Enjoy a day at the races at Leicester Racecourse

Visit Oadby and Wigston, Leicestershire

Oadby and Wigston lie on the southern outskirts of Leicester, between the city and the rolling south Leicestershire countryside.

Visit Oadby and take a stroll around the fascinating University of Leicester Botanical Gardens; 16 acres of gardens and greenhouses featuring a herb garden, woodland, tropical plants and several national collections. Nearby, you can also enjoy horse racing at Leicester Racecourse, which has regular meets and events throughout the year.

Oadby is also home to Brocks Hill Country Park, which features a completely self-sufficient Environment Centre. The building demonstrates wind and solar power, rainwater recycling and composting. It is set in 67 acres of parkland, with woodland, meadows, an orchard, an arboretum, a play area and a human sundial. 

At neighbouring Wigston, discover the Framework Knitters Museum, a legacy of Leicestershire's textile industry. Set in a former knitting workshop the museum has original knitting machines and offers you the chance to have a go at knitting yourself.

Both villages offer varied shopping for you to experience with florists, beauty salons, grocers and much more to browse. 

Places to explore in Oadby and Wigston

Leicester University Botanic Garden


Explore the world’s plant diversity displayed in 16 acres of garden, with Edwardian Gardens, woodlands, water gardens, plus tropical, temperate, desert & alpine greenhouses. Something to see all year; events advertised on our website.

Wigston Framework Knitters Museum


Discover the history of local hosiery at this 18th century master hosier house and frame shop with original frames.

Brocks Hill Country Park Centre


Brocks Hill provides a natural environment for visitors of all ages with natural history activities throughout the year, holiday and school events, play areas, den building and walks through woodlands and meadows.



Leicester Racecourse is an ideally located conference, events, meeting space with free parking for up to 2000

Mere Lane Riding School


We teach from absolute beginners to intermediate standard and our lessons are in groups or private. Our groups are normally 4 students in a half hour lesson and 6 students in an hour session.


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