It’s a hat-trick as three county attractions are shortlisted for tourism awards

A two-day festival themed around the medieval battle which changed the course of English history, an ancient manor house with links to the Gunpowder Plot and Britain’s only surviving travelling theatre have all been shortlisted as finalists in awards celebrating the best of Leicestershire tourism.

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, the 1620s House & Garden and the Century Theatre – all run and managed by Leicestershire County Council - have been selected to compete in the Leicestershire Promotions Tourism & Hospitality Awards 2018, which celebrate the best of tourism in Leicestershire.

Councillor Richard Blunt, the county council’s cabinet member for heritage, leisure and arts, said: “We are very proud of what we can offer the people of Leicestershire and visitors from further afield when it comes to history, heritage and culture.

“I am delighted that the hard work that the staff and volunteers put in at the Century Theatre, Bosworth Battlefield and the 1620s House has been recognised. It is a well-deserved tribute and I wish them every success on the night of the awards.”

All three venues have had a fantastic year for visitors and their shortlisting for the awards shows the quality of the venues and the events they host. The shortlisted nominations are:

Century Theatre – Best Night Out & Best Team
Bosworth Medieval Festival – Favourite Festival or Event, Paid category
1620s House & Garden – Best Day Out
The winners of the awards will be announced at an event in Leicester on Thursday, 29 November.

Century Theatre

The Century Theatre was built after the Second World War, with money raised from contributors including Lawrence Olivier, John Mills, Enid Blyton and Agatha Christie. It toured all over Britain, before making its permanent home in Coalville in 1997. Since then, it has become an important part of the cultural life of north west Leicestershire, with a diverse and growing programme of professional drama, music, dance, comedy and cinema.

Bosworth Medieval Festival

Bosworth Medieval Festival has been running in various forms for more than 30 years. It always takes place on the third weekend in August at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and gives visitors of all ages the chance to immerse themselves in of the history and life medieval period, as well as featuring a spectacular re-enactment of the 1485 Battle of Bosworth.

1620s House & Garden

The 1620s House & Garden in Donington le Heath, near Coalville, was originally built in the 13th century and modernised in 1618. The house has been home to many families over its 700 year history, and was home to the family of Gunpowder Plotter Sir Everard Digby for more than 200 years. It is a rare example of a surviving Jacobean family house.

Visitors can explore the beautifully-restored period rooms and talk to the volunteers about the history of the house, the families that lived here and about life in the 1620s. The house is set in 17th century style gardens with labelled plants and flowers, an orchard, herb gardens and a maze.

The 1620s House & Garden also has a tea room in the old stone barn, which serves a range of refreshments including home-made cakes, soup and drinks. The tea room is open from 11am to 3.30pm every Thursday until 13 December. Admissions to the gardens and tea room will be free on these days.