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Ashby De La Zouch
Belvoir
Birstall
Blaby
Burbage
Burton On The Wolds
Caldecott
Coalville
Earl Shilton
Elmesthorpe
Foxton
Great Glen
Hinckley
Kegworth
Leicester
Loughborough
Lutterworth
Market Bosworth
Market Harborough
Markfield
Melton Mowbray
Middleton
Mountsorrel
Narborough
Oadby
Oakham
Plungar
Quorn
Rearsby
Rothley
Shepshed
Sibson
Sutton Bonington
Sutton Cheney
Ullesthorpe
Uppingham
Wigston

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County Town: Leicester
Population: 868,900
Area: 833 Sq miles 2157 Sq km
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Food Legends:Pork Pies
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Folk Customs:
Hallaton Hare Pie Scramble and Bottle-Kicking
Plough Monday and Plough Plays
Haunted Britain:
Gambling Miller Buried Alive
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Black Annis
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Charnwood Forest
National Forest
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Vale of Belvoir

Events

February
Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival
International Living History Fair

April
Hare Pie Scramble and Bottle Kicking
Loughborough English Food and Drink Festival

May
Glastonbudget
Leicester Early Music Festival
Mayfest
Melton Show
Oadby Mayday
Vale of Belvoir Bike Ride

June
APS Urban Steam & Vehicle Rally
Big Session Festival
Download Donington Festival
Festival of Hinckley
Foxton Locks Festival
Last Night of the Proms
Leicester Early Music Festival
Leicester International Music Festival
Leicester Pride Parade and Festival
Loughborough English Food and Drink Festival
Market Bosworth Festival
Melton Mowbray Country Fair
Oadby Society of Artists 40th Annual Exhibition
Rally of the Midlands
Ratby Music Fest
Riverside Festival
Stapleford Steam
Stapleford Steam
Thringstone Heritage Event
Willoughby on the Wolds Open Gardens

July
Ashby Show
Food and Culture Festival
Foxton Locks Festival
Market Bosworth Festival
Old Dalby Open Gardens Day
Steam Transport & Family Show
The Game Fair
The Great Rempstone Steam & Country Show
The National Forest Folk Festival
Transport Festival

August
Castle Park Heritage and Arts Festival
Children's Fringe Festival
Leicester Caribbean Carnival
Leicestershire County Show
Leicestershire's Country Music Festival
Leicestershire's Country Music Festival
Loughborough English Food and Drink Festival
Medieval Festival
National Forest Wood Fair
Stapleford Miniature Railway
Stapleford Steam
Summer Sundae Weekender
Vikings! Of Middle England
Whitwick Music Festival

September
Heritage Open Days
Hickling Scarecrow Weekend
Leicester International Music Festival
Leicestershire Food Fortnight
Rockingham Castle Country Fair
Shackerstone Steam & Canal Festival
Walk Among The Herbs

October
East Midlands Food & Drink Festival
International Living History Fair
Leicester City Marathon
Leicestershire Food Fortnight
Loughborough English Food and Drink Festival

November
Leicestershire Guy Fawkes Firework Gala
Loughborough Fair
Victorian Christmas

December
Christmas Eve at Leicester Cathedral
Spirits of Christmas
Victorian Christmas at Belgrave Hall
Winter Wonderland

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Principal Towns: Leicester Loughborough Market Harborough Hinckley

Combine city style with rural relaxation in the beautiful county of Leicestershire. Discover quintessential English villages, historic market towns, grand stately homes, exciting visitor attractions, unusual shops, stylish restaurants and much, much more!

At the heart of the county lies the cosmopolitan city of Leicester, with many cultural, historic and leisure attractions. See real rockets and satellites at the award-winning National Space Centre, Roman ruins in Castle Park and German Expressionist paintings at New Walk Museum. Discover designer shops, classy café bars, exotic restaurants, colourful market stalls, and entertainment for every taste and pocket. Night or day there’s always something to do.

In contrast, the peaceful countryside around Leicester provides the perfect rural retreat. The landscape across the county varies dramatically, from the ancient volcanic rocks of Charnwood Forest with its rugged crags and wooded gorges, to the beautiful open uplands of High Leicestershire. Walking, cycling and horseriding are popular local activities. Enjoy a stroll around Bradgate Park, which is famous for its wild deer, or hire a barge and head for Foxton Locks, near Market Harborough , with its steep flight of ten locks along the Grand Union Canal.

Leicestershire’s market towns are well worth exploring. Melton Mowbray is famous for its market, pork pies, and creamy Stilton cheese whilst Market Harborough boasts a 17th century timber grammar school on stilts. See a bell being cast at Taylor’s Bellfoundry in Loughborough , and discover the castle ruins at nearby Ashby-de-la-Zouch , in the heart of Ivanhoe country.

If history is an interest, in the far north of the county stands the majestic Belvoir Castle , commanding magnificent views across the surrounding countryside. Stanford Hall , near Lutterworth, dates back to 1697 and has a motorcycle museum and 19th century flying machine. Donington-le-heath Manor house, near Coalville , was built in the 13th century and holds regular historical events.

Families will enjoy visiting the National Forest and experiencing Conkers, which provides an interactive exploration of the natural world. Snibston Discovery Park is a lively celebration of Leicestershire’s industrial past, whilst the Battle of Bosworth Visitor Centre will reveal the story of this famous battle that transformed English history. You can also hop on board a traditional steam train at Loughborough’s Great Central Railway – a good way to see the Leicestershire countryside in comfort!

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