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

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

28 Mar 2015 - 19 Apr 2015Grossology Easter - National Space Centre

This Easter school holiday we will be hitting the pimple on the head and rooting around in the bogie infested nostril of life to find the impolite truth behind the human body. Bogies, bums, trumps and burps... the science of all the gross stuff our bodies do in space. The questions you always want to ask will now have answers and, as long as you say pardon, we can talk frankly about "bodily functions". 
How Do Astronauts Keep Clean in Space? 
Join our Mission Commanders to discover the answers to all the really important questions - how do you go to the toilet, how is water recycled in space, why does the skin on the bottom of your feet peel off in space, what happened to germs in space, why can't you burb in space and other such enlightening things. 
12:15, 13:15 and 15:15 - FREE to Participate 
Snot in a Pot 
Take home the ultimate memento of your trip to Grossology and make your own snot in a pot. This slime making workshop, is suitable for all ages and you get to play with it afterwards. 
11:00 - 13:00 - Free to participapte

2 Apr 2015Easter Medieval Merriment

Bring your own little jesters and princesses to the medieval Guildhall and make your own medieval Easter merriment ! Crafts include egg painting, fanfare horns and lutes or try some medieval tapestry. Face painting and trails throughout the day.  
Where: The Guildhall 
When: 11am - 3.30pm 
Contact: 0116 253 2569 
Cost: £2.50 for activities

3 Apr 2015The Rites of Spring Easter Ceilidh

Celebrate Easter with the rites of spring ceilidh! An evening of energetic music and traditional English dancing! Great fun for all the family and a unique opportunity to dosey doe the night away in the Guildhall’s beautiful grand old Great Hall. All ages and experience welcome. Pre-booking recommended, to book please call 0116 253 2569. 
Where: The Guildhall 
When: 7pm 
Cost: £8 / £6

12 Apr 2015Hobbies & Pastimes Steam Day

Abbey Pumping Station Museum 
Nearly everyone has a hobby so this steam day is to celebrate as many hobbies and pastimes as we can squeeze into the museum. Community groups, specialist sports and dance groups, philatelists, lace makers, knitters, and many more will be exhibiting. Whatever is your passion or interest, come and see if you can find it at the museum, and talk to like-minded folk, or discover a new hobby.  
The museum’s collection of historic transport will be on display and at least one of the mighty beam engines will be in steam, as will the museum’s site railway. Don’t forget to refuel in the LMTA café where refreshments will be available, or enjoy your own picnic outside on the tables provided .
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