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Scale: Lutterworth is about 30 miles from Loughborough. Ashby-de-la-Zouch is about 40 miles from Oakham.

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Attraction 1 - Foxton Canal Museum Tel: 0116 2792 657. foxtonlocks.com.
Attraction 2 - Calke Abbey, Ticknall, near Melbourne, Leicestershire, DE73 7LE. Tel: 01332 863822.
Attraction 3 - Twycross Zoo, Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 3PX. Tel: 01827 880250. www.twycrosszoo.com.
Attraction 4 - Leicester Racecourse Co Ltd, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 4AL. General Race day enquires: 0116 271 6515. leicester-racecourse.co.uk.
Attraction 5 - Deene Park, Corby, Northhamptonshire, NN17 3EW. Tel: (01780) 450278.

Foxton locks

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Visitor attractions and information for Ashby-de-la-Zouch

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Attractions Donington Park Leisure Ltd, Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit, Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2RP, UK. + 44 (0) 1332 810 048. Corporate Days (Cars and Bikes), Track Hire, Drive Donington Experiences, Conferences and Events. www.donington-park.co.uk. Location: About 6 miles north of Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit

Attractions Donington Grand Prix Collection, Donington Park, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, DE74 2RP. Tel: 01332 811027. 130 exhibits within 5 halls depicting motor sport history from the turn of the century to the present day. Location: About 6 miles north of Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

Donington Grand Prix Collection

Attractions Ashby Museum, North Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 1HU. Tel: +44 (0)1530-560090. Ashby Museum was established in 1982 in a small cottage in Lower Church Street. In 1991 it relocated to its present home in North Street, where it shares the old National School building with the town Library and Tourist Information Centre. ashbydelazouchmuseum.org.uk. Location: In the centre of Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

Ashby Museum

Attractions The Ashby Show - A Traditional Agricultural Show held annually in Beautiful English Countryside. stalls displaying everything agricultural both new and old, arts and crafts, horticulture and the ever-popular British Farm Produce Marquee. Tel: 01283 229225. ashbyshow.com. About 3 miles south of Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

The Ashby Show

Attractions Calke Abbey, Ticknall, near Melbourne, Leicestershire, DE73 7LE. Tel: 01332 863822. Baroque mansion built in 1701-3 which has remained virtually unaltered since the death of the last baronet, Sir Vauncey Harpur- Crewe in 1924. Set in 750 acres of beautiful parkland, 18th century stable block, Gothic-style church, walled gardens and restaurant. National Trust. Charges apply. About 2 miles north of Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

Calke Abbey

Attractions Twycross Zoo, Twycross, near Market Bosworth, Leicestershire. Tel: 01827 880250. Postal Address: Twycross Zoo, Burton Road (A444), Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 3PX. Set in 50 acres of parkland, known for its apes and monkeys, breeds endangered species such as gorilla , chimpanzee, bonobo, many rare monkeys, parrots and other birds. Also elephants, lions and giraffes. Pets corner, adventure playground, penguin pool, picnic areas, train and donkey rides. Catering outlets, shops, children's area. www.twycrosszoo.com. About 7 miles south of Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

Twycross Zoo

Attractions Snibston Discovery Park, Snibston Discovery Park, Ashby Road, Coalville, LE67 3LN. Tel: 01530 278444. Award - winning tourist attraction. 100 acre site to explore a mixture of science, nature, history and technology. Inside - explore ways of travelling in the Transport gallery, discover working conditions at a 19th century coalface and much more. Outside - join miners in a surface Colliery tour, let off steam in a Science Play, have fun in wild water creating a dam or powering a waterwheel. Location: About 3 miles east of Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

Snibston Discovery Park

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Visitor attractions and information for Coalville

Attractions Twycross Zoo, Twycross, near Market Bosworth, Leicestershire. Tel: 01827 880250. Postal Address: Twycross Zoo, Burton Road (A444), Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 3PX. Set in 50 acres of parkland, known for its apes and monkeys, breeds endangered species such as gorilla , chimpanzee, bonobo, many rare monkeys, parrots and other birds. Also elephants, lions and giraffes. Pets corner, adventure playground, penguin pool, picnic areas, train and donkey rides. Catering outlets, shops, children's area. www.twycrosszoo.com. About 7 miles south west of Coalville.

