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Bring your group to Harborough

There's so much to see and do in the Harborough area that is perfect for groups, from a day out with friends and family to a large group stopping for the weekend to discover what the borough has to offer!

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Situated within just a few miles of Market Harborough, Foxton Locks is surrounded by beautiful countryside, colourful narrowboats, the famous flight of 10 locks and the BoilerHouse, where you can step back in time and see how boats travelled in the boat life and experience the inclined plane in an all new way. With so much to explore here, this is ideal for groups who are keen to learn more about how the inclined plane worked and what life was like to live and work on the locks of Victorian waterways.

Coaches can park onsite and a guided tour of the site by a lock keeper can be booked prior to your visit.

Enjoy a fun-packed day out at one of the country's largest maize maze, Wistow Maze. Set in 8 acres of living maize and sunflower crop, as well as high level bridges and towers giving stunning panoramic views over the maze and the beautiful countryside that surrounds the maze. The maze changes its layout every year and 2016 will celebrate the centenary of Roald Dahl's birth, along with other famous authors of classic children's books. This is perfect for anyone of any age, promising a great day out. Also onsite is Wistow Rural Centre with artisan shops, garden centre, tearoom and toilets available to groups.

It is advisable to book ahead of your visit.

You don't need to be outside to have fun - visit Harborough Museum, which celebrates Market Harborough's long history as a centre of trade and industry in the Welland Valley. Displays at the museum include The Hallaton Treasure Gallery, Falkner's Book and Shoe Making Workshop, the 18th century long case clock that was made in Harborough and Harborough during the wars. A visit to this museum is a must for those who take an interest in history and those that want to find out more about the history of Market Harborough, and explore the fascinating displays.

This museum is free to visit and a tour, for a small fee, can be arranged for your group if booked in advance.

Built by William the Conqueror and home to the Saunders Watson family for the past 450 years, Rockingham Castle is set in a panoramic location with views over five counties, with magnificently furnished rooms of several periods and 18 acres of superbly contrasting gardens. Explore the dynamic history of the Castle and the many things there are to see and do at Rockingham. Be spoilt for choice at the variety of tours to choose from that are suited to groups, such as a private tour of the Castle or a tour of the garden. Guided tours are available most days by appointment. Rockingham Castle is brilliant for those that want to dig a little deeper into the history of the Castle, from a Victorian mansion to a comfortable Tudor house.

Group rates available; guided tour available; coach parking on-site.

Bring your group to a professional production at Kilworth House Theatre, an open-air theatre surrounding the Kilworth estate. It's situated in a beautiful wooded glade close to the lake in the grounds of the Kilworth House Hotel. Experience the magic of an open-air theatre on a beautiful summer's evening at the auditorium, with a maximum capacity of 550 seats in tiered rows providing a superb view of the stage and magnificent sail-like canopy to protect against adverse weather. Bar facilities and seating areas are provided within the theatre complex, as well as the choice to book a pre-theatre dinner or lunch in the hotel or alternatively bring a picnic to enjoy the picturesque Kilworth estate.

Coach parking on-site, group rates available.

Car track

Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground hosts its very own extensive test track and an off-road track which offers groups an exciting day out with a variety of experiences.  

Drive a supercar at high speed around the track with an instructor who will make sure you get the most out of this thrilling ride.  

Or drive a Landrover Defender around a demanding course with hills, troughs, ruts and mud and water.  Laser clay pigeon shooting and falconry is also available.

Must pre-book.  Minimum group size: 10


For the adrenalin fuelled - a trip to Armourgeddon to experience driving tanks and military vehicles, exciting activities at Avalanche Adventure or the opportunity to soar like a bird at The Gliding Centre. 


Morning: A visit to Armourgeddon

Discover the fun and excitement of driving tanks and other military vehicles over courses set around a World War II bombing range at Armourgeddon, the worldwide home of Tank paintball, incorporating Chaos Paintball and a wide range of activities including Airsoft for individuals, groups, corporate team building days and private parties. 

Lunchtime: Lunch at The Three Swans, Market Harborough

Afternoon: Activities at Avalanche Adventure or The Gliding Centre

Try some of the activities at Avalanche Adventure, such as quad biking, off road race buggies, clay pigeon shooting and much more. The 400 acre site gives ample space to offer this wide range of activities, with highly experienced instructors to ensure that you and your group has a great time and make the most out of your experience. 

Experience a thrill to remember at The Gliding Centre, with various flight experiences suitable for all ages. Either relax and take in the amazing scenery whilst up in the air or you can take control. As well as offering the opportunity to experience the joy of silent flight, The Gliding Centre also offers adventure activities including clay pigeon shooting and off road driving. This is the ideal way to ensure your day is a day to remember.



Explore and discover the history of the Harborough district at Rockingham Castle, home to the Saunders Watson family, afternoon tea in the Castle's tearooms, and a visit to Harborough Museum. 


Morning: A visit to Rockingham Castle

Built by William the Conqueror and home to the Saunders Watson family, Rockingham Castle is set in a panoramic location with views across five counties, magnificently furnished rooms of several periods and a surrounding 18 acres of superbly contrasting gardens. Tour the Castle from The Old Kitchen, an outdoor tour to find out more about the development of the Castle, to the Great Hall which was divided in the 1600's by Edward Watson, creating the adjacent Panel Room.

Lunchtime: Afternoon tea at Rockingham Castle's tearooms

Afternoon: A visit to Harborough Museum and Market Harborough town

Harborough Museum celebrates Market Harborough's long history as a centre of trade and industry in the Welland Valley. Take a look at the displays the museum has to offer, including The Hallaton Treasure Gallery, Falkner's Boot and Shoe Making Workshop and the Railways in Market Harborough. 

Take a walk through Market Harborough's town centre, walk along the River Welland which flows through the town, and discover the unique buildings that are built throughout the ages.



Information for coach operators


Market Harborough
2.9km from A6 
18.5km from A14
20.4km from M1 (Jn 20)
0.8km from Market Harborough Station
19.6km from Kettering Station
18.5km from Corby Station
24.5km from Leicester Station

32.1km from A6
6.6km from A14
1.6km from M1 (Jn 20)
22.2km from Market Harborough Station
26.6km from Leicester Station

Coach parking:

Call Sairah Butt on 01858 465206 or email

Drop off point:

There are two coach bays available for drop-off outside the Market Hall

Guided tours available:
Guided tours available to book at Rockingham Castle
Guided tours by lock keepers at Foxton Locks

Public toilets:
Harborough Market toilets (St. Marys Place)

Major annual events: 

Places of interest:

Famous historic figures:

  • Thomas Cook
  • John Wycliffe
  • Frank Whittle


Places to eat & drink:

For assistance in organising your trip call Sairah Butt on 01858 465206 who will help you with timings, prices and logistics for the visit.

Last updated October 2016