Festival of Archaeology Returns

The Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology will be running throughout July this year, from July 3rd to August 1st. The county festival is part of the UK’s biggest archaeological event, the national Festival of Archaeology.

With lockdown restrictions easing, this is the perfect time for people to get out and explore their local places, discover the archaeology and rich heritage that is all around us and uncover the stories, sites, buildings, places, people and events that make our local communities so special.

Events, both on the ground and online, are planned across Leicestershire and Rutland, in our towns and villages, in museums and at our heritage sites.

The Festival brings together local archaeological organisations to showcase all that is great about our local archaeological heritage and we want you to help us celebrate local sites, stories and the people who lived and shaped our local places.

  • Over 40 guided walks are organised with more being confirmed daily. These cover a huge range of sites from prehistoric to industrial.
  • Live digital talks by some of the counties’ leading heritage experts.
  • Self-guided walks to enjoy at your own pace.
  • Online archives of past talks.
  • And many more family friendly activities, exhibitions and hands on events.

Local organiser, Peter Liddle, commented “last year was a disappointment as the pandemic led to most of our events being cancelled but this year we’re back! We have fabulous sites locally and we plan to show people a different dimension to popular beauty spots like Bradgate Park, Beacon Hill and Abbey Park where the archaeology may go unnoticed – until our expert guides point it out. Numbers will be restricted to aid social distancing and everything will need to be booked in advance. There will also be a number of self-guided walks for people to follow at their own pace and time. Talks will largely be online with archaeologists from the University of Leicester and other experts speaking about a range of local subjects.”

The Leicestershire and Rutland Festival is part of a national Festival of Archaeology organised by the Council for British Archaeology and is supported by the Leicestershire Fieldworkers, the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society, the Leicestershire Industrial History Society, University of Leicester Archaeological Services and many other local heritage groups.

More information about the Festival and a full list of events can be found here.

The programme will be continually updated as more events are confirmed.

More information about the national Festival of Archaeology, which runs from July 17th to August 1st, can be found at https://festival.archaeologyuk.org/.

For more information about the Festival in Leicestershire and Rutland please contact Peter Liddle on 07758194353, 01162214508 or peter.liddle51@gmail.com or Mathew Morris on mlm9@le.ac.uk