Heart of Lincs Newsletter - December 2022

Dec 22

An Eventful Christmas in Sleaford


Sleaford Market Place

Millstream Square

The annual Sleaford Christmas Market was back to its usual one-day event on Sunday 27th November, and a great time was had by all.

With shopping, free activities and entertainment in the Market Place, Millstream Square, Eastgate Green and Bristol Arcade, it kick-started the festive season with a bang!

If you missed Market Day don't worry - you can still find some great places to Shop Local through the business directory on the Business NK website.

Small Business Saturday

This weekend (Saturday 3 December) marks the 10th anniversary of Small Business Saturday, a national campaign that highlights the importance of SMEs to the local economy. The perfect opportunity to support the amazing retailers across North Kesteven this weekend and throughout December.

Festive Family Events

Mrs Claus

December is a busy month for Santa!

If you're planning a family visit to see the big man himself, here's a snip from his December rota in the Heart of Lincs:

Special Gift Ideas

Experience milling

Looking for a unique gift?

Here are our ideas for something special that you won't find anywhere outside the Heart of Lincs!

The Heart of Lincs Visitor Guide

vis guide

Our 2023 Visitor Guide will be ready for distribution in January 2023.

If you'd like to pre-order a copy for yourself or visitors to your business, please email heartoflincs@n-kesteven.gov.uk and let us know how many copies to post to you!

Photo of the Month

snowy mill

Image credit: Roger L

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

We love this festive photo of Cogglesford Watermill from 2020!

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

December Events and Activities


Throughout December

Standing with Giants Exhibition: International Bomber Command Centre

Christmas at Doddington & Twilight Tours: Doddington Hall, until 23 December

Reindeer Trail: Navigation House, 10am-2pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Mondays - FREE

Family Christmas Trail: Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum, 10am-3pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Mondays - FREE

Festive Family Trail: Cogglesford Watermill, 12pm-4pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Mondays - FREE

Thursday 01 December

Lincoln Christmas Market: Cathedral Quarter, until Monday 4th Dec

Friday 02 December

Nature Tots: Whisby Nature Park, 10am-11:30am

Saturday 03 December

Ruskington Winter Market: Ruskington Village, 11am-6pm - FREE

Christmas at Heckington Windmill: Heckington Windmill, 12:30-3:30pm

Sunday 04 December

Junior Park Run, Sleaford: Boston Road Recreation Ground, 9am-10:30am

Christmas at Heckington Windmill: Heckington Windmill, 12:30-3:30pm

Monday 05 December

Christmas Card Workshop: Mrs Smith's Cottage, 6pm-8pm

Friday 09 December

IBCC Carol Concert and Supper: International Bomber Command Centre, 6:30-9:30pm

Saturday 10 December

Wartime Christmas Crafts: International Bomber Command Centre, 10:30am-3pm

Santa & Mrs Claus at the Mill: Cogglesford Watermill, 12pm-4pm - FREE

A Christmas Celebration: Terry O'Toole Theatre, 2pm-5:15pm

Lincoln Castle Illuminated: Cathedral Quarter, 5pm-9pm until 23rd Dec

Sunday 11 December

Festive Milling Day: Cogglesford Watermill, 12pm-4pm - FREE

Tuesday 13 December

HUB Dance Winter Showcase: Terry O'Toole Theatre, 7:30-9:15pm

Thursday 15 December

Christmas Lights Walking Tour: Cathedral Quarter, 5:30-7pm - FREE

Friday 16 December

Mrs Smith's NavenBEEs: Mrs Smith's Cottage, 11am-12pm

Make a Christmas Cracker: Navigation House, 10am-2pm - FREE

Saturday 17 December

Santa at the Cottage: Mrs Smith's Cottage, 12:30-3pm

Make a Christmas Cracker: Navigation House, 10am-2pm - FREE

Sunday 18 December

Christmas Wreath Making: International Bomber Command Centre, 10:30-11:30am

Miller Big Band - Christmas Magic: Sleaford Masonic Rooms, 7pm-8:30pm

Make a Christmas Cracker: Navigation House, 10am-2pm - FREE

Monday 19 December

Make a Christmas Cracker: Navigation House, 10am-2pm - FREE

A Victorian Christmas: Museum of Lincolnshire Life, 10am-4pm

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