Hidden gems in Leicester part 3

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Leicester is the UK’s tenth biggest city and is a treasure trove of culture – there really is something for all ages, from the sporting teams to the Roman baths, to the brilliant theatres!

Leicester often hosts resident and travelling theatre companies in a variety of venues. I remember watching Swan Lake with my Grandma at De Montfort Hall, it is a beautiful Theatre that has a broad programme of performances. The Curve is the city centre’s place to be with shows for all ages including pantomimes, hard hitting performances and even open mic workshops for writers, directors, and actors. There’s always something good to see so check it out. If you prefer an intimate theatre experience then The Little Theatre is perfect for you. Only 5 minutes from the Train Station and 7 minutes from the Clock Tower, this 349 capacity theatre shows a wide range of performances in many genres. I love it! 

Phoenix Cinema is the home of cultural exploration in Leicester. As well as showing the latest box office releases they show cult favourites and blasts from the past. Their November season of film is the French film festival running for the 27th year. They also house spectacular exhibitions for all ages. I love the café which has a variety of cheap eats. 

Leicester has many unique attractions but perhaps the stand out one is the National Space Centre. Catch an incredible show at the planetarium and climb to the top of the rocket tower. This brilliant attraction also has spectacular events running throughout the year. You never get to old to be mesmerised by the wonders of space.

The most interesting museum in Leicester is New Walk Museum. There is always a brilliant set of exhibitions and events, last month they had a course of yoga in the dinosaur exhibit. It is a beautiful building about 5 minutes walk from the train station. 

In recent years Leicester has become known as the resting place of Richard III. Anyone over the age of about 10 years old would remember the discovery of King Richard 3rd in a car park in Leicester. The Centre which opened in 2014, follows his controversial reign. I can’t mention King Richard without also mentioning the Cathedral. Just across the road from the KRIII is Leicester’s beautiful Cathedral. With lots of events happening it is worth a visit.

If you’re around Leicester for the holidays there are plenty of things to check out. The wheel and ice rink in Jubilee Square are always a massive hit. Or you can hit the shops at HIghcross or Fosse Park for those last minute goodies. A personal favorite of mine during the festive season is the Town Hall. There is always a themed display made by talented artists. Last years ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Tableau stood opposite the lovely fountain and it was lovely to watch the sun set against the striking art. Img from the Leicestershire press.

If you like your sport then i’m sure you’re aware of the brilliant teams that are the pride of Leicester. In one corner we have the King Power, home to the Foxes, established in 1884 this team has carried the torch for football in the East Midlands. Their most recent achievement is winning the Premier League in 2016! Just across town we have the magnificent Welford Road Stadium. The Leicester Tiger’s are our world class rugby team (we don’t talk about last season). Both sports teams offer student priced tickets and are a brilliant day out! You can also catch first class cricket at Grace Road, home of Leicestershire County Cricket Club. Get into the spirit of city sport and scream for your new team.  

I bet you didn’t know that Leicester had a racecourse (because I didn’t) Leicester Racecourse has lots of events on all year round. Want to dress up in a dress and fascinator? Ladies day is the one for you. 

Leicester is known for many things, but did you know that we have a fantastic traditional sweetshop just off St Martins Square? It is filled with sweets that you forgot existed on floor to ceiling shelves. 

Like the paranormal? Think that there should be more spooky events during the year not just at Halloween? Me too! In January 2020 there is a weekend of ghost hunts around Leicester’s Guildhall that promises to be a spoooooky event. Not to be missed.  The Guildhall was the original home of Britain’s third oldest library, and has been the site of many historical debates and events, especially during the English Civil War in the 17th century.

There is so much to do in Leicester and I’ve probably missed out something brilliant. With the festive season approaching there will be some brilliant events going on. Keep your eyes open.

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