Looking for some fun things to do with kids in Leicester this Christmas holiday? Whether you want to experience some thrills, explore the wonders of space, or learn about the history of a famous king, there is something for everyone in Leicester city centre this year. Here are Visit Leicester’s top 7 picks for things to do with the children between Christmas and New Year in Leicester.

1. Ice Skating in Jubilee Square

Nothing says winter like gliding on ice under the twinkling lights of the city. Leicester’s real ice rink is back in Jubilee Square, offering a covered roof and a 45-minute session on the ice for all ages and abilities. You can book your tickets online in advance with super off-peak deals from only £5 per person. The ice rink is open every day until the 7th January (except Christmas Day). Family tickets are also available. Click here to book your tickets.

2. Ride the Big Wheel in Jubilee Square

If you want to see Leicester from a different perspective, why not hop on the Big Wheel in Jubilee Square? This 35-metre observation wheel offers spectacular 360-degree views of the city skyline and beyond. You can even catch a glimpse of the skaters on the ice rink below. Each ride lasts for about 8 to 10 minutes, and you can buy your tickets at the wheel. The Big Wheel is open every day until the 7th January (except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day), with different opening hours and prices depending on the day and time of your visit. The Big Wheel is a great way to enjoy the festive spirit and take some amazing photos of Leicester.

3. Visit the King Richard III Visitor Centre

If you are interested in the history and mystery of King Richard III, you should visit the King Richard III Visitor Centre. This museum showcases the life of King Richard III and the story of how his remains were discovered, exhumed, and reburied in 2012-2015. You can learn about the events that led to his death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, his hasty burial at Grey Friars Church, and his rediscovery in a car park in 2012. You can also see the forensic science and DNA evidence that confirmed his identity, and the original grave site where he lay for over 500 years. You can buy your tickets online by clicking here in advance to guarantee entry, with free entry for children under the age of 5. The King Richard III Visitor Centre is open every day from 10am to 4pm (except 24th to 26th December). The King Richard III Visitor Centre is a must-see for anyone curious about the lost king under the car park.

4. Visit the National Space Centre

If you are looking for an educational and entertaining day out, look no further than the National Space Centre. This award-winning attraction covers the fields of space science and astronomy, with interactive galleries, hands-on science, and a space research programme in partnership with the University of Leicester. You can learn about the past, present, and future of space exploration, see real rockets and satellites, and even blast off on a journey into low Earth orbit (subject to availability). The highlight of the National Space Centre is the UK’s largest planetarium, where you can watch immersive shows and films on a 360-degree dome screen. You can buy your tickets online in advance to guarantee entry. The National Space Centre is open every day from 10am to 4pm (except 24th to 26th December).

5. Explore the Leicester Museum & Art Gallery

If you want to discover the history, culture, and art of Leicester, you should visit the Leicester Museum & Art Gallery. This FREE attraction houses a collection of over one million objects, ranging from ancient Egyptian mummies to modern art. The museum also offers a range of activities and events for children and families, such as crafts, trails, and workshops. The Leicester Museum & Art Gallery is open every day from 11am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday and 11am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. (Closed: 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st December 2023 and 1st January 2024)

6. Have Fun at Treetop Adventure Golf

If you are looking for some indoor fun, you should check out the Treetop Adventure Golf in Highcross Leicester. This mini golf course offers two 18-hole courses, each with a different theme and challenge. You can choose between the Tropical Trail, where you can encounter exotic animals and plants, or the Ancient Explorer, where you can discover ancient ruins and temples. You can also enjoy some snacks and drinks at the Clubhouse Café, or play some arcade games and pool at the Hangout. You can book your tickets online in advance to save money and guarantee entry.

7. Hit out at Sixes Social Cricket

One of the newer additions to our city is Sixes Social Cricket, a national sensation which has now come to Leicester after opening earlier this year. Step up to the crease with the fun and automated cricket game. Once you’ve done acting out your Stuart Broad (or Graham Gooch, depends on your age!) fantasies, then you can help yourselves to sliders served on a cricket bat, signature cocktails (plus soft drinks for the kids/designated driver) and now you can transition from the batting cage to the stage with special karaoke rooms too!

We hope you enjoyed Visit Leicester’s list of the top 7 things to do with the children this Christmas Holiday season. Have a wonderful time and a happy new year!




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