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 24th to 25th March.
North Kesteven is home to a vast variety of tourist attractions from arts and heritage to aviation and countryside walks. This year, eleven 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*. Visitors will also have the chance to see Lincolnshire Long Wool Sheep, a rare ‘at risk’ breed and will at the mill across the whole weekend.
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 – ‘Upholstery: Evolution to Revolution’ including a free activity relating to the exhibition called ‘The Memory Chair’. 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. Children’s activities will also be available.
Discover Sleaford old and new with Arts NK’s self-guided When in Sleaford Arts and Heritage Trail. Enjoy a free family activity and pick up your crayons and paper from The National Centre for Craft and Design and complete rubbings of some of the 18 bronze roundels that make up the trail. Visit places of interest including Navigation House and Cogglesford Mill along the trail, then return your completed rubbings to the National Centre for Craft and Design, to receive a discount in the café.
Take a trip to Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum and discover the history of RAF Cranwell, through interactive exhibits, archive film, story boards and artefacts. It will also be the last chance to view their current exhibition Airships Over Lincolnshire… Lighter than Air which explores the vital role of airships and hot air balloons and their involvement of the Lighter than Air Section at Cranwell. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a free children’s trail or try one of Lincolnshire’s delicacies – plum bread.
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 including demonstrations by members of the Lincolnshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.
The Manor House Stables in Martin also have a free cooking demonstration on Sunday 25 March with the theme ‘Victory in the Kitchen’ from 10am to 4pm. There will be many goodies awaiting for you to try as well as a small exhibition about the role of the Land Army girls in Lincolnshire in the Second World War and what it was like living and cooking during this time.
Heading towards Lincoln, the Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum will be open all weekend with free admission! The museum houses a collection of over 65 vintage cars, buses and commercial vehicles spanning over 80 years of road transport history. They will also be running their popular classic bus service on Sunday linking Museum with Lincoln City Centre and other local attractions.
If you’re feeling more energetic, Total Fitness will be offering free use of their gym, pool (including family pool and hydrotherapy), heat treatments and 1-1 gym sessions. For more information call 01522 508200.
Last but certainly not least, the Hive Café at Hill Holt Wood will be open on Sunday 25 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.