Guided Walks and Tours

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BEFORE THE FESTIVAL

CASTLE HILL, BEAUMONT LEYS EXCAVATION OPEN DAY
Saturday June 26th: 10am-4pm
Castle Hill Country Park, Astill Lodge Road, Beaumont Leys, Leicester, LE4 1EF
A chance to visit the University of Leicester’s excavations at Castle Hill, a manor of the Knights Hospitaller. See the excavations, talk to the archaeologists and find out what has been discovered this year.
FREE, drop in.
To find the site: From the site cabins on Astill Lodge Road, take the path to the right of the portable toilets, go down the hill, cross the bridge through the hedge and follow the path up the following hill. Keep walking until you reach the fenced excavation area.


Media Makers Session Church Langton
Saturday June 26th June: 1.30pm – 3.30pm
St Peter’s Church, Stonton Road, Church Langton, LE16 7SZ
Join the FREE tour & talks, arts & crafts, photography and media activities and more, as we explore William Hanbury and his Langton legacy. Bringing heritage alive and making history fun.
FREE, drop in.

THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL

BOSWORTH BATTLEFIELD GUIDED WALK
Every Saturday and Sunday: 11.30am & 2pm
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Sutton Cheney CV13 0AD
1¼ mile (2km) walk with one of Bosworth’s knowledgeable and experienced guides, bringing the events of the Battle of Bosworth to life. This walk is suitable for all ages and welcomes children & families.
Adults £4.50; concession £4; children £3, Family Tickets available.
01455 290429;  www.bosworthbattlefield.org.uk

SATURDAY 3RD – FRIDAY 9TH JULY

The Land That Doesn’t Know Where It is – Guided walk in Swannington
Saturday July 3rd: 10am – 1pm
From Hough Mill a tour of north Swannington and Peggs Green that is a confusion of changing parish boundaries and addresses that suggest properties are in a different location – the walk will pass coal mines, tramways, public houses, a post mill and Wordworth’s site for a church.
FREE. For more information and booking please visit swannington-heritage.co.uk/visits-events and https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/158319394571


MARKET BOSWORTH TOWN TRAIL GUIDED WALK
Saturday July 3rd: 10.30am
Meet in the Square by the Memorial
You will be guided around the Medieval centre of Market Bosworth and beyond learning about its buildings and inhabitants as you go. The secret behind the White House, where the nail maker worked and the macabre story of Dr Robert Pull, who died in 1755 or did he? The walk is around 1 mile and 2 hours
Booking essential via info@marketbosworthsociety.com or 07930149408


HISTORICAL FIGURES – A TOUR OF LEICESTER CATHEDRAL
Saturday July 3rd: 2pm
Memorials to a number of leading figures in the history of Leicester can be found in Leicester Cathedral, each preeminent in their own right. Taking in the churchman and educationalist David Vaughan, the architect Raphael Brandon, the philanthropist Gabriel Newton, the physician Dr George Shaw and two members of the Herrick family, this tour will appeal to anyone with an interest in local history. Tour duration 40 minutes
Advance bookings required to Rebecca.Hale@LeicesterCofE.org
Adults £3, children free


A TOUR OF CHURCH LANGTON CHURCH
Sunday July 4th: 2pm
St Peter’s, Church Langton, Market Harborough LE16 7SZ
Visit St Peter’s, a Norman and probably earlier church, with so much to see – a naked medieval figure, 17th  Century font canopy and offertory box, Pre Raphaelite windows, alabaster reredos of The Last Supper and much more.
Booking required. Adults £4, Children FREE. Cream Teas available in the Community Hall. Booking and details Roz on 01858 545160 or email r.folwell@btinternet.com


GRACE DIEU PRIORY GUIDED WALK
Sunday July 4th: 3pm
Meet at the Bull’s Head Car Park, Thringstone LE67 8LR
Walk through the ancient Grace Dieu Woods, under the Charnwood Forest Railway and along the Charnwood Forest Canal to the picturesque ruins of Grace Dieu Nunnery which was later a Tudor mansion.  A Friends of Grace Dieu event.
Adults £3, children FREE. No booking required.
www.gracedieupriory.org.uk; 01530 831895; email: annpetty1948@yahoo.co.uk


