SEE & DO

 Set in the beautiful rolling countryside, the Harborough District offers copious amounts of outdoor adventures as well as indoor activities to get stuck into.

HERITAGE IN HARBOROUGH

Transport yourself back in time to relish in the history and heritage of the district

The Frank Whittle replica jet engine in the centre of a roundabout

Local museum uncovering the history of Sir Frank Whittle, the inventor of the Jet Engine, amongst many other fascinating displays.

The Hallaton Helmet on a stand on display at the Harborough Museum

View the Iron Age Hallaton Treasure and Harborough’s heritage in the unique displays mixed throughout the Harborough Museum and Market Harborough Library as they form part of an integrated cultural hub

The building home to the Cotesbach Educational Trust

Cotesbach Educational Trust (CET) hosts and provides learning opportunities focusing on Heritage, Environment, and the Arts. Based at Cotesbach Estate with access to a unique family archive dating back over 400 years, there is lots to learn.

A grand house on the road

Take a walk back in time to discover the history and heritage of the Kibworth villages

A historic picture of the Hallaton Bottle Kicking

Visit the 2019 main exhibition ‘Then and Now’ featuring an archive of photographs showing Hallaton in the past and present

Open for visitors every Sunday, the aircraft museum boasts a wonderful collection of historical jets, kept and serviced in a pristine condition.

GO OUTSIDE

Leave the car behind and discover the district on foot, bike, horse or even a boat!

WATERWAYS

Union Wharf is located in the attractive and historic market town of Market Harborough. The Wharf is at the terminus of the canal close to Foxton Locks and the historic Incline Plane. Enjoy a spot of lunch at The Waterfront or cocktails and nibbles in the Botanical Bar.

The flight of ten locks are the longest and steepest staircase locks in the UK. Enjoy a leisurely walk around the canal, have a drink at Bridge 61 Pub, sit down for lunch overlooking the water at the Foxton Locks Inn and even grab a cheeky ice cream from the Top Lock Cottage Cafe. If you really want to make a day out of it, why not hire a canal boat and enjoy the full experience? Stay in the luxurious Foxton Locks Lodges to explore more of the district.

GET UP AND GO

There’s no excuse to be bored with these fun packed adventures.

The aerial view of the moon landing pattern maze at Wistow Maze

A giant 8 acre Maize Maze, with a fun Quiz Trail hidden amongst 3 miles of paths, with high bridges and towers.  Includes Activity Funyard with mini mazes and games. New design every summer – opens again in July 2021.

Looking for something completely different? Why not give Hovercrafting a go? Book a family day, one to one training or even a Hovercraft Safari!

Customer enjoying tank driving at Armourgeddon

Experience the fun and excitement of driving tanks and other military vehicles over courses set around a World War II bombing range. They also offer paintballing, archery, clay pigeon shooting and much more!

Happy customers enjoying their day at Avalanche Adventure

From Quad Bike Safari to 4×4 sessions, Clay Shooting, Gemini Buggies and even the very specialised tracked transport – the DTV Shredder – they offer a wide range of challenging & ultra fun activities.

From sprint racing to team endurance racing; from corporate events to open practice against the clock, Sutton Circuit offers event formats to suit all tastes and budgets.

Take to the skies at The Gliding Centre in Husbands Bosworth. Choose from a range of flight experiences or learn how to fly yourself!

FOR THE RAINY DAYS

Don’t get stuck at home, there’s still plenty to do when the rain is pouring!

Paint your own creation in the Paint Pottle studio to give as a unique gift or create something for yourself! What better way to spend the day than being creative and imaginative? You can share the experience with your friends and book a party!

Enjoy a tour of a small independent brewery creating hand crafted beer

The circular logo for the Midland Roller Arena

Get the kids moving or be a big kid yourself at the Midlands Roller Arena. With normal skating, disco and glow sessions as well as classes and events.

Leicestershire Craft Centre delivers the widest range of art & craft courses in the region. They teach at the centre, visit schools, businesses and other organisations, run parties and attend craft events.

A selection of bitesize, handmade chocolates like you can find and make at Nenettes Chocolates

It’s time to get chocolatey – find out how to make beautiful truffles: have a go at decorating your chocolate moulds, tempering chocolate and making truffle fillings.

A clay wheel

Whether there’s a specific item you wish to make or simply just to have a play and explore the world of clay, they have a range of workshops available designed around you.

Distill, taste and name your own Gin, learning from the Ginstructer.

Mini Mischiefs is a children’s indoor play and party venue in Market Harborough, with a huge multi-level soft play frame that reaches an incredible 5.5 meter height.

Family run indoor adventure playground and party venue based in Lutterworth. Think giant slides and ball pits!

COME RAIN OR SHINE

These diverse attractions can be enjoyed no matter the weather.

An exciting New Farm Park in Kibworth, set on a working farm in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside. Timber based indoor adventure play, baby and toddler Area, Indoor Animal Barn, Cafe and much more.

The 18th century walled garden to Wistow Hall and fine Listed Vinery has been used as a Plant Nursery for several decades and is now home to Wistow Rural Centre, an enchanting hub hosting Ken Bailey Garden Centre, Wistow Cafe/Bistro, Mediterranean Deli/Farm Shop, a quaint Model Village, Wistow Art Gallery and shops selling women’s clothing, jewellery, furniture, home fragrances, dog accessories and gifts galore, all in beautiful surroundings.

The garden at Wistow Rural Centre with a model village

COTESBACH ESTATE

Cotesbach Estate is home to a range of bustling activity. The Stable Yard is the heart of the estate where you can find the Cafe, the Larder, the Blacksmiths and lots more! Explore the farm and woodland surrounding, with experiences and activities available to book.

Palmers is a wonderful day out for the whole family. You can enjoy a leisurely walk amongst the beautiful flower displays, get inspired by the outdoor living ranges or indulge your inner interior designer in our home décor department. No trip would be complete without treating yourselves to some homemade, delicious goodies in the café.

The outside area of the Ullesthorpe Palmers Garden Centre

CAPTURE THE CULTURE

Discover gorgeous venues with a variety of performances

With a history of hosting touring opera productions on the historic estate since 2005, Nevill Holt Opera was founded in 2013 as an independent festival with its own distinctive vision. Since then NHO has been committed to casting and working with young UK opera singers, while bringing world class opera to the East Midlands. Their stunning 400-seat theatre is designed by Stirling Prize winning architects Witherford Watson Mann in conjunction with theatre designers Sound Space Vision.

Stunning open air theatre displaying professional productions of a high standard. Enjoy drinks, dinner or even take your own picnic before experiencing a magnificent show surrounded by the magnificent Kilworth estate.

A local theatre sharing a range of different shows including live and streamed plays, film showings, comedy nights and more, in the heart of Market Harborough.