With the festive season behind us, we may all feel ready for some fresh air to blow away the cobwebs and work off some of those Christmas excesses!
If that sounds familiar, why not join the DiscoverNK team for a Crisp Country Walk on Sunday 1 January. The walk will start from outside Cogglesford Watermill in Sleaford at 10.30am and heads through the town centre, walking past Lollycocks Field and following the Stepping Out Riverside Walk. Walking through open countryside and parkland, walkers will discover medieval ridge and furrow and intriguing artworks along the way.
Once back there will be mulled wine in Cogglesford Watermill and a chance to look round this historic building. This walk is 6.4 miles in length and will take approximately two and a half to three hours to complete. Clothes and footwear suitable for a country walk are recommended.
For more information visit www.heartoflincs.com or call 01529 308102.
A festive event celebrating North Hykeham’s history and heritage
Wednesday 14th December, 5 – 6.30pm, Free
North Hykeham Village Green, Lincoln Rd, LN6 8NH
A free festive event for all the family, featuring a community lantern parade, aerial dance performance and a new celebratory song for North Hykeham performed by local choirs will be held on North Hykeham Village Green on the evening of Wednesday 14th December.
The event is part of Ridges & Furrows Arts & Heritage project, which aims to celebrate the rich history and heritage of towns and villages in North Kesteven, Lincolnshire. The NK Arts Partnership, which is managing the project, has been working with communities and schools in the area to explore the history of North Hykeham, following its story from old village to new town through themes of earth, water, wind and fire. The word Haecca has been taken from an old name for the Hykeham area, which was discovered as part of the historical research.
The Winter Haecca, which is organised in partnership with North Hykeham Town Council, will open with a community lantern procession across the Village Green, featuring beautiful hand-crafted lanterns made under the guidance of artists Ruth Pigott and Nadya Monfrinoli and led by musicians Danny Pedler, Crauford Thomson and Dave Reeves.
Audiences can enjoy a spectacular aerial dance performance as participants from artsNK aerial programme perform on silks suspended from trees on the Village Green! The performers have been working with acclaimed Birmingham-based circus company, Circus Mash to come up with their routine, inspired by local heritage, and the themes of earth, water, wind and fire.
Local choirs will perform a new celebratory song for North Hykeham, which has been composed by musician Jo Freya working with local school children and taking inspiration from stories connected to the town.
The event also features a traditional nativity and carols performed by school children from Hykeham Schools - and Father Christmas will be paying a visit!
Anyone who would like to get involved with the lantern parade can come along to a drop-in Lantern Making Workshop on Sunday 11th December, 10am – 4pm at Terry O’Toole Theatre, with all those attending offered the opportunity to take part in the parade!
Ridges & Furrows project will be working with communities in Waddington in Spring 2017. It will ultimately result in a new arts & heritage trail linking the Terry O’Toole Theatre, North Hykeham, with the National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford.
Over the past year North Kesteven District Council’s tourism team held a photographic competition open to amateur photographers of all ages encouraging visitors and residents of the district to get out and about and show what they love about the Heart of Lincolnshire.
There were a variety of entries from across the district capturing the distinctiveness of the area as well as showcasing some wonderful places to visit all year round. All entries were shortlisted by the public and the top 13 now feature in their 2017 Calendar available to buy for only £3.99.
Calendars can be purchased from Cogglesford Watermill, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and Navigation House during opening hours which can be found at www.cogglesfordwatermill.co.uk, www.cranwellaviation.co.uk, www.navigationhousesleaford.co.uk.
For more information please contact the North Kesteven District Council tourism team on 01529 308207 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively please visit www.heartoflincs.com
For more information about Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre please visit www.cranwellaviation.co.uk.
Get into the Christmas spirit with the Natural World Centre’s 5th annual Christmas Market bringing festive fun for all the family!
Get in to the festive spirit this year and visit The Natural World Centre’s annual Christmas Market taking place on Sunday 11th December from 10am to 4pm.
Over 25 stalls are in attendance this year bringing a wide range of quality Lincolnshire made products supported by the Country Crafts Association; an organisation dedicated to providing high quality local crafted items. From woodwork to intricate jewellery, find great gift ideas for all the family!
This year’s Christmas market will take place in the centre’s brand new exhibition area offering a larger area with a designated children’s zone during the day of the event.
Last year’s Christmas Market saw over 1,000 visitors with a variety of stalls for the public to see including arts & crafts, live entertainment, seasonal treats plus many others!
Donna Sutton, the Events Manager for the event said “We’re really looking forward to this year’s Crackin’ Christmas Celebration. There’s so much on offer and we’re really excited to use the new space downstairs. We’re also pleased to welcome back the Country Crafts Association to the market; to have so many local crafters and artist’s involved in the event is just fantastic!”
Kids can get stuck in to fun craft activities including face painting and willow lantern making. Santa will also be making a special visit too so make sure you’re being good...he’ll be watching!
The Boardwalk Bistro will also have Christmas lunches available on the day and throughout December at just £16.95 per person. A great get together for you and your friends or family; get in to the festive spirit early this year with bookings available for Wednesday 7 to Sunday 11 December and Wednesday 14 to Sunday 18 December – please note booking is essential.
Finish off your visit with a trip to Otter’s Reach Indoor Adventure. The adventure area opened earlier this year and is a hit for children aged 3 and above. If the weather is fine, you can also try out Little Darters Wildlife Adventure’s new mini assault course designed for older children and has a balance rope, climbing net and lookout tower.
For more information please contact Donna Sutton on 01522 694353 or email email@example.com for further information.
There will be a bird watching walk on Sunday 20 November meeting at 10.30am. Join us for a walk around Culverthorpe and neighbouring villages. Culverthorpe is a hamlet located approximately 5 miles south-west of Sleaford.
Starting the Stepping Out Car Park near Culverthorpe Hall, the walk will take you through parkland and farmland in and around Culverthorpe where you will be able to spot many different species of birds.
Species that may be spotted are Mallard, Tufted, Gadwall, Coot, Moorhen, Heron, Little egret, Red Kite, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrow hawk, Fieldfare and Redwing. If you’re really lucky, some rarer species that might be seen are Great Northern Diver, Raven, Great Grey Shrike and Goosander.
This walk is 3.3 miles approx. Please meet at the WatchNK ranger at the Stepping Out Car Park near to Culverthorpe Hall, NG32 3NQ (nearest postcode) at 10.30am. Please allow roughly 2 hours to complete this walk. Please wear suitable footwear. If you have binoculars please also bring them with you.
For more information please contact the Natural World Centre on 01522 688868.
Culverthorpe Walk is number 16 of the collection of Stepping Out walks. All the walks have been developed in to an easy to read booklet with step by step directions to help you along your way which are available to download from www.countrysidenk.co.uk. You can also call us on 01529 308207 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a hardcopy to be posted to you.
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