Twycross Zoo

Attractions Snibston Discovery Park, Snibston Discovery Park, Ashby Road, Coalville, LE67 3LN. Tel: 01530 278444. Award - winning tourist attraction. 100-acre site to explore a mixture of science, nature, history and technology. Inside - explore ways of travelling in the Transport gallery, discover working conditions at a 19th century coalface and much more. Outside - join miners in a surface Colliery tour, let off steam in a Science Play, have fun in wild water creating a dam or powering a waterwheel. Location: On the outskirts of Coalville.

Snibston Discovery Park

Attractions Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood. Contact: Estate Office, Deer Barn Buildings, Country Park, Newtown Linford, Leicestershire, LE6 0HE. Tel: 0116 2362713. Leicestershire's most visited country park with 830 acres, deer herd, and river. There is a shop, visitor centre & cate. Nearby are the Bradgate House Ruins which stand as a reminder of the time when Lady Jane Grey was resident there. About 7 miles east of Coalville.

Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood

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Visitor attractions and information for Hinckley

Attractions Mallory Park (Motorsport) Ltd, Mallory Park Circuit, Kirkby Mallory, Leicester, LE9 7QE. Tel: 01455-842931. If you have ever wanted to drive around a racing circuit, Mallory Park offers you a range of exciting activity days. Mallory Park is situated in the village of Kirkby Mallory, just off the A47, between Leicester and Hinckley (6 miles). There is easy access by road and all major cities are in reach. The nearest British Rail station is at Nuneaton. www.mallorypark.co.uk. About 6 miles from Hinckley.

Mallory Park (Motorsport) Ltd

Attractions Hartshill Hayes Country Park, Oldbury Road, Hartshill, Nuneaton, Warks, CV10 0TE. Phone 01827 872660. The country park, covering 137 acres of woodland and open hilltop has magnificent views across the Anker Valley. The Visitor Centre includes an interpretive display, and a shop selling leaflets, gifts, hot and cold drinks, chocolate bars and crisps. About 5 miles from Hinckley.

Hartshill Hayes Country Park

Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre and Country Park

Attractions Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre and Country Park, Sutton Cheney, Nr Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV13 OAD. Tel: 01455 290 429. Historic site of the Battle of Bosworth Field where King Richard 111 was defeated by the future Henry V11. Award-winning interpretation of the Battle with the Visitor Centre giving a complete insight into medieval times. About 3 miles north of Hinckley.

Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre and Country Park

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Visitor attractions and information for Kibworth Beauchamp

Attractions Foxton Locks, Market Harborough, Leicestershire. You can explore the locks and surroundings at any time. Some of the attractions on site have individual opening hours. Foxton Canal Museum Tel: 0116 2792 657. www.foxtonlocks.com. About 2 miles south of Kibworth Beauchamp.

Foxton locks

Attractions Busy canal-side boatyard and shop, situated at the bottom of the famous flight of 10 staircase locks, on the Grand Union Canal. Foxton Boat Services Ltd, Bottom Lock, Foxton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7RA. Tel: 0116 2792 285. www.foxtonboats.co.uk. About 2 miles south of Kibworth Beauchamp.

 Foxton Boat Services Ltd

Attractions University of Leicester Botanic Garden, Stoughton Drive South, Oadby, Leics., LE2 2NE. Tel/fax 0116-271-2933. Entrance to the Botanic Garden is FREE. 16 acres display an array of interesting features, including an arboretum, a herb garden, woodland and herbaceous borders, rock gardens, a water garden. www.le.ac.uk. About 5 miles north west of Kibworth Beauchamp.

 University of Leicester Botanic Garden

Attractions Leicester Racecourse Co Ltd, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 4AL. General Race day enquires: 0116 271 6515. With 30 race meetings a year, Leicester Racecourse is one of the top courses in the UK. Leicester boast some decent racing including the Leicestershire Stakes in April. The racecourse is adjacent to the A6 (turn off at junction 21 of the M1) at Oadby, two miles south of the city centre. Free parking is available. www.leicester-racecourse.co.uk. About 5 miles north west of Kibworth Beauchamp.

