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COCE 2017 Social Tours

During your stay in Leicester at the COCE conference take time out to enjoy some of the fantastic visitor attractions and learn about the history and heritage of Leicester and Leicestershire.

Visit the place where King Richard III lost his life at the Battle of Bosworth, see where his remains were discovered and learn how experts proved that they were his.

Visit Bradgate Park and see the ruins of the house where Lady Jane Grey lived as a child before becoming Queen of England for just 9 days.  Or enjoy a visit to Foxton Locks and see how engineering problems were overcame in the 19th century.

There's a great variety of tours available and a choice of dates.  Read all about each one below.

 

DEADLINE FOR BOOKINGS: FRIDAY 9TH JUNE 2017

Walking Tour of Leicester City

Guided walk

£16.80 incl vat per person

Thursday 29th June 2017

9:50am
Meet at University of Leicester

10am
Depart for walking tour with our Blue Badge Guide along the Victorian New Walk to take in the history & heritage of Leicester. On this tour you will discover over 2,000 years of Leicester’s history from Roman to Medieval times along with the recent story of the discovery, identification and reinterment of King Richard III.

11:30am
Arrive at the King Richard III Visitor Centre for a talk, tea and coffee along with time to find out about the fascinating story of the life and discovery of King Richard III.

1pm
Tour finishes – participants to make their own way back to hotel/university.

Market Harborough & Foxton Locks

Canal

£14.40 incl vat per person

Friday 30th June & Sunday 2nd July 2017

9:50am
Meet and board coach at University of Leicester.

10am
Depart for Market Harborough

10:30am
Arrive at Market Harborough
Market Harborough is market town of Leicestershire where you will find historic buildings, tea rooms, boutiques and antique shops. You will have a town trail tour and then opportunity to explore the town centre and may be visit a tea room to refuel!

12noon
Meet and board coach to depart for Foxton Locks

12:30pm
Foxton Locks is home to two amazing feats of Victorian engineering in the heart of Leicestershire’s picturesque countryside. Here you will find the impressive 10 lock system that 19th century engineers developed to solve the problem of getting boats up and down a steep hill and also the remains of the Inclined Plane Boat Lift.

The boat lift was originally built as a solution to operational restrictions imposed by the narrow lock flight. It was opened in 1900 and carried boats up the hull in giant tanks of water. Now, thanks to digital technology, you can step back in time to witness, in virtual reality, the lift in operation.

You will find out about the history of the locks on a tour with the Lock Keeper and also with a visit to The BoilerHouse where you find out about the life and times of the locks and the people who live along it.

2pm
Meet outside Foxton Locks Inn and depart Foxton Locks for University of Leicester

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Bradgate Park Tour

Old John

£38 incl vat per person

Friday 30th June

9.50am
Meet and board coach at University of Leicester.

10am
Depart for Bradgate Park.

10:30am
Arrive at Bradgate Park. Here you will have a chance to have a cup of tea or coffee and have brief talk on the history of Bradgate Park which is thought to span back some 15,000 years to the Palaeolithic period.

Today, the Bradgate Park Estate extends to around 1,300 acres and is managed by a Registered Charity, The Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood Charity, known as the “Bradgate Park Trust”.

The greater part of the Estate is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Estate, which welcomes over half a million visitors a year, was designated a Country Park by the Countryside Commission in 1970.

Within the park you will see ancient trees and woodland, rocky crags, the River Lin, roaming deers along with the ruins of Bradgate House and the locally infamous Old John Tower.

The ruins of Bradgate House – one of the earliest brick-built country houses in England and the birthplace and childhood home of Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for Nine Days in 1553.

Old John Tower – this 18th Century folly sits on the highest point of the Park and is one of Leicestershire’s most famous landmarks.

Lunch is included and will consist of a variety of sandwiches, a selection of savoury snacks and cakes. Tea and coffee and fruit juices will also be provided.

2pm
Board coach and depart for the University of Leicester.

2.30pm arrive back at University.

History & Heritage Tour

Richard III visitor centre

£26.40 incl vat per person

Saturday 1st July 2017

9.50am
Depart University via coach.  Arrive at Bosworth Battlefield and Heritage Centre for a tour of the battlefield area and a visit around the Heritage Centre.

Take a 2km guided walking tour exploring the Battle of Bosworth, the death of King Richard III and the unlikely victory of Henry Tudor.

You will then have opportunity to visit Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre which tells the dramatic story of the Battle of Bosworth on Monday 22nd August 1485, which marked a major turning point in English history.

Discover more about the Battle of 1485 where Richard III fought for his crown and lost his life, and Henry Tudor became King! You will also find out how archaeologists discovered the true location of the Battle and see some of the unique objects that were unearthed.

12:45pm
Depart Bosworth Battlefield and Heritage Centre for Leicester city centre.

1:15pm
Arrive in Leicester city centre for a walking tour. On this tour you will discover over 2,000 years of Leicester’s history from Roman to Medieval times along with the recent story of the discovery, identification and reinterment of King Richard III.

2:30pm
Arrive at King Richard III Visitor Centre  Enjoy a talk, tea and coffee along with time to find out about the fascinating story of the life and discovery of King Richard III.

Tour ends at 3.30pm, delegates make their own way back to the university/hotel.

National Space Centre Tour

National Space Centre

£25.94 incl vat per person

Monday 3rd July

9:50am
Meet and board coach at University of Leicester.

10am
Depart for the National Space Centre

10:30am
Arrive at the National Space Centre


With six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, unique 3D Simulator experience and the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower, the award-winning National Space Centre is an out of this world experience.

Participants of COCE 2017 will enjoy a Jupiter Mission Package at the National Space Centre, the UK’s only attraction dedicated to Space.

You will discover six galleries, including the iconic Rocket Tower and the UK’s largest domed planetarium, crammed full of space suits, rockets, satellites and meteorites.

You will also get the chance to enjoy a 3D SIM Ride, and a fascinating 360 ° Planetarium show.

Whilst you are at the National Space Centre you can grab some lunch (which isn’t included in the cost of the tour) at the Soyuz Café.

2:30pm
Board coach and depart for the University of Leicester

3pm
Arrive at University of Leicester

Bradgate Park Tour

Leaves

£19.34 incl vat per person

Monday 3rd July

9:50am
Meet and board coach at University of Leicester.

10am
Depart for Bradgate Park.

10:30am
Arrive at Bradgate Park.

Here you will have a chance to have a cup of tea or coffee and have brief talk on the history of Bradgate Park which is thought to span back some 15,000 years to the Palaeolithic period.

Today, the Bradgate Park Estate extends to around 1,300 acres and is managed by a Registered Charity, The Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood Charity, known as the “Bradgate Park Trust”.

The greater part of the Estate is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Estate, which welcomes over half a million visitors a year, was designated a Country Park by the Countryside Commission in 1970.

Within the park you will see ancient trees and woodland, rocky crags, the River Lin, roaming deers along with the ruins of Bradgate House and the locally infamous Old John Tower.

The ruins of Bradgate House – one of the earliest brick-built country houses in England and the birthplace and childhood home of Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for Nine Days in 1553.

Old John Tower – this 18th Century folly sits on the highest point of the Park and is one of Leicestershire’s most famous landmarks.

You will have the chance to get some lunch at one of the cafés within the park, or at one of the tea rooms in the village of Newtown Linford (please note, this isn’t included in the tour).

2pm
Board coach and depart for the University of Leicester.

Please note that a minimum number of 15 per tour will be required for each tour to take place.