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There's a jam-packed calendar of events for the whole family to enjoy this autumn in Leicestershire, from a delicious chocolate festival taking place in Melton Mowbray to the annual Loogabarooga Festival of Incredible Illustrations and Brilliant Books in Loughborough. Music festivals, heritage days, craft fairs, there's always something taking place, plus award winning attractions aplenty, you'll be spoilt for choice.

See our events listings for details of 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.

If you've got any special birthdays or anniversaries coming up why not splash out and buy a gift voucher for one of our short breaks?  They make a great present for someone special in your life.


Buy your tickets online here for these events:

Edible Forest
The Edible Forest is back!  Tea in the Tower, Cocktails and Canapes - see what's new for this year's festival
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.

The perfect gift - let your friends choose which short break they wish to book

Book bench

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

Melton Mowbray Food Festival

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.

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Friday 15-17 September

Indulge in forest-inspired cocktails & canapés and get in to the festival spirit in a secret garden hidden away in ancient woodland.

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


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.

Train station

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.


Twinlakes Park

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


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.

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.


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.

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 your family engaged for hours.


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.

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Abinger Guest House in or near Leicester
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Hotel Maiyango in or near Leicester
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The Greenway at Knaptoft House Farm in or near Lutterworth
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£69 £ £ £ X £ £ prpn
Travel Plaza Hotel in or near Market Harborough
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£74 £ £ £ £ £ £ prpn
Scalford Hall Hotel in or near Melton Mowbray
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£73 £ £ £ £ £ £ prpnb
Bouverie Lodge B&B in or near Melton Mowbray
Quality Tourism in LeicestershireBed & Breakfast
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Belmont Hotel in or near Leicester
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Ramada Encore Leicester City Centre in or near Leicester
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Last updated August 2017