, The Sleaford Playhouse is a unique local venue for music, dance and drama. Sleaford Playhouse 54 Westgate, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 7PS Tel: 01529 410348 24

Not for the faint-hearted, the Lincoln Adventure Centre, just off the A46 offers visitors activities such as kayaking. The Lincoln Adventure Centre, 74A Thorpe Lane, South Hykeham, Lincolnshire, LN6 9NW Tel: 01205 369269 The Pottery Painting Cafe is a friendly family-run pottery studio where young and old

Doddington Hall & Gardens is a superb Elizabethan mansion by the renowned architect Robert Smythson. The hall stands today as it was completed in 1600. Doddington Hall, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN6 4RU Tel: 01522 694308 Visit the only surviving eight-sailed windmill in the country and discover one of the finest examples of 19th Century windmill technology at Heckington Mill. Hale Road, Heckington, Lincolnshire NG34 9JW Tel: 01529 461919 Sleaford Farmers’ Market takes place on the first Saturday of every month. A great opportunity to buy direct from local farmers. Money’s Yard, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 7TW


North Scarle Miniature Railway is the home of the Lincoln & District Model Engineering Society. Over a period of time the track has been expanded around the outside of the field to give a track of some 2,000 feet in length. North Scarle Miniature Railway, North Scarle Playing Field, Swinderby Road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN6 9ER Tel: 01522 881760

HISTORY Cogglesford Mill is thought to be the only Sheriff’s Watermill still operating in England. Millers have produced flour on this site for more than 1,000 years. Cogglesford Mill, East Rd, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 7EQ Tel: 01529 413671

Welbourn Forge is open on the first Saturday of each month (10am-1pm) where the forge is stoked to create a roaring fire for the

GOLF Just south of Lincoln, the village of Blankney is home to the scenic golf course of Blankney Golf Club. Just a few miles away is the 18-hole course at South Kyme. The club is proud of its ‘signature hole’ where you play your shot across a large lake! Nearby Martin Moor Golf Club enjoys a reputation as one of the longest ninehole courses in the country. This attractive parkland course is moderately flat. In the district’s main town, Sleaford Golf Club is an outstanding venue for golfers of all standards.

demonstration of age-old blacksmithing skills. Welbourn Forge, off The Green, Welbourn, Lincolnshire LN5 0NR Tel: 01400 272623

Blankney Golf Club, Blankney, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN4 3AZ Tel: 01526 320263 Martin Moor Golf Club Metheringham, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN4 3BE Tel: 01526 378243 South Kyme Golf Club Skinners Lane, South Kyme, Lincoln LN4 4AT Tel: 01526 861113 Sleaford Golf Course Willoughby Road, Greylees, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 8PL Tel: 01529 488273



The Natural World Centre at whisby 28 March to 19 May Exhibition: Transform and Evolve Traditional and contemporary art and crafts created using recycled waste materials. There will be a range of work on display and for sale and we hope this inspires you to transform and evolve your rubbish. 22 July to 1 September Exhibition: School’s Out A showcase of local schoolchildren’s artwork created throughout the summer.

16 February to 24 March Exhibition: Grow Your Own An exhibition focusing on all aspects of self-sufficiency, whether a small holding or a tiny back yard, discover helpful tips and advice on all things from bees to Brussels. 12 May, 10.30am - 3.30pm Revive, Refresh, Invigorate Get all the information and motivation you need to get back on top of your wellbeing.

centre for more details. 29 June Farmers’ Market Various local vendors have been invited to attend this market to sell their produce to the public. We will look to incorporate as many ‘Tastes of Lincolnshire’ members as possible to keep with the local ethos.

