The county’s heritage is revealed

Heritage open weekend at Heckington Church. L-R Audrey Harrison and Becky Carr - members of St Andrew's Society of Change Ringers. EMN-161209-142454001

Heritage open weekend at Heckington Church. L-R Audrey Harrison and Becky Carr - members of St Andrew's Society of Change Ringers. EMN-161209-142454001

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Visitors and residents of North Kesteven had the chance last weekend to discover the district’s historical delights.

Heritage Open Days is a four-day festival offering a great chance to see stunning buildings not always open to the public for free, as well as offering talks and guided walks.

Heritage Weekend and Osbournby Church. Peter Rowe of Osbournby, wood carving demonstration. EMN-161209-143319001

Heritage Weekend and Osbournby Church. Peter Rowe of Osbournby, wood carving demonstration. EMN-161209-143319001

Co-ordinated by Heckington-based Heritage Lincolnshire, it is the 23rd year of the county-wide festival.

Among the 180 events and venues opening across Lincolnshire between Thursday and Sunday, there were displays of historical artefacts, spinning and weaving at Osbournby Church, a photographic exhibition at Silk Willoughby Church on the Lincolnshire landscape and St Andrew’s Church in Heckington offered guided tours, an art and photography display, children’s trail and free concert. Sleaford Museum launched a new display detailing the history of the many pubs in the town during the Victorian era.

Cogglesford Watermill, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and Navigation House all took part, and there was a rare opening of Dowsby Hall and Gardens, plus children’s activities at Temple Bruer Knights Templar Tower.

Exhibition of artwork and photographs at Silk Willoughby Church. Carole and Richard Chillcott of Silk Willoughby. EMN-161209-135831001

Exhibition of artwork and photographs at Silk Willoughby Church. Carole and Richard Chillcott of Silk Willoughby. EMN-161209-135831001

Heritage Weekend and Osbournby Church. L-R Edna Camm of Osbournby and Toni Oliver of Billingborough. Members of South Lincolnshire Spinners, Weavers, Dyers and Felters. EMN-161209-142527001

Heritage Weekend and Osbournby Church. L-R Edna Camm of Osbournby and Toni Oliver of Billingborough. Members of South Lincolnshire Spinners, Weavers, Dyers and Felters. EMN-161209-142527001

Heritage Weekend and Osbournby Church. L-R Stone Mason Martin Ebb of Osbournby with Ray Pearson of Osbournby. EMN-161209-142511001

Heritage Weekend and Osbournby Church. L-R Stone Mason Martin Ebb of Osbournby with Ray Pearson of Osbournby. EMN-161209-142511001

Heritage open weekend at Heckington Church. L-R Pete Banks who along with his wife created Nature in Stone and Glass display, talking to Brian and Sheila Mayfield of Heckington. EMN-161209-142352001

Heritage open weekend at Heckington Church. L-R Pete Banks who along with his wife created Nature in Stone and Glass display, talking to Brian and Sheila Mayfield of Heckington. EMN-161209-142352001

Heritage open weekend at Heckington Church. L-R Ralph and Rosamond Galloway of Heckington on a guided tour with guide, Michael Rose. EMN-161209-142429001

Heritage open weekend at Heckington Church. L-R Ralph and Rosamond Galloway of Heckington on a guided tour with guide, Michael Rose. EMN-161209-142429001

Heritage open weekend at Heckington Church. L-R Bill Machin, Chris Cullen and Mary Rudkin looking at photography display. EMN-161209-142412001

Heritage open weekend at Heckington Church. L-R Bill Machin, Chris Cullen and Mary Rudkin looking at photography display. EMN-161209-142412001