 Leicester Racecourse Co Ltd

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Visitor attractions and information for Kibworth Harcourt

Attractions Foxton Locks, Market Harborough, Leicestershire. You can explore the locks and surroundings at any time. Some of the attractions on site have individual opening hours. Foxton Canal Museum Tel: 0116 2792 657. www.foxtonlocks.com. About 2 miles south of Kibworth Harcourt.

Foxton locks

Attractions Busy canal-side boatyard and shop, situated at the bottom of the famous flight of 10 staircase locks, on the Grand Union Canal. Foxton Boat Services Ltd, Bottom Lock, Foxton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7RA. Tel: 0116 2792 285. www.foxtonboats.co.uk. About 2 miles south of Kibworth Harcourt.

 Foxton Boat Services Ltd

Attractions University of Leicester Botanic Garden, Stoughton Drive South, Oadby, Leics., LE2 2NE. Tel/fax 0116-271-2933. Entrance to the Botanic Garden is FREE. 16 acres display an array of interesting features, including an arboretum, a herb garden, woodland and herbaceous borders, rock gardens, a water garden. www.le.ac.uk. About 5 miles north west of Kibworth Harcourt.

 University of Leicester Botanic Garden

Attractions Leicester Racecourse Co Ltd, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 4AL. General Race day enquires: 0116 271 6515. With 30 race meetings a year, Leicester Racecourse is one of the top courses in the UK. Leicester boast some decent racing including the Leicestershire Stakes in April. The racecourse is adjacent to the A6 (turn off at junction 21 of the M1) at Oadby, two miles south of the city centre. Free parking is available. www.leicester-racecourse.co.uk. About 5 miles north west of Kibworth Harcourt.

 Leicester Racecourse Co Ltd

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Visitor attractions and information for Leicester

Attractions Mallory Park (Motorsport) Ltd, Mallory Park Circuit, Kirkby Mallory, Leicester, LE9 7QE. Tel: 01455-842931. If you have ever wanted to drive around a racing circuit, Mallory Park offers you a range of exciting activity days. Mallory Park is situated in the village of Kirkby Mallory, just off the A47, between Leicester (11 miles) and Hinckley. There is easy access by road and all major cities are in reach. The nearest British Rail station is at Nuneaton. www.mallorypark.co.uk. About 8 miles west of Leicester.

Mallory Park Circuit

 Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre and Country Park

Attractions Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre and Country Park, Sutton Cheney, Nr Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV13 OAD. Tel: 01455 290 429. Historic site of the Battle of Bosworth Field 111485 where King Richard 111 was defeated by the future Henry V11. Award-winning interpretation of the Battle with the Visitor Centre giving a complete insight into medieval times. About 10 miles west of Leicester.

 Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre and Country Park

Attractions Foxton Locks, Market Harborough, Leicestershire. You can explore the locks and surroundings at any time. Some of the attractions on site have individual opening hours. Foxton Canal Museum Tel: 0116 2792 657. www.foxtonlocks.com. About 8 miles south of Leicester.

Foxton locks

Attractions Busy canal-side boatyard and shop, situated at the bottom of the famous flight of 10 staircase locks, on the Grand Union Canal. Foxton Boat Services Ltd, Bottom Lock, Foxton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7RA. Tel: 0116 2792 285. www.foxtonboats.co.uk. About 8 miles south of Leicester.

Attractions Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood. Contact: Estate Office, Deer Barn Buildings, Country Park, Newtown Linford, Leicestershire, LE6 0HE. Tel: 0116 2362713. Leicestershire's most visited country park with 830 acres, deer herd, and river. There is a shop, visitor centre & cate. Nearby are the Bradgate House Ruins which stand as a reminder of the time when Lady Jane Grey was resident there. About 5 miles north of Leicester.

Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood

Attractions University of Leicester Botanic Garden, Stoughton Drive South, Oadby, Leics., LE2 2NE. Tel/fax 0116-271-2933. Entrance to the Botanic Garden is FREE. 16 acres display an array of interesting features, including an arboretum, a herb garden, woodland and herbaceous borders, rock gardens, a water garden. www.le.ac.uk. About 3 miles south east of Leicester.

