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Stay Play Explore

Our 2016 Stay Play Explore short breaks packages are £139.

Enjoy an overnight stay with all the family filled with excitement and action, or if you're looking for a getaway for two, indulge in a heritage or culture break or discover Leicestershire's renowned food and drink. Our packages include admission tickets for a choice of world class visitor attractions and exceptional experiences.
Our short break packages include:

• Family Fun
• Gourmet Taste
• Veggie Vacation
• King Richard III Heritage
• City Treat
• Foxton

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Leicester and Leicestershire is brimming with many fascinating attractions, tasty places to eat and drink and a brilliant variety of events and festivals taking place every day.

Visit our historical, cosmopolitan city and discover a fascinating 2,000 year heritage including revolutionary Romans and the story of the discovery and reinterment of the last king of England to be killed in battle, King Richard III. There are award-winning attractions and museums, a packed calendar of vibrant arts and cultural events and festivals, as well as tastes inspired by food and drink across the world.

In the county, experience and enjoy stunning rural landscapes, country parks, fine market towns and quintesential historical villages, exciting food, music and agricultural festivals, along with award-winning restaurants and mouth-watering tea rooms.

Family activities for half term in Leicester and Leicestershire

Fantastic Creatures

Sun 23 Oct 2016

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Gemma Denham 'Castles and Haunted Houses'

Sun 23 Oct 2016

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Illustrating Harry Potter

Sun 23 Oct 2016

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Roald Dahl Day Presents BFG

Sun 23 Oct 2016

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Roald Dahl Day Presents Willy Wonka

Sun 23 Oct 2016

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The Loogabarooga Festival takes place from Wednesday 19th to Monday 24th October 2016 and is an exciting annual event in Loughborough for families who love books and illustrated literature.
A series of unique and hand-made benches will again be placed around the town centre during the Festival, with Fairytale and Ladybird classic 'Rumpelstiltskin' chosen as the new Book Bench theme for 2016.


Book bench

Here's some ideas for a day out in Leicestershire

Enjoy monkeying around at Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo is a World Primate Centre with over 500 animals of almost 150 species including all 4 great apes, over 20 species of monkey, Asian elephants, snow leopards, penguins, meerkats, giraffes and many more.

Foxton Locks

Foxton Locks

Foxton Locks is a series of 10 locks on the Grand Union Canal. There is lots to explore including watching the boats, visiting the museum and eating in one of the pubs on site.

Containing many fascinating exhibits of the time, the BoilerHouse demonstrates how tough it was to make a living showing how families survived the harsh conditions of 19th century canal life.

Conkers train


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


Twinlakes Park

You and your family can enjoy acres of action, animals, indoor attractions and fun-packed events.


Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

Delve into Leicestershire's fascinating history at Bosworth Battlefield Country Park - the site of the 1485 Battle of Bosworth. Look out for special events or go for a stroll and some refreshments served onsite.

National Space Centre

The award winning National Space Centre is the UK's largest attraction dedicated to space. From the moment you catch sight of the Space Centre's futuristic Rocket Tower, you'll be treated to hours of breathtaking discovery and fun.

King Richard III Visitor Centre

Leicester's newest attraction tells the fascinating and moving story of the king's life and death, and reveals one of the greatest archaeological detective stories ever told.

Train station

Great Central Railway

The Great Central Railway is Britain's only double track main line steam railway. Enjoy an exciting calendar of events, a footplate ride or dine in style on board one of the steam trains.


Avalanche Adventure

We have a spectacular 400 acre site offering the best outdoor activities in the country and our brand new air conditioned log cabin offering you comfort and refreshments.


Ashby de la Zouch Castle

Come and find out about the castle's colourful history with our lively audio tour. Hear how Edward IV's Chamberlain Lord Hastings added the chapel and the impressive keep-like Hastings Tower – a castle within a castle.

Boys playing
Make some memories on your family outings in Leicester and Leicestershire.
Don't let the weather spoil your fun - visit these attractions that are under cover.
Leicester City Football Club
The entire football world is talking about the exploits of Leicester City Football Club - see more sporting success stories
Download the 2016 Great Days Out brochure with lots of ideas for a trip to Leicester and Leicestershire
Looking for some excitement?  Try these experiences and test your nerves.
If you love animals and birds, you'll love these attractions - you might even get a furry cuddle.
Be transported back in time with steam railways, industrial heritage and the bygone age.
Comedy, music and live entertainment can all be found at the numerous theatres and venues across the city and county.
Lunch overlooking a river, afternoon tea at a luxury hotel or a gastonomic feast in a restaurant, there's lots of choice.
Sheep show
Country shows, food festivals, comedy nights, music and dance - something for everyone.
Bosworth map
Visit the site where the Wars of the Roses ended with the death of King Richard III and then to the visitor centre where his mortal remains were discovered.

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Abinger Guest House in or near Leicester
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£36 £ £ X X £ £ pppnb
Catthorpe Manor in or near Lutterworth
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£80 £ £ £ £ £ X prpnb
Travel Plaza Hotel in or near Market Harborough
VisitEngland 3 Star HotelHotel
£70 £ £ £ £ £ £ prpn
Scalford Hall Hotel & Conference Centre in or near Melton Mowbray
Quality Tourism in LeicestershireHotel
£73 £ £ £ £ £ £ prpnb
Jurys Inn Hinckley Island in or near Hinckley
AA 4 Star HotelHotel
£129 £ £ £ £ £ £ prpnb
The Greenway at Knaptoft House Farm in or near Lutterworth
VisitEngland 4 Star FarmhouseFarmhouse
£85 £ £ £ £ £ X prpnb
Homestead House in or near Market Harborough
VisitEngland 4 Star Bed & BreakfastBed & Breakfast
£65 £ £ £ £ £ X prpnb
Hotel Maiyango in or near Leicester
AA 4 Star Small HotelSmall Hotel
£99 £ £ £ £ £ £ prpnb
Last updated October 2016