GUIDED WALK OF OADBY
Monday July 5th: 10.30am
Meet at the Royal British Legion, 4a Wigston Road, Oadby LE2 5QA
Join David Collins and Mike Bates for a walk around North Oadby and refreshments afterwards.
£4 Adults; children and students FREE
Please book via david.collins28@virginmedia.com


PREHISTORIC EARTHWORKS AT BEACON HILL
Tuesday July 6th: 2pm
Meet in the Upper Car Park, Beacon Hill Country Park, Beacon Road, Woodhouse Eaves,  LE12 8SP
Join Peter Liddle for a stroll around the earthworks of a hill fort presumed to be Late Bronze Age in date.
Booking 0116 221 4508; Peter.liddle51@gmail.com
Adults £4, children FREE.
Car park charge of £3 for up to 3 hours. Stout footwear recommended.


DESFORD HERITAGE WALK
Wednesday July 7th: 10am
Meet at Desford Library, Main Street, Desford, LE9 9JP
Join Desford Local History Society for a gentle stroll around the village to learn about its rich heritage.
Limit of 15 people. £5 includes coffee & cookies.
Please book on 01455 823537, patcrane33@gmail.com


A GUIDED WALK THROUGH MEDIEVAL HINCKLEY
Wednesday July 7th: 2pm
Meet outside the main church door of St. Mary’s Parish Church, Hinckley,  LE10 1DW
Come and join Hinckley Archaeological  Society on a short walk around the centre of Hinckley to discover traces of our medieval  heritage.
Essential to book in advance for the guided walk (approx. 2km). To book your place/s and for any further information contact Shirley: sahailstone@hotmail.com or (01455) 636833
The cost of the Guided Walk is £3 per person and suitable for children over the age of 12 accompanied by an adult.
To discover more about our society visit our website.


LEGAL LEICESTER: A WALK AROUND GREYFRIARS
Wednesday July 7th: 2.30pm
Meet at King Richard III Visitor Centre, 4A St Martins, Leicester, LE1 5DB
Join Iain Jones for a walk round the historic Greyfriars area, the heart of legal Leicester, to hear stories of the lawyers and their firms in their own words.
FREE with a suggested donation to charity.
To book, please email Iainkilbyestates@outlook.com


NAILSTONE – A HISTORY WALK AND TALK
Thursday July 8th: 8pm
Meet All Saints Church porch, Church Road, Nailstone, CV13 0QH
Kathy Elkin will talk about archaeology and local history of Nailstone whilst walking and looking at the buildings in this small west Leicestershire agricultural village near Ibstock. 1½ hours approx. Ends at the church. Toilet available.
Max 10 per group. £3 per person with profits split between church funds and the Festival.
To book email KathyLmafg@btinternet.com or text/voicemail 07960 541796/Tel 01530 263988


BRADGATE PARK ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOUR
Friday July 9th: 10am -12 noon
Bradgate Park, Newtown Linford car park, LE6 0HB
After 5 years of excavation by the University of Leicester we now know a lot more about the Park’s archaeology. Join Peter Liddle and Prof Richard Thomas to visit the sites and hear about the results.
Booking 0116 221 4508; Peter.liddle51@gmail.com
Adults £4, children FREE. Car parking £4.00 (all day).
https://le.ac.uk/archaeology/research/people-and-places/bradgate-park-fieldschool

SATURDAY 10TH – FRIDAY 16TH JULY

NAILSTONE – A HISTORY WALK AND TALK
Saturday July 10th: 3pm
Meet All Saints Church porch, Church Road, Nailstone, CV13 0QH
Kathy Elkin will talk about archaeology and local history of Nailstone whilst walking and looking at the buildings in this small west Leicestershire agricultural village near Ibstock. 1½ hours approx. Ends at the church. Toilet available.
Max 10 per group. £3 per person with profits split between church funds and the Festival.
To book email KathyLmafg@btinternet.com or text/voicemail 07960 541796/Tel 01530 263988


Swannington Incline Tour
Sunday July 11th: 10am
Walk in the footsteps of Robert Stephenson on a guided tour of the Swannington Incline at the western end of his 1832 Leicester and Swannington Railway. Admire the amazing work of the navvies who moved thousands of tons of material to dig out the cutting and create the embankment at the bottom of the incline. The walk distance is 1.4 miles and the return is up the 1 in 17 incline.
FREE. For more information and booking please visit swannington-heritage.co.uk/visits-events and https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/156974548099


