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Days out in North West Leicestershire

We have lots of suggestions for days out in North West Leicestershire, family attractions, sporting events, country walks and great food and drink to offer a refreshing break.

The award winning family attraction, Conkers, situated in the heart of The National Forest in Moira is the perfect day out for all the family. From obstacle courses, barefoot walks, treetop walks and an amazing adventure playground, there’s plenty to keep all the family active!

Girl splashing in water

Events are very much a feature of the area and there is entertainment a plenty with festivals and music events taking places throughout the year.

  • Ashby Show
  • Moira Canal Festival
  • Conkers Folk Festival
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Moira Furnace provides visitors with a unique insight into the industrial heritage of the area and is probably one of the most important blast furnaces still in existence today throughout Europe. Donington le Heath Manor House is one of the oldest houses in Leicestershire and was built in around 1290.  Visitors to the 1620s House and Garden can now see the beautifully restored period rooms and talk to volunteers about the history of the house, the families that lived here and about life in the 1620s.

If you're interested in transport, why not visit the East Midlands Aero Park which is both an aviation museum and a viewing area where you can see preserved planes of yesteryear and watch modern airliners of today taking-off and landing at East Midlands Airport. Nearby you'll also find world famous Donington Park where you can see some of the greatest cars in history at the Donington Grand Prix Collection and there's lots of race days that take place at Donington Park itself.

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Events & Festivals

Days out in Ashby and Coalville

Donington le Heath Manor House

Coalville

The 1620s House and Gardens at Donington le Heath – formally Donington le Heath Manor House, has undergone a stunning refurbishment in order to tell the story of its former owners and residents.

 
 
 

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

Animal Farm Park with Tea room and Wool Shop.

 
 
 
Breedon on the Hill Lock-Up

Castle Donington

The lock-up was once a common site in English towns and villages where wrongdoers and drunkards could be detained until the authorities could deal with them.

 
 
 
Calke Abbey

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

With peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards, Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate.

 
 
 
Conkers, National Forest

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

CONKERS, the award winning attraction at The Heart of the National Forest, a unique mix of indoor and outdoor experiences to keep you and your family engaged for hours.

 
 
 
Outdoor Activity Centre Leicestershire

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

Field Sport UK offers many activities, packages and training courses, which are great for both individuals and groups. All of our activities are run from our beautiful venue on the border of Derbyshire and Leicestershire.

 
 
 

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

Hicks Lodge is a former coal mining site that has been totally transformed by new plantings and creating exciting new trails for you to enjoy.

 
 
Food

See a fabulous range of places to eat and drink: tea rooms, gastro pubs and restaurants.

Heritage

Explore the industrial heritage of this area as well as fascinating buildings that are in this area.

Activities

Whether you're searching for somewhere to walk the dog, watch birds or something more energetic click here.

Shopping

Craft centres, garden centres, shopping outlets - shop till you drop in North West Leicestershire