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

7 Mar 2015 - 8 Mar 2015Brickish Weekend - National Space Centre

A weekend dedicated to the iconic plastic brick... LEGO©. Come along and see stunning creations. 
The Brickish Association host a weekend for Fans of LEGO© for the whole family to enjoy. 
Amazing creations from the Brickish members will take over the Hub of our galleries, with so much to see and be impressed by.  
Along with a huge display of stunning creations, there will be talks and an opportunity to buy loads of LEGO sets, minifigures and full range of official merchandise. 
Time: 10:00 - 17:00

22 Mar 2015Bosworth Battlefield Reinterrment Procession Ceremony Service

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre  
Join us for this TICKET ONLY event to commemorate the run up to the reinterment of King Richard III in the presence of the cortege bearing his mortal remains - Tickets are £2.50 per person which includes transport to the site via a shuttle bus service.  
The commemorative ceremony, on the "Sundial" field will be led by the Rt. Rev Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester in the early afternoon. From the Battlefield the cortege will depart and make its way via Market Bosworth, Newbold Verdon, Desford and then onto Leicester Cathedral where the remains will lie in repose until the reinterment on Thursday 26th March. 
The site will be open from 10.00 am and there are a variety of activities on offer throughout the day. 
• Living history encampments – 10.00 am to 5.00 pm 
• Static falconry display on the Tea Garden 10.00 am to 5.00 pm 
• Exhibition open 10.00 am to 6.00 pm (reduced entrance fee applies £2) 
• The Tithe Barn Café - 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

23 Mar 2015 - 27 Mar 2015Hawkwise Flying Sessions

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre 
Get up close and personal with owls, hawks and falcons with Hawkwise Falconry. Watch some impressive displays and experience handling these magnificent birds.  
Monday 23 – Wednesday 25 March & Friday 27 March  
2pm & 3pm  
Adults £2.50 / child £1.50, booking advisable. Book via telephone, in person or via the website.  
T: 01455 290429

23 Mar 2015 - 25 Mar 2015Les Routiers - Arms & Armour Talk

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Heritage Room  
Learn about the arms and armour of the 15th century soldier including the treachery and hardship that went with it and witness how these soldiers prepared for battle and took up arms to defend their king his country and his crown.  
Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th 1.30 and 3.30 pm  
Adults £3 / child £2. Book via telephone, in person or via the website. 
T: 01455 290429

23 Mar 2015 - 29 Mar 2015Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre Exhibition

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre tells the dramatic story of the Battle of Bosworth on 22nd August 1485, which marked a major turning point in English history. With interactive, hands-on displays you can find out more about medieval warfare, how the battle unfolded and the impact of the new and powerful Tudor dynasty. There is also a free Cap Badge exhibition in the temporary exhibition area.  
This exhibition charts the history of the British Armed Forces from World War I to the 1950's through a large and impressive collection of cap badges, which covers a wide range of regiments, corps and services. See how the badges were designed, what they were worn on and by whom. 
Monday 23 – Sunday 29 March - 10am – 5pm 
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Sutton Cheney, Nuneaton CV13 0AD 
T: 01455 290429

23 Mar 2015 - 28 Mar 2015Marking the Reinterment

The Visitor Centre will be holding special events to mark the reinterment of King Richard III. 
Key personalities involved in the research and discovery of Richard III’s remains will be at the Visitor Centre for a series of talks and book signings. 
Is this a King I see before me? 
Monday 23rd March, 7:30pm 
Matt Morris discusses the discovery and excavation of King Richard III’s remains. 
This evening event also includes an exclusive viewing of the exhibition and refreshments. 
£15.00 per person 
Dr Richard Buckley book signing 
Wednesday 25th March, 10am – 2pm 
Dr Richard Buckley will be at the Visitor Centre to sign copies of his best-selling book ‘The King Under The Car Park’. 
Leicester’s Lost King 
Friday 27th March, 2pm 
Former University of Leicester lecturer David Baldwin, who wrote an article anticipating the discovery of Richard III’s remains in the 1980s, will discuss the King’s reign and character. David will be signing copies of his book ‘Richard III’ after the event and until 4pm. 
Also included in the price of the event is admission to the Visitor Centre and refreshments. 
£15.00 per person 
Philippa’s Story 
Saturday 28 March, 10am 
Join Philippa Langley as she recounts her astonishing 7.5 year journey as she led the search for the king’s grave through the Looking For Richard Project. Philippa will be signing copies of her books ‘The King’s Grave’ and ‘Finding Richard III: The Official Account’ after the talk, until 12 noon. 
£15.00 per person 
All book signings are free, drop-in events
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