Califat Coal Mine Excavation Tour
Sunday July 11th: 2pm – 3.30pm
Join Leicestershire Industrial History Society and Swannington Heritage Trust for a tour of the 1855-1873 Califat coal mine. Explore two engine house complexes, learn about the two fatal accidents from a guide dressed as a miner from the 1860s. The tour includes the miners’ cottages and an 18th century haystack boiler and learn about the latest finds from the excavation team.
FREE. For more information and booking please visit swannington-heritage.co.uk/visits-events and https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/158321119731


NAILSTONE – A HISTORY WALK AND TALK
Monday July 12th: 7pm
Meet All Saints Church porch, Church Road, Nailstone, CV13 0QH
Kathy Elkin will talk about archaeology and local history of Nailstone whilst walking and looking at the buildings in this small west Leicestershire agricultural village near Ibstock. 1½ hours approx. Ends at the church. Toilet available.
Max 10 per group. £3 per person with profits split between church funds and the Festival.
To book email KathyLmafg@btinternet.com or text/voicemail 07960 541796/Tel 01530 263988


A WALK AROUND HISTORIC LEICESTER
Tuesday July 13th: 2pm
Meet outside Jewry Wall Museum, St Nicholas Circle, Leicester, LE1 4LB
Join archaeologist Peter Liddle for a walk around the historic core of Leicester looking at the remains of Roman and Medieval Leicester, including Leicester Castle and the medieval churches. There will not be time to enter most of the buildings en route.
Booking 0116 221 4508; Peter.liddle51@gmail.com
Adults £4, children FREE.


GUIDED WALK OF ORSON WRIGHT’S, SOUTH WIGSTON
Wednesday July 14th: 2pm
Meet outside the main entrance of South Leicestershire College, Blaby Road, South Wigston LE18 4PH.
Use Countesthorpe Road car park LE18 4PA, up to 3 hours free, five minutes walk.
Join Peter Cousins for a walking tour of Orson Wright buildings in South Wigston. Peter has recently published an update to his book on Orson Wright who was responsible for building the original Victorian town of South Wigston to provide housing for railway employees working in the local repair shops and wagon yards. Orson built many ancillary buildings in the area and worked on prominent buildings in Leicester including the Grand Hotel.
Advance booking essential on 07702 127313 or petercousins@ntlworld.com
Adults £3, children free but must be accompanied as the tour will be on local streets.


GRACE DIEU PRIORY GUIDED WALK
Thursday July 15th: 6pm
Meet at the Bull’s Head Car Park, Thringstone LE67 8LR
Walk through the ancient Grace Dieu Woods, under the Charnwood Forest Railway and along the Charnwood Forest Canal to the picturesque ruins of Grace Dieu Nunnery which was later a Tudor mansion.  A Friends of Grace Dieu event.
Adults £3, children FREE. No booking required.
www.gracedieupriory.org.uk; 01530 831895; email: annpetty1948@yahoo.co.uk


BURTON LAZARS LEPER HOSPITAL
Friday July 16th: 2pm
Meet in the Village Hall Car Park,Melton Road, Burton Lazars, LE14 2UR
Join Peter Liddle for a walk over the well preserved, but enigmatic, earthworks of Burton Lazars Leper hospital, the English base of the Knights of St Lazarus, the leper Knights, a military order a little less known than the Templars and Hospitallers.
Booking 0116 221 4508; Peter.liddle51@gmail.com Adults £4, children FREE.

SATURDAY 17TH – FRIDAY 23RD JULY

Swannington Incline Tour
Saturday July 17th: 10am and 1pm
Walk in the footsteps of Robert Stephenson on a guided tour of the Swannington Incline at the western end of his 1832 Leicester and Swannington Railway. Admire the amazing work of the navvies who moved thousands of tons of material to dig out the cutting and create the embankment at the bottom of the incline. The walk distance is 1.4 miles and the return is up the 1 in 17 incline.
FREE. For more information and booking please visit swannington-heritage.co.uk/visits-events and https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/158321512907 for the 10am tour and https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/swannington-incline-tour-tickets-162905307159?aff=ebdsoporgprofile for the 1pm tour.


