Hickling is a village near Melton Mowbray but is in and on the southernmost border of Nottinghamshire. It is within the boundaries of Rushcliffe Borough Council, on the Grantham Canal and close to the Vale of Belvoir. The population numbers around 550 people.
The disused Grantham Canal passes through the village and there is a large basin adjacent to the main road. This would have facilitated loading and mooring when the canal was in use. The basin now attracts a substantial population of swans and ducks and passing motorist who stop to feed them. Plans to put the canal back to water are progressing  and include the building of a swing bridge on the main road through the village. Like many bridges along the canal the original one has been flattened and therefore presently prevents navigation of the cut. Some nearby bridges, like the one elsewhere on this page, will need little work to put back to use. Further details of the plan for the area are available here. 
Much of the village lies within a Conservation area, which also contains 24 listed buildings. St Luke's church dates from the 14th century. Inside the church can be found two ornate grave lids that were made for persons of importance and date from the tenth century. A number of Roman coins and medals were found in an urn ploughed up nearby in 1771, and it is suspected that there may have been a Roman base nearby.
Hickling residents are commended for their charity raising skills. The village holds an annual Hickling Scarecrow Festival over a weekend each September. Money raised at that event in 2009 along with the Hickling Country Fair, Open Gardens totalled over £13,500. £4,500 was handed over in February 2010, at a ceremony at the Plough Inn, to each of the Meningitis Trust, the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance, and a further 14 village groups.  The Plough  is very much a focal point for the village providing good home produced food and a welcome atmosphere. The pub fields other activities including poker nights and, alternate Thursdays, open mic night