25 May to 14 July Photography Competition This year marks the fourth annual Photographic Competition at The Natural World Centre. Contact the

THORPE ON THE HILL Map: 1B Whisby Nature Park, The Natural World Centre and Little Darters Wildlife Adventure Area Moor Lane, Thorpe on the Hill, Lincoln LN6 9BW Not only can you visit the Natural World Centre’s exhibitions, shop and Tastes of Lincolnshire Boardwalk Café, but also cross the floating bridge and view local wildlife from the Little Darters hide. Little Darters Wildlife Adventure Area provides exciting free play for children. Enjoy fabulous walks through the Park, managed by the Wildlife Trust to provide a haven for wildlife. The Wildlife Trust and Natural World Centre offer children’s activities and workshops throughout the year. The Natural World Centre holds a festive craft fair throughout December. High quality home cooked meals and cakes also available. Tel: 01522 688868 Email: Web: All year round: from 10am – 5pm summer, 10am – 4.30pm winter. Closes Christmas Day and Christmas Eve Admission: Free

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Manor Stables Craft Centre

Friday, 15 March, 2013 to Saturday, 16 March, 2013

Fulbeck, Grantham, Lincs NG32 3JN A unique and beautiful centre for traditional and contemporary arts and craft, many of which are made locally. On site are tea rooms, master saddler, craft workshops, plant and gift shops. Tel: 01400 272779 Email: Web: Open: Tuesday – Sundays and Bank Holidays 10.30am – 4.30pm. Admission: Free.

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Wednesday, 20 March, 2013 to Friday, 22 March, 2013 Living Together Living Together is the second play of The Norman Conquests trilogy. It takes place in the Living Room, over the same weekend, with the same characters. Friday, 29 March, 2013 Sweet Baby James - James Taylor Tribute Covering the material of singer-songwriter James Taylor, Brian Dales (guitar/ voice) and Jon Chamberlain (keyboards) deliver Taylor’s songs in an honest and musically impeccable manner. Friday, 3 May, 2013 to Sunday, 5 May, 2013 The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe This is performance is part of Sleaford Live 2013.

SLEAFORD Map: 3D Playhouse Theatre 54 Westgate, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 7PS Sleaford’s own Georgian Theatre and home of Sleaford Little Theatre. Local venue for music, dance and drama. Also available for hire for workshops and conferences. Contact: 01529 304649 Open: All year Email: Web:

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Friday, 10 May, 2013, Footprints - the concert “Footprints” the concert - an evening of songs, tales and archive pictures of Sleaford with Winter Wilson and Friends. Saturday, 11 May, 2013, Educating RIta Susan, dissatisfied with the routine of her work and social life, seeks inner growth by signing up for an Open University course in English Literature. This is a comedy by award-winning playwright, Willy Russell. Saturday, 19 October, 2013 The Haunters No-one ever stayed in the dark, brooding house for very long. There was something wrong there, very wrong. A brilliant doctor takes up residence only to die violently. What is the terrible secret hidden behind the doors of the house by the river? 27


HISTORIC North Kesteven

North Kesteven has been occupied since prehistoric times and exhibits a broad selection of archaeological sites and natural landscapes The salt-making skills of pre-historic people who hunted and settled here were later developed by the Romans who built villas, roads and farmed the area extensively. Settlements became more focused in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval times as the network of towns and villages developed with churches and markets. North Kesteven has evidence of the past everywhere; Roman roads through Navenby and North Hykeham; deserted medieval villages at Brauncewell and Burton Pedwerdine; lost priories near Billinghay and Kyme; and wonderful Medieval churches in most villages. The Roman Period Old Sleaford lies to the north of Boston Road. In the late Iron Age the Coritani tribe settled by the crossing of the Old River Slea alongside the ancient route of Mareham Lane. The Romans improved Mareham Lane and built their own small roadside settlement at Old Place. Excavations have revealed evidence of burials, stone building foundations and corn processing. Re-using native settlements was typical and Old Place was a particularly useful because of its location next to the river crossing and its proximity to the Fens. Although nothing remains to see of the site, the area can be reached from the footpath along the River Slea, just past Cogglesford Mill or from Boston Road. The Car Dyke is a probable Roman watercourse which runs for 76 miles through Lincolnshire to join the River Witham near Lincoln, forming the boundary between the dry uplands and the Fens. It was constructed either as a canal, to transport produce from the Fens to feed the 28

