Welcome to Leicester

Leicester is a city in the East Midlands that is situated on the River Soar. With a population of over 330,000, the county town of Leicestershire is the 10th largest city in England and holds a historic association with the production of textiles, clothing and shoes. The city is close to the M1 making it easy to get to by road. You can also fly into East Midlands airport or arrive by train. This modern city is diverse in culture and religion, with a history stetching back to the Iron Age and Roman settlement.

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Upcoming Events

18 Oct 2014 - 2 Nov 2014October Half Term Crafts

October Half Term Crafts at the Visitor Centre 
It’s time to get creative this Half Term at the King Richard III Visitor Centre! 
From Saturday 18th October until Sunday 2nd November young visitors will have the chance to become Prince or Princess for the day and make their very own princely crown, or beautiful henin headdress, just like a medieval princess. 
Craft sessions are FREE and available on a drop-in basis every day from 10am – 12 noon and 2pm – 4pm and are suitable for children aged 5 years and over. 
Throughout October Half Term the Visitor Centre will be open for extended hours, opening from 10am until 5pm every day.

18 Oct 2014 - 2 Nov 2014Spooky Science

Halloween Half Term Holidays will be taking over at the National Space Centre and a team of mad scientists have decided to have so much fun they want you to come along and enjoy it too. See mad science, make slime and discover the frightening side of space. The School of Science Magic - come and join our department heads for lessons in potions, astronomy, and even levitation. 
Find out more about our school holiday activities on the SPOOKY SCIENCE (http://www.spacecentre.co.uk/special-events/spooky-science-2014) webpage. Image credit National Space Centre, Leicester.

21 Oct 2014Creative Collages and Papercraft

Get recycling and inspired, making your own bright collages. Let your artistic side show and use the materials provided to make your own work of art. Follow the museum’s themed art trail. Refreshments and picnic area available. 
Abbey Pumping Station Museum. 11.00am - 3.00pm. Admission Free.

27 Oct 2014Ghostly Engineer

Are you brave enough to take the spooky tour in the eerie engine house basement and hear the tragic tale of Robert Richardson, The Ghostly Engineer, while one of the museum’s massive beam engines will be in steam right above your head! Wrap up warm and wear sensible shoes as the basement can be damp and has steep steps.  
Museum visitors can see the mighty beam engine and tour the museums galleries free of charge, but basement tours must be pre-booked. 
Tours not Suitable for children under 10 years. All tickets should be booked for this popular event on 0116 2995111 to avoid disappointment. Warm refreshments available in the café. 
Abbey Pumping Station Museum. 7.00pm - 9.30pm. Museum Admission free. Pre-booked Tours £3.00.

15 Nov 2014A Taste of Science

Come along and try some amazing cheese and wine, as well as some fun and quirky science about how to really enjoy eating! An evening dedicated to the science of what we eat, whilst you enjoy doing just that, eating. We are joined by fantastic local suppliers and producers, who will offer you an insight into the best things to try and buy in our future food mini market. 
Sit back and learn from the experts what you should be drinking and how to create combinations of food and drink that bring out the very best tastes on our palate. 
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW - ** TASTE OF SCIENCE (http://www.spacecentre.co.uk/special-events/a-taste-of-science) Image credit National Space Centre, Leicester.

7 Dec 2014Christmas Toys and Steam Day

Join us once again for the start of the Festive Season’s fun – listen to the live band play your favourite Christmas tunes in the engine house as the mighty beam engines turn. Marvel at the collections of toys from Christmas past, take a train ride and listen to the jolly fairground organ play. The museum’s collection of vintage vehicles will also be on display. When the cold starts to bite, why not come into the warm and enjoy the refreshments on offer at the LMTA café. 
Abbey Pumping Station Museum. 1.00pm - 5.00pm. Admission: Family £8.00; Adults £3.50; Children/Concession £2.50.
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