BARNS CHARITY FIELD WALK
Saturday July 17th: 10.30am
Meet at Desford Library, Main Street, Desford, LE9 9JP
Join Nick Crowley of the Barns Trust for a walk to the Barns Charity Fields. Learn about the history associated with the charity fields, but also its rich flora and fauna. Stout footwear advised, sun hat if it’s hot (little shade).
Sorry no children under 11. Limit of 15 people.
Donation of £5. Please book on 01455 822934, angelthom1948@hotmail.co.uk


A GUIDED WALK THROUGH A HISTORIC LANDSCAPE AT FOSSE MEADOWS
Saturday July 17th: 10.30am
Meet outside Manor Farm, Main Street, Frolesworth LE17 5EE and finish at The Evergreen Village Hall, Leicester Road, Sharnford. We will arrange transfers to re-unite you with your cars in Frolesworth!
Come and join Hinckley Archaeological Society on a short walk through a long period of pre-history.  See areas where Stone Age man knapped flints for hunting animals and making flint scrapers and blades to prepare their food.
Essential to book in advance for the guided walk (approx. 2km). To book your place/s and for any further information contact Shirley: sahailstone@hotmail.com or (01455) 636833. The cost of the Guided Walk is £3 per person and suitable for children over the age of 12 accompanied by an adult. To discover more about our society visit our website.


CONDUCTED VISIT TO GREATER WIGSTON HERITAGE CENTRE
Saturday July 17th: 10am–2pm
Wigston College Campus, Off Station Road, Wigston, Le18 2DS (Car park entrance to left of the Swimming Baths)
The Centre covers the heritage and history of Wigston Magna, South Wigston, Kilby Bridge, and parts of Glen Parva and Countesthorpe.  The archive material includes books, a large map collection, DVD’s and an enormous fully indexed collection of over 10,000 photographs.
FREE with ample free parking.
To book a place/time contact Peter Cousins by email: petercousins@ntlworld.com or telephone 07702 127313


Califat Coal Mine Excavation Tour
Saturday July 17th: 2pm – 3.30pm
Join Leicestershire Industrial History Society and Swannington Heritage Trust for a tour of the 1855-1873 Califat coal mine. Explore two engine house complexes, learn about the two fatal accidents from a guide dressed as a miner from the 1860s. The tour includes the miners’ cottages and an 18th century haystack boiler and learn about the latest finds from the excavation team.
FREE. For more information and booking please visit swannington-heritage.co.uk/visits-events and https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/158321677399


PRAYER AND PILGRIMAGE – A TOUR OF LEICESTER CATHEDRAL
Saturday July 17th: 2pm
The act of pilgrimage, or taking a journey in search of meaning, has gained new prominence in recent years. This tour explores the history of pilgrimage, and focuses particularly on St Martin’s church as a place of pilgrimage during the Middle Ages. More broadly, it focuses on those aspects that draw the modern visitor in reverence and prayer, and what this tells us about ourselves. Tour duration 40 minutes.
Advance bookings required to Rebecca.Hale@LeicesterCofE.org
Adults £3, children free


A TOUR OF CHURCH LANGTON CHURCH
Sunday July 18th: 2pm
St Peter’s, Church Langton, Market Harborough LE16 7SZ
Visit St Peter’s, a Norman and probably earlier church, with so much to see – a naked medieval figure, 17th  Century font canopy and offertory box, Pre Raphaelite windows, alabaster reredos of The Last Supper and much more.
Booking required. Adults £4, Children FREE. Cream Teas available in the Community Hall. Booking and details Roz on 01858 545160 or email r.folwell@btinternet.com


A TOUR OF THE WIGSTON FRAMEWORK KNITTERS MUSEUM
Monday July 19th: 2pm
Meet in rear yard of the museum at 42-44 Bushloe End, Wigston LE18 2BA
Join Bill Boulter for a tour of the Framework Knitters Museum, consisting of a Master Hosiers House of the late 17th century7 with a Victorian frameshop and garden. The frameshop is a unique time capsule more or less unchanged since the last master hosier died in 1952 and contains the original frames in their original positions with a more modern working example. There will be an opportunity to explore the garden.
Advance booking advisable on 07813 782899 or cftowell@aol.com
Adults £3, children free but must be accompanied (steep stairs and cobbles)


GUIDED WALK OF MOUNTSORREL
Tuesday July 20th: 2pm
Meet outside the Butter Market, Mountsorrel,LE12 7BA
A guided walk through Mountsorrel and surrounding area, looking at the History of transporting Granite from Mountsorrel Quarries to all parts of England using both the canal and railway systems. We will also look at any existing buildings and structures connected with Granite Quarrying. This walk is about 1.5 miles long, part of which is on uneven footpaths, suitable footwear is essential.
£4 per person, numbers are limited, to reserve a place please email turlington2008@yahoo.com or phone Robert on (0116)4791068