armies in the north, or for drainage to support salt production in the Fens. It is one of the most impressive Roman monuments in east England. One of mosaic artist Arik Halfon’s District-wide works shows a Roman surveyor at work on the Car Dyke at Martin. Parts of the Car Dyke’s course are accessible, with a waymarked walk from Potterhanworth Booths to Martin. The Medieval Period Sleaford Castle was built in the 12th century by Alexander, Bishop of Lincoln, to protect his estates and supplies during civil unrest. It was used primarily as an administrative centre and store. One of the most important buildings was a great barn in the outer bailey where the Bishop’s produce was held. The Castle never came under attack and may have served more as a show of wealth and power than a defensive stronghold. Today, you can see the moats of the castle and the mounds upon which the keep stood. The long-deserted remains of Brauncewell Medieval Village, its streets and stone houses, can be clearly seen. Off the main street lay plots that show one or two bedroomed houses with gardens where some foods were grown. Livestock would be kept in the house. Brauncewell village began to decline in the later Medieval period but was not completely abandoned until the 19th century. At Temple Bruer there is a Knights Templar Preceptory. The Knights Templar was formed during the 12th century Crusades, to protect pilgrims in the Holy Land. Soon acquiring large agricultural estates to fund their work, they set up headquarters or preceptories all over Europe. The District


is fortunate in having two nationally important Knights Templar sites; Temple Bruer and Eagle Hall Preceptory. At Temple Bruer, a 12th century Preceptory tower survives largely intact. It was one of a pair which flanked the chancel of a circular church. The domestic quarters were on the site of the present farmhouse and nearby were farm buildings, including a dovecote. It is the site of the arrest of Templar’s in the early 14th century; their final suppression following soon afterwards. The Farm surrounding the tower is in private ownership but access is allowed to the inside of the tower and some parking is available. At Eagle Hall, the Preceptory is in private ownership and is not accessible to the public. Later historical sites, primarily from the 1800’s are also recommended, including; Mrs Smith’s Cottage, Cogglesford Watermill and Navigation House. Details of each one, and their visitor events, are listed on the following pages.

Mrs Smith’s Cottage Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 March Discover Lincolnshire Weekend Free entry. Discover the fascinating home, artefacts and information relating the life and times of Mrs Smith. 1pm to 4pm both days. Sunday 24 March, Sunday 31 March, Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 April Easter egg hunt Children can join in the fun of an Easter egg hunt around Mrs. Smith’s Cottage. £1 per child. 1pm to 4pm Sat 14 & Sunday 15 September Lincolnshire Heritage Open Weekend Free entry. Discover the fascinating home, artefacts and information relating the life and times of Mrs Smith. 1pm to 4pm both days.

NAVENBY Map: 2C Mrs Smith’s Cottage Museum Craven Cottage, 3 East Road, Navenby, Lincoln, LN5 0EP A remarkable survival of a bygone age. A simple cottage built in the mid 1800s, lived in by Hilda Smith for most of her long life until the age of 102. This remarkable lady resisted what she believed to be unnecessary change. Group and school visits welcome by prior arrangement. For details of special events and other information please see website. Tel: Curator: 07887 928733. Museum Office: Wednesdays: 01522 811469 or NKTourism on 01529 308102 Web: Open: 1pm to 4pm on the following days: March: All Suns from 10 March. April: Sats, Suns & Easter Mon. May to July: Fri to Sun & Bank hols. August: Weds to Sun & Bank Hols. September: Fri to Sun. October: Sats & Suns. November: Sun only. December: Sun 1st plus special events.




