The School holidays are normally a bone of contention in this house. My disorganised self tends to leave the sorting of school holiday activities with the kids till the very last-minute … well I have taken a stand this year I am going to be more organised *cough cough* well maybe from the next holidays since this school holiday is half way through!
We are really lucky to live in Nottingham with some amazing places to visit, however we are wanting to stretch our visits out and so being surrounded by some really culturally diverse and exciting places to visit just over the county lines from us in Leicester, it was time to take a closer look.
There are some amazingly vibrant cultural goings off in Leicester almost year round, but for me the first to mention is the Vaisakhi Parade which marks the founding of the Sikh community in 1699. During this parade the streets are lined with thousands of people who take part in this colourful procession that meanders along the city streets for miles with drums and religious songs, making it a delight not only see but also to take part in.
Although don’t be fooled, there in an abundance of events throughout the year with cultural significance all over the county, not to mention the Cultural Quarter itself that has been transformed from Leicester’s St. Georges area and the former textile hub which now houses the Curve Theatre!
History & Parkland
How about somewhere to get out and about and stretch your legs? .. or in our case run the little legs off of the smaller members of the household! .. First on my list has to be Bradgate Park.
Bridget Park has 830 aches of parkland and it plays host to some amazing outdoor events throughout the year including a fantastic civil war event living history weekend in September.
With a multitude of things on offer at Bradgate Park there is bound to be something to keep everyone happy!
Family Theme Park
Theme Parks wise personally I would suggest visiting the fantastic Twin Lakes, situated out of the city and not far from Leicester famous Melton Mowbray, with its ability to accommodate come rain or shine this theme park I have no doubt will keep the little humans busy and caters ideally for toddler to tweens…. and me I love it!
Leicester is home to the world-famous National Space Centre and if like me you have an interest in space this really is the place to visit.
The National Space Centre hosts the UK’s biggest planetarium for those wanting to immersed in full 360 degrees beauty. Not only that, but this amazing attraction has over 150 hands on activities from interactive galleries and displays to some super fun rides, like the SIM ride!
If you have shopping on your list of things to do .. Leicester, holds a jewel of a shopping experience in the form of the Highcross Centre.
With shopping, dining and a cinema located all under one roof, no matter what the weather there will be no stopping you at the Highcross Centre!
Don’t worry If you are coming from outside the area for your visit to Leicester the Holiday Inn Leicester is centrally located and great access to all major road and rail links, so why not make a few days of it!
Disclaimer: I have been compensated for this post, however all words and thoughts were developed and written by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse