Guided Walks and Tours

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

Week 1: Saturday 2nd – Friday 8th July

GLENFIELD TUNNEL TOURS
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July: 10am, 11.30am, 2pm, 3.30pm
Meet at The Old Rectory (dbs managed offices) car park opposite the Forge Inn on Kirby Road, Glenfield LE3 8DG
Stewards will conduct you along the track bed of the Leicester-Swannington railway to the Glenfield Tunnel, built in 1832 to transport coal from NW Leicestershire to Leicester. The guides will explain details about the history of the tunnel, its construction and subsequent use, along with a number of stories which have come down to us over the years. Stout shoes and a torch are strongly recommended.
FREE but donations welcome. Booking essential on: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glenfield-railway-tunnel-tours-tickets-328107437177


BELGRAVE HALL AND GARDENS TOUR
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July: 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm
Belgrave Hall & Gardens, Church Road, Leicester, LE4 5PE
A wonderful chance to view the Hall and learn more about the history of Belgrave Hall and the fascinating families who lived there. Belgrave Hall provides an oasis of peace and quiet in a busy city and is set amid two acres of serene walled gardens which you can explore and enjoy alongside the tour.
FREE. Booking essential via www.leicestermuseums.org.


BELGRAVE HALL GREENHOUSE TOUR
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July: 11:30am & 2pm
Belgrave Hall & Gardens, Church Road, Leicester, LE4 5PE
A unique opportunity to explore the greenhouses one of which dates back to the Victorian period. Walk through the picturesque gardens accompanied by the resident Head Gardner, Chris Brooks.  Your chance to ask questions about the history of the garden and its vegetation.  The tour will last 1 hour and 30 minutes.
FREE. Booking essential via www.leicestermuseums.org.


A WALK AROUND WHITWICK
Tuesday 5th July: 6.30pm
Meet at the Old Station North Street Whitwick, LE67 5HA
A guided village walk which links significant historical sites in Whitwick and reveals some surprising stories.
FREE. For more information email whitwickhistoricalgroup83@gmail.com


A TOUR OF WIGSTON CEMETERY
Tuesday 5th July: 7pm
Wigston Cemetery, Welford Road, Wigston, LE18 3TE
Join Peter Cousins to hear about the founding and history of the Cemetery, along with revealing detailed research into several of the people at rest there.
£4 per person. Booking essential, email petercousins@ntlworld.com or call 07702 127313
All proceeds to Greater Wigston Heritage Centre and the Leicestershire Fieldworkers


DESFORD HERITAGE WALK
Wednesday 6th July: 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 per person, includes coffee & cookies. Please book on 01455 823537 or email patcrane33@gmail.com


BELGRAVE HALL AND GARDENS TOUR
Wednesday 6th July: 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm
Belgrave Hall & Gardens, Church Road, Leicester, LE4 5PE
A wonderful chance to view the Hall and learn more about the history of Belgrave Hall and the fascinating families who lived there. Belgrave Hall provides an oasis of peace and quiet in a busy city and is set amid two acres of serene walled gardens which you can explore and enjoy alongside the tour.
FREE. Booking essential via www.leicestermuseums.org.


TOUR OF ST PETER’S, MARKET BOSWORTH AND ITS CHURCHYARD
Wednesday 6th July : 2pm – 3.30pm
Meet inside St Peters Church, Church Street, Market Bosworth, CV13 0LL
Come and join a guided tour around the 14th-century manorial parish church in the attractive town of Market Bosworth, to be followed by a short guided walk around the ancient churchyard, with views of the former seat of the local lords of the manor, Bosworth Hall. Duration approx. 90 minutes (part indoor/outdoor).
FREE but donations for St Peter’s Church would be welcome. Booking required, contact Robert Leake on 01455 290020 or robert@robertleake.com


WORDSWORTH’S CHURCH AND SWANNINGTON STORIES
Wednesday 6th July: 6.30pm
St George’s Church, Loughborough Road, Swannington, LE67 8HG
Tour St George’s church and graveyard and discover their fascinating history – the poet, the amateur artist who was the catalyst for the national gallery, the muscular vicar who rebuilt his church, the baptist minister who became the vicar, the miners’ union president and his pub, the matron of the smallpox hospital, the horse thief whose execution may have killed his father.  So many stories.
FREE but donations welcome. To book email swanningtonresearch@gmail.com


WIGSTON HISTORY WALK
Thursday 7th July: 7pm
The walk, led by Peter Cousins, starts with the history of Wigston, and takes you on a walk detailing many of the historic buildings, some of which are listed, and some of the famous local people commemorated on the blue plaques.
£4 per person. Booking essential, email petercousins@ntlworld.com or call 07702 127313
All proceeds to Greater Wigston Heritage Centre and the Leicestershire Fieldworkers