Cogglesford Watermill Sunday 17 March Discover Lincolnshire Weekend Milling Demonstrations at historic watermill. Free 500g bag wholemeal flour per family when mentioning “Discover Lincolnshire Weekend”. 11am to 4pm Sunday 31 March Easter at Cogglesford Watermill See the Mill in operation and take part in Easter activities. Free admission. 11am to 4pm

Sunday 14 April Milling Day See this historic watermill in operation producing its own organic wholemeal flour. Free admission. Sunday 9 June Waterways Discover the history of local waterways. Exhibitions, activities and displays. See the watermill in operation. Free admission. 11am to 4pm Sunday 14 July Milling Day Join in the fun and see what life was like in Medieval times. Re-enactments. See the

watermill in operation and try some tasty medieval treats. Free admission. 11am to 4pm Sunday 11 August Medieval Day Join in the fun and see what life was like in Medieval times. Re-enactments. See the watermill in operation and try some tasty medieval treats. Free admission. 11am to 4pm Sunday 13 October Milling Day See this historic watermill in operation producing its own organic wholemeal flour. Free admission. 11am to 4pm

SLEAFORD Map: 3D Cogglesford Watermill East Road, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 7EQ In a picturesque setting by the River Slea, this award winning, fully restored and 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. Organic stone ground flour produced in the Mill is sold in the Mill shop together with locally sourced produce and goods. Special events and milling days on the second Sunday of each month from March to December. For details visit or contact the Mill. Group and school visits welcome by prior arrangement. Adjacent restaurant/coffee shop. For health and safety reasons, children 14 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Tel: 01529 413671 during open hours or NKDC Tourism Unit: 01529 308102 Open: All year. 1 Apr – 31 Oct: Mon – Fri: 12noon – 4pm. Sats, Suns & Bank Hols: 11am – 4.30pm. 1 Nov – 31 Mar: Sat & Suns only: 12noon – 4pm Email: or Web: Admission: Free

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Sunday 10 November Milling Day See this historic watermill in operation producing its own organic wholemeal flour. Free admission. 11am to 4pm Sunday 8 December See this historic watermill in operation. Join in the Christmas celebrations and activities. Free admission. 11am to 4pm Sunday 12 May National Mills weekend See this historic watermill in operation producing its own organic wholemeal flour. Free admission. 11am to 4pm

Navigation House Sunday 17 March Discover Lincolnshire Weekend Discover the history of life and trade on River Slea. Free entry into prize draw to win a local produce hamper. Free pen/ pencil for each child. 11am to 4pm Sunday 15 September Lincs Heritage Open Day Discover the history of this fascinating building and of life and trade on River Slea. Free admission and entry into prize draw to win a local produce hamper. Free pen/pencil for each child. 11am to 4pm

Sunday 6 October Celebrating Lincolnshire Day Join in the Lincolnshire Day celebrations and discover facts you may never have known about the County. Try some tastes of Lincolnshire food including plum bread, Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese and Lincolnshire Sausages. Free admission. 11am to 4pm Sunday 1 December Christmas Celebrations Join in the Christmas celebrations at Navigation House. Activities, bran tub and more. Free admission. 11am to 4pm

SLEAFORD Map: 3D Navigation House Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, NG34 7TW. The original canal company office, built in 1838, this impressive, refurbished, grade two listed building 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 National Centre for Craft & Design for refreshments. School and group welcome by prior arrangement. For details of events and exhibitions, please contact Navigation House or the NKDC Tourism Unit. Tel: 07966 400634 during open times or 01529 308102 NKDC Tourism Unit Open: All year. 1 Apr – 31 Oct: Mon – Fri: 12noon – 4pm. Sats, Suns & Bank Hols: 11am – 4.30pm. 1 Nov – 31 Mar: Sats & Suns only: 12noon – 4pm Email: Web: Admission: Free

