Leicestershire

Properties and events in Leicestershire

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529 years of Loughborough Grammar School - Tower Opening and Exhibition

Burton Walks, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 2DU
In person
Pre-booking not required

The 1852 Building will be open including the tower, which is accessed by 59 steps up a spiral staircase, giving a great view of Loughborough and surrounding districts. Items from the School's archives will be available to view in adjacent areas.

A.W. Pugin's Radical Restoration of St Mary's Church, Wymeswold

St Mary's C of E Church, Wymeswold, 1 The Stockwell, Wymeswold, Leicestershire, LE12 6UF
In person
Pre-booking not required

The restoration of the parish church at Wymeswold, Leicestershire, was something of a trend-setter - at least back in the 1840s. Bob Trubshaw puts this restoration into the context of the early Gothic Revival movement.

Abbey Pumping Station Museum

Museum Of Technology, Abbey Pumping Station, Corporation Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 5PX
In person
Pre-booking required

Discover Abbey Pumping Station with tours of Beam Engine and Transport Shed.

All Saints with Holy Trinity Parish Church Loughborough

All Saints with Holy Tinity Church, Steeple Row, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1EE
In person
Pre-booking not required

As part of Loughborough Heritage Open Weekend, guided and self guided tours of the church are available on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th Sept plus a traditional Choral Evensong service sung for centuries in this historic building.

Atkins Building, Then and Now

Atkins Building, Lower Bond Street, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1QU
In person
Pre-booking not required

An exhibition documenting the journey of Atkins Building from Victorian hosiery factory to the creative business centre it is today with images from Atkins Building archive and Hinckley & District Museum.

Atkins Heritage Tour

30 Lower Bond Street, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1QU
In person
Pre-booking required

Historic Hinckley buildings walking tour, that all have a connection to the notable Atkins hosiery family.

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre - 50th Anniversary Open Day

The Wardens House, Bosworth Battlefield, Ambion Lane, Nuneaton, Leicestershire, CV13 0AD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Join us at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre for our Heritage Open Day as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Centre! Discover the history of this remarkable site and why we tell the story of two of Britain's most famous Kings.

Braunstone Stable Block Museum

Braunstone Park Stables Museum, Braunstone Park, Leicester, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE3 1HX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Old stables to Braunstone Hall (Winstanley Hotel now). We have 5 rooms of displays of local history and details of the last Lord of the Manor, Major Richard Winstanley.

Cotesbach Educational Trust

Cotesbach Educational Trust, Main Street, Cotesbach, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 4HX
In person
Pre-booking not required

Guided external tours of grounds and historic buildings on the Estate and Church close by, family friendly activities and displays of newly revealed archive documents and artefacts on this year's theme “POSTED 1824: RECEIVED 2024”.

Foxton Canal Museum

Middle Lock, Gumley Road, Foxton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7RA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover the incredible history of the Foxton Boat Lift which once operated at Foxton Locks at the Foxton Canal Museum.

Great Meeting Chapel: Open days, Tea in the Garden and special exhibition

Great Meeting Chapel, 45 East Bond Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 4SX
In person
Pre-booking not required

An inner-city gem: a 1708 Chapel, Leicester's oldest complete brick building, with unique octagonal ceiling and woodland garden.

Group Walk - A Brief History of Time in Leicester

Town Hall Square (near the Bike Park), Town Hall Square, off Horsefair Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 9BG
In person
Pre-booking required

A tour of selected public clocks in Leicester with some interesting nuggets about them along the way. We include some of Leicester's iconic clocks but also some of the lesser-known time pieces that are often passed, unnoticed.

Guided Tours of Kibworth Harcourt Post Mill

Kibworth Harcourt Post Mill, Windmill Farm, Langton Road, Kibworth Harcourt, Leicestershire, LE8 0PR
In person
Pre-booking required

Join the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) for a guided tour of this fascinating windmill, not normally open to the public, which we recently repaired and rescued from the Heritage at Risk Register.

Harborough Theatre

Church Square, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7NB
In person
Book on day

A chance to visit and talk to people about what the Harborough Theatre is all about. And get to see parts of the building that the general public doesn't see as part of organised tours. Enjoy refreshments whilst you are with us.

Heritage Walks, with Loughborough Heritage Open Weekend

Loughborough Library, 31 Granby Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3DU
In person
Pre-booking required

Loughborough Heritage Walks commencing from Charnwood Museum Saturday 14th September 10am Suffragette Walk and 2pm Zeppelin Walk Sunday 15th September 10am Art Deco Walk and 2pm Heritage Sites Walk Booking required

Hinckley and District Museum

30 Lower Bond Street, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1QU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Thatched cottages dating from the 1680s housing a local history museum with a delightful cottage garden.

Historical Overview of Unity House with Loughborough Heritage Open Weekend

Unity House, 21 Fennel Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1UQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Historical documents will be available tracing Unity House's history from its inception as a medical aid centre in 1886, its use as a British restaurant in the war, and its current use after being purchased by Mont Follick MP in 1945.

Inclined Plane Boat Lift Site Tour

Middle Lock, Gumley Road, Foxton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7RA
In person
Book on day

Join us for an unforgettable journey as you explore the marvels of our historic inclined plane. Our expert guides will lead you through a fascinating tour, sharing intriguing stories and insights about this unique engineering feat.

Jain Centre Leicester

Jain Centre, 32 Oxford Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 5XU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Features include 44 magnificently carved sandstone pillars, a beautiful temple dome and ceiling with traditional carvings, a white marble floor, mirrored walls, traditional doors at the Garbhagriha (the inner sanctum) and hand-carved staircases.