University of Leicester Botanic Garden

Attractions Leicester Racecourse Co Ltd, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 4AL. General Race day enquires: 0116 271 6515. With 30 race meetings a year, Leicester Racecourse is one of the top courses in the UK. Leicester boast some decent racing including the Leicestershire Stakes in April. The racecourse is adjacent to the A6 (turn off at junction 21 of the M1) at Oadby, two miles south of the city centre. Free parking is available. www.leicester-racecourse.co.uk. About 2 miles south east of Leicester.

Leicester Racecourse

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Visitor attractions and information for Loughborough

Attractions Donington Park Leisure Ltd, Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit, Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2RP, UK. + 44 (0) 1332 810 048. Corporate Days (Cars and Bikes), Track Hire, Drive Donington Experiences, Conferences and Events. www.donington-park.co.uk. About 7 miles west of Loughborough.

Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit

Attractions Donington Grand Prix Collection, Donington Park, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, DE74 2RP. Tel: 01332 811027. 130 exhibits within 5 halls depicting motor sport history from the turn of the century to the present day. About 7 miles west of Loughborough.

Donington Grand Prix Collection

Attractions Calke Abbey, Ticknall, near Melbourne, Leicestershire, DE73 7LE. Tel: 01332 863822. Baroque mansion built in 1701-3 which has remained virtually unaltered since the death of the last baronet, Sir Vauncey Harpur- Crewe in 1924. Set in 750 acres of beautiful parkland, 18th century stable block, Gothic-style church, walled gardens and restaurant. National Trust. Charges apply. About 9 miles west of Loughborough.

Calke Abbey

Attractions Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood. Contact: Estate Office, Deer Barn Buildings, Country Park, Newtown Linford, Leicestershire, LE6 0HE. Tel: 0116 2362713. Leicestershire's most visited country park with 830 acres, deer herd, and river. There is a shop, visitor centre & cate. Nearby are the Bradgate House Ruins which stand as a reminder of the time when Lady Jane Grey was resident there. About 5 miles south of Loughborough.

Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood

Attractions Taylors Eayre and Smith Ltd, The Bellfoundry, Freehold Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1AR.. Tel: +44 (0) 1509 212241. Museum: +44 (0) 1509 233414. Exhibits and memorabilia. Tour of the foundry and the works possible. In the centre of Loughborough.

Loughborough Bell foundry Loughborough

Attractions Old Rectory, Rectory Place, Loughborough, LE11 1UW. Only parts of the original Rectory survives very close to the all saints church in Rectory Place. In the centre of Loughborough.

Loughborough Old Rectory

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Visitor attractions and information for Lutterworth

Attractions Lutterworth Museum, Wycliffe House Gilmorton Road, LUTTERWORTH, Leicestershire, LE17 4DY. Tel: 01455 555585. Presenting the local history of Lutterworth and local villages. Displays include Sir Frank Whittle, John Wycliffe, Local school photographic archive, Lutterworth Railway Station working model, Tripontium, Roman Bath House excavation. The museum has a fully stocked gift shop selling local print pottery, books, paperweights etc. Location: In the centre of Lutterworth.

 Lutterworth Museum

Attractions STANFORD HALL, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 6DH. Tel: 01788 860250. Stanford Hall, built in the 1690s for Sir Roger Cave, is still home to his descendants and is one of the most exquisite examples of the architecture of the period. www.stanfordhall.co.uk. About 5 miles south of Lutterworth.

STANFORD HALL

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Visitor attractions and information for Market Harborough

Attractions Foxton Locks, Market Harborough, Leicestershire. You can explore the locks and surroundings at any time. Some of the attractions on site have individual opening hours. Foxton Canal Museum Tel: 0116 2792 657. www.foxtonlocks.com. About 2 miles west of Market Harborough.

Foxton locks

Attractions Busy canal-side boatyard and shop, situated at the bottom of the famous flight of 10 staircase locks, on the Grand Union Canal. Foxton Boat Services Ltd, Bottom Lock, Foxton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7RA. Tel: 0116 2792 285. About 2 miles west of Market Harborough.www.foxtonboats.co.uk.

Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre

Attractions Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre, 14/16 Bridge Street, Rothwell, Northants, NN14 6JW. Tel: 01536 711550. Local artists from Rothwell, Kettering and other surrounding towns and villages display a wide range of water colour, oil, pastel, mixed media, ceramics and craft work in the first floor galleries. www.rothwellartsandheritagecentre.org.uk. About 5 miles south east of Market Harborough .

Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre

Attractions STANFORD HALL, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 6DH. Tel: 01788 860250. Stanford Hall, built in the 1690s for Sir Roger Cave, is still home to his descendants and is one of the most exquisite examples of the architecture of the period. www.stanfordhall.co.uk. About 9 miles south west of Market Harborough.

STANFORD HALL

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Visitor attractions and information for Markfield

Attractions Twycross Zoo, Twycross, near Market Bosworth, Leicestershire. Tel: 01827 880250. Postal Address: Twycross Zoo, Burton Road (A444), Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 3PX. Set in 50 acres of parkland, known for its apes and monkeys, breeds endangered species such as gorilla , chimpanzee, bonobo, many rare monkeys, parrots and other birds. Also elephants, lions and giraffes. Pets corner, adventure playground, penguin pool, picnic areas, train and donkey rides. Catering outlets, shops, children's area. www.twycrosszoo.com. About 7 miles south west of Markfield.

Twycross Zoo

Snibston Discovery Park

Attractions Snibston Discovery Park, Snibston Discovery Park, Ashby Road, Coalville, LE67 3LN. Tel: 01530 278444. Award - winning tourist attraction. 100 acre site to explore a mixture of science, nature, history and technology. Inside - explore ways of travelling in the Transport gallery, discover working conditions at a 19th century coalface and much more. Outside - join miners in a surface Colliery tour, let off steam in a Science Play, have fun in wild water creating a dam or powering a waterwheel. About 4 miles west of Markfield.

Snibston Discovery Park

Attractions Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood. Contact: Estate Office, Deer Barn Buildings, Country Park, Newtown Linford, Leicestershire, LE6 0HE. Tel: 0116 2362713. Leicestershire's most visited country park with 830 acres, deer herd, and river. There is a shop, visitor centre & cate. Nearby are the Bradgate House Ruins which stand as a reminder of the time when Lady Jane Grey was resident there. About 3 miles east of Markfield.

 Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood

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Visitor attractions and information for Melton Mowbray

Attractions  Butterfly Farm & Aquatic Centre, Sykes Lane, North Shore, Rutland Water, Rutland, LE15 8PX. Tel: 01780 46051. 55,000 sq.ft. of walk-through jungle with free-flying butterflies and tropical birds. Ponds with koi carp and terrapins. New extension featuring tropical creepy-crawlies, iguanas and tarantulas. www.rutlandwaterbutterflyfarm.co.uk. Location: About 10 miles south east of Melton Mowbray.

Butterfly Farm & Aquatic Centre

Attractions RUTLAND WATER NATURE RESERVE. Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre. TEL: 01572-770651. When the reservoir was constructed, various areas were set aside to cater for different types of leisure pursuits. Sailing, sailboarding, trout fishing, boats and the nature reserve. www.rutlandwater.org.uk. Location: About 10 miles south east of Melton Mowbray.

Rutland Water

Attractions Melton Carnegie Museum, Thorpe End, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 1RB. Tel: (01664) 569946. The former Carnegie Library was refurbished and opened by Leicestershire County Council in 1977 as the Melton Carnegie Museum. Stilton cheese-making, foxhunting. Location: In the centre of Melton Mowbray.

Melton Carnegie Museum

Attractions Belvoir Castle, Grantham, Leicestershire, NG32 1PD. Tel: 01476 871000. Home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, superbly situated overlooking the Vale of Belvoir. Magnificent staterooms containing notable paintings, tapestries and fine furniture. Also visit the Queen's Lancers Museum. The Stewards Restaurant is open throughout the season (Tel: 01476 871024). www.belvoircastle.com. About 9 miles north of Melton Mowbray.

Belvoir Castle

Attractions THE RUTLAND BELLE - The embarkation point at The Harbour, Whitwell, offers vehicular and disabled access. Facilities have gentle ramps and handrails and there is no gap to breach. For those who are unable to manage three steps down inside the boat. www.rutlandwatercruises.com. Location: About 10 miles south east of Melton Mowbray.

