The safety and well being of all visitors to Leicester and Leicestershire is paramount, so please observe social distancing guidelines and follow government guidelines. Although we are trying our best to keep up to date with information please ensure you check individual websites for details and know before you go. 

We are also highlighting venues in Leicester & Leicestershire that have achieved the "We're Good to Go" standard. "We're Good to Go" is the Visit England UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark that demonstrates businesses are adhering to the respective Government & public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and have the required processes in place. Look out for the logo on listings across this website. You can also visit the Visit Britain website to find out which businesses have achieved the We’re Good to Go quality mark by using the We're Good To Go interactive map.


Shopping

Finally the shops are open and we can all start resuming some kind of normal activity. There are plenty of opportunities for shopping in Leicester and Leicestershire.

Highcross Leicester

Highcross is now OPEN with special measures in place to ensure your safety. These include:

The centre is home to an unrivalled selection of retailers plus over 40 delicious cafés and restaurants. If you are searching for a one-stop shopping experience in the heart of the city, then Highcross is it.

Alternatively if you're looking for something a little quieter away from the crowds then visit Leicester's independent shopping scene at St. Martin's Square.

Alternatively visit the Staunton Harold Estate's Ferrers Gallery and Garden Centre near Ashby de la Zouch. The former stables block of Staunton Harold Hall now contains a fabulous array of artist studios where you can see items from leather bags to jewellery being made by crafts people and artists as well as an artisan baker, deli and tearoom.  Combine your shopping trip with a stroll around the parkland surrounding Staunton Harold Hall and take a picnic to enjoy by the lake.  

Another truly unique shopping experience is provided at the  charming Wistow Rural Centre which, as well as a range of independent boutique shops and delis, houses a garden centre in the 18th century walled garden of Wistow Hall.


Attractions

National Space Centre

The National Space Centre will be opening its doors from 8 August 2020.

Behind the scenes a small team has been working hard to create a safe space for visitors to return, including building new ticketing and café facilities to safeguard visitors and staff. The Centre has made many changes to support safe distancing, including significantly reducing the number of tickets available each day, so booking in advance is essential (including Annual Pass holders).

Twycross Zoo

Here’s one for all you animal lovers out there – Twycross Zoo is now open! They’ve made a few changes to the zoo operation to ensure you can enjoy a safe day out including timed entry, over 100 hand sanitiser stations and a one way system. There is even an app to download to help navigate your way around the zoo and avoid busy areas. The Twycross Zoo website has lots of helpful information about planning your visit so make sure you watch their handy safety video before your arrival.

Tropical Birdland

Nestled on the northern outskirts of Desford village in Leicestershire, Tropical Birdland is a 6.5-acre sanctuary for Parrots and exotic birds. Housing over 250 feathery residents, every square inch has been devoted to giving a home to some of the most alluring and captivating species from around the world. Pre-booking essential at Tropical Birdland

Conkers 

Visit this award-winning attraction in the heart of the National Forest.  Conkers has 120 acres of adventure with indoor and outdoor play and over 100 interactive exhibits – all just 10 minutes from J11 of the M42.  Pre-booking required and for more information to help plan your visit safely watch their Visit Conkers video


Adrenaline Pumping Activities

After months cooped up indoors, you're probably ready to let off some steam and burn off some of that surplus energy.  It's time to get the heart racing!

Armourgeddon – the Home of Tank Paintball Battles!

Experience the fun and excitement of driving tanks and other military vehicles over courses set around a World War II bombing range. Armourgeddon is the worldwide home of Tank Paintball. The most popular activity is the Tank Paintball Battle - all the fun of paintball (and without the pain, as it's the tanks that take the hits) but with you at the controls of a FV432 tank. Tanks, cannons, mud and guns. What more could you want from a day out?! For more details on how to book and new Covid-19 safety measures click here

Axceler-8 UK Hovercrafting Centre

Experience the thrill of hovercrafting with Axceler-8.  For a truly unique day out with the family or a friend try a Hover Blast or Hover Day experience. All training is provided.  Imagine the bragging rights on your social media posts – there will be some serious FOMO! For details on how to book click here

Lets Get Lost Leicester

Paddle this way for a champagne picnic on the River Soar or a twilight paddle to get your fix of fun before the sunsets.  Let’s Get Lost Leicester are offering mini adventures on Leicestershire’s waterways from 27th June where groups of 6 can hire out kayaks or up to a group of 5 with a tour guide. Bookings can be done online via www.letsgetlost.uk or https://letsgetlost.uk/kayak-tours-and-trips


Time for Tea

The Old Brickyard Tea Garden

From 4th July until the end of August every Saturday to Tuesday the Old Brickyard Tea Garden will be serving tea and cake in their Secret Garden from 10am til 5pm, a safe outdoor space to meet with friends and family. To guarantee a table  email oldbrickyardtea@icloud.com.  They have also converted their Summer House into a chic tea boutique where you can safely shop for Old Brickyard branded loose leaf teas, tea paraphernalia and vintage china.

Where better to have a cuppa than at one of the  Great Central Railway’s charmingly restored passenger stations?  Sadly we can’t see the magnificent steam trains again until 25th July but we can always have a sweet treat whilst we wait!

