Although it has permanent roofing, Leicester's outdoor market is acknowledged to be one of the best outdoor markets in the UK and (possibly) the largest covered outdoor market in Europe. It's a 'proper' market, with stallholders calling out their wares in the way all market people once did. You'll find stalls there every day of the week except...more
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I accidentally stumbled across this restaurant situated on a side street off Halford Street, Leicester City Centre. I decided as and then I'll have my lunch there and didn't regret it! I loved the cosy and homely ambiance of the restaurant. The restaurant has a countryside feel with its farmhouse artifacts, furniture and so forth. The Good Earth...more
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"The heart & soul of British Motorsport..."I have visited Donington Park more than any other motor racing circuit, & thoroughly recommend the facility to any spectator...From the infield @ McLeans, you can watch an on-track battle around the entire club circuit...The short, straight after McLeans corner, leads into a tricky double-apex bend,...more
As well as the international racing circuit & GP Collection, the Donington Park complex includes a specialist exhibition centre, whcih is for private hire to companies & organisations, many of which chose the site because of its motor sports heritage...All sorts of events take place both inside & outside the exhibition centre, including car & bike...more
In 1485 the Battle of Bosworth changed the course of English history. King Richard lll was killed in battle (the last English monarch to die on the battlefield) and the Welsh prince Henry Tudor (father of King Henry Vlll) took the throne.
For many years it's been possible to visit the battle site, in West Leicestershire, to enjoy its visitor centre and walk the surrounding countryside.
But for many, many years there was much argument about where the actual battle took place. The information boards placed around the battlefield were held by many to be in the wrong place completely.
A bid for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund was successful and finally (after many, many wet, cold and muddy days wandering surrounding fields) archaeologists and metal detectors found firm evidence of the battle site. The 'new' site was announced in early 2010...thankfully, not too far from the visitor centre...and the information boards have been updated accordingly.
You can read about the archaeological aspects here
The stone which marked where King Richard was thought to have been struck down has been moved from its (totally incorrect) position and is now in the courtyard of the visitor centre.
The visitor centre itself has undergone a complete 'revamp', making it even more interesting to explore. Many of the exhibits are interactive, with video 'talking heads' of those involved in the battle explaining how it affected and...something which particularly pleased me...many exhibits at child-height. Children of all ages find it an absolutely fascinating place and it makes a super family day out.
There's a super cafe too, with seating indoors and out. The indoor area uses the remains of a Medieval tithe barn, carefully restored and used to provide the internal framework for the more modern building.
There are regular events throughout the year, ranging from guided themed walks with the rangers to falconry displays and regular re-enactment weekends.
A fascinating museum display (with a small gift shop), a super cafe and lots of rolling green countryside to walk in....what more could you wish for in a day out? :-)
Easy access by car from the surrounding motorway network. Bus from Leicester to Market Bosworth and then either taxi or an easy 3-mile easy walk.Related to:
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