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HECKINGTON Map: 3D Heckington Windmill Hale Road, Heckington, Lincs NG34 9JW Visit this amazing eight sailed windmill. It is a very exciting time to come to our Mill. New sails are now ready and will be fitted in the near future. Meanwhile, we continue to use local wheat, which is milled nearby, producing a wonderful range of flour. We are also planning a major upgrade to the site to improve visitor facilities and access. It is a great place to visit, with Mill tours provided by our guides and miller, and a shop to buy our flour and souvenirs. You can also sample the delights of our Tea Room, which are made with our own flour, and perhaps indulge in a bit of ‘beer tasting’ from the onsite brewery. Tel: 01529 833167 Web: Open Summer: Easter – Mid-Jul, Sats, Suns and Bank Hols: 12 noon – 5pm. Mid-Jul to Mid-Sept, every day: 12 noon – 5pm. Open Winter Mid-Sept – end Oct, Sats & Suns: 1pm – 4pm. Nov to Easter, Suns only: 1pm – 4pm. Admission: Mill – Adults: £2, Children: £1 Ground Floor: Free Entry



Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum

North Ings Farm Museum

Whisby Road, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 3QT A stunning collection of over 60 road transport vehicles, spanning over the last 80 years. Easily accessible by bus from Lincoln City centre. One mile from Hykeham railway station. Tel: 01522 500566 Email: Web: Open: May – Oct, Mon – Fri: 12noon – 4pm, Sun and Bank Hols: 10am – 4pm Nov – Apr Sun: 1pm – 4pm Admission: £3 excluding Easter and November open days when different charges apply – see website

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Fen Road, Dorrington, Lincoln, Lincs LN4 3QB Tractor and machinery museum, with an industrial railway. Train rides included in the admission price. Tel: 01526 833100 Website: Email: Open: First Sun of the month, Apr – Oct: 10am – 5pm Admission: Adult £3 Child £1.50.

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WELBOURN Map: 2C Welbourn Forge The Green, Welbourn, Lincoln This former forge and blacksmith’s workshop dates from 1864. For over 100 years it served the needs of farmers and tradesmen. This fascinating Victorian forge now showcases exhibits of old photographs, original Victorian tools, displays and memorabilia and a restored earth privy. The forge is fired on first Saturday of each month. Smithying demonstrations. Group and school visits available by prior appointment. Accompanied children welcome. Contact: Bill Goodhand Tel: 01400 272623 Email: Open: First Sat of every month: 10am – 1pm Admission: Free


HECKINGTON Map: 3D St Andrew’s Church, Heckington Church Street, Heckington, Lincs, NG34 9RF Don’t miss this magnificent parish church built in 14th Century ‘Decorated’ style. With royal links to Edward the Confessor and Edward III it’s a testament to the medieval imagination. Its rich stone carvings of gargoyles, grotesques and mythical beasts make it one of the 100 best churches in England according to Simon Jenkins, and “The Easter Sepulchre is a masterpiece”. The stained glass windows are equally superb especially the huge east window of Christ the King. Tours & refreshments for larger groups can be arranged. Level access for wheelchairs and mobility scooters (but steps to the Chancel & Altar). Second hand bookstall. Refreshments available by request for tours. Contact: Rev Chris Harrington, 01529 460904 Email: Web: Open: Daily from 9am – 5pm Admission: Free




EVENTS 2013 March

31 March Open Day at Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society Take a ride on a vintage vehicle and see many others on display. Lincs Road, Transport Museum, Whisby Road, North Hykeham, Lincoln 01522 500566 / 01522 689497

May 3 to 12 May Sleaford Live Annual festival of music and arts events. Various venues in Sleaford 31 May Pond Dipping Discover what lurks beneath the surface of the pond with WatchNK ranger John Fenely. From toads to scorpions – who knows what you will find. Lollycocks Field, Sleaford 01522 688868

