Heart of Lincs Newsletter - June 2023

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Discover the Beauty of Nature: Join the NK Walking Festival!

Walking Fest

Get your walking boots ready for an unforgettable adventure!

It's time to embrace the great outdoors, connect with nature, and discover the hidden gems of our beautiful region with the NK Walking Festival.

Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a casual stroller, there's something for everyone, from tranquil countryside trails to picturesque routes, there are walks to suit all abilities and interests.

So, lace up your shoes, grab your friends and family, and mark your calendars for the NK Walking Festival in June. Let's step into summer with joy, adventure, and a renewed appreciation for the stunning landscapes that surround us.

You can find a list of all the walks planned here.

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Celebrating Volunteers Week 2023: A Tribute to Community Heroes

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Volunteers Week is here, and we're thrilled to join the nation in honouring the incredible contributions of volunteers across the country. From 1st to 7th June, we celebrate the individuals who make a difference in their communities with their acts of kindness.

Volunteers Week is an opportunity to highlight the countless ways volunteers contribute to society. From tackling social issues, to preserving our heritage and environment and supporting vulnerable individuals, volunteers play a crucial role in shaping a better future for all. Together, we can create positive change and inspire others to make a difference. ✨

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering, you can register your interest and find opportunities here.

Click here for more information about volunteer opportunities at the NKDC Visitor Venues and Digital Hubs.


Volunteering at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Discover the Treasures of Norton Disney

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Norton Disney excavation

Norton Disney History and Archaeology Group aim to tell the story of Lincolnshire's Iron Age and Roman Heritage and are offering an incredible opportunity to delve into the rich past of Norton Disney and uncover its hidden secrets during their upcoming open day.

Visit on Saturday 17th June, 10am to 2pm towards the end of a two-week excavation of an Iron Age and Roman site at Brills Farm, Norton Disney.

There’s also an Archaeology Walk on Sunday 18th June starting from Hill Holt Wood which takes in the Roman Villa, the newly discovered Iron Age roundhouse site, plus a chance to see the 2023 excavation.

For more information, visit the Norton Disney History and Archaeology Group website.

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Father's Day Ideas - Sunday 17th June

Hill Holt Fire

Looking for ideas to celebrate Father's Day in the Heart of Lincs?

Why not grab Dad and bring him along to meet the Ranger at Hill Holt Wood and use your strikers to make a camp fire – who doesn’t want to bring out the inner Cave Dad? Afterwards you can also enjoy a stroll around the little ancient wood. This activity is free as part of the NK Walking Festival, and you can book your tickets here.

If your dad is a beer enthusiast, head to Heckington's 8 Sail Brewery, where he can savour a variety of handcrafted beers while learning about the brewing process.

Whether it's reconnecting with nature or raising a glass to toast your dad, these destinations offer unique experiences that will make Father's Day extra special in the Heart of Lincs.

A Community Pool, run entirely by volunteers

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Metheringham Swimming Pool

Since 1975, Metheringham swimming pool has been serving the community. Initially, the villagers dug out the pool using spades, driven by their desire to provide school children with the opportunity to learn how to swim. Today, the pool is entirely operated by dedicated volunteers who organize year-round fundraising efforts. With trained lifeguards ensuring safety, Metheringham Pool is cherished as the pride of the village.

Whether you're seeking a fun family swim, looking to boost your fitness in Zumba and Adult Swim sessions, or want to introduce your child to swimming, you’re welcome to join every season and make a splash! The team are also proud to cater to swimmers with special requirements, such as wheelchair users with a seat for easy access in and out of the water and a dedicated disabled changing room.

The pool are constantly seeking volunteers to join the team, particularly in their Tuck Shop. For every shift you contribute at the Tuck Shop, you’re offered a complimentary drink, and after every two shifts, you can enjoy a free swim!

Find timetables, session times and events here.

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

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

Thanks to Nev Garrad for the beautiful photo of the cygnets near Cogglesford Watermill.

Destination Lincolnshire Tourism Awards

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Created to shine a light on businesses, the Destination Lincolnshire Tourism Excellence Awards celebrates every aspect of the visitor tourism economy.

The awards are now open for nominations and you can find the categories and how to enter here.

