Leicestershire

This Midlands county is as much known for its battlefields as its balti. Trace the Richard III buzz to Bosworth fields to reconstruct the War of the Roses. In Leicester, you can time travel past Saxon cathedrals and medieval guildhalls to space discoveries and shopping malls. Leicestershire thinks with its belly. The county boasts a vast covered market, makes veiny Stilton cheese and has a sizzling golden mile of curry houses. For an inland county, Leicestershire has more than its fair share of water. You can boat canal staircases, scuba-dive in flooded quarries and fish in local reservoirs.

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Picnic on a former colliery site in the National Forest

Picnic on a former colliery site in the National Forest

A location with a difference, Oakthorpe Colliery closed in 1990 and has become a 3-hectare, prime picnic site in naturally-regenerated woodland in The National Forest.

Location: Donisthorpe, near Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

Forests and woodlands
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Three days of music at Strawberry Fields

Three days of music at Strawberry Fields

Taking place on a farm locally famed for strawberry picking, this growing festival offers a multi-staged line-up of international and local acts.

Location: Heather, Leicestershire

August events
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See Richard III's remains at the Guildhall

See Richard III's remains at the Guildhall

Leicester is proud of its 2,000 years of history, dating back to the Roman times, catalogued and exhibited at various museums.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Sample Melton's local produce at rural markets

Sample Melton's local produce at rural markets

Discover the market town of Melton Mowbray, close to the Vale of Belvoir, which translated means ‘beautiful view’.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Food markets
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Sample the best of Leicester before heading to the match

Sample the best of Leicester before heading to the match

Extend your Rugby World Cup visit to Leicester and discover this East Midlands city’s history, shopping, outdoor pursuits, culture and top notch curry.

Location: Leicester

Sport
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Peace and quiet at Belgrave Hall and Gardens

Peace and quiet at Belgrave Hall and Gardens

Belgrave Hall was built in the early 18th century, in what was then a small village three miles from the town of Leicester.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Enjoy a gourmet taste of Leicestershire

Enjoy a gourmet taste of Leicestershire

Literally meaning ‘beautiful view’, the Vale of Belvoir and Melton Mowbray offer the perfect romantic or countryside getaway for foodies.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Regional specialities
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Watch Britain's top cycling teams race around Leicester

Watch Britain's top cycling teams race around Leicester

Get close to the action as some of Britain’s top professional cyclists contest the Leicester Castle Classic cycle race.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

August events
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Celebrate your adventurous side at Avalanche Adventure

Celebrate your adventurous side at Avalanche Adventure

Are you one of those people who like their challenges a little off the beaten track?

Location: Market Harborough, Leicestershire

Extreme Sports
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Learn basic bread making with a top artisan baker

Learn basic bread making with a top artisan baker

Does your childhood invoke memories of freshly baked homemade bread? Allow a Leicester-based artisan to teach you how to raise the perfect loaf.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

Cookery courses
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Saris and jewellery to spices and dining on the Golden Mile

Saris and jewellery to spices and dining on the Golden Mile

A trip to Leicester isn’t complete without a visit to the Golden Mile, a stretch of the Belgrave Road described as the ‘closest that Britain comes to an Indian bazaar’.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

Neighbourhoods
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Enjoy dinner and a show at Kilworth House Hotel & Theatre

Enjoy dinner and a show at Kilworth House Hotel & Theatre

Not many luxurious English hotels come complete with their own open-air theatre, but Kilworth House has always been a little bit special.

Location: Kilworth, Leicestershire

Performing arts
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Learn survival skills in The National Forest

Learn survival skills in The National Forest

Aspiring Bear Grylls and budding Ray Mears types should head to The National Forest, where you can pick up basic survival skills in no time.

Location: Moira, Leicestershire

Forests and woodlands
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Get creative with wood at The National Forest Wood Fair

Get creative with wood at The National Forest Wood Fair

Whatever can be done with wood, you’re likely to experience it at The National Forest Wood Fair, set in the stunning Beacon Hill Country Park.

Location: Loughborough, Leicestershire

Forests and woodlands
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Enjoy creature comforts at the Dandelion Hideaway

Enjoy creature comforts at the Dandelion Hideaway

Down on the farm there are tents that think they’re cottages, roll-top baths, proper beds, fresh food, plenty of fresh air, and plenty to see and do.

Location: Osbaston, Leicestershire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Take a traffic-free bike ride around Leicester

Take a traffic-free bike ride around Leicester

Sky Rides are big, fun events which take over a town or city centre, so cyclists of all ages and abilities can ride safely together on a traffic-free route.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

August events
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Browse and buy from the Ferrers Centre Courtyard Workshops

Browse and buy from the Ferrers Centre Courtyard Workshops

You’ll find the Ferrers Centre Courtyard in the beautiful Staunton Harold Estate, a traditional country estate with a great Georgian mansion.

Location: Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

Shopping and fashion
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Get marrried with the monkeys at Twycross Zoo

Get marrried with the monkeys at Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo is a memorable alternative to the traditional wedding venue, and the perfect place to host one of the most exciting days of your life.

Location: Atherstone, Leicestershire

Wedding celebrations
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Get lost in Wistow Maze's three miles of pathways

Get lost in Wistow Maze's three miles of pathways

Pay a summer visit to the famous Wistow Maze, shops, gallery and model village at the Rural Centre and explore the surrounding countryside.

Location: Wistow, Leicestershire

Activities
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Canvas cottages at the Dandelion Hideaway

Canvas cottages at the Dandelion Hideaway

Dandelion Hideaway’s cosy canvas cottages offer family-friendly simplicity and the chance to ‘muck in’ with farming activities in woodland surroundings.

Location: Osbaston, Leicestershire

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks

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