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Book a short break in Leicester and Leicestershire
Official visitor website for Leicester and Leicestershire

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Welcome to Leicester and Leicestershire

Visit Leicester and Leicestershire this Bank Holiday and visit some of the fantastic events taking place.

In the city watch hundreds of cyclists riding through the town that are taking part in Skyride, at Beacon Hill Country Park visit the annual National Forest Wood Fair and see chainsaw sculpting and lumberjacks in action and at nearby Great Central Railway at Loughborough visit Peppa Pig and George taking a ride on the UK's only double track, main line heritage railway.

Sand sculpture

Stay longer and choose from a variety of accommodation that are available to book online – you will need more than a day to fit everything in!

Explore the rich heritage of Leicester and Leicestershire - visit the site where King Richard III met his death at Bosworth Battlefield and then travel into the city to the new Visitor Centre and see where his mortal remains were discovered and reinterred.

At Stoneywell Cottage, the new National Trust property in Charnwood Forest, discover examples of furniture designed by the arts and crafts designer Ernest Gimson or visit Abbey Pumping Station to see the fully restored beam engines that were also designed by Ernest Gimson.

The BoilerHouse at Foxton Locks has now re-opened with fantastic new displays and state of the art equipment.

The giraffes are back at Twycross Zoo where there are around 500 animals of 150 species to see, including many endangered animals and native species and at Stonehurst Family Farm you can feed farmyard animals and have a cuddle with the rabbits in pets corner.

At the National Space Centre explore the universe in the UK's largest planetarium or take the family to Twinlakes in Melton Mowbray to try out the rollercoasters and water rides.

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Days out for families

Forthcoming events

We Love Ladybird Exhibition

Ladybird book

11th July to 2nd November

We Love Ladybird, an exhibition at Charnwood Museum celebrating 100 years of the world-famous books which started life in Loughborough, with original artwork from the Ladybird archives.

Charnwood Museum
Queen's Park
Granby Street
Loughborough

© Ladybird Books Ltd 1964
City Festival

Leicester

Sat 22 - Mon 31 Aug 2015

 
 
 
Legally Blonde at Kilworth Theatre

Thu 20 Aug - Sun 20 Sep 2015

 
 
 

Sat 22 - Mon 31 Aug 2015

 
 
 

Free prize draw

After your visit to Leicester and Leicestershire, come back here and tell us about your trip. We'll enter your name into a free prize draw to win a Stay Play Explore short break worth £129.

Closing date: 30th September 2015

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Book a short break

Book one of the exciting themed short breaks that we have in Leicester and Leicestershire. Book here button


Choose from a wide range of exclusive packages, from family fun breaks to mouth-watering gourmet getaways. All packages include accommodation and entrance to 3 from a choice of 5 experiences, all for just £129.

Rugby World Cup 2015

Rugby World Cup 2015
Book your accommodation for the Leicester games online here and plan your visit with help from our website.

Explore Leicestershire

Take a tour around our city and county and plan a short break or a day out in Leicestershire. 

In the north of the county in Loughborough you can board a steam train at Great Central Railway and travel to Leicester North on the outskirts of Leicester city. In Leicester visit Abbey Park and the National Space Centre and see the UK's largest planetarium.

In the south, visit Foxton Locks and explore the new BoilerHouse that uses the latest technology to explain the history of the inclined plane.

At Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre imagine the sights and sounds from the battle that saw the end of the reign of King Richard III.

Ashby de la Zouch & National Forest

Ashby de la Zouch & The National Forest

Ashby de la Zouch lies at the heart of The National Forest, an area that embraces ancient buildings, fascinating visitor attractions and miles of hidden nature trails.
Hinckley& Bosworth

Hinckley & Market Bosworth

The market towns of Hinckley and Market Bosworth lie in the west of Leicestershire, surrounded by rolling countryside and many pretty villages.
Blaby

Blaby

Blaby covers an area south and west of Leicester, including the villages of Blaby, Narborough and Kirby Muxloe. Stroll around the village of Blaby, much of which has been designated a conservation area.
Loughborough & Charnwood

Loughborough & Charnwood

Explore the area of Loughborough and Charnwood where you can experience the buzz of a university town mixed with the tranquility of the great outdoors.
Leicester

Leicester

Leicester is a contemporary city bursting with arts, culture, history, festivals, attractions, shopping and food and drink.
Oadby & Wigston

Oadby & Wigston

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

Melton Mowbray & Vale of Belvoir

Melton Mowbray is in the north east of Leicestershire, close to the picturesque Vale of Belvoir which literally translated means 'beautiful view'.
Market Harborough

Market Harborough & Lutterworth

The town of Market Harborough is the ideal place to head for to experience rural activity, bustling streets, stylish independent shopping and tasty food and drink.

King Richard III

Throne
Tipped by The Lonely Planet as one of the 'hottest' attractions in the world for 2015.
Crown
Follow the fortunes of four characters from the Battle of Bosworth and hear their stories during this turbulent time.
Statue
Where did King Richard III stay on the night before the Battle of Bosworth?  Who, in the crowds, predicted his downfall and where were his mortal remains discovered?
Medal
Buy a commemoration medal, mug, a book on the life and death of King Richard III or book a guided walk - buy online here.
Plane
Fly in a Cessna 172 aircraft over King Richard’s final battle route from the Blue Boar Inn in Leicester via Bow Bridge and out to Bosworth along the Old Roman Road.
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This short break includes bed and breakfast for two people at the Ramada Encore Leicester City Centre hotel or the Hinckley Island hotel and a choice of 3 out of 5 King Richard III experiences.
Illustration
Visit five sites in the city with a connection to King Richard III during the days leading up to the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. It continues to Bosworth and other locations linked to King Richard’s reign.
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Last updated August 2015