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Visit Loughborough

Loughborough is a thriving and varied market town in the heart of Charnwood’s rolling countryside. It offers a wide range of shopping, diverse eating out experiences, family attractions, exciting events and plenty of places to explore.


It is home to the world renowned Loughborough University and its thousands of students create a lively buzz during term times. As well as the specialist independent shopping streets on Church Gate, Baxter Gate, Wards End and Market Street there are also three shopping centres - The Rushes, Carillon Court and Regent Place – which are home to many top high street brands.

The market in the heart of the town plays an important role in the vitality of Loughborough. The weekly market is held every Thursday and Saturday with over 125 stall holders. The vintage market is held every Friday and offers over 40 traders selling antiques, collectables, and memorabilia. A farmers’ market is held on the second Wednesday of each month with producers from across the area selling a wide range of interesting organic, healthy food and drink with a wealth of knowledge about their specialised products.

Each year in June the town centre is taken over with classic vehicles from around the area.  Over 100 cars are on display which is quite a sight.  During the summer months there’s a range of family friendly activities that take place in the town including the transformation of the Market Place into a virtual seaside where children can play in the sand and parents can relax in the deckchairs!

During the autumn and winter months there’s a range of family friendly activities that take place in the town including the Loogabarooga Festival when the town plays host to incredible illustrators and brilliant authors at this annual festival. Tha annual November Fair takes place at the end of November which then leads on to preparations for the festive season and many family events that take place all over Charnwood.

Loughborough has a large selection of car parks which are located around the main shopping areas. They offer great value and convenience and have won Secured Car Park awards so shoppers know they are safe to use.