Leicester City, County & Rutland At Risk War Memorials Project

All Saints Church, Highcross Stret, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE16 8UG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover what it takes to care for 54 War memorials.

Leicester Photographic Archive Pop Up Exhibition

Guildhall Lane, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 5FQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Explore some of the highlights of Leicester City Council's Photographic Archive.

Leicester Synagogue

The Synagogue, Highfield Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 1AD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Discover Leicester Synagogue, a Jewish place of Worship.

Leicester's Hidden Gems

7 East Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 6EY
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Take a trip through the fascinating past of Leicester’s Oldest Theatre. Residents of YMCA Leicestershire have been hard at work digging into the archives to discover and share stories from colourful characters across the theatre’s dramatic 123-years.

Lount Colliery Centenary Celebration

New Lount Nature Reserve, Melbourne Road, Newbold Coleorton, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 8JH
In person
Pre-booking not required

2024 marks one hundred years since the first shaft was sunk at Lount Colliery in the village of Newbold Coleorton, Leicestershire. Explore the history of the mine and meet characters from the 1920s who shaped our community.

Magazine Gateway Guided Tours

Newarke Gateway (Magazine), Oxford St, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 5WH
In person
Pre-booking required

Guided Tours of the building by Blue Badge Guides. Notable mediaeval building, with fascinating architectural features and historical graffiti.

Market Harborough to Melbourne! Corsets that travelled the globe.

Harborough District Council and Harborough Museum, The Symington Building, Adam & Eve Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7AG
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us and take a guided tour inside The Symington Building. Hear about the building's past and present, the family corsetry business, their workforce and it's great community. See archive materials and artefacts close up.

Military Memorabilia Roadshow.

Charnwood Museum, Granby street, Queen's Park, Granby Street, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 3DU, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3DU
In person
Pre-booking not required

As part of Loughborough Heritage Weekend we will have an area in Charnwood Museum and invite the public to bring along any items of military memorabilia, objects, documents and photographs.

Old Rectory - Loughborough Heritage Open Weekend

Old Rectory Museum, Steeple Row, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1UX
In person
Pre-booking not required

A Saturday opening that promises to be a little bit different

Phoenix Projection Room Tour

Phoenix Square, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 1TG
In person
Pre-booking required

Normally closed to the public, we will be opening up our projection room for this year's Heritage Open Days, with our projectionist talking visitors through the art of film projection.

Sir John Moore Foundation Museum

101 Top Street, Appleby Magna, Swadlincote, Leicestershire, DE12 7AH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Museum about Appleby Magna, Sir John Moore, and other local heroes. With exciting new exhibitions about the local area and education in the Industrial Revolution, and co-produced works with the local community and the Sir John Moore Primary School.

St Andrew's Church, Jarrom Street

St. Andrew's Church, 53 Jarrom Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 7DH
In person
Pre-booking not required

St Andrew's is one of Leicester's hidden secrets - it looks much bigger and more impressive from the inside than from the outside. It's a Gilbert Scott design from 1860-62 and a lot of decorating and refurbishing has happened in the past 3 years.

St Margaret's Church, Leicester

St. Margarets Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 3EB
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Church is open for visitors to view our grade I listed Church.

St Peter's Church

Church Lane, Thornton, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 1AA
In person
Pre-booking not required

St Peter's church, Thornton is a Grade 1 listed, medieval church, listed in Simon Jenkins book, 1000 Best Churches. There will be an exhibition in church entitled 'Historical Thornton' taking place over the weekend.

St Peters Highfields - Networks and Journeys

2 St. Peters Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 1DA
In person
Pre-booking not required

How are we all linked? Are you linked to St Peter's or any of our congregation? How did you get to Highfields?

Stoneygate Tram Depot - Celebrating three Leicester tram anniversaries

Stoneygate Tram Depot, 453 London Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 3JW
In person
Pre-booking not required

Leicester celebrates three significant tramway anniversaries in 2024. Join us to learn more as we open up our vast archive.

Tell Tall Tales – Uncovering Leicester’s Folklore

Bishop Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 6AA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Zine making and storytelling sessions based around local community folklore stories in Leicester and Leicestershire.

The Generator, alongside Loughborough Heritage Open Weekend

The Generator, Packe Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3EZ
In person
Pre-booking required

Opportunity for a hard hat tour of the historic Generator Hall. The CIC team have secured the funds for the renovation work that will transform this building (the old Lboro Art School) into an Arts & Cultural centre. Due to open in Spring 2025.

The Heritage of Belgrave Hall

Belgrave Hall, Church Road, Belgrave, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 5PE
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Built from blue and red brick between 1709 and 1713, Belgrave Hall was commissioned for hosiery merchant Edmund Craddock. The tranquil walled gardens, surrounding the Hall, include plants and trees introduced by the Hall’s many owners.

The History of Leicester's Guildhall

Guildhall Lane, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 5FQ
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Starting with its Great Hall built in about 1390, a tour of Leicester Guildhall will take you through the centuries and many uses of the site.

Three-headed Dragon in Thorpe Arnold Church

Lag Lane, Thorpe Arnold, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 4RU
In person
Pre-booking not required

Thorpe Arnold church contains some unusual stone carvings, particularly notable is the figure fighting two dragons on the early Norman font. You are most welcome to come and have a look around.

Wycliffe Rooms Lutterworth Masonic Temple

Masonic Hall, The Wycliffe Rooms, George Street, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 4ED
In person
Pre-booking not required

Often shrouded in secrecy and full of myth and legend, prepare to be enthralled as you unravel the fascinating story of this 300-year-old institution, by taking a look around the scarcely seen Masonic Temple in Lutterworth.