Leicestershire

Visit Leicestershire, a county as famous for its battlefields as its Balti. Trace the footsteps of King Richard III to Bosworth Fields and reconstruct the War of the Roses. In Leicester, you can time travel past Saxon cathedrals and medieval guildhalls to space discoveries and shopping malls. There’s also a sizzling golden mile of curry houses to enjoy, and further afield from the city this obsession with food doesn’t change. The county can boast a vast covered market and makes veiny stilton cheese. Leicestershire thinks with its belly. 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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A cyclist in the Vale of Belvoir. Pool of sunlight and overhanging trees, Leicestershire, England.

Leicestershire

Visit Leicestershire, a county as famous for its battlefields as its Balti. Trace the footsteps of King Richard III to Bosworth Fields and reconstruct the War of the Roses. In Leicester, you can time travel past Saxon cathedrals and medieval guildhalls to space discoveries and shopping malls. There’s also a sizzling golden mile of curry houses to enjoy, and further afield from the city this obsession with food doesn’t change. The county can boast a vast covered market and makes veiny stilton cheese. Leicestershire thinks with its belly. 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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June events: Enjoy boat trips and live music at Leicester Riverside Festival

June events: Enjoy boat trips and live music at Leicester Riverside Festival

Head to the River Soar in Leicester for a fun-filled weekend of waterside entertainment and activities that all ages will enjoy.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 
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

 
Relive your childhood at the Loogabarooga Festival

Relive your childhood at the Loogabarooga Festival

This exciting annual event features ‘incredible illustrations and brilliant books’ from a variety of children's authors and illustrators.

Location: Loughborough, Leicestershire

 
See where Richard III's remains were discovered

See where Richard III's remains were discovered

The ‘Richard III: Leicester’s Search for a King’ exhibition is a must-see for history fans and provides an opportunity to learn more about the King’s life and death.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 
Small pleasures come free at Dimminsdale Nature Reserve

Small pleasures come free at Dimminsdale Nature Reserve

Just a few small snowdrops bring cheer to the colder, shorter days of England’s winter, and seen at Dimminsdale, they’re simply breathtaking.

Location: Staunton Harold, Leicestershire

 
Explore Richard III's Leicester with a Blue Badge guide

Explore Richard III's Leicester with a Blue Badge guide

Come along on a Blue Badge guided walk and find out about all of Leicester's many connections to King Richard III.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 
Rock out at Download Festival

Rock out at Download Festival

Horn signs at the ready; get set for a weekend of rock as the biggest names in metal take to the stage at Download Festival.

Location: Leicestershire

 
Relax with style and fine Champagne at the Case

Relax with style and fine Champagne at the Case

Leicester’s understated Champagne bar will draw you in from the street, or perhaps you’ll head downstairs to the sumptuous booths of the Snug.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 
See Britain's finest comedians at Leicester Comedy Festival

See Britain's finest comedians at Leicester Comedy Festival

Get a glimpse at the future of British comedy at the annual Leicester Comedy Festival.

Location: Leicester

 
Treat your loved one to a romantic getaway in Leicester

Treat your loved one to a romantic getaway in Leicester

Explore the sights of Leicester with your loved-one on a city break this winter.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 
Cocktail mixology masterclasses at Maiyango

Cocktail mixology masterclasses at Maiyango

The intimate setting of Maiyango is perfect for re-igniting or kindling a romance. Learn how to make your own cocktails with a resident mixologist.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 
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

 
Enjoy a family fun break in Leicestershire

Enjoy a family fun break in Leicestershire

Treat your children to a family fun short break in Leicester and Leicestershire

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 
August events: Watch Britain's top cyclists race at Leicester Castle Classic

August events: Watch Britain's top cyclists race at Leicester Castle Classic

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

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 
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

 
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

 
Do your Christmas shopping the Victorian way in Leicestershire

Do your Christmas shopping the Victorian way in Leicestershire

This Christmas, Melton Mowbray town centre goes back in time to offer a traditional Victorian experience at the Victorian Fayre.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

 
Discover the gruesome past of Leicester's Guildhall

Discover the gruesome 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

Price: Free

 
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

 
Stock up on meaty delights at Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe

Stock up on meaty delights at Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe

As well as a legendary pork pie, they also have sausages, chutney... the lot.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

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