Festive things to do in Leicestershire this Christmas.
The decorations are up in the Mallory Meadows cabins and Roundhouses and I’m starting to feel Christmassy, how about you? The cooler days are perfect to indulge in a hot tub weekend. Relax whilst watching the steam rise from the bubbling hot water, a cabin here is a great place to reconnect and escape with your loved one.
To get you in the Christmas spirit we thought we would share with you a few of the top festive things Leicestershire has to offer!
Enlightened is a magical outdoor light trail in Leicesters Abbey Park. The unique trails are a magical experience for all the family and the perfect opportunity to join together and immerse yourself in the enchanted, illuminated world. For further details and to book your tickets click here.
The Battlefield Line is the last remaining part of the former Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway which was opened in 1873. It runs from Shackerstone via Market Bosworth to Shenton in Leicestershire and is operated by the volunteer-led Shackerstone Railway Society. They are a passionate bunch who take great pride in all things steam and railway.
They offer a great Santa train, although it’s fully booked for 2023 but there are still spaces on the Mince pie special. There’s so much more to see and do on the Battlefield Line than first meets the eye. Climb aboard the diesel railcar or steam engine and you’re transported back in time on a historical journey, courtesy of a country railway in the heart of rural England. The remarkable railway captures the very essence of a country line. With steam, diesel and railcar train services along with small stations meandering along a single-track line.
Shackerstone Station is at the northern end of the line and is the headquarters of the railway with the museum. The Victorian tea room souvenir shop, loco shed and the main rolling stock are located here too. There is ample free parking (Sat Nav postcode CV13 OBS), and the Ashby Canal is just a stone’s throw away too.
Your Festive Feast and Crafts Market returns to the Market Place in Hinckley this Sunday ( 10th December) from 10 am-4 pm. Enjoy a range of street food stalls, warming mulled wine and crafts stalls whilst enjoying live Christmas music and entertainment in front of the town centre Christmas tree. Not forgetting that during December all council-operated car parks are free on Sundays, so why not head into town and taste the very best local produce that Hinckley and Bosworth have to offer?
The perfect way to get into the spirit of Christmas is a trip to town to visit the annual ice rink, it’s a great fun way to exercise those muscles and bring a smile to your face (hopefully not a bruise to your bum…) There is also the big wheel which offers unrivalled views across the city and a chance to see the Christmas lights from above. It’s open late into the evening and with parking at the High Cross shopping centre at just £2.50 for arrivals after 5 pm it’s a great evening out. So wrap up warm, head to the city to grab some tea and get your festive mood boost.
Everyone loves the Pantomine don’t they? Oh yes, they do…Oh no they don’t.?!? It’s an annual tradition in the Tams house to visit a local Panto, there are several to choose from. From local drama groups to well-known faces at bigger venues, check out the links below to find your perfect Panto for the festive season.
If you live in Leicestershire is it actually Christmas without a trip to Bradgate Park? For many, it’s a Christmas tradition and it’s a great way to blow away those winter blues and stretch your legs. I love to park at the Hunts Hill car park, head up to Old John to enjoy the view. You can wander deeper into the park to call for a cuppa and visit the informative visitors centre. Or skirt the edge of the park and visit the quaint village of Newtown Linford with its thatched cottages, beautiful church and tasty tea rooms. Do take a look at their special events and pop over to enjoy Bradgate Park at its Wintery best. Walking boots or wellies are a must.