The Ellis Tearoom at Rothley

Rothley Station has been restored back to the period just before the outbreak of the First World War when it was an important feature of village life. More details about café opening times and menus are available here

The Butler Henderson Café at Quorn & Woodhouse

The Quorn & Woodhouse Station has been restored to a 1940s theme and in its heyday welcomed 300 passengers a day. In the 1920s it occasionally  welcomed King Edward VIII (then the Prince of Wales) who enjoyed an outing with the Quorn Hunt – he used to change into his riding habit in the booking office! More details of café opening times and menus  are available here


Canals & Waterways

Foxton Locks

There are 70 miles of water and 8 rivers on our doorstep and of course the fabulous Foxton Locks in Harborough (the longest and steepest staircase locks in the UK). If you want to spend a day on the water you'll need to book in advance to go through the locks – there’s even social distancing for boats! Our waterways are open for leisure boating, paddlesports and self-cruise day boat hire. 

Union Wharf Market Harborough

Fancy being captain of your own boat for the day?  Boats are available to hire to  individual households so if you want to enjoy a day on the water, all you have to do is book online. Why not make a day of it and pack up a picnic with family? Boats leave from Market Harborough, and don't worry if you haven't done it before as no experience is required - there is even a short online preparation course to address training needs and help maintain social distancing.

Boutique Narrowboats 

Boutique Narrowboats offer the best way to explore the Leicestershire countryside after months indoors – on a floating retreat! Their luxury canal hire boats especially for couples are based at Union Wharf Marina in Market Harborough on the Grand Union Canal Leicester Line. They combine unique interiors and modern tech to cruise the waterways in boutique hotel style. Full training is given so no previous experience necessary.  To book visit Boutique Narrowboats


Forests and Woodlands

National Forest 

We've spent plenty of time indoors over the past few months, so its time for some outdoor fun. The woodlands and green spaces of the National Forest have plenty of trails and cycle routes to enjoy.

Cycling has become incredibly popular during the last few months, providing the perfect means to enjoy the countryside, get some fresh air and burn off all that home baking with some healthy exercise.  We are lucky to have miles of beautiful and tranquil countryside to explore, far away from busy tourist hotspots. E-Bike Holidays, based in the beautiful National Forest, provide self-guided electric bike holidays for the “gentle adventurer”. Cycle with your own group and stay in small comfortable accommodation to explore all that the area has to offer on carefully planned daily itineraries. For more information on how to book visit National Forest E-Bike Holidays

Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood

We've all missed the enchanting beauty of Bradgate Park during lockdown, but it’s now open again with social distancing and new car parking arrangements in place. See the ruins of the former home of nine-day queen Lady Jane Grey or watch the herds of deer roam the historic parkland.  Visit the Bradgate website for more details.

Bosworth Battlefield Country Park

An opportunity to explore the historic site where King Richard III died in battle. Walk the 2km Battlefield Trail with panoramic views over the landscape and audio and visual information about the battle and surrounding area. Visit the Bosworth Battelfield website for more details.

Moira Furnace Country Park

This beautiful country park is home to one of Europe’s most historic iron-making blast furnaces on the banks of the Ashby Canal https://www.moirafurnace.org/park

Everards Meadows

Everards Meadows is now open with 70 acres of green space and meadows which are a haven for wildlife with birds and bug hotels.  You can cycle across the meadows and down along the Grand Union Canal into Leicester. Don't worry if you don't have a bike as you can hire them from Rutland Cycles who are now offering a limited service, and why not grab a coffee and slice of cake from Jenno's coffee house, open for takeaway.

Belvoir Castle

The ancestral home of the Duke of Rutland, famous for its role in the Netflix series The Crown, is open for pre-booked tours of the spectacular castle and gardens. Further details are available here. Why not also pop into the Engine Yard for a spot of shopping or refreshment?


Historic villages

Why not explore some of Leicestershire’s beautiful historic villages? 

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The wonderfully ornate baroque 17th century gate piers at Staunton Harold Hall have crest creatures atop and 18th century arches either side, there were once wrought iron gates which have sadly gone, when I saw these gates and their attached bridge/causeway for the first time when a child I couldn’t believe the view behind, the hall and church are stunning. #mansion #statelyhome #statelyhomes #countryhouse #countryhouses #loveofcountryhouses #love #historicarchitecture #historic #historicalplace #instagood #me #garden #landscapephotography #landscapedesign #landscape #architecturalphotography #architecture #architectural #stauntonharold #stauntonharoldhall #garden #gardening #regency #landscapephotography #statue #sculpture #sculptures #bridge

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Lutterworth, Market Bosworth, Woodhouse Eaves, Quorn, Mountsorrel and Rothley all have their own distinctive charm  - they're home to thatched cottages, ancient churches and graveyards, heritage buildings, war memorials and plenty more!


Walks

We might not be able to visit gyms to keep fit, so it looks like it's back to basics with walking. Put on your comfy shoes and head out to the great outdoors. 

Discover the Leicestershire Round, a 100 mile trek starting and finishing in Newtown Linford, with some shorter day routes too with lanes, bridleways, and canal towpaths that lead you through Foxton Locks and Bosworth Battlefield. 

For guidance always check the latest information online at leicester.gov.uk/coronavirus and you may also wish to follow the council’s social media accounts

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