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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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

 
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

 
Re-live the Age of Steam at Great Central Railway

Re-live the Age of Steam at Great Central Railway

Make your childhood dreams come true by driving a steam locomotive train, or sit back and travel in comfort.

Location: Loughborough, Leicestershire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Experience gold standard treatment at Stapleford Park

Experience gold standard treatment at Stapleford Park

Set in 500 acres of magnificent Leicestershire countryside near Melton Mowbray, Stapleford Park is one of the most luxurious spa hotels in the UK.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
See living history at Bosworth battlefield

See living history at Bosworth battlefield

See a history lesson come to life at the Battle of Bosworth Field in Leicestershire, where King Richard III fought for his crown and lost his life.

Location: Near Market Bosworth, Leicestershire

 
Sample the best of Leicester on a city break

Sample the best of Leicester on a city break

Extend your visit to Leicester and sample this East Midlands city’s market shopping, outdoor pursuits and top notch curry.

Location: Leicester

 
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

 
Enter the Xtreme Scream Park at Twinlakes if you dare

Enter the Xtreme Scream Park at Twinlakes if you dare

Encounter creepy critters, take part in bugtastic workshops and meet ghosts and ghouls that go BOO this Halloween.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

 
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

 
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

 
Sample local delights at the Melton Mowbray Food Festival

Sample local delights at the Melton Mowbray Food Festival

The East Midlands Food Festival in Melton Mowbray is one of the largest regional food festivals in the country. 2018 marks the 15th anniversary of the festival and as always, visitors will enjoy a huge selection of edible delights from some of the country’s finest producers, many from the East Midlands.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

 
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

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