Heart of Lincs Newsletter - March 2024

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Discover Lincolnshire Weekend 2024

There’s so much to do in Lincolnshire, whether you're in the city, out in the countryside, or exploring the coast.

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For Discover Lincolnshire Weekend, which falls during English Tourism Week, attractions and businesses from across the county will be opening their doors to visitors and residents with special offers, discounts, and deals. Explore the Heart of Lincs, including the Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum, International Bomber Command Centre, Heckington Windmill, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum, Cogglesford Watermill, and many more.

It’s a great opportunity to explore one of Lincolnshire's hidden gems or revisit one of your favourite places. Whether you're a seasoned local or new to the area, Discover Lincolnshire Weekend is a chance to celebrate our past, present, and future. Join history tours throughout towns in Lincolnshire and indulge in food and drink offers from various retailers.

Discover Lincolnshire Weekend 2024 will take place on Saturday 16 March, and Sunday 17 March. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to explore all that Lincolnshire has to offer! Discover all the offers on the Visit Lincoln website.

Discovering Sleaford Castle

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the captivating history of Sleaford Castle at the 'Discover Sleaford Castle' exhibition, coming soon at Navigation House.


Delve into the depths of the past with a virtual recreation of the castle, offering a glimpse into its former grandeur. Uncover intriguing artifacts unearthed during recent archaeological excavations, shedding new light on the castle's storied past. From its medieval origins to its role in shaping local history, this exhibition promises to be a journey through time.

Visit Navigation House and unravel the mysteries of Sleaford Castle, uncovering the secrets hidden within its walls.

The exhibition will be free to visit during opening times: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am-2pm. Follow Navigation House on Facebook, Instagram and X for opening dates.

Caring for your Historic Home

Join Mrs Smith’s Cottage on March 16th from 12pm to 4pm for an enriching Historic Homes Taster Day.

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As part of Discover Lincolnshire weekend, delve into the world of museum conservation and learn how to preserve your family treasures. Engage in a family-friendly museum pest bug hunt within the cottage, or discover hidden details under the microscope. Explore object handling and conservation sessions every half-hour.

Admission to this is included in your entry fee as a special offer this Discover Lincolnshire weekend: Adults £3.50, Children £2, Family £10. Don't miss this opportunity to unlock the secrets of historic homes while enjoying an immersive and educational experience for the whole family.

A Thank-You from the World’s Only 8 Sailed Windmill

As part of National Lottery Open Week, Heckington Windmill are saying Thank You to all the players of the National Lottery! They’re offering complimentary entry to those who produce an in-date National Lottery Ticket, from Saturday 9th to Sunday 17th March.

Storm Henk Help

Do you know someone whose home or business was severely impacted by the floodwater from Storm Henk, between Tuesday 2nd and Friday 12th January 2024?

If their home was made unlivable or their business stopped from trading, they may be eligible for help. Find the criteria and online application form here.

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South Kyme Tower - Neil Twiddy

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.

This month's header photo was sent by Neil Twiddy - a beautiful image of South Kyme Tower. 

March Events and Activities


Weekly & ongoing throughout March

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

Weekly Wellbeing Walks: Across North Kesteven

High Flying Women Exhibition: Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum, Fri-Mon, 10am-2:30pm

Museum of Memory Exhibition: Mrs Smith's Cottage, Fri-Mon, 12pm-4pm

Spring Bulb Pageant: Doddington Hall, 10am-4pm

Silk Willoughby: Weekly Art Group & Coffee Morning dates

Weekly French Conversation Cafe: The Horseshoes, Silk Willoughby

Saturday 02 March

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

Seed Swap: Sleaford Market Place, 9am-1:30pm

Village Breakfast & Craft Fayre: Heckington Village Hall, 10am-12pm

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

Coffee & Climate Drop-In: Hub, Sleaford, 2:30-3:30pm

Sunday 03 March

Mini Millers: Heckington Windmill, 10am-11:30am

Compline: St Denys Church, Sleaford, 5pm-5:30pm

Thursday 07 March

Uniform Collection Tour: Doddington Hall, 6pm-7pm

Friday 08 March

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

Little Bumbles Forest School: Woodland near Ruskington, 1:30pm

Saturday 09 March

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

Family Book Swap: Cogglesford Watermill, 12pm-3:30pm

Castile Ceilidh Band: IBCC, 7pm-10:30pm

Sunday 10 March

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

Mother's Day Vintage Afternoon Tea: IBCC, 2:30-5pm

Monday 11 March

Uniform Collection Tour: Doddington Hall, 6pm-7pm

Thursday 14 March

The Bomber & the Weathervane: IBCC, 6:30-9:30pm

Saturday 16 March

Clothes Swish: Ruskington Methodist Church, 11am-1pm

British Science Week Pop-Up Event: IBCC, 11am-2pm

Oil Engines & Milling: Heckington Windmill, 11am-3pm

Caring for your Historic Home: Mrs Smith's Cottage, 12pm-4pm

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

Friday 22 March

NavenBees Toddler Group: Mrs Smith's Cottage, 12pm-4pm

Little Bumbles Forest School: Woodland near Ruskington, 1:30pm

Saturday 23 March

Easter Bonnets: Navigation House, 10am-2pm

History Tours: Cogglesford Watermill, 12pm-4pm

Sunday 24 March

Easter Bonnets: Navigation House, 10am-2pm

Evensong: St Denys Church, Sleaford, 5pm-6pm

Monday 25 March

Easter Bonnets: Navigation House, 10am-2pm

Tuesday 26 March

Quiz Night: The Horseshoes, Silk Willoughby, 7:45-9:30pm

Friday 29 March

Grow Your Own Garden: Navigation House, 10am-2pm

Easter Holiday Activities: Mrs Smith's Cottage, 12pm-4pm

Saturday 30 March

Grow Your Own Garden: Navigation House, 10am-2pm

Easter Holiday Activities: Mrs Smith's Cottage, 12pm-4pm

The Mandy Muden Show: New Chapel, Greylees, 9pm-11pm

Sunday 31 March

Grow Your Own Garden: Navigation House, 10am-2pm

Easter Holiday Activities: Mrs Smith's Cottage, 12pm-4pm

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

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