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Heckington Show 2022 - the largest village show in England!

Nothing matches Heckington Show for a quintessentially British summer experience!

The 153rd show is back to its usual two-day weekend on 30th & 31st July and it's a true family day out; sporting events in the main arena include cycling, showjumping, athletics and more; around the show you'll find trade stands, food, heritage, cookery and concerts, plus a whole 'herd' of animals including heavy horses, livestock and donkey shows!

This year the Heart of Lincs team will be back in the North Kesteven District Council marquee alongside Mrs Smith's Cottage and Cogglesford Watermill. Come and say hello, have a go at some great free activities and find out all of the great projects and events planned for the year.

Doddington - Sandra Bell

Summer Sculpture Showcase at Doddington Hall

Doddington Hall & Gardens' eagerly awaited sculpture showcase returns with creations from national and international artists.

Open from 16 July until Sunday 11 September, this year's theme is 'In Beauty May I Walk' and visitors are invited to wander around the grounds quite literally surrounded by beauty at every turn, with the mellow red-brick Elizabethan Hall as a spectacular backdrop.

Every sculpture is available for purchase and there's something for everyone, with prices ranging from £55 through to £350,000.

Visit the Doddington Hall website to find out more about the artists involved and to book your tickets.


Blue Green Corridor & River Slea

An exciting new project part funded by the EU Regional Development Fund in partnership with South Kesteven District Council, North Kesteven District Council, Environment Agency and the National Trust aims to restore two river channels and their corridors to a more natural state over three years.

Along with the River Witham running through the urban reaches of Grantham, work has begun on the River Slea to create and improve river environments, enhancing habitat and creating a sustainable environment for wildlife and people to enjoy. 

Lollycocks Field is an amazing designated wildlife site and nature reserve in Sleaford, and works planned for the site include the creation of a new Kingfisher nesting bank, a boardwalk to help protect vegetation around the pond, a new hedgerow planted along the railings to increase habitat, installation of bird and bat boxes and an owl box and management to reintroduce varied native plant species in spaces where others have taken over. 

To find out more and to see the improvements so far, visit the Blue Green Corridor website.

Be More

Could you #BeMoreHilda?

Mrs Smith's Cottage in Navenby have created a series of events running throughout the year, learning from Mrs Hilda Smith's extraordinarily ordinary life and supported by National Lottery Heritage Funding.

Exploring everyday skills aiming to encourage us all to live more sustainable lives and become more self-sufficient, the programme has so far included seasonal forages, workshops such as anthotype printing and rag-rugging and informative and interactive talks about food sustainability and 'growing your own'.

To learn more about the 'Be More' events programme, visit the Mrs Smith's Cottage website. You can also visit the cottage every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 12pm-4pm.

Share your photos!

Have you taken a beautiful photo of the district that you'd like to share?

Whether it's a local landmark such as Scopwick Church (below), a hidden beauty spot or something inspiring in the Lincolnshire landscape, we'd love to showcase them. 

Email heartoflincs@n-kesteven.gov.uk with your favourite photo and you could feature in our next newsletter!

Scopwick - Visit Lincoln

Image credit - Visit Lincoln

Summer Events and Activities


Sun 16 July-Sun 11 Sept – Sculpture Exhibition: Doddington Hall

Sat 23-6 Nov – Craft Sustained, exhibition launch: Hub Sleaford

 Mon 25 July, 11am – Gardening Workshop: Mrs Smith’s Cottage

Mon 25 July-Fri 2 Sept – Summer Bee Trail: Whisby Nature Park

Mon 25 July-Sat 6 Aug - Lincoln Mystery Plays: various venues, visit the website for details

Weds 27 July, 10:30 & 1pm – Dipping for Dragonflies: Whisby Nature Park

Thurs 28 July, 2pm - National Bomber Command Day Service: IBCC

Fri 29 July, 11am – A Family Guide to an Edible Garden: Mrs Smith’s Cottage

Fri 29 July-12 August – A Summer Photography Competition: Navigation House

Sat 30 & Sun 31 JulyHeckington Show

Sat 30 & Sun 31 July – Beer Festival: 8 Sail Brewery: Heckington Windmill

Mon 01 August - Coppice Crafting: Hill Holt Wood

Tues 02 August, 11am – Rag Rug Workshop: Mrs Smith’s Cottage

Weds 03 August - Nature Tots: Whisby Nature Park

Fri 05 August, 10am – Lino Printing Workshop: Mrs Smith’s Cottage

Fri 05 August, 10:30am - WWII Animal Puppet Workshop: IBCC

Sat 06 August, 10am – Open Day: Welbourn Forge

Sat 06 August, 11am – Steaming & Milling Day: Heckington Windmill

Tues 09 August, 10am – Teddy Bear Day: Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Thurs 11 August, 1pm – Plant Dye Workshop: Mrs Smith’s Cottage

Fri 12 August, 6pm - 1940's Market & BBQ: IBCC

Fri 12 August, 10am – NavenBEES Early Years Group: Mrs Smith’s Cottage

Sat 13 & Sun 14 August - Blackout Blitz Ball: IBCC

Sun 14 August, 12pm-4pm – Milling Day: Cogglesford Watermill

Sun 14 August, 2:30pm - Vintage Afternoon Tea & Music: IBCC

Mon 15 August - Coppice Crafting: Hill Holt Wood

Fri 19 & Sat 20 August, 10am - Boat Race: Navigation House

Sat 20 & Sun 21 August – Washing Weekend: Mrs Smith’s Cottage

Thurs 25 August - Women of Bomber Command - Hands on History Event: IBCC

Fri 26-Sun 28 August – Lost Village Festival 2022: Lost Village website

Fri 26 August, 7-8pm – Seasonal Food Talk: Mrs Smith’s Cottage

Sat 27 August, 10am-2pm – Craft Market: Navigation House

Mon 29 August - Coppice Crafting: Hill Holt Wood

If you have any events you'd like us to include on our 'What's On' calendar, send us an email: heartoflincs@n-kesteven.gov.uk


Explore, discover and enjoy the Heart of Lincs

HOL video

We've created a series of videos to showcase what a fantastic place North Kesteven is to visit!

Click the image above to see our celebration of aviation, heritage, shopping and the great outdoors in the Heart of Lincs.