MARKFIELD VILLAGE WALK
Tuesday July 20th: 7.15pm
Meet on lower part of The Green LE67 9WD which is opposite the Methodist Church, Main Street, Markfield
This is a walk that takes us back through the geological and social history of Markfield. The walk over Markfield Hill provides splendid views of Charnwood Forest and several neighbouring counties and, weather permitting, will include a sunset backdrop to the haunting Altar Stones. There is some rough terrain and steep tracks. People are advised to wear suitable footwear.
The guided walk is FREE, but donations welcome.
Places are limited so booking essential. Please contact 01530 244497 to book a place.


A GUIDED WALK THROUGH A HISTORIC LANDSCAPE AT FOSSE MEADOWS
Wednesday July 21st: 2pm
Meet outside Manor Farm, Main Street, Frolesworth LE17 5EE and finish at The Evergreen Village Hall, Leicester Road, Sharnford. We will arrange transfers to re-unite you with your cars in Frolesworth!
Come and join Hinckley Archaeological Society on a short walk through a long period of pre-history.  See areas where Stone Age man knapped flints for hunting animals and making flint scrapers and blades to prepare their food.
Essential to book in advance for the guided walk (approx. 2km). To book your place/s and for any further information contact Shirley: sahailstone@hotmail.com or (01455) 636833. The cost of the Guided Walk is £3 per person and suitable for children over the age of 12 accompanied by an adult. To discover more about our society visit our website.


LEICESTER ABBEY TOUR
Wednesday July 21st: 2pm
Meet at the Abbey Park Road car park adjacent to Pet’s Corner, LE4 5AP
Join Peter Liddle and City archaeologist, Grahame Appleby, for a walk around the remains of Leicester Abbey, Leicestershire’s biggest and richest medieval religious house and hear about the excavations that have helped to tell its story.
Booking 0116 221 4508; Peter.liddle51@gmail.com
Adults £4, children FREE.


LAUNDE ABBEY GUIDED WALK
Thursday July 22nd: 2pm
Launde Abbey, near Loddington, LE7 9XB
Join Peter Liddle on a walk around Launde Abbey, a very fine Jacobean mansion on the site of, and incorporating parts of, a medieval Augustinian Priory. Peter will be sharing the results of recent research into the site. Launde does very fine lunches, which need to be booked on 01572 717254. Coffee or light lunches can be catered for without booking.
Booking 0116 221 4508; Peter.liddle51@gmail.com
Adults £4, children FREE.


GUIDED TOUR OF THE MOUNTSORREL & ROTHLEY COMMUNITY HERITAGE CENTRE
Friday July 23rd: 2pm
Meet in the patio area outside ‘Granites Coffee Shop’ 240 Swithland Lane,Rothley, LE7 7UE (satnavs try LE7 7SJ)
Join Robert Turlington for a guided walk, lasting about 90min, looking at the history and archaeology of Nunckley Hill Quarry, the Mountsorrel Railway and the remains of an early 19th century building known as ‘Dobb Hall’.
Cost £5: Numbers are limited:-to reserve a place please email turlington2008@yahoo.com or phone Robert on (0116)4791068 


GUIDED WALK OF BURROUGH HILL
Friday July 23rd: 2pm
Meet in the car park at Burrough Hill Country Park, Somerby Road, Burrough on the Hill, LE14 2QZ
Burrough Hill is Leicestershire’s finest hill fort. Join John Thomas and Andy Hyam of University of Leicester Archaeological Services for a walk around the ramparts and hear the results of recent excavations by the University of Leicester, which John and Andy co-directed.
Adults:£4; children FREE. Car parking £2.50. No booking required.
For information on the park www.leicscountryparks.org.uk/burrough-hill-country-park/

SATURDAY 24TH – FRIDAY 30TH JULY

Hidden in Full View – Guided walk in Swannington
Saturday July 24th: 10am – 1pm
From Hough Mill a tour of the country lanes towards Coleorton passing historic houses, a public house, chapel, tramway and coal mines that many people do not realise were there.
FREE. For more information and booking please visit swannington-heritage.co.uk/visits-events and https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/158322323331


