Top things to do in Leicestershire this Autumn.
The ‘ber’ months are a great time to explore the Leicestershire countryside and our little nook of this beautiful county! Autumn is my favourite season. The colours from the changing leaves & the beautiful sunsets. Pulling on a cosy jumper and the chill in the morning air, it really is mother nature at its best!
So far September has been super hot, with glorious sunshine and record-breaking temperatures! I think ‘normal’ September weather has now resumed so to get you in the mood we’ve collated some of our top autumnal things to do in Leicestershire in 2023.
Have fun exploring!
7-8th, 14th – 22nd, 28th-29th October
Kirkby Pumpkin Patch in our village of Kirkby Mallory is preparing to re-open with more fun for its 2nd year this October! Complete with a brand-new Maize Maze, a treasure hunt, play areas, and food & drink stalls. They have 26 different varieties of pumpkins to choose from make sure you add them to your local places to visit.
Full details can be found on their social pages www.facebook.com/kirkbypumpkinpatch/ .
30th Sep – 5 Nov
Head over to Halloween Farm for lots of Halloween fun, locally renowned as a great day out. It can get very busy and this year tickets for Halloween Farm need to be booked in advance. With lots of spooky fun inflatables for children, spooky cinema nights and a ‘twisted circus’ alongside pumpkin picking it’s perfect for some seasonal fun.
Check out their main website here for full details on their tea room, farm shop and woodland walks if you are looking to visit outside of their Halloween Farm dates.
If you love exploring the great outdoors or just fancy a stroll in a beautiful setting Bradgate Park is just the place and is one of Leicestershire’s gems. It is a medieval hunting ground with some of the country’s oldest oak trees and fascinating rocky outcrops. It was once the grounds of Bradgate House, the ruins of which can be still seen today, this was the childhood home of the ‘9 Days Queen’ Lady Jane Grey.
A climb to the top of Old John will provide a stunning end to your day, enjoy watching the sun go down snuggled under a blanket with a flask of something warm.
Bradgate Park Trust offer guided walks and experiences that allow you to get the most out of your visit, they can be pre-booked here.
Visit their website here for parking and opening times
16th – 31st October
Sponsored by Leicester BID Leicester Monster Trail is an exciting trail of huge monsters created by artists Filthy Luker & Pedro Estrellas. These massive inflatable glowing monsters have invaded the city centre and can be found peeking over or around many of the city centre’s buildings! Follow the downloadable map and travel across the city encountering mischievous monsters at each location.
Why not take advantage of the Leicester Restaurant Week details here available in the same week too?
The Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre is located near the famous battle in the summer of 1845 where Richard III the last Plantagenet king was killed and upon his death Henry Tudor became King, this marked the start of the Tudor Dynasty. The heritage centre houses the award-winning exhibition about medieval warfare and how the battle of Bosworth unfolded. It is well worth a visit. If the weather is nice we would highly recommend following our walking route here.
They have some great talks, walks and other events planned over the next few months, check them out here. Pre-booking is required for some.
Our closest Country park is located just a short drive away at Market Bosworth. With its large lake to walk around and lots of trees, if getting close to nature, kicking the freshly fallen autumn leaves and enjoying the great outdoors is just your thing then head here! Enjoy a stroll around the park and then head into the Town for a warm drink or take a flask and a picnic to enjoy during your walk.
Stay Local to Mallory Meadows.
If you don’t want to venture far from your holiday cabin this autumn why not enjoy our village loop walk here finishing off with a soak in your private hot tub back at your cabin or call into Mallories Restaurant for some delicious food? If you would enjoy a longer walk check out our walk here to the recently refurbished Windmill Inn at Brascote.
Seasonal crafts are great fun and Squirrel at Wellsborough is a wonderful place to learn something new. Situated in converted stables in a hamlet near Market Bosworth their gift shop is full of amazing locally crafted artwork & gifts lovingly created by local artists. They offer a huge variety of workshops giving you the opportunity to learn new skills & techniques this autumn in a welcoming, supportive & relaxing setting. Check out their workshops online here or take a trip over to their gift shop and treat yourself.
9 – 24th October
Take a trip over to Leicester city centre and witness the celebration of Diwali! Leicester hosts one of the biggest celebrations outside of India. With everything from dancing, fireworks, food and fashion it is the perfect place to enjoy Diwali. The festival starts with the city’s famous lights switching on and ends with a glorious fireworks display and entertainment on Diwali Day. Full details can be found on the Visit Leicester website here.
If you’re still looking for somewhere to stay head over to www.mallorymeadows.co.uk.