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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Elegance and nature at University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden

Elegance and nature at University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden

See how The University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden enhances the beauty of an already breath-taking place, with its annual ‘Sculpture in the Garden’ exhibition.

Location: Oadby, Leicestershire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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See Leicestershire's only surviving medieval manor house

See Leicestershire's only surviving medieval manor house

With the bed Richard III may have slept in before the Battle of Bosworth, Donington le Heath Manor House is a fine example of medieval life.

Location: Coalville, Leicestershire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Superbikes and car racing at the heart of British motorsport

Superbikes and car racing at the heart of British motorsport

The iconic Donington Park motor racing circuit hosts national and international motorsport racing throughout the summer months.

Location: Castle Donington, Leicestershire

Extreme Sports
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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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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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Discover the grusome past of Leicester's Guildhall

Discover the grusome past of Leicester's Guildhall

One of the oldest civic buildings in the country, Leicester’s Guildhall stands beside Leicester Cathedral and has many gruesome stories to tell.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

Myths, Legends and Tales
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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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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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Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Pronounced ‘beaver’ by locals and literally meaning ‘beautiful view’, the Vale of Belvoir offers the perfect place to hideaway.

Location: Near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Free-wheeling fun in Leicester & The National Forest

Free-wheeling fun in Leicester & The National Forest

From a city full of fresh cycling ideas, to off-road biking excursions in The National Forest.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

Countryside
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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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Chainsaw sculptures capture the eye at Beacon Hill

Chainsaw sculptures capture the eye at Beacon Hill

Where would you expect to see a sheep duo, rock character, miniature train and fairy castle, all carefully carved out of wood?

Location: Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Experience Leicester's Festival of Light

Experience Leicester's Festival of Light

Wrap up warm and cosy for Leicester’s spectacular Diwali lights switch on in October or join in Diwali Day celebrations through November.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

November events
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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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Discover Caribbean traditions in Leicester

Discover Caribbean traditions in Leicester

Join the annual Leicester Caribbean Carnival in August with a parade around the city, culminating in an event in Victoria Park.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

August events
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Celebrate English literature at Leicester's Literary Festival

Celebrate English literature at Leicester's Literary Festival

November welcomes Leicester’s annual Literary Festival organised by the School of English at the University of Leicester.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

November 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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Family-friendly cycle trails in The National Forest

Family-friendly cycle trails in The National Forest

Hicks Lodge is a fantastic day out in the heart of The National Forest for the whole family - from budding cyclists to the more confident.

Location: Moira, Leicestershire

Cycling
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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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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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