Welcome to Leicester and Leicestershire

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 reintered. 

At Stoneywell Cottage, the newly opened 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 re-opens with fantastic new displays and state of the art equipment on Saturday 25th April.

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 planetarium or take the family to Twinlakes to try out the rollercoasters and water rides.

You'll find a huge choice of live entertainment at the many theatres that are in our city and county.  You'll find comedy, dance, classical music and Shakespeare. There are festivals taking place throughout the year across the city and county including canal festivals, food and drink festivals - something for all the family.

Forthcoming events

Let's Dance International Frontiers

Wed 29 Apr - Wed 20 May 2015

Artisan Cheese Fair

Melton Mowbray

Sat 2 - Sun 3 May 2015

Moira Canal Festival


Sat 16 - Sun 17 May 2015


Win tickets to Curve

Enter our free prize draw and win a family ticket to Horrible Histories at Curve in May 2015.

Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips.

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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 September 2015

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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?
Book a guided walk, postcards, mugs, or buy a book on the life and death of King Richard III - 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.