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Bank Holiday in Leicester and Leicestershire

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.

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Leicester and Leicestershire has to offer a wide variety of events and superb attractions to visit that will be sure to entertain the whole family this Bank Holiday Weekend.

Running through the Bank Holiday Weekend the City Festival, now in its fourth year, celebrates Leicester in the heart of the city. From the 20th to the 29th August the city will be buzzing with activity for all the family as streets and venues are filled with entertainment, street arts, sports, culture, music, heritage and much more. 

Market Harborough Food Festival, taking place on 28th-29th August, is an annual two-day festival held in Welland Park, aiming to showcase the very best of the region's producers. Featuring artisan breads, delicious cakes, local meats and fine cheese, there will be something for all taste buds and pockets.

At Twinlakes Park this Bank Holiday, Titan the Robot will be appearing at intervals throughout the day in The Hub, the heart of Twinlakes Entertainment throughout 2016. With refreshments served throughout the day and plenty of space to have fun and games, this event promises a fun packed day.

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Leicester City Football Club - Champions of the Barclays Premiership League

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Leicester City vs Swansea City

Saturday 27th August

King Power Stadium

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Whether you’re travelling on a budget, or want to treat yourself to city style, Leicester and Leicestershire have an amazing selection of accommodation to suit your every need.
Award-winning chefs, city restaurants, rural country pubs, contemporary gastropubs and country tea rooms - there's plenty for you to taste and enjoy in Leicester and Leicestershire.
Leicester and Leicestershire is a destination packed with things to see and do, with plenty of free as well as paid activities that are bound to keep the whole family entertained, whatever the weather.
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Leicester and Leicestershire is a destination brimming with exciting tour ideas and fabulous places to visit for your group, with themed guided tours and a variety of suggested itineraries to choose from.

See some of our top visitor attractions and major events in Leicester and Leicestershire:


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.


City Festival

Saturday 20th - Monday 29th August

Now in its fourth year, City Festival celebrates Leicester in the heart of the city and has grown to be a major event in the festival calendar.

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.


Cold War Jets Open Days

Sunday 28th August

The two open days per year makes for an incredible spectacle and an ideal opportunity to get close to the aircraft at Bruntingthorpe Events.

National Space Centre

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.


Leicestershire County Show

Saturday 27th August

The Leicestershire County Show is back at a new, permanent venue at Market Harborough Showground with livestock, horseshow, displays, trade stalls and entertainment for all the family a


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.

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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.



Friday 26th to Saturday 27th August

This festival is an affordable 2 day family event that aims to bring you the best new and upcoming bands plus some excellent tribute acts in Hallaton Village.


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.

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Hotel Maiyango in or near Leicester
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Catthorpe Manor in or near Lutterworth
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Horseshoe Cottage Farm in or near Leicester
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Travel Plaza Hotel in or near Market Harborough
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£67 £ £ £ £ X £ prpn
Abinger Guest House in or near Leicester
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£39 £ £ £ £ £ £ pppnb
Scalford Hall Hotel & Conference Centre in or near Melton Mowbray
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£85 £ £ £ £ £ £ prpnb
Hilton East Midlands Airport in or near Castle Donington
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£159 £ £ £ £ X £ prpnb
Best Western Plus Ullesthorpe Court in or near Lutterworth
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Bouverie Lodge B&B in or near Melton Mowbray
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Jurys Inn Hinckley Island in or near Hinckley
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Last updated August 2016