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Welcome to Leicester and Leicestershire

Visit Leicester and Leicestershire this autumn - there's lots to see and do!

There's fun for all in Leicestershire. Whether it's the great outdoors, hands-on museums, great festivals or shopping, Leicestershire is the perfect destination. Explore our website and you'll find lots of ideas for days out themed tours and trails to explore, and many short breaks to enjoy.


Stay longer and choose from a variety of accommodation that are available to book online – you will need more than a day to fit everything in!

Explore the rich heritage of Leicester and Leicestershire - visit the site where King Richard III met his death at Bosworth Battlefield and then travel into the city to the new Visitor Centre and see where his mortal remains were discovered and reinterred.

At Stoneywell Cottage, the National Trust property in Charnwood Forest, discover examples of furniture designed by the arts and crafts designer Ernest Gimson or visit Abbey Pumping Station to see the fully restored beam engines that were also designed by Ernest Gimson.

The BoilerHouse at Foxton Locks has been refurbished during 2015 with fantastic new displays and state of the art equipment.

The giraffes are back at Twycross Zoo where there are around 500 animals of 150 species to see, including many endangered animals and native species and at Stonehurst Family Farm you can feed farmyard animals and have a cuddle with the rabbits in pets corner.

At the National Space Centre explore the universe in the UK's largest planetarium or take the family to Twinlakes in Melton Mowbray to try out the rollercoasters and water rides.

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Days out for families


Loogabarooga Festival 22nd - 26th October 2015

The Loogabarooga Festival will feature ‘incredible illustrations and brilliant books’, and will showcase new and existing illustrated children’s literature.

The fun-filled programme will include workshops, events, readings and activities with appearances from some of the nation’s favourite children’s authors and illustrators.


Mary Poppins

Mon 12 - Sat 24 Oct 2015

Loogabarooga Festival

Thu 22 - Mon 26 Oct 2015

Sleeping Beauty

Wed 28 Oct - Sun 1 Nov 2015


Free prize draw

After your visit to Leicester and Leicestershire, come back here and tell us about your trip. We'll enter your name into a free prize draw to win a Stay Play Explore short break worth £129.

Closing date: 30th April 2016

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Book a short break

Book one of the exciting themed short breaks that we have in Leicester and Leicestershire. Book here button

Choose from a wide range of exclusive packages, from family fun breaks to mouth-watering gourmet getaways. All packages include accommodation and entrance to 3 from a choice of 5 experiences, all for just £129.

Abbey Park Bonfire & Firework Display


Book your tickets in advance and save up to 35%.

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Explore Leicestershire

Take a tour around our city and county and plan a short break or a day out in Leicestershire. 

In the north of the county in Loughborough you can board a steam train at Great Central Railway and travel to Leicester North on the outskirts of Leicester city. In Leicester visit Abbey Park and the National Space Centre and see the UK's largest planetarium.

In the south, visit Foxton Locks and explore the new BoilerHouse that uses the latest technology to explain the history of the inclined plane.

At Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre imagine the sights and sounds from the battle that saw the end of the reign of King Richard III.

Ashby de la Zouch & National Forest

Ashby de la Zouch & The National Forest

Ashby de la Zouch lies at the heart of The National Forest, an area that embraces ancient buildings, fascinating visitor attractions and miles of hidden nature trails.
Hinckley& Bosworth

Hinckley & Market Bosworth

The market towns of Hinckley and Market Bosworth lie in the west of Leicestershire, surrounded by rolling countryside and many pretty villages.


Blaby covers an area south and west of Leicester, including the villages of Blaby, Narborough and Kirby Muxloe. Stroll around the village of Blaby, much of which has been designated a conservation area.
Loughborough & Charnwood

Loughborough & Charnwood

Explore the area of Loughborough and Charnwood where you can experience the buzz of a university town mixed with the tranquility of the great outdoors.


Leicester is a contemporary city bursting with arts, culture, history, festivals, attractions, shopping and food and drink.
Oadby & Wigston

Oadby & Wigston

Oadby and Wigston lie on the southern outskirts of Leicester, between the city and the rolling South Leicestershire countryside.
Melton Mowbray

Melton Mowbray & Vale of Belvoir

Melton Mowbray is in the north east of Leicestershire, close to the picturesque Vale of Belvoir which literally translated means 'beautiful view'.
Market Harborough

Market Harborough & Lutterworth

The town of Market Harborough is the ideal place to head for to experience rural activity, bustling streets, stylish independent shopping and tasty food and drink.

King Richard III

Tipped by The Lonely Planet as one of the 'hottest' attractions in the world for 2015.
Follow the fortunes of four characters from the Battle of Bosworth and hear their stories during this turbulent time.
Where did King Richard III stay on the night before the Battle of Bosworth?  Who, in the crowds, predicted his downfall and where were his mortal remains discovered?
Buy a commemoration medal, mug, a book on the life and death of King Richard III or book a guided walk - buy online here.
Fly in a Cessna 172 aircraft over King Richard’s final battle route from the Blue Boar Inn in Leicester via Bow Bridge and out to Bosworth along the Old Roman Road.
This short break includes bed and breakfast for two people at the Ramada Encore Leicester City Centre hotel or the Hinckley Island hotel and a choice of 3 out of 5 King Richard III experiences.
Visit five sites in the city with a connection to King Richard III during the days leading up to the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. It continues to Bosworth and other locations linked to King Richard’s reign.
Last updated October 2015