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Welcome to Harborough

Visitors to the south of Leicestershire will find so much to explore. Two distinctive market towns offer heritage sites that bring the past to life, independent shops to browse and great restaurants to enjoy local produce.

Chocolate box villages in the surrounding beautiful countryside hold events and annual festivals and are a fantastic place to walk and cycle.


Market Harborough

There's great shopping in the town of Market Harborough with a huge choice of independent and branded shops and an indoor market, and lots of welcoming tearooms and restaurants just waiting to serve food made with locally sourced produce.

Also in the town you can explore the world of the ancient Britons in the Hallaton Treasure Gallery at Harborough Museum through illustrated displays, computer interactives and film footage.

One of the town’s iconic landmarks is the beautiful timber framed Old Grammar School which dates from 1614, a regular Artisan Market takes place in this beautiful building. The Old Grammar School is complemented by St. Dionysius Parish Church – with its towering steeple – which create the picturesque heart of Market Harborough.



At Lutterworth you'll find a large collection of memorabilia in the local museum dedicated to Sir Frank Whittle. It includes documents, books, photographs and the original patent for the first jet engine. In St Mary's Parish Church there is a portrait of Canon John Wycliffe who was rector of the church in the 14th century and during his time in Lutterworth translated the whole Bible into the English language for the first time.

Experience the magic of an open-air theatre on a beautiful summer's evening at Kilworth House Theatre which surrounds the Kilworth estate. Situated in a beautiful wooded glade close to the like in the grounds of the Kilworth House Hotel, the theatre has a maximum capacity of 550 seats in tiered rows providing a superb view of the stage as well as a magnificent sail-like canopy to protect against adverse weather.

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Beautiful countryside and villages

If you enjoy the outdoors take a trip to Foxton Locks surrounded by Leicestershire’s beautiful countryside. You'll love watching the colourful narrowboats negotiating a flight of 10 locks and exploring the new BoilerHouse virtual experience where you can step back in time and see in breathtaking clarity how the boats travelled in the boat lift.

There are lots of beautiful villages in the Harborough district that are well worth visiting. On Easter Monday each year the annual Hallaton Bottle Kicking event takes place where the villages of Hallaton and neighbouring Medbourne compete in a rough and tumble contest which is always a spectacle. At Wistow the Rural Centre has craft workshops, a garden centre and tearoom. The summer Maze with sunflowers is great fun for all the family and an annual music concert in aid of charity draws crowds from miles around.

Did you know?

Thomas Cook first had his idea for tourism excursions while living in Market Harborough.

Did you know?

John Wycliffe was instrumental in the development of a translation of the Bible in English, thus making it accessible to everyone. He lived in Lutterworth and died there in 1384.

Did you know?

Frank Whittle (1907-1996) who developed the jet engine did some of his work in Lutterworth.

Did you know?

At the age of seven, renowned rugby player Martin Johnson moved with his family to Market Harborough, where he attended Ridgeway Primary School, Welland Park School and Robert Smyth School.

Did you know?

Engelbert Humperdinck came into the world as Arnold George Dorsey. His family moved to Leicestershire, just outside Market Harborough when he was 12 years old. He still has strong links to the area today.


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Exciting Events and Festivals

From village events to large festivals, theatre productions to country fairs, there's lots happening in our district. See a taster of events listed below but for a full list see our events page.

Piano Room

Sat 27 Jan 2018



Sat 27 Jan 2018

Market Harborough


Wed 7 Feb 2018

Market Harborough

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Short breaks for 2 adults for £119 

Our Foxton short break for just £119 for two adults includes overnight accommodation at the Best Western Ullesthorpe Hotel with breakfast and evening dinner plus admission into the BoilerHouse at Foxton Locks.

Explore the Harborough district during your short break - independent shops in Market Harborough, local museums and pubs and restaurants - you might want to book two nights to fit everything in!

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Foxton Locks
Family friendly attractions, theatres, outdoor activities and places to walk your dog. There's lots of places to explore.
Tearooms, gastro pubs and lots of restaurants with lots of variety - there's sure to be something that will suit your taste - and pocket.
Foxton Locks
Special events and festivals, musicals and classical recitals, village events and country fairs - there's lots taking place throughout the year
Beautiful countryside around the village of Hallaton
Walking, cycling and horseriding - the Harborough district has beautiful countryside and village to enjoy the outdoors
Information for coach operators
Group-friendly attractions, places to eat and information for coach drivers
Conference room at Kilworth House Hotel
Whether you're organising a small meeting or large conference, you'll find a list of venues just right for you here

Page last updated October 2016