Leicestershire is unlike many counties in England. With a population of 690,212 it is a landlocked region. This doesn’t mean it is lacking when it comes to a fun day out however. It is region with tons of history and tradition and with a thriving tourism business.Tourism is one of the most significant sources of business finance for people living in the county. In this article, we look at the ten most enjoyable activities the county has to offer.
Spend a day at the 1620’s House and Garden
Donington le Heath Manor House is one of the oldest buildings in the country located close to Coalville Town. It is also known as the 1620’s House and Garden and an excellent place to visit if you are interested in history and architecture. The building was constructed in the 13th century and has gone through several renovations, the last one of which took place in 1618. Several families have lived here during the previous seven centuries, but the house focuses on the lives of the Digby family who lived in the house for over two hundred years. Visitors can not only explore the house and gardens but also enjoy a refreshment in the beautiful tea rooms.
Go to the Mount St Bernard Abbey
Those who are interested in seeing the religious buildings of the past should definitely pay a visit to Mount St Bernard Abbey. It is a Roman Catholic Monastery situated near Donington Manor. The construction started in 1837, but it wasn’t until 1845 when the Earl of Shrewsbury donated for its completion that it opened to the public. The monks have a distinctive lifestyle, working mostly as dairy farmers living in the vicinity. It is an excellent place to spend a day with your family and enjoy a spiritual walk along its paths.
Take your kids to Twycross Zoo
If you are travelling through the area with kids or located nearby, then you cannot miss out on the chance to visit the wonderful Twycross Zoo. A big zoo, recently modernised and expanded, it is most famous for its large collection of monkeys and apes. Last year, it had more than 500,000 visitors and has recently rebranded itself as ‘The World Primate Centre’. Guided tours are available for people who want to know more about the 900 animals who are resident there, including several endangered species. It takes a good few hours to visit the whole place so take your time and the entrance fee will be more than worth it.
Conkers, the award winning attraction at the heart of the National Forest is located in Swadlincote, Leicestershire and has several activities available that will keep your family busy all day. The centre is spread over 120 acres and has around 100 attractions for people of all ages. You can visit the parks with their beautiful scenery, enjoy the train ride around the area and stroll around the Barefoot Walk. There is also an indoor 4D cinema for those who like to immerse themselves in the full cinema experience. The Conkerchoo train is enjoyed by kids and adults alike while the park also has some very fun water features.
A fun-filled day at Bosworth Water Park
Just as the name suggests, Bosworth Water Park has everything that a water sports lover needs. It not only provides guests with ample activities but is also a peaceful place for those who just want to spend time relaxing. There are several lakes spread over 20 acres where people can enjoy fishing and boating. The beautiful location also has sailing and canoeing with all the equipment available to hire. If you are hungry or need a drink it has bars and restaurants as well; everything you need for a fun-filled day out.
Exciting day at Stonehurst Family Farm
Stonehurst is a dream destination if you love animals. Located in the village of Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, it is a family farm and museum where animal lovers of all ages can feed the animals and enjoy the various activities on offer. You can buy fresh eggs, ride a pony, and ride the tractor that takes you around the farm. Kids also get to hold baby animals and if after that you still have some energy left, pond dipping is the order of the day. It also has a farm shop for you to buy your fresh produce to take back home.
An adventurous retreat at the Outdoor Pursuits Centre
A proper adventure club for people who want to have a fun filled and exploratory day out with family or friends. It has activities for everyone aged from 5 to 60. You can visit as a group or enjoy with your family on one of the centre’s customised tours. Or just come on your own and join other club members. The place is open to everyone throughout the week, offering archery, shooting, trekking, boating, bushcraft, skating, canoeing, climbing and much more.
Local food at Harborough Farmers Market
On the first Thursday of every month, a farmer’s market is set up in Harborough town centre. It includes more than 30 stalls from people from the local area who sell their products. If you want to spend your day doing something different, this place is ideal. With freshly produced items such as cheese, eggs, meat, fruits, vegetables, beer, flowers and loads else to eat, you will for sure go back with your stomach full.
Phoenix Theatre and Cinema
The Phoenix Theatre and Cinema is a charitable organisation that aims to promote local and international independent cinema. Located in the centre of Leicester, Phoenix shows a wide range of new films and classic dramas. It also has an opera house and hosts ballet, while the international theatre means people from around the world such as filmmakers, and actors can showcase their talent. Enjoy a peaceful day immersing yourself into the history, art and culture of the region, and the world.
Attend the Distilled Festival
For people who love wine and drinks, this is a perfect opportunity to spend a day enjoying the local produce. The farmers promote their products such as gin, vodka and whisky along with other items including chocolate, coffee and tea. It takes place in June every year so if you are around at that time, why not enjoy the local tastes of the region.
There is plenty to do in Leicestershire for all the family, so why not visit and see what gems the county has to offer.
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