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Bosworth buzzing with interest during Richard III reinterment week

31 March 2015

Visitors from around the globe flocked to Leicestershire County Council's Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre during a week-long programme of events to coincide with the reinterment of King Richard III

Discover more about King Richard III in Leicester and Leicestershire

30 March 2015

Range of activities, events and experiences available for visitors - follows worldwide interest in reinterment of last Plantagenet King of England

New exhibitions at Harborough Museum

26 March 2015

Two new exhibitions celebrating Leicestershire history have opened at Harborough Museum

Great Central Railway launches 'Raleway Ale'

25 March 2015

There has been a plan brewing at Great Central Railway during the past few weeks

8,000 flames mark King's reburial

24 March 2015

More than 8,000 flickering flames will illuminate the streets around Leicester Cathedral in a stunning commemoration of the reinterment of King Richard III

Thousands witness King Richard III's final journey

22 March 2015

More than 35,000 people lined the streets of Leicester and Leicestershire to mark the final journey of King Richard III

Overnight stay booking for King Richard III reinterment

20 March 2015

If you're looking to stay in Leicester during next week's reinterment, advice is to 'book as soon as you can'

New guide offers fun ideas to help plan a great day out in Leicester and Leicestershire

19 March 2015

The new Great Days Out 2015 guide for Leicester and Leicestershire has been launched to provide tips and recommendations for fun family days out in the city and county this year

VisitEngland Launches Industry Consultation on Growth Strategy for England's Tourism Industry

18 March 2015

On the 16th March at the start of English Tourism Week, VisitEngland launched an industry-wide consultation on the future growth strategy for England’s tourism industry

Battlefield bus takes to the road

16 March 2015

Following the Richard III trail is being made easier - thanks to a special shuttle bus between Market Bosworth and Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre.

Still time to vote for a Green Plaque award

16 March 2015

There's still time to cast your vote and honour the people and places of Leicestershire’s past.

A shortlist of 12 people and places is seeking the public vote as part of Leicestershire County Council’s Green Plaque Awards scheme.

Family Friendly Museum Award 2015 Launched

15 March 2015

What's your favourite family friendly museum? The 2015 Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award is launched – giving you the chance to say which museum, gallery, heritage site, science centre or historic home in Britain gives the warmest welcome to families.

Bring the kids to CONKERS this Easter to enjoy great days out

13 March 2015

CONKERS, the award-winning visitor attraction at the heart of The National Forest, has a great choice of family activities on offer this Easter from 28 March to 19 April. Visitors will have plenty of fun activities from which to choose including pirate, wizard and clown shows, pony rides, arts & crafts, and animal encounters.

New Leicestershire Quality Charter launched for local tourism businesses

12 March 2015

Charnwood Museum one of the first to sign up to demonstrate commitment to quality for visitors

VisitEngland's new responsibility for tourism product development

12 March 2015

The Government has recently published its Triennial Review of VisitBritain and VisitEngland, which recommends a number of exciting responsibilities for VisitEngland and opportunities for our industry

Vote now for the King Richard III Visitor Centre Leicester for the 2015 Museums and Heritage Awards

12 March 2015

The King Richard III Visitor Centre has been shortlisted for one of the 2015 Museums and Heritage awards following a search led by the Guardian Cultural Professionals Network for the most inspiring museum or heritage visitor attraction of the past 12 months

VisitEngland eNews March 2015 Edition 1

11 March 2015

Welcome to the latest edition of VisitEngland eNews, a bi-monthly newsletter designed to keep you up to date on all of VisitEngland’s latest activity, news and insights

Go back to the wild at CONKERS

10 March 2015

If you’ve got a budding Bear Grylls or Ray Mears in the family, CONKERS is offering an action-packed day of bushcraft and orienteering on 14 March 2015.

King Richard III – as you’ve never seen him before…

10 March 2015

The results of DNA testing carried out by Dr Turi King of University of Leicester in early 2014 showed that King Richard's hair was likely to have been blond, at least in childhood, and that he would have blue eyes. As a result of these findings, the reconstruction has now been updated.

Twycross Zoo unveils major redevelopment plans

10 March 2015

A £55 million investment programme over the next 20 years

New pavilion at Scalford Hall Hotel

6 March 2015

Scalford Hall Hotel in Melton Mowbray unveiled its new Pavilion on 4th March, with Mayor John Wyatt cutting the ribbon, followed by networking for the local business community and special guests.

Visitor 3 million – the search is on

3 March 2015

The National Space Centre opened its doors to the public in 2001. Since that date the attraction has welcomed just under 3 million visitors, so the Centre is now looking for that very special person to step onto the launch pad.

A GREAT success: Wallace & Gromit take a break as Shaun the Sheep takes centre stage

2 March 2015

Latest results reveal that the 2014 Holidays at Home are GREAT campaign, starring Aardman’s iconic animated characters Wallace & Gromit, generated £138 million in additional tourism spend in 2014 - exceeding the campaign’s £80 million target.