July 6 to 7 July RAF Waddington International Air Show Two days of spectacular flying displays, ground & hangar displays. RAF Waddington, Lincoln Air Show Office:01522 726102 19 July Bat Detectors Join WatchNK’s Countryside Rangers for a moonlit walk through Hill Holt Wood in search of native bats. 34

Hill Holt Wood, off the A46 near Norton Disney 01522 688868 27 & 28 July Heckington Show Largest village show in England. Main ring, livestock, show-jumping, food hall, trade stands etc. The Showground, Heckington, Sleaford Show Sec: 01529 461823

August 30 August Shelter Building Join WatchNK’s bushcraft expert, Alan Eley, to learn how to build a shelter that’ll help you survive in the wild using only nature’s resources Meet Skellingthorpe Community Centre car park, LN6 5UU 01522 688868

September 7 September Sleaford Historic Car & Motorcycle Show with Craft Fair View vehicles of different ages at this annual show. St. George’s Academy, Westgate, Sleaford Secretary: 07908 620677 12 to 15 September Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days A range of heritage attractions will open for free during the weekend. This year’s theme is ‘Building Matters’. Venues across North Kesteven 01529 461499


October 13 October Spires & Steeples Challenge A walking and running challenge over 13 miles from Metheringham to Sleaford or 26 miles from Lincoln to Sleaford. Lincoln Castle or Metheringham Playing Fields to Eastgate Green, Sleaford 01522 870273

31 October Hallowe’en in Hill Holt Wood Join WatchNK’s Countryside Rangers for a spooky evening walk - not for the faint hearted. Meet in Hill Holt Wood car park, off A46 near to Norton Disney 01522 688868

November 3 November Open Day at Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society Take a ride on a vintage vehicle and see many others on display. Lincs Road Transport Museum 01522 500566/ 01522 689497

December 20 October Zygote Festival Be enchanted and entertained as creativity and live performance is shaped by spectacular architecture and light. A series of workshops will be held by ArtsNK prior to this event. Visit ArtsNK website for more details 01529 410595

8 December Tree Dressing Use natural resources to make tree dressings to decorate your home and the lovely trees around Lollycocks Field for all to enjoy. Lollycocks Field, Sleaford 01522 688868

20 October Folk Lore & Myths Join WatchNK’s Countryside Ranger to learn some of the lore and myths which surround our native trees. Meet in High Wood car park, North Rauceby 01522 688868





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Woodland Waters Ltd

Spring Lane, Folkingham, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 0SJ Quiet and secluded family-run caravan and camping park in conservation village. Open: Easter to October Rates per night: £10 upwards No.of pitches: 36 Contact: Mr & Mrs N. Stevens Tel: 01529 497322 Email: Web:

Willoughby Road, Ancaster, Grantham NG32 3RT Family run Holiday Park set in a 72 acre wooded valley with 5 well stocked fishing lakes, bar and restaurant on site. Open: All year Rates per night: £19.50 No.of pitches: 120 Tel: 01400 230888 Email: Web:


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TATTERSHALL BRIDGE Map: 4C Holly Farm Park Tattershall Bridge, Lincoln, Lincs LN4 4JP Quiet park alongside River Witham, half a mile from Tattershall Bridge on the river bank road. Farm walk, river fishing, central for touring Lincolnshire. Park includes tourers, statics and lodges. Open: 1 Apr – 31 Oct Rates per night: £13 No.of pitches: 30 Contact: Tom Gilbert Tel: 01526 342385 Web:

For more information about Accommodation in North Kesteven visit or contact North Kesteven Tourism Unit 01529 414155

wzhwwlXdLA NORTON DISNEY Map: 1C Oakhill Leisure Quality in Tourism Swinderby Road, Norton Disney, Lincs LN6 9QG Set in beautiful Lincolnshire countryside – perfectly located for Newark and Lincoln. An ideal base to explore the surrounding villages. Open: All year Rates per night: £14 No.of pitches: 60 Contact: Gill Tel: 01522 868771 Email: Web:

