Heart of Lincs Newsletter - June 2024

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Explore North Kesteven on Foot: NK Walking Festival 2024

Set against the picturesque backdrop of North Kesteven's landscapes, the annual NK Walking Festival promises to be a celebration of outdoor exploration, community spirit, and the beauty of walking.

NK Walking Fest

From the 15th to the 30th June, walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to lace up their boots and embark on a series of guided walks, self-guided trails, and themed treks, each offering a unique perspective on the natural beauty and rich heritage of our beloved district.

Join knowledgeable local guides as they lead you on immersive journeys through North Kesteven's most scenic landscapes, sharing fascinating insights into the area's flora, fauna, and cultural heritage along the way.

With a variety of walks catering to different interests and fitness levels, as well as family-friendly activities and social events, the NK Walking Festival offers a perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature, make lasting memories, and forge new friendships.

Don't miss your chance to be part of this unforgettable outdoor experience! Visit the Eventbrite website for the full program of walks, and download the Festival Brochure here.

Illuminate Your Summer: Experience the Magic of RiverLight Festival 2024

The Hub is thrilled to announce the return of the RiverLight Festival, shining a spotlight on the history, stories, and unique spaces that make the town truly special. Following the resounding success of previous festivals in March 2022 and October 2023, it’s back to celebrate with even more creativity.

Riverlight 2023

The main event takes place on Saturday 22nd June, as the town is transformed into a vibrant hub of activity, with something to see from 10am to 5pm. The RiverLight Festival Fringe runs from Saturday 15th to Friday 21st, featuring a week-long celebration of community engagement and activities in Sleaford and surrounding villages.

In the meantime, download the festival programme from the Hub website and follow them on Facebook for the latest updates and announcements. Don't miss this unforgettable celebration of Sleaford's rich heritage and vibrant community spirit at RiverLight 2024!

Uncovering Sleaford Castle: an Exhibition

Have you visited the new exhibition at Navigation House yet?


Built by a Norman bishop, and visited by both King John and Henry VIII, this exhibition reveals the results of research by Sleaford Castle Heritage Group as well as fascinating discoveries from the recent archaeological digs.

Navigation House is open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am-2pm. Why not combine your visit with their Peg Doll Making on Sunday 30th June?

June's Melodic Festivities

From the Hykeham Music Festival on June 8th to Navenby's Summer Music Festival on June 15th, there's something for every music lover during June.

Lincolnshire Sings

Join Lincolnshire Sings on June 15th, for a harmonious celebration as part of the RiverLight Festival. Experience live performances at Great Hale Church on the 22nd and Take Note Choir will be performing their first summer showcase at Sleaford Playhouse Theatre, adding melodies to your summer itinerary.

Saluting Our Heroes: Armed Forces Day at the Mills

Immerse yourself in history, explore the mills, and honour our brave service members for a celebration of our Armed Forces at Heckington Windmill and Cogglesford Watermill on Saturday 29th June!

Armed Forces Day

If you’d like to contribute to the display at Cogglesford Watermill, share a photo of your friend or relative in uniform by emailing cogglesfordwatermill@n-kesteven.gov.uk.

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

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

June's photograph of a Goldfinch was sent to us by Nev Garrad.

Events and Activities in June


Weekly & ongoing throughout June

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

Uncovering Sleaford Castle Exhibition: Navigation House, Fri-Mon, 10am-2pm

Lincolnshire's Home Guard Exhibition: Mrs Smith's Cottage, Fri-Mon, 12pm-4pm

Full Events Calendar: Doddington Hall, 10am-4pm

Silk Willoughby: Weekly Art Group & Coffee Morning dates

Weekly French Conversation Cafe: The Horseshoes, Silk Willoughby

Saturday 01 June

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

Junior Warden's Club: Whisby Nature Park, 10am-12:30pm

Millstream Square Artisan & Teenage Market: Sleaford, 10am-3pm

Sunday 02 June

Open Day: North Ings Farm Museum, 10am-4:30pm

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

Friday 07 June

Volunteers Open Day: Cogglesford Watermill, 12-4pm

Retro Games Day Navigation House, 10am-2pm

Much Ado About Nothing: Rauceby Hall, 7pm

Betty Bangs - Bingo & Cabaret: Watergate Yard, 8pm-10:30pm

Saturday 08 June

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

Milling & Steaming: Heckington Windmill, 10:30am-3pm

Much Ado About Nothing: Rauceby Hall, 2pm & 7pm

Take Note Community Choir: Summer Concert: Sleaford Playhouse Theatre, 7pm

Sunday 09 June

Milling Day: Cogglesford Watermill, 12-4pm

Open Garden with Sleaford CAN: Sleaford, 12-5pm

Much Ado About Nothing: Rauceby Hall, 3pm

Friday 14 June

Navenbees Toddler Group: Colourful Garden: Mrs Smith's Cottage, 11am-12pm

The Eminem Tribute Show: Watergate Yard, 8pm-10:30pm

Saturday 15 June

RiverLight Festival Fringe: Sleaford, 15th-21st June

NK Walking Festival Launch: Across North Kesteven, 15th-30th June

Active Travel Event - Pedal-Powered Sleaford, the Hub, 10am-2pm

Lincolnshire Sings: St Denys Church, Sleaford, 10am-4pm

Navenby's Summer Music Festival: The Venue, 2pm

Sunday 16 June

Pop-Up Market: Hykeham Village Green, 9am-2pm

Open Gardens & Vehicle Display: Aubourn Gardens, 11:30am-4pm

Wednesday 19 June

Eco Film Festival: Sleaford Masonic Rooms, 2pm & 7pm

Thursday 20 June

Eco Film Festival: Sleaford Masonic Rooms, 2pm & 7pm

Kylie Minogue Tribute: Watergate Yard, 8pm-10:30pm

Friday 21 June

Eco Film Festival: Sleaford Masonic Rooms, 2pm & 7pm

Saturday 22 June

Riverlight Festival Finale: Sleaford, 15th-21st June

'Live Lounge': Great Hale Church, 7:30pm

The Coldplay Tribute: Watergate Yard, 8pm-10:30pm

Sunday 23 June

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

RiverLight Community Litter Pick: Hub, Sleaford, 10am-12pm

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

Monday 24 June

Armed Forces Day Flag Raising: Sleaford Market Place, 10:15-11:30am

Tuesday 25 June

Lecture: Air Evacuation & the ‘Winged Angels’ of Lincolnshire: New Life Centre, Sleaford. 7pm

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

Thursday 27 June

Doddington Tree Walks: Doddington Hall, 5pm-7pm

Friday 28 June

Navenby Heritage Trail Walk and Tea & Cake: Mrs Smith's Cottage, 10am-2pm

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

Saturday 29 June

Sleaford 1940's Day: William Alvey Primary School, 10am-4:30pm

Armed Forces Day: Heckington Windmill, 11am-4pm

Armed Forces Day: Cogglesford Watermill, 12pm-4pm

Sunday 30 June

Peg Doll Workshop: Navigation House, 10am-2pm

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

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