The Lodge Park with a difference
Twinlakes Park offers a great day out for the family with water rides, animals and picnic areas to enjoy. The local Carnegie Museum is an interactive centre plus you can learn to “raise” your own Pork Pie or visit the Long Clawson Dairies to see how Stilton is produced.
The Great Central Railway is Britain’s only double track main line steam railway. Train rides are available every weekend and Bank Holiday throughout the year and daily in May through to September.
John Taylor Bellfoundry Museum – “Home of the World’s Finest Bells” – Centuries of experience, together with up to the minute advances in technology, has put Taylors at the forefront in the design and manufacture of bells.
Bradgate Park – a 340-hectare ancient deer park which was the home of Lady Jane Grey, 9-day Queen of England (1553)
Trip to Jerusalem
Carved into the cliff below the castle, this atmospheric alehouse claims to be England’s oldest pub. Founded in 1189, it supposedly slaked the thirst of departing crusaders, and its rooms and cobbled courtyards are still the most ambient place in Nottingham for a pint.
Nottingham’s castle crowns a sandstone outcrop worm-holed with caves and tunnels. Founded by William the Conqueror, the original castle was held by a succession of English kings before falling in the English Civil War. Its 17th-century manor-house-like replacement contains a local-history museum and art gallery. Various cave tours include one through underground passageway Mortimer’s Hole, emerging alongside five 17th-century cottages comprising the Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard. The much-photographed statue of Robin Hood stands in the former moat. In 1330 supporters of Edward III used Mortimer’s Hole to breach the castle security and capture Roger Mortimer, the Machiavellian earl of March, who briefly appointed himself ruler of England after deposing Edward II.
City of Caves
Over the centuries, the sandstone underneath Nottingham has been carved into a honeycomb of caverns and passageways. Audio tours (Monday to Friday) and performance tours (weekends and school holidays) lead you from the top level of the Broadmarsh shopping centrethrough a WWII air-raid shelter, a medieval underground tannery, several pub cellars and a mock-up of a Victorian slum dwelling. Book ahead.
In the 19th century Nottingham thrived on the lace industry and this luxurious, high fashion product led to it’s own sector of the city, the Lace Market. Although the industry declined following the Second World War, this area remains true to its heritage as a busy and popular centre of style with some of the city’s best bars and restaurants hidden along cobbled streets. Visit the Lace Centre near the castle to find out more and in the Lace Market itself, there’s St Mary’s Church featured in ballads of Robin Hood, and the Galleries of Justice Museum which gives a tour of crime and punishment through the ages.
The Theatre Royal and Royal Concert HallNottingham are two of the UK’s most successful touring venues, leading the way for arts and entertainment in the East Midlands. Located in the centre of the bustling city of Nottingham, the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham plays host to an impressive range of live shows, sporting events, conferences and other major events from product launches to gala dinners. The National Ice Centre where Nottingham legends Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean once trained. Skating lessons at the National Ice Centre are available to people of all ages and abilities.
There’s a choice of theatres and live entertainment to visit with orchestras, musicals, plays and lots more to satisfy your cultural appetite. Leicester has plenty of shops and boutiques for those dedicated followers of fashion. Visit Stoneygate for an exclusive shopping experience, Belgrave Road for Indian jewellery and clothing, The Lanes in Leicester city centre are great for window shopping and visit the Highcross for John Lewis and other major shops.
In the city, the King Richard III Visitor Centrestands on the site of the medieval friary of the Grey Friars where the king’s remains were buried over 500 years ago. The exhibition gives visitors a chance to learn more about the King’s life and death – and to understand the huge events that led to his hasty burial and eventual rediscovery. You can see the exact place where Richard’s remains were buried over 500 years ago, and this poignant place has been transformed into a glass-floored contemplative space. In the county, the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre is open to visitors to explore the stories of characters that would have been at the battle, and can enjoy special events taking place throughout the year. Every year a re-enactment of the battle takes place in August.
The award-winning National Space Centre is an out of this world experience, with six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, unique 3D Simulator experience and the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower.
The Curve is a spectacular state-of-the-art theatre based in the heart of Leicester’s vibrant Cultural Quarter. Opened in 2008 by Her Majesty The Queen, our award-winning building, designed by acclaimed architect Rafael Viñoly. Unlike any other theatre in the UK, we have no traditional backstage area. Audiences can enjoy the full theatre makingprocess, peek behind the scenes and maybe even spot an actor or two dashing from the stage to their dressing room.
Foxton Locks, situated within a few miles of Market Harborough. Surrounded by Leicestershire’s beautiful countryside, this unique waterway landmark offers colourfulnarrowboats, the famous flight of 10 locks and the new Boiler House virtual experiences.Wistow Maze is a giant 8-acre maize maze with a fun quiz trail hidden amongst 3 miles of pathways, with high-level bridges and towers giving fabulous panoramic views. Situated opposite is the Wistow Rural Centre with a café, garden centre, model village, art gallery and numerous shops.
The reserve occupies shore line and shallow water lagoons along 9 miles of the western end of Rutland Water and covers a total area of 1000 acres. It was created in the 1970s with the construction of the reservoir. There are over 30 bird watching hides and nature trails from two visitor centreswith experts to help you with identification. A cruise aboard the Rutland Belle allows you to enjoy the sights of Rutland Water whilst listening to commentary highlighting points of interest.
Rockingham Castle itself. Built on the instructions of William the Conqueror to dominate the Welland Valley and subsequently a hunting lodge of Kings. Home of the Saunders Watson family who have lived in the Castle for 450 years. Surrounding the Castle are magnificent gardens and grounds providing a haven of peace and quiet.
The Easton Walled Gardens set in the rolling countryside of the Lincolnshire/Rutland borders, between Stamford and Grantham. Owned and managed by the Cholmeley family since 1561, Easton is a contemporary estate run on traditional lines, incorporating arable and livestock farming; ancient woodlands. Over the past 15 years they have developed a fabulous garden: a turf maze, yew tunnel, shrubberies, meadows including an unusual rose garden, cut flower and vegetable gardens, a cottage garden, long borders, orchards and the White Space Garden.
Throughout the year there are many food festivals including the National Pie Awards and Artisan Cheese Fair plus many more, along with Real Ale festivals within the locality.
Frisby Lakes Lodge Park, Frisby Lakes, Hoby Road, Nr Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 3TL.
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