A traditional market town hosting three markets a week.
The 13th century Church dedicated to St Deny is celebrated for its stained glass and traceried windows. The impressive ancient spire is 144ft tall. Sleaford is home to the UK’s largest centre for craft, design and making, in a refurbished warehouse on the banks of the River Slea.
The River Slea and Slea Navigation Canal run through the town. From Navigation House – the Canal Company’s office built in 1838, you can also follow the picturesque walk to Cogglesford Mill, a fully restored and working 18th century watermill.
Newark is a market town steeped in history with a dramatic castle and two museums. Oliver Cromwell fought battles against the Royalists just outside Newark and King John was poisoned and died at the Castle. Newark has a year-long programme of events – from Continental markets, jazz & food festivals and carnivals to Civil War re-enactments.
Famous for its pork pies and Stilton Cheese, the town of Melton Mowbray is now home to the Melton Mowbray Food Festival, Great British Pie Awards and the largest Artisan Cheese Fair in the country; it is little wonder the town is known as the ‘Rural Capital of Food’. The town also has an impressive historical past – the imposing St Mary’s Church is over 800 years old and an architectural gem, with parts dating back to 1170. There’s also a huge selection of independent, specialist shops which sell a wide range of gifts and treats.
This picturesque town, bursting with tradition and character, is often referred to as ‘the jewel in Nottinghamshire’s crown’. The magnificent Southwell Minster, with its unique pepperpot spires, is one of the town’s defining features. A stroll into the town centre is met with a good selection of independent shops, friendly pubs selling traditional ales and cosy cafés and restaurants and there is also a lively Saturday market in the Market Square.