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Cranwell, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 8EY A welcoming home offering good meals using home grown and local produce for all diets. Near RAF Cranwell, Sleaford, Lincoln and Newark. On the Viking Way footpath. Wi-fi available. Single (1) £30 Twin (1) £60 Double (1) £60 Single occupancy rate of double/twin room: £30

19 Meadow Lane, South Hykeham Lincoln LN6 9PF Family run establishment set in a quiet rural location with easy access to Lincoln city, university and showground, Newark town and showground. Handy base for walking, cycling or just relaxing. Twin (1) £55 Double (2) £55 Single room occupancy £35

Contact: Anne Wood Tel/Fax: 01400 261537 Email: Web:


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Sunnyside Farm Bed & Breakfast 

Oxenford Farm 

Leasingham Lane Ruskington, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 9AH Warm, friendly welcome. Convenient local golf courses, RAF Digby and Cranwell. Historic Lincoln, Boston, Grantham and Newark within easy reach. Children always welcome. Stabling and Wi-Fi available. Twin (1) £60 Double (1) £60

Willow Lane, Cranwell, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 8DE Oxenford Farm is a refurbished 18th Century farmhouse set in a quiet location with magnificent views across the Lincolnshire countryside. Indoor swimming pool and spa bath (open May to Sept). Residents’ lounge, handy for RAF Cranwell, Sleaford, Lincoln and Grantham. Twin (2) £80 Double (1) £80 Single room occupancy £50

Contact: Daphne Luke Tel: 01526 833010 Email: Web:

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Contact: June Black Tel: 01400 261369 Email: Web:

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Hilltop Farm 

The Old Stable 

Welbourn, Lincs LN5 0QH Everything you need for a secluded break, with magnificent views over the valley from a traditional barn and cottage. Enjoy a first floor lounge and under floor heating. Children and pets welcome. Rates per week: Min £245 Max £706 No. of units: 2 No. of persons per unit 2-6 Contact: C.P Overton, Hilltop Farm Holidays Tel: 01400 273003 Email: Web:

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Church Street, Great Hale, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 9LF Very comfortable and well equipped converted stable in the grounds of our old vicarage. Central to Lincolnshire market towns. Ideal base for visiting Lincolnshire. Rates per week: £275 (1 bedroom sleeps 2) Contact: Mr and Mrs N. Redmond Tel: 01529 460307 Email: Web:

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HUBBERTS BRIDGE Map: 4D Elms Farm Cottages  The Elms, Hubberts Bridge, Boston, Lincs PE20 3QP Award Winning Holiday Cottages. Relax and enjoy the peaceful Lincolnshire countryside with a stay in one of our 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, ensuite bedrooms and shower rooms suitable for wheelchair users. Newly converted Granary Barn for special occasions or a get together with family and friends. Two private fishing 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. Rates per week: Min: £380 Max: £640 No of Units: 9 No of persons per unit 2-6 Contact: Carol Emerson Tel/Fax: 01205 290840 Email: Web:

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The Manor House Stables Gold Award

Some accommodation and visitor attractions are classified under the EnjoyEngland and AA quality assurance schemes by Quality in Tourism.

Timberland Road, Martin, Near Lincoln, Lincs LN4 3QS Warm, relaxing and romantic accommodation in restored historic stables. Luxury welcome hamper on arrival. The Bothy is suitable for those with limited mobility. One day courses in traditional crafts, gardening and cookery. Rates per week: Min: £455 Max: £665 No of Units: 2 ‘The Bothy’, sleeps 3 ‘The Hayloft’ sleeps 4 Contact: Sherry Forbes Tel: 01526 378717 Mob: 07979 750760 Email: Web:

