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Visit Leicester and Leicestershire and explore our fascinating heritage and family attractions
Official visitor website for Leicestershire

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From just £149 you can book a short break in Leicester and Leicestershire that includes overnight accommodation and breakfast and entry to a selection of visitor attractions and experiences.  

Breaks are available for families and for couples - see our website for full details

www.stayplayexplore.co.uk

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There's a jam-packed calendar of events for the whole family to enjoy this summer in Leicestershire, from a delicious chocolate festival to fun pop-up seasides, which are sure to entertain the children for free for hours. Plus award winning attractions aplenty, you'll be spoilt for choice.


See our events listings for details of summertime events and festivals this year.

Why not book a short break and spend a few days in Leicester and Leicestershire on a Stay Play Explore short break - prices start at £149 for one night accommodation with breakfast and entry into 3 visitor attractions or experiences.
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Buy your tickets for these fantastic events and festivals in Leicestershire

Edible Forest
The Edible Forest is back!  Tea in the Tower, Cocktails and Canapes - see what's new for this year's festival
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Book onto a guided tour with one of our expert Blue Badge guides, who can share their detailed knowledge of the history of this fascinating building and explain features of architectural interest - last Sunday of each month.
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The perfect gift - let your friends choose which short break they wish to book

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Buy your tickets for the 2017 Loogabarooga Festival of incredible illustrations and brilliant books here. 18-24 October.

Melton Mowbray Food Festival

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Enjoy a day out at the annual Melton Mowbray Food Festival. 200 stands with some of the region’s finest food and drink and a Street Food arena serving hot food from around the world - 7th & 8th Oct.

Don't miss these events ....

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The Countryside Show

Monday 28th August

Enjoy a great day out in the countryside at Beacon Hill Country Park.  Heavy horse demonstration, chainsaw carving, birds of prey, local food and ales, live music and children's activities

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Old John

Tea in the Tower

15/16/17 September

During the Edible Forest Festival you can book afternoon tea in Old John, the iconic folly in Bradgate Park.

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Here's just a few ideas for fantastic family days out in Leicestershire

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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 & fun.

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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.

Ashby Castle

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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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.

Twinlakes

Twinlakes Park

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

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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.

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Conkers

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

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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 offers you comfort and refreshments.

Enjoy monkeying around at Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo is a World Primate Centre set in 80 acres we have 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.

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Hotel Maiyango in or near Leicester
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Jurys Inn Hinckley Island in or near Hinckley
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Abinger Guest House in or near Leicester
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Sketchley Grange Hotel in or near Hinckley
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Bouverie Lodge B&B in or near Melton Mowbray
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£35 £ £ £ £ £ £ pppnb
Hilton East Midlands Airport in or near Castle Donington
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Scalford Hall Hotel in or near Melton Mowbray
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Last updated August 2017