MARKET BOSWORTH TOWN TRAIL GUIDED WALK
Saturday July 24th: 10.30am
Meet in the Square by the Memorial
You will be guided around the Medieval centre of Market Bosworth and beyond learning about its buildings and inhabitants as you go. The secret behind the White House, where the nail maker worked and the macabre story of Dr Robert Pull, who died in 1755 or did he? The walk is around 1 mile and 2 hours.
Booking essential via info@marketbosworthsociety.com or 07930149408


Beating the Bounds: A GUIDED WALK AROUND Loughborough’s Old Rectory ‘estate’
Saturday July 24th: 1pm
Meet at the gates of the Rectory on Sparrow Hill/Rectory Place, LE11 1UW
Today the Old Rectory nestles in a pretty little park not far from the Rushes Shopping Centre. The remaining part of the structure is 13th-century with the ruins of the 14th-century Great Hall. The park and the buildings are the last part of the once bustling estate which was gradually taken over by domestic and other buildings from the 19th century until the early 1960s. This walk will encompass the known historic boundaries of the rectory grounds and will conclude at the Rectory building itself. The tour will last about one hour. Limited parking space is available in the Old Rectory Museum grounds.
£5.00, LAHS Members Free. Booking: oldrectorymuseumloughborough@gmail.com


GUIDED WALK OF THE CHURCH AND SHRUNKEN VILLAGE OF COSTON
Saturday July 24th: 2pm
Meet at St Andrews, Coston, LE14 2RP
Join Dr Pam Fisher,  Peter Liddle, and David Chubb for a tour of St Andrews Church and a walk round the earthworks of the shrunken village of Coston.
Booking 0116 221 4508; Peter.liddle51@gmail.com
Adults £4, children FREE.


A GUIDED WALK THROUGH MEDIEVAL HINCKLEY
Sunday July 25th: 10.30am
Meet outside the main church door of St. Mary’s Parish Church, Hinckley,  LE10 1DW
Come and join Hinckley Archaeological Society on a short walk around the centre of Hinckley to discover traces of our medieval  heritage.
Essential to book in advance for the guided walk (approx. 2km).
To book your place/s and for any further information contact Shirley: sahailstone@hotmail.com or (01455) 636833
The cost of the Guided Walk is £3 per person and suitable for children over the age of 12 accompanied by an adult.
To discover more about our society visit our website.


SNIBSTON COLLIERIES AND COLONY – A TRIP THOROUGH TIME
Sunday July 25th: 2pm – 4pm
Meet at Margaret Street Car Park Coalville (post code LE67 3LW). Free parking on Sunday.
A guided walk by Snibston Heritage Trust looking at the history and heritage of George Stephenson’s Snibston Collieries and what remains of Stephenson’s ‘New Snibston’ colony, which became part of Coalville. The walk will start at Oliver’s Crossing and will take in Snibston No. 2 Colliery (Snibston Colliery Park) and along Ashby Road to see the remains of the colony, back to Margaret Street car park.
FREE. Booking essential, please email snibstonheritagetrust@outlook.com or telephone 01530 833521. This walk will be limited to 15 people.


CARVED IN STONE – A TOUR OF LEICESTER CATHEDRAL
Monday July 26th: 2pm
This tour takes us on an exploration of the stone of Leicester Cathedral, from the ancient to the present day. Taking in the visible remnants of its Norman origins and paying homage to the Romans, it will focus primarily on the medieval and Victorian eras whilst also looking carefully at the tomb of Richard III. Tour duration 40 minutes.
Advance bookings required to Rebecca.Hale@LeicesterCofE.org
Adults £3, children free


GUIDED WALK OF MOUNTSORREL
Tuesday July 27th: 2pm
Meet outside the Butter Market, Mountsorrel, LE12 7BA
A guided walk through Mountsorrel and surrounding area, looking at the History of transporting Granite from Mountsorrel Quarries to all parts of England using both the canal and railway systems. We will also look at any existing buildings and structures connected with Granite Quarrying. This walk is about 1.5 miles long, part of which is on uneven footpaths, suitable footwear is essential.
£4 per person: -numbers are limited, to reserve a place please email turlington2008@yahoo.com or phone Robert on (0116)4791068


