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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.

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  As well as a famous motorsport venue, Donington is also celebrated as the host of the Download rock festival, which attracts tens of thousands of music fans each year. The venue also holds a wide variety of exhibitions, shows and other music concerts all year round. 

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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 Museum

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

Visit the Ashby de la Zouch Museum and delve into the fascinating local history of Ashby de la Zouch in The National Forest. The Zouche and Hastings Gallery retells the history of Ashby de la Zouch from ancient times up to the present day.

 
 
 
Castle Donington Museum

Castle Donington

Visit Castle Donington Museum, housed in a 17th century former farmhouse. Lots of local memorabilia to see.

 
 
 
Century Theatre

Coalville

The Century Theatre is Britain's oldest surviving mobile theatre built between 1948 & 1952. It continues to provide high quality performances, shows, comedy, live music and films all year round.

 
 
 
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.

 
 
 
Diseworth Heritage Centre

Coalville

Diseworth Heritage Centre is located in an 18th century converted chapel building, in the heart of a peaceful rural village, yet with 21st century facilities.

 
 
 
Ferrers Centre for Arts &amp; Crafts

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

A unique shopping experience – Artist’s studios, workshops, gallery, tea room, deli and shops all housed within a Georgian courtyard on the picturesque estate of Staunton Harold.

 
 
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