Visit Loughborough and Charnwood Forest

Loughborough offers the warmest of welcomes and is an excellent loccation for shopping, eating and exploring the area's rich cultural heritage that includes the Great Central Railway and famous Bell Foundry.  

Charnwood Museum

Further afield in Charnwood you'll find the second highest point in Leicestershire at Beacon Hill Country Park.  Climb up to the summit and on a clear day you'll see perfect views of Loughborough and of several counties.  At Bradgate Park you'll find the ruins of Bradgate House the childhood home of Lady Jane Grey, who was Queen of England for just nine days.  Take a guided walk with one of the rangers and you hear about the history of the park and the flora and fauna that can be found there today.

Visitor attractions in the borough include Great Central Railway, the UK's only mainline main line heritage railway, Stoneywell - a recently opened National Trust property that is a rare surviving example of an Arts and Crafts property, Stonehurst Family Farm where children can collect eggs, cuddle rabbits and goats and ride on a tractor.

Throughout the year there are festivals taking place that will keep all the family entertained.  During September the Edible Forest Festival takes place at venues across Charnwood Forest.  Events include afternoon tea at the iconic Old John Tower in Bradgate Park, famility activities inspired by the local Charnwood woodland and lots of other dining opportunites at locations you wouldn't normally expect to eat and drink at.  Also look out for the book benches that pop up in the town centre during the annual Loogabarooga Festival of incredible illustrations and brilliant books at October half term.

Top ten things to do in Loughborough and Charnwood:

  • Look out for special visitors all year round at the Great Central Railway
  • Download one of the trails brochures for Charnwood and enjoy a tailor-made visit with special interests: River Soar, Great Central Railway or Arts and Crafts
  • Indulge in a summer picnic at Queen’s Park while you enjoy the sounds of the brass bands
  • Enjoy a picnic at Watermead Park and see the woolly mammoth and King Lear’s statue
  • Enjoy a day of exploration at Charnwood Museum located in Queen’s Park. Step back in time and find out about Loughborough's past including the history of Ladybird books which were produced in the town
  • Visit the incredible annual Loughborough Street Fair in November
  • He's behind you! Watch out for the annual pantomime at Loughborough Town Hall
  • Enjoy rambling on the rocks at Beacon Hill and spotting all the local landmarks once you reach the top
  • Ahoy there! Hire a boat and take to the water at Barrow or Sileby boatyard
  • The Loogabarooga Festival in October celebrates children's literature with incredible illustrations and brilliant books
  • If you’ve ever wanted to collect your own eggs, swing in a straw barn, have a go at pond dipping or take a pony ride, do it all in just one day by taking the family to Stonehurst Family Farm & Museum
Last updated November 2018