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Rural Business Funding (LLEP Growth Programme/EAFRD) - application deadline approaching

28 October 2015

There is now less than one month to apply to the LLEP Growth Programme (EAFRD)

The Dandelion that became a ROSE

26 October 2015

VisitEngland Exceptional Service Award

There will be fireworks at CONKERS

26 October 2015

Lighting up the sky on Saturday 7 November 2015

Visitor Centre joins British Deaf Association celebrations…

23 October 2015

The King Richard III Visitor Centre are helping the British Deaf Association to celebrate their 125th anniversary with a day of British Sign Language-led tours.

VisitEngland eNews October 2015 Edition 1

22 October 2015

Welcome to the latest edition of VisitEngland eNews, a bi-monthly newsletter designed to keep you up-to-date on all of VisitEngland’s latest activity, news and insights. To view the latest edition, click here

Chocolate Tasting at the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory event

22 October 2015

Chocolate-tasting was amazing! I enjoyed learning about chocolate and cocoa and I loved how we got to try chocolates from around the world!

Loogabarooga Festival - Peter and the Wolf

22 October 2015

The evening began with the chance to make a wolf mask as we waited for dark so the film could be projected onto the tent wall. I’m not sure who enjoyed the craft the most – the children or their parents! – but there were some wonderful creations at the end of it (my favourite was a wolf with blue and silver sparkly whiskers).

Loogabarooga Ladybird March

22 October 2015

As I walked into Queen’s Park I saw a crowd full of ladybirds. I could hear children singing and dancing to the one man music band. He looked extremely funny with his drum on his back and bells on his feet. Children of all ages had face paint on their faces and costumes for the ladybird march

March of the Ladybirds, Queen’s Park – Thursday 22nd October

22 October 2015

There was a fabulous turnout for yesterday’s March of the Ladybirds and the beautiful autumn sun shone on us as we stomped, skipped and sang our way around the park.

Guide to Diwali celebrations now available

21 October 2015

A SPECIAL guide to this year's fortnight-long Diwali celebrations is now available.

Let CONKERS creep you out this Halloween

20 October 2015

Fun and fearful Halloween events from 29-31 October 2015

Finalists to compete for Excellence in Tourism Awards

15 October 2015

Awards ceremony for Leicester and Leicestershire tourism businesses to be held on 5 November 2015 at Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel


15 October 2015

The first-ever Loogabarooga Festival of children’s illustrated literature is set to open in style on 22 October 2015 with a number of fun events culminating in a March of the Ladybirds in Queen’s Park in Loughborough.

Bringing the art of Ladybird Books to the streets of Loughborough

13 October 2015

Unique BookBenches to celebrate Ladybird Books’ centenary at Loogabarooga Festival

Celebrating 10 years of Family Fun for visitors to Leicester and Leicestershire

12 October 2015

Over 125,000 bednights have been booked on Stay Play Explore short break campaigns since its launch in 2005 - equivalent of booking out 100-bedspace hotel every night for over three years

Twycross Zoo CEO wins national prestigious award

12 October 2015

Twycross Zoo is pleased to announce that CEO Dr Sharon Redrobe has won the prestigious Vitalise Businesswoman of the Year Award 2015 in recognition of the remarkable difference she is making to animal conservation.

Destination Space Needs You: Astronaut TimPeake calls on UK to join his crew

7 October 2015

Backed by the UK Space Agency, science centres across the UK have joined forces with the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, Tim Peake, to provide children all over the UK with a unique opportunity to join his crew, learn about human space flight and follow life on the International Space Station.

Leicester unveils bigger, brighter Diwali festival

7 October 2015

Leicester’s famous Diwali celebrations are set to be bigger and brighter than ever thanks to the introduction of a new two-week Diwali Leicester festival.


7 October 2015

The David Clarke Railway Trust team are celebrating after a key restoration project picked up a national award. Biffa Award funded the renovation and interpretation of the station yard at Quorn and Woodhouse station, and has now declared it the top ‘Cultural Facility’ project

Twycross Zoo’s baby bonobo officially named Ndeko

7 October 2015

Twycross Zoo can reveal that the name chosen by the public for its new baby bonobo is Ndeko

Visitors flock to CONKERS this summer

7 October 2015

Numbers up by 16 per cent on last year – a 15-year high

Major children's authors and illustrators to appear at Loogabarooga Festival

5 October 2015

Programme launched for five-day children’s illustrated literature festival from 22-26 October 2015