GUIDED TOUR OF ST HELENS CHURCH, ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH
Friday 8th July: 2pm
St Helens Community Heritage Centre, 4 Church Yard, South St, Ashby de la Zouch, LE65 1AA
Led by Anne Heaton, the tour will start in our Heritage Centre, opposite the church. Church tour lasting approx. one hour. Refreshments available in the Heritage Centre afterwards. Also, an opportunity to look at our interpretation displays and to ask questions.
FREE but donations welcome. Booking via our website: www.sthelensashby.net or email sthelensheritage@gmail.com

Week 2: Saturday 9th – Friday 15th July

A GUIDED WALK IN CASTLE DONINGTON
Saturday 9th July: 10am
Meet in the Market Place, Castle Donington, DE74 2JB
Join a guided walk around the historic village of Castle Donington, with its medieval layout, fine church and interesting buildings.
Adults £4, children FREE. Proceeds to Castle Donington Museum. BOOKING ESSENTIAL as numbers are restricted due to narrow streets. Please ring Castle Donington Museum on 01332 812711


GLENFIELD TUNNEL TOURS
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th July: 10am, 11.30am, 2pm, 3.30pm
Meet at The Old Rectory (dbs managed offices) car park opposite the Forge Inn on Kirby Road, Glenfield LE3 8DG
Stewards will conduct you along the track bed of the Leicester-Swannington railway to the Glenfield Tunnel, built in 1832 to transport coal from NW Leicestershire to Leicester. The guides will explain details about the history of the tunnel, its construction and subsequent use, along with a number of stories which have come down to us over the years. Stout shoes and a torch are strongly recommended.
FREE but donations welcome. Booking essential on: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glenfield-railway-tunnel-tours-tickets-328107437177


MARKET BOSWORTH TOWN TRAIL GUIDED WALK
Saturday 9th July: 10.30am
Meet by the Memorial in the Market Place, Market Bosworth, CV13 0LE
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.
FREE. Booking essential, either email info@marketbosworthsociety.com or tel. 07930149408


DESFORD HERITAGE WALK
Saturday 9th July: 2pm
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 per person includes coffee & cookies. Please book on 01455 823537 or email patcrane33@gmail.com


A TOUR OF HOUGH MILL, SWANNINGTON
Sunday 10th July: 2pm – 5pm
Hough Mill, St George’s Hill, Swannington, LE67 8QU
The lovingly restored Hough Mill is open to visitors and our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides will be able to answer all your mill related questions!  This wonderful windmill, dating back to 1800, is a ‘must see hidden gem’.  You can have a go at making flour.
FREE but donations welcome.  No booking necessary. Email swanningtonchiar@hotmail.com for more details


A TOUR OF BARDON PARK AND CHAPEL
Sunday 10th July: 2.30pm
Meet at Bardon Park Chapel, Shaw Lane (A511), Bardon, Coalville LE67 1SY
Join Richard Norburn and Peter Liddle for a chance to see Leicestershire’s oldest non-conformist chapel and the sites in Bardon Park, once Leicestershire’s biggest deer park, courtesy of Aggregate Industries UK Ltd.
£4 per person. No booking required                                               


A GUIDED WALK THROUGH MEDIEVAL HINCKLEY
Tuesday 12th July: 10.30am
Meet inside St Mary’s Parish Church, Hinckley, LE10 1DW (café open from 10am)
Come and join Hinckley Archaeological  Society on a short walk around the centre of Hinckley to discover traces of our medieval  heritage.
£4 per person and suitable for children over the age of 12 accompanied by an adult. 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
To discover more about our society visit their website here.


A TOUR OF WIGSTON CEMETERY
Tuesday 12th July: 7pm
Wigston Cemetery, Welford Road, Wigston, LE18 3TE
Join Peter Cousins to hear about the founding and history of the Cemetery, along with revealing detailed research into several of the people at rest there.
£4 per person. Booking essential, email petercousins@ntlworld.com or call 07702 127313
All proceeds to Greater Wigston Heritage Centre and the Leicestershire Fieldworkers


BELGRAVE HALL AND GARDENS TOUR
Wednesday 13th July: 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm
Belgrave Hall & Gardens, Church Road, Leicester, LE4 5PE
A wonderful chance to view the Hall and learn more about the history of Belgrave Hall and the fascinating families who lived there. Belgrave Hall provides an oasis of peace and quiet in a busy city and is set amid two acres of serene walled gardens which you can explore and enjoy alongside the tour.
FREE. Booking essential via www.leicestermuseums.org.