EVINGTON MOAT GUIDED TOUR
Tuesday July 27th: 7pm
Meet at the Church car park in the centre of Evington village, LE5 6FA
Join Peter Liddle and Chris Hossack to visit ‘Piggy’s Hollow’, one of the best moated site complexes in Leicestershire next to Evington Parish Church, which will also be open. The complex includes the site of the manor house, fishponds and a mill dam. A hidden gem!
Booking 0116 221 4508; Peter.liddle51@gmail.com
Adults £4, children FREE


GRACE DIEU PRIORY GUIDED WALK
Wednesday July 28th: 10am
Meet at the Bull’s Head Car Park, Thringstone LE67 8LR
Walk through the ancient Grace Dieu Woods, under the Charnwood Forest Railway and along the Charnwood Forest Canal to the picturesque ruins of Grace Dieu Nunnery which was later a Tudor mansion.  A Friends of Grace Dieu event.
Adults £3, children FREE. No booking required.
www.gracedieupriory.org.uk; 01530 831895; email: annpetty1948@yahoo.co.uk


GUIDED WALK OF OADBY
Wednesday July 28th: 10.30am
Meet at the Royal British Legion, 4a Wigston Road, Oadby LE2 5QA
Join David Collins and Mike Bates for a walk around North Oadby and refreshments afterwards.
£4 Adults; children and students FREE
Please book via david.collins28@virginmedia.com


GUIDED WALK OF BREEDON HILL AND CHURCH
Thursday July 29th: 2pm
Meet in the church car park on the top of Breedon Hill, DE73 8AJ
Breedon Hill has an Iron Age hillfort containing an Anglo-Saxon monastery which later became a medieval Augustinian priory and then a parish church. Archaeologists Peter Liddle and Rachel Askew will guide you around the priory church which boasts one of the best collections of Anglo-Saxon carvings in the country, as well as some fabulous Tudor tombs, and then walk around the surviving banks of the Iron Age hillfort.
Booking 0116 221 4508; Peter.liddle51@gmail.com
Adults £4, children FREE.

SATURDAY 31ST JULY – AFTER THE FESTIVAL

GROBY OLD HALL TOUR OF GROUNDS
Saturday July 31st: 2pm
Meet at the Hall Gates, opposite the Stamford Arms, Groby, LE6 0FL
Join Peter Liddle for a walk round the grounds of Groby Old Hall for an external look at the house, a visit to the Norman motte and the area of the Time Team excavations and geophysical surveys. This site was a castle of the Earls of Leicester, the home of the Ferrers and Grey families and that of Elizabeth Woodville, Edward IV’s Queen.
BOOKING ESSENTIAL and numbers limited. Adults £4, Children FREE. For booking 0116 221 4508; Peter.liddle51@gmail.com


A WALK AROUND CLAYBROOKE WITH TEA AND CAKE
Sunday August 1st: 1.30pm–4.30pm
Claybrooke St Peter’s Church, Main Rd, Claybrooke Parva, LE17 5AE
Enjoy a local history walk of about 2 miles around the Claybrooke villages – leaflets will be available at the church from 1.30pm. Learn more about the history of the church building – members of the History Group will be in the church between 2.30 and 4.30pm. Church History Quiz for children in church and churchyard.
Relax and enjoy a cup of tea and homemade cake in these historic surroundings.


THE BEGINNINGS OF COALVILLE: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF STENSON AND STEPHENSON
Sunday August 1st: 2pm – 3.30pm
Meet at the car park at the rear of the North West Leicestershire District Council Offices, Whitwick Road Coalville, LE67 3FJ. Free parking on Sunday.
A guided walk by Coalville Heritage Society looking at how Stenson and Stephenson shaped the area that became Coalville. In the early 1800s Coalville didn’t exist and was founded by Whitwick and Snibston collieries and the Leicester and Swannington Railway. From the 1840s a new industrial town grew to become a prosperous town by the 20th century. The walk will take in the landmarks and stories of the town.
FREE. Booking essential, please email Coalville.heritage@gmail.com or telephone 07870 345781. Limited to 15 people.


CARVED IN STONE – A TOUR OF LEICESTER CATHEDRAL
Monday 2nd August: 2pm
This tour takes us on an exploration of the stone of Leicester Cathedral, from the ancient to the present day. Taking in the visible remnants of its Norman origins and paying homage to the Romans, it will focus primarily on the medieval and Victorian eras whilst also looking carefully at the tomb of Richard III. Tour duration 40 minutes.
Advance bookings required to Rebecca.Hale@LeicesterCofE.org
Adults £3, children free