Heart of Lincs Newsletter - July 2023

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Heckington Show

Heckington Show

Mark your calendars and get ready for a weekend of fun at Heckington Show on 29th and 30th July!

This eagerly anticipated event is back for its 154th show and it's a true family day out. A must-attend for all ages, the show promises a jam-packed schedule of entertainment, activities, and agricultural showcases.

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!

Whether you're a fan of traditional country fairs or simply looking for a memorable day out with family and friends, Heckington Show guarantees an unforgettable experience. Celebrate the best of rural life, community spirit, and British heritage!

Heckington Show

We’ll be there too - find us in the NKDC marquee and explore our mini leaflet swap, where you'll uncover a variety of imaginative itineraries for unforgettable day trips in North Kesteven. Come and say hello and plan your next adventure or staycation with Heart of Lincs at the Heckington Show!

Cycling in the Heart of Lincs

Water Railway Cycle Route

Pedal into an unforgettable summer adventure and experience the joys of cycling, exploring the hidden gems of North Kesteven.

Grab your bike, soak up the sunshine, and embark on a journey that will invigorate your body and rejuvenate your spirit. Click here to explore some fabulous cycle routes: Cycling in the Heart of Lincs.

Let the summer cycling escapades begin!

Treat yourself at the Old Filling Station

The Old Filling Station

Looking for a delightful culinary experience in historic Navenby?

Under new management, why not visit The Old Filling Station and treat your taste buds to a tantalizing array of breakfast, lunch, gelato, tapas and cocktails, carefully crafted with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Open for eat in & takeaway from Monday to Sunday, check out their menus here.

While you're in Navenby, be sure to visit the enchanting Mrs Smith's Cottage, it's just next door!

Filling Station

Home from Home in Swaton

Pavilion Swaton

Situated in Swaton, a village lying just west of the ancient Roman Car Dyke, The Pavilion is a charming holiday let offering a truly idyllic setting for your getaway or staycation.

The perfect base from which to enjoy walking, cycling and Lincolnshire exploration, it’s dog-friendly too.

Plan ahead - book for July 2024 and combine your stay with the Swaton Vintage Show where you can enjoy watching next year's World Egg-Throwing Championships!

Pavilion Swaton

UK Shared Prosperity Fund


North Kesteven District Council has been allocated £3.2 million from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). There are lots of exciting UKSPF projects underway, aiming to improve pride in place and increase life chances in the district.

You can keep up to date with all the latest updates by signing up to the Levelling Up newsletter here: Sign up to our Levelling Up e-newsletter | North Kesteven District Council (n-kesteven.gov.uk)

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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 Dave R for sharing the great photo of Egg Roulette in full swing at Swaton Vintage Show.

July Events and Activities


Throughout July

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

Saturday 1 July

Sleaford Farmer's Market: Market Place, 9am-2pm

Whisby Junior Wardens: Whisby Nature Park, 10am-12:30pm

Museum Walk: Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum, 10:30am-2pm

Sleaford Castle Walk: Sleaford Market Place, 1:30-3:30pm

Steaming and Milling Day: Heckington Windmill, 11am-4pm

Big Leadenham Comedy Night: Leadenham Village Hall, 8pm. Tickets: £10

Sunday 2 July

The Funny Walk?: Scopwick Stepping Out, 10am-12pm

Farmer and Craft Market: Ruskington Village Hall, 10am-2pm

Blankney Stepping Out Walk: Blankney, 1:30-3:30pm

Pie & Peas Finale Walk: Whisby Natural World Centre, 5-8pm

Wednesday 5 July

Summer Shopping Event: Clarke's Farm, 1pm-8pm

Friday 7 July

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

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

Saturday 8 July

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

Whisby Dragonfly Day: Whisby Nature Park, 10:30am-3pm

Sunday 9 July

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

Tuesday 11 July

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

Friday 14 July

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

Tuesday 18 July

Opera Evening: Doddington Hall, 7pm-9:15pm

Friday 21 July

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

Saturday 22 July

Whisby on the Wing: Summer Trail: Whisby Nature Park, 9am-6pm

Sleaford Repair Cafe: Riverside Church, 12:30-3pm

Monday 24 July

'Make It' Mondays: Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum, 10am-2pm

Tuesday 25 July

1857 - Sleaford's Marvellous Year: Sleaford Museum, 7:30-8:30pm

Wednesday 26 July

Pop-Up Family Activity: IBCC, 11am-3pm

Friday 28 July

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

National Bomber Command Day Service: IBCC, 1:30-2:30pm

Saturday 29 July

Heckington Show: Heckington, 10am-10pm

Sunday 29 July

Heckington Show: Heckington, 10am-5pm

Monday 31 July

'Make It' Mondays: Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum, 10am-2pm

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

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

Pssst - it's nearly our birthday!

We sent our first newsletter in August 2022 and we'd love to hear whether you've enjoyed reading over the past year.

Any feedback or suggestions on what you'd like to see is most welcome - please drop us an email: heartoflincs@n-kesteven.gov.uk