Rutland Belle

Attractions Rutland Cycling, Whitwell Car Park, Whitwell Nr. Oakham, Rutland LE15 8BL. Tel: 01780 460705, 01780 460112, 01780 460115. Rutland Cycling opened its first branch in 1981 in the Whitwell car park at Rutland Water. Normanton Shop, Normanton Car Park, Nr Edith Weston, Rutland, LE15 8HD. Tel: 01780 720888. Location: About 10 miles south east of Melton Mowbray.

Rutland Water cycling

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Visitor attractions and information for Oakham

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Attractions  Butterfly Farm & Aquatic Centre, Sykes Lane, North Shore, Rutland Water, Rutland, LE15 8PX. Tel: 01780 46051. 55,000 sq.ft. of walk-through jungle with free-flying butterflies and tropical birds. Ponds with koi carp and terrapins. New extension featuring tropical creepy-crawlies, iguanas and tarantulas. www.rutlandwaterbutterflyfarm.co.uk. About 5 miles east of Oakham.

Butterfly Farm & Aquatic Centre

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Attractions RUTLAND WATER NATURE RESERVE. Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre. TEL: 01572-770651. When the reservoir was constructed, various areas were set aside to cater for different types of leisure pursuits. Sailing, sailboarding, trout fishing, boats and the nature reserve. www.rutlandwater.org.uk. Location: On the outskirts of Oakham.

Rutland Water

Attractions Oakham Castle, Market Place, Oakham, Rutland. Tel: 01572 723654. Exceptionally fine Norman Great Hall of 12th century fortified manor house. Unique display of horseshoes presented by peers and royalty to the Lord of the Manor. Location: In the centre of Oakham.

Oakham Castle

Attractions THE RUTLAND BELLE - The embarkation point at The Harbour, Whitwell, offers vehicular and disabled access. Facilities have gentle ramps and handrails and there is no gap to breach. For those who are unable to manage three steps down inside the boat. www.rutlandwatercruises.com. Location: On the outskirts of Oakham.

Rutland Belle

Attractions Rutland Cycling, Whitwell Car Park, Whitwell Nr. Oakham, Rutland LE15 8BL. Tel: 01780 460705, 01780 460112, 01780 460115. Rutland Cycling opened its first branch in 1981 in the Whitwell car park at Rutland Water. Normanton Shop, Normanton Car Park, Nr Edith Weston, Rutland, LE15 8HD. Tel: 01780 720888.

Rutland Water cycling

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Visitor attractions and information for Wigston

Attractions Foxton Locks, Market Harborough, Leicestershire. You can explore the locks and surroundings at any time. Some of the attractions on site have individual opening hours. Foxton Canal Museum Tel: 0116 2792 657. www.foxtonlocks.com. About 7 miles south of Wigston.

Foxton locks

Attractions Busy canal-side boatyard and shop, situated at the bottom of the famous flight of 10 staircase locks, on the Grand Union Canal. Foxton Boat Services Ltd, Bottom Lock, Foxton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7RA. Tel: 0116 2792 285. www.foxtonboats.co.uk. About 7 miles south of Wigston.

Attractions University of Leicester Botanic Garden, Stoughton Drive South, Oadby, Leics., LE2 2NE. Tel/fax 0116-271-2933. Entrance to the Botanic Garden is FREE. 16 acres display an array of interesting features, including an arboretum, a herb garden, woodland and herbaceous borders, rock gardens, a water garden. www.le.ac.uk. About 1 mile north of Wigston.

University of Leicester Botanic Garden

Attractions Leicester Racecourse Co Ltd, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 4AL. General Race day enquires: 0116 271 6515. With 30 race meetings a year, Leicester Racecourse is one of the top courses in the UK. Leicester boast some decent racing including the Leicestershire Stakes in April. The racecourse is adjacent to the A6 (turn off at junction 21 of the M1) at Oadby, two miles south of the city centre. Free parking is available.www.leicester-racecourse.co.uk. About 1 mile north of Wigston.

Leicester Racecourse

Attractions Wigston Library (photo), Bull Head Street, Wigston Magna, Leicester, LE18 1PA. Tel: 0116 288 7381.

Wigston Library

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