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North Kesteven’s top attractions take part in this year’s Discover Lincolnshire weekend!
This year’s Discover Lincolnshire weekend will be offering visitors the chance to get a great deal this spring by opening many of its top tourist attractions for free! Attractions across the county will be offering free admission or special discounts as part of the Discover Lincolnshire Weekend from 18th to 19th March.
North Kesteven is home to a vast variety of tourist attractions from arts and heritage to aviation and countryside walks. This year, thirteen attractions will be taking part with special events and offers throughout the weekend for everyone to enjoy.
Discover the history of Cogglesford Watermill, Sleaford and see the mill in operation for the first time this year*. You can also take a stroll down the Sleaford riverside and discover the history of life and trade on the River Slea at Navigation House. Across Navigation Wharf, stop by the National Centre for Craft and Design where you can see their latest exhibition – The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful as well as a free lace making demonstration by Louise West on the Saturday. Sleaford Museum will also be open all weekend from 10am to 3pm where you can explore the history of Sleaford’s past, its people and the local area.
Take a trip to Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum and discover the history of RAF Cranwell, through interactive exhibits, archive film, story boards and artefacts. Rauceby Church will also be open on the Saturday from 10am to 4pm where they will have free refreshments as well as the Rauceby census returns available to view. Local artist Iain Harkess and he will be selling his paintings, as well displaying some of his work.
Visit the UK’s only remaining eight sailed Windmill at Heckington. Heckington Windmill is free admission all weekend and is open from 12 to 5pm. The Manor House Stables in Martin also have a taster day on Sunday 19 March where you can have a go at making and baking bread, jam, cheese & chocolate as well as natural bath and beauty products.
Heading towards Lincoln, the International Bomber Command Centre will have an open day on Sunday 19 March from 10.30am to 3.30pm. See this iconic memorial first hand and meet their tour guides who will be available to answer any questions and to give information on the project. Refreshments will be available. Why not stop by the Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum which houses a collection of over 65 vintage cars, buses and commercial vehicles spanning over 80 years of road transport history. The museum will be free all weekend and will be open from 10am to 4pm. Just up the road, take a trip to the Natural World Centre where their current exhibition – Birds on the Wing will be open to the public for free. There will also be a Swan Facts section which is informative and also include a mini me exhibition and trail aimed at young children.
Experience traditional ironworking demonstrations at Welbourn Forge on Saturday 18 March from 10am to 1pm. This authentic Victorian workshop dating from 1864 is in full working order normally open on the first Saturday of each month.
Last but certainly not least, the Hive Café at Hill Holt Wood will be open on Sunday 19 March from 9.30am to 4pm and are offering free refills on hot drinks. They will also have a tempting selection of cakes made from Lincolnshire ingredients and Lincolnshire sourced breakfasts.
For further information about any of these events or for the latest Discover Lincolnshire Weekend attractions and events, visit www.visitlincoln.com/discover. Alternatively please contact the DiscoverNK team on 01529 308207.
*Applies to Sunday 19th March only between 11am and 4pm.
Explore Cogglesford Watermill and have a go at their Molly the Mill Mouse trail or make your own corn dolly for free! You can also take a stroll down the riverside to Navigation House where you can take part in craft activities and make your own nature inspired mobile.
Enjoy Nature Explorer walks with the WatchNK ranger at 11am or 1.30pm and learn about the various wildlife that can be found in Lollycocks nature reserve (please allow up to 1 hour). The WatchNK ranger will also be at Cogglesford Watermill at 12pm where you will be able to make your own bird box to take home and put in your garden (£5 per box) – please note parental supervision is advised.
For more information or to book, please contact the Natural World Centre on 01522 688868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cogglesford Watermill will open their doors next month for their first milling day of the season on Sunday 12 March from 11am to 4pm.
For more information please contact Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum on 01529 488490 or email email@example.com. For more information about Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum please visit www.cranwellaviation.co.uk
Last year was fantastic!” said Marketing Assistant, Faye Coulson. “We had approximately 450 attendances over the nine days last year and the support we received was just great. We’re really excited to extend the festival to two weeks this year and hope to see new and returning walkers to share more experiences and raise awareness of what North Kesteven has to offer.”
There’s no need to book, just turn up! For more information please contact the Natural World Centre on 01522 688868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Natural World Centre please visit www.naturalworldcentre.co.uk
It has such a great community feeling!” says Events Manager Benjamin Rowe. “We have participants take part from across the country and it’s great to see everyone supporting each other along the way whether they know each other or not. That’s what makes the challenge what it is.”
Prices will remain the same which are £18 per person for the 26 mile run/walk and £15 per person for the 13 mile run/walk. Participants must be 16 years and over to enter the 26 mile run, however anyone aged 14-15 years may enter the 26 mile walk or 13 mile walk / run but must be accompanied by an adult.
ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN!
You can enter online via Runners World – to find the link visit www.1life.co.uk/spiresandsteepleschallenge. You can also enter over the phone by calling the events team on 01522 694353. Postal entries are due to open soon.
Explore, Discover, Experience the Heart of Lincolnshire!