June Events and Activities


Throughout June

Exhibitions, Workshops, Clubs and Dance Programme: Hub-Sleaford

Weekly Wellbeing Walks: Across North Kesteven

A Tale of Two Apprentices Exhibition: Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum, Fri-Mon, 10am-2:30pm

Beware the Boggart: Ethel Rudkin's Lincolnshire Folklore Exhibition: Mrs Smith's Cottage, Fri-Mon, 12pm-4pm

Full Events Calendar: Doddington Hall

Thursday 1 June

Whit Week: Insect Spotter Trail: Whisby Nature Park, 9am-6pm

Friday 2 June

Yoga on the Lawn: Doddington Hall, 8am-9am

Whit Week: Insect Spotter Trail: Whisby Nature Park, 9am-6pm

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

Saturday 3 June

Sleaford 1940's Day: William Alvey School Grounds, 11am-4:30pm, FREE

Cycling with Confidence: Doddington Hall, 10am-12:30pm, booking essential

Whit Week: Insect Spotter Trail: Whisby Nature Park, 9am-6pm

Junior Wardens: Whisby Nature Park, 10am-11:30am

Thursday 8 June

Behind the Scenes at Wilder Doddington: Doddington Hall. 10am-12:30pm, booking essential

Friday 9 June

Yoga on the Lawn: Doddington Hall, 8am-9am

Macbeth: Rauceby Hall, 7pm

Saturday 10 June

Wildlife Watch: Whisby Nature Park, 10am-11:30am

Macbeth: Rauceby Hall, 2pm & 7pm

Sunday 11 June

Milling Day: Cogglesford Watermill, 12pm-3:30pm

Thursday 15 June

IBCC Quiz & Ploughman's Supper: IBCC, 6:30-9:30pm

Friday 16 June

Yoga on the Lawn: Doddington Hall, 8am-9am

Saturday 17 June

Spires & Steeples 26 Miles: NK Walking Fest, 8am-5pm

Victorian Blacksmith Demonstration: Navigation House, 10am-2pm

River Slea History Walk: Meet at Navigation House, end at Cogglesford Watermill, 10am-12pm

Site Open Day: Norton Disney History & Archaeology Group, 10am-2pm

Pop-Up Activity Day; Father's Day Crafts: IBCC, 11am-3pm

Wheelchair Only Day: Lincolnshire Airsoft Club

Sunday 18 June

Guided Walk; Discover the Butterflies of Whisby: Whisby Nature Park, 10am-12pm

Father's Day: Hill Holt Wood, 10am-3pm

Archaeology Uncovered - Norton Disney Dig: Hill Holt Wood 10:30am-1:30pm

More NK Walking Festival

Monday 19 June

Cottage Tour & Navenby Datestones: Mrs Smith's Cottage, 10:30am

More NK Walking Festival

Wednesday 21 June

Sunset Walk at Millennium Green: North Hykeham, 9pm-11pm

More NK Walking Festival

Thursday 22 June

Behind the Scenes by Minibus: Doddington Hall, 10am-12:30pm, booking essential

More NK Walking Festival

Friday 23 June

Yoga on the Lawn: Doddington Hall, 8am-9am

Temple Bruer with Tour: Temple Bruer, 10:30am

Heckington Boots & Beers: 8 Sail Brewery, 5:30pm

Bat Walk: Hill Holt Wood, 9:30-11pm

More NK Walking Festival

Saturday 24 June

Railway Ramble: Sleaford Station, 11am

History Tours: Cogglesford Watermill, 12pm-4pm

More NK Walking Festival

Sunday 25 June

Blooming Walk: North Hykeham, 10am-12pm

River Slea Litter Pick: Hub Sleaford, 10am

Skellingthorpe Old Wood: Skellingthorpe, 1pm-4pm

More NK Walking Festival

Monday 26 June

NK WalkSouth Hykeham to Aubourn Circular, 6pm

Tuesday 27 June

Dyson Farming; Curlew Habitat: Cranwell, 5:30-8pm

More NK Walking Festival

Wednesday 28 June

Stepping Out & Drinks: Bassingham, 6pm-9pm

Thursday 29 June

Tattershall Walk with Wellness Lincs, 10am-12pm

Sleaford in Bloom Around Town: Sleaford, 10am

More NK Walking Festival

Friday 30 June

Yoga on the Lawn: Doddington Hall, 8am-9am

RAF Cranwell Walk, 10:30am

Have an event for our 'What's On' calendar?

Send us an email: heartoflincs@n-kesteven.gov.uk