Now that Britons are exploring the UK more ‘thanks to Covid’ I’m going to spotlight the historic towns. First up is Leicester in Leicestershire. Whether you are a history buff, foodie or naturalist, it’s the English town to visit in 2022. The county Leicestershire has been marked 2022 ‘Uncover the story’. After all, what brings a people together more than stories and memories. Leicester and Leicestershire’s ‘Uncover the Story’ tourism campaign will promote the city and county as a fascinating UK destination to both national and international visitors. ‘Uncover the Story’ capitalizes on region’s captivating history and future to promote it as a distinctive destination to visitors.

 

Brief History of Leicester and Leicestershire

Leicestershire is a landlocked county in the East Midlands of England. Nestled between Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Shropshire and Derbyshire. Leicester is a city in the county. The area has 2000 years of history dating back to Saxon times. It was at there at The Battle of Bosworth Field that the War of the Roses came to a bloody end. Richard III the last Plantagenet king was killed and buried in an unmarked tomb at Greyfriars in Leicester. He was then forgotten about, until it was rediscovered under a car park by archaeologists in September 2012. Upon his death, it was dawn of the Tudor Dynasty with Henry Tudor crowned King VIII of England, in 1485.

Leicester train

Uncover the Story

Leicester City is under three hours from London. The M1 which connects London to Leeds passing through. The train station there is said to be the busiest in the country. Due to these good train connections, Leicester is ideal for a daycation and long city break. As part of the ‘Uncover The Story Campaign’, there’s a focus on :

• Cookery
• Dining out
• Historical Attractions
• Nature Trails and Adventure Parks

 

Cookery

Introducing the Melton Mowbray School of Rural Food – improve your baking skills in the Rural Capital of Food, home of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie and the king of all cheeses, Stilton, under the expert guidance of a celebrity baker

Brentingby’s gin

Drinks and Dinning Out

Head out to the Brentingby’s brand new gin bar, located in the Melton Cattle Market. You can sample their award-winning liquor at the longest gin bar outside of London!
Explore the world of Everards beer with a guided brewery tour. After your tour, take a seat in the Beer Hall where you can try a fantastic selection of beers, including limited-edition brews, and sample local produce from the varied menu.

Looking for top knot nosh? Dine at the stylish Black Iron Social, a new bar and restaurant set in the extraordinary surroundings of The Gresham Hotel the boutique hotel in the iconic building of Fenwick department store. Lets’ not forget Leicester’s the Golden Mile for curry lovers. You can find traditional thali’s, Indo-Chinese, Kerala seafood and more.

Historical Attractions

Leicester Museum is getting a gallery revamp, with the first planned temporary exhibition due to open in summer 2022 Leicester’s King Richard III Visitor Centre  is providing a new, temporary residence for artefacts associated with the King’s reinterment. From 22 January, visitors can view the embroidered coffin pall created for the reinterment of King Richard III in March 2015, which has been installed close to the King’s original burial site, alongside a short video display of the tomb

 

Nature Trails and Adventure Parks

Walkers of all levels of fitness and experience are being invited to pull on their hiking boots and take on the National Forest Trek (75 mile annual walking challenge) that starts at Beacon Hill and finishes at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire

Bring your inner ninja to life, visit the Ninja Warrior adventure park; climb, balance, jump and swing across different obstacles.

 

There so much more to see and do. Leicester and Leicestershire is ideal for families, lads, girls or romantic getaways. For inspiration go to Visit Leicester site for more details on events, like the up coming Comedy Festival in February, and other attractions.

 

Photo Credit: all images from Visit Leicester
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