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The National Attractions Marketing Conference - 11 February

22 December 2015

The 4th National Marketing Conference for Visitor Attractions takes place on 11th February at St George’s Park, the FA’s National Football Centre of Excellence and is open to all types of visitor attraction and event, including theme parks, museums, zoos, steam railways, castles, cathedrals and stately homes and gardens.

Twycross Zoo carries out its annual animal census

22 December 2015

Keepers at Twycross Zoo are gearing up to carry out the annual stock take of the zoo's animals. Counting each individual of the 163 species will surely keep the staff busy on the first day of 2016.

Wilson Vale chefs celebrate success at College Court

21 December 2015

The Wilson Vale catering team at College Court Conference Centre at the University of Leicester has been named overall winner of the Wilson Vale Achievement Awards 2015. The team of thirteen, led by chef manager, Riccardo Corbinzolu, competed with 85 Wilson Vale catering operations nationwide to receive the award.

Update on Spending Review Outcomes for VisitBritain and VisitEngland

16 December 2015

The financial settlement outlined in the Spending Review, with core budgets unchanged, an additional £40 million for the Discover England Fund and an uplift in the GREAT monies was extremely positive, and a real endorsement of the value of the whole tourism sector.

Premium Bottle Shop & Bar launches in Leicester city centre

3 December 2015

Artisan Distillers 45 West, producers of Burleighs London Dry Gin, has recently launched the 45 West Bottle Shop & Bar in Leicester city centre. Situated on Hotel Street, they opened to great success in late November

Celebrate Christmas at Twycross Zoo

2 December 2015

In the advent of Christmas, there are ample opportunities for festive family entertainment at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire, which is hosting a variety of activities, special events and Yuletide offers. From the chance to meet Santa to a festive Sunday lunch, children as well as adults can enjoy the seasonal programme right up until Christmas Eve.

Great Central railway Bridge Statement

2 December 2015

The recent delay and revised timescale of the electrification of the Midland Mainline has had an inevitable impact on the Bridging the Gap project in that the efficiency savings, which were originally anticipated as a result of contractors combining work on both projects, are now lost.

UK's largest cheese fair returns in 2016

2 December 2015

The UK’s largest cheese fair will return for its sixth year in 2016 when the Artisan Cheese Fair takes place in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire from 30 April to 1 May

What's new in 2016 for visitors to Leicester and Leicestershire

1 December 2015

Highlights include Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary and King Richard III, undiscovered Capability Brown gardens, Michelin starred restaurants and the UK’s largest cheese fair