HIDDEN HISTORIES OF LEICESTER: ‘Roamin’ Through Ratae’
Wednesday 13th July: 2pm
Meet outside HM Land Registry/Pex Building, West Bridge Close, LE3 5DR
Explore the epic rise and fall of Roman Britain through the stories left by the people and places of Ratae Corieltavorum, Leicester’s ancient Roman name. Join local historian Jim Butler on a journey through the city’s Roman past, from military outpost to Civitas Capital to crumbling Roman ruin. Booking: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/roamin-through-ratae-guided-walk-tickets-326415225727
£3 per person, children under 16 FREE (suitable for children over 10 yrs, accompanied by an adult).


LAUNDE ABBEY GUIDED WALK
Wednesday 13th July: 3pm
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.
Adults £4, children FREE. Booking 0116 221 4508; Peter.liddle51@gmail.com


WIGSTON HISTORY WALK
Thursday 14th July: 7pm
The walk, led by Peter Cousins, starts with the history of Wigston, and takes you on a walk detailing many of the historic buildings, some of which are listed, and some of the famous local people commemorated on the blue plaques.
£4 per person. Booking essential, email petercousins@ntlworld.com or call 07702 127313
All proceeds to Greater Wigston Heritage Centre and the Leicestershire Fieldworkers


TOUR OF LEICESTER GUILDHALL
Friday 15th July: 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm
Leicester Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FQ
Join Suzanne Gamble, one of our wonderful tour guides and explore the history of Leicester’s oldest medieval building. Find out about the characters who have passed through its historic doors and discover the role it has played in Leicester’s history.
FREE. Booking essential via www.leicestermuseums.org.


GROBY OLD HALL: TOUR OF GROUNDS
Friday 15th July: 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.
Adults £4, children FREE. BOOKING ESSENTIAL and numbers limited. For booking 0116 221 4508; Peter.liddle51@gmail.com

Week 3: Saturday 16th – Friday 22nd July

GLENFIELD TUNNEL TOURS
Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th July: 10am, 11.30am, 2pm, 3.30pm
Meet at The Old Rectory (dbs managed offices) car park opposite the Forge Inn on Kirby Road, Glenfield LE3 8DG
Stewards will conduct you along the track bed of the Leicester-Swannington railway to the Glenfield Tunnel, built in 1832 to transport coal from NW Leicestershire to Leicester. The guides will explain details about the history of the tunnel, its construction and subsequent use, along with a number of stories which have come down to us over the years. Stout shoes and a torch are strongly recommended.
FREE but donations welcome. Booking essential on: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glenfield-railway-tunnel-tours-tickets-328107437177


CALIFAT COAL MINE EXCAVATION, SWANNINGTON
Sunday 16th July: 2pm & 3.30pm
Meet at Califat Coal Mine, near Hough Mill, off St George’s Hill, Swannington, LE67 8HX. (Follow the sign for Hough Mill and Gorse Field).
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 but donations welcome. No booking necessary. https://swannington-heritage.co.uk or email swanningtonchair@hotmail.com for more info.


GUIDED WALK OF THE SHRUNKEN VILLAGE OF COSTON
Saturday 16th July: c.3.15pm (after talks at 2pm)
Meet at St Andrews, Coston, LE14 2RP
Join Peter Liddle and David Chubb for a walk round the earthworks of the shrunken village of Coston. This will follow a talk on the church by Dr Pam Fisher and a talk on medieval sculpture (Mawming and Mooning) by Bob Trubshaw which starts at 2pm (see Talks)
Adults £4, children FREE (including talks and walk). Booking 0116 221 4508; peter.liddle51@gmail.com


A GUIDED WALK AROUND HOBY VILLAGE
Sunday 17th July: 2pm
Meet in All Saints Church, Main Street, Hoby, LE14 3DT
Hoby is a beautiful Wreake Valley village that still retains much of its old and interesting architecture. The Hoby & Diastrict Local History Society offers a guided walk around Hoby lasting about 2 hours. The trail covers architecture and social history and is illustrated with photographs from the early part of the last century.
Adults £3.00, children free. Booking required, please contact: The Secretary tel: 01664 434422 or secretary@hobyanddistricthistory.co.uk ;www.hobyanddistricthistory.co.uk


A TOUR OF HOUGH MILL, SWANNINGTON
Sunday 17th July: 2pm – 5pm
Hough Mill, St George’s Hill, Swannington, LE67 8QU
The lovingly restored Hough Mill is open to visitors and our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides will be able to answer all your mill related questions!  This wonderful windmill, dating back to 1800, is a ‘must see hidden gem’.  You can have a go at making flour.
FREE but donations welcome.  No booking necessary. Email swanningtonchiar@hotmail.com for more details


GRACE DIEU PRIORY GUIDED WALK
Sunday 17th July: 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. For more info: www.gracedieupriory.org.uk; 01530 831895; email: annpetty1948@yahoo.co.uk


PREHISTORIC EARTHWORKS AT BEACON HILL
Monday 18th July: 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.
Adults £4, children FREE. Car park charge of £3 