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Any establishments featured in this guide without a quality grading are either awaiting grading or have not applied to be quality assessed, in which case visitors need to be aware that these venues have not been inspected or visited by any authorised body. North Kesteven District Council cannot therefore guarantee the quality, facility and service provided by these establishments. Quality Ratings Establishments are awarded 1-5 stars (5 stars being the highest) for progressively high standards of facilities, quality and service. Special Accolades and Accreditations

ANCASTER Map: 2D Woodland Waters Ltd Willoughby Road, Ancaster Grantham, Lincs NG32 3RT Family run Holiday Park set in a 72 acre wooded valley. Caravan and camping site with Lakeview and Park Home Lodges. Five well stocked fishing lakes, with a Bar and Restaurant on site. Self Catering Rates per week: Min: £380 Max: £650 No. of units: 15 Sleeps: 2 - 6 Open: All year Tel: 01400 230888 Fax: 01400 230058 Email: Web:

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The ETC’s Gold & Silver awards, the AA’s Red Diamonds and the RAC’s Sparkling Diamond awards go to establishments which have exceeded the levels of excellence and quality in areas identified by guests as being important to them. Welcome Host A nationally recognised customer care programme which aims to promote the highest standards of service. W Welcome All A disability awareness programme designed to build understanding to improve the experiences of those with specific needs. Tastes of Lincolnshire A quality mark denoting establishments offering a choice of fresh, locally sourced produce. VAQAS EnjoyEngland’s Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme accreditation is awarded to visitor attractions meeting specific quality standards. PIQAS The Place of Interest Quality Assurance Scheme (PIQAS) is awarded to locations not eligible for VAQAS due to size or infrastructure.



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Q Wheelchair accessible facilities (rooms)  Wheelchair accessible facilities (all) Wheelchair accessible facilities (some) w Wheelchair access WC e Events programme W Welcome All z Car park/parking beside caravan G Group bookings r Children welcome I Baby change/cots available Taste of Lincolnshire B Coaches welcome by arrangement h Dogs accepted by arrangement d Guide dogs only g Dogs on a lead accepted Welcome Host ETC ETC Quality Award h Cafe/restaurant on site C Refreshments available w Toilet facilities/flush toilets on site P Shop  Children’s play area P Picnic area L Major Credit Cards accepted B Open for breakfast L Open for lunches o Open for evening meals V Vegetarian options x Licensed/bar B Open for breakfast o Take away service available h Highchairs available k Separate restaurant area TA


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Rooms with en-suite bath/shower TV/TV in bedrooms Tea/coffee making facilities Ground floor bedrooms Telephone/telephone in bedrooms Evening meals available Evening meals by arrangement  Centrally heated R Swimming Pool d Leisure facilities i Totally non smoking n Shortbreaks available w Based on a working farm B Number of bedrooms r Electric cooking  Gas cooking TGE Gas/electricity included in price M Gas/electricity by coin meter or reading u Linen provided u Linen hire service available l Washing machine and drying facilities W Dishwasher V Garden n Short lets available  Electric hook-up points P Static caravans for hire X Chemical toilet disposal point d Hot water at basins L Gas available k Tents accepted CC Caravan Club member A Showers available  Wi-fi






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 The Natural World Centre, Whisby  The National Centre for Craft & Design  Countryside Events  Stepping Out Walks (please specify):  Skellingthorpe Old Wood  Aubourn and Haddington  River Witham Walks  Hill Holt Wood  Thorpe on the Hill & Tunman  The Eastern Slea  Riverside Walk  Rauceby Walks  Welbourn Walks  Wellingore and Temple Bruer  Bloxholm and Brauncewell  Car Dyke By Wood and Fen  Martin/Metheringham Barff  Nocton and Dunston Walks  Blankney Walk  Scopwick and Kirkby Green  Culverthorpe Walks  Doddington Walks  Cogglesford Watermill  Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre  Navigation House  Sleaford Riverside  Mrs Smith’s Cottage  Lincolnshire Aviation  North Kesteven Airfield Trail

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