Book a short break at Horseshoe Cottage Farm located in Cropston, close to Bradgate Park

Explore Loughborough and Charnwood Forest

Whether you want to shop ‘til you drop, enjoy tasty food and drink, explore the countryside or enjoy fun-filled family days out, you'll find lots of great ideas on where to visit in Loughborough and the surrounding Charnwood countryside.

Throughout the year there is a calendar packed with events, from the annual Loughborough Street Fair and the award-winning panto at Loughborough Town Hall to woodland food festivals and performances in Bradgate Park.

Loughborough is a thriving market town in the heart of Charnwood’s rolling countryside. It offers a wide range of shopping, tasty eating out experiences, fun family attractions, vibrant events and plenty of places to explore.  Ladybird Books were once published in Loughborough and are fondly remembered by generations of people. 

The town is home to the highly acclaimed Loughborough University and its thousands of students who add a lively buzz to an already bustling community. With a compact shopping centre, the main pedestrianised Market Place joins together two shopping areas and boasts a thriving and varied market. There is a great mix of young, vibrant bars and clubs as well as more relaxed, laid-back restaurants, cafés and tearooms. 

Download a copy of the local guide for Loughborough and Charnwood Forest and the Great Days Out guide for Leicestershire.  They both have great ideas for places to visit for a day out.

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LOCAL BOOK - Songster, the Leicestershire war horse who came home

Buy this delightful book about the Leicestershire war horse called Songster

Looking for a children's book about a local hero?

'Songster' is a delightful book for children, written exclusively for Loughborough Carillon Tower and War Memorial by Alison Mott, and extensively illustrated by Liz Waddell. It is printed on 42 A4 glossy art pages with easy-to-read text.

This book tells the true story of a horse called Songster who, with his rider Bert Main, a local Yeomanry soldier, served on the battlefields of France during World War One. Songster was one of the lucky horses who survived the conflict and came back to England.



The book has been written by Alison Mott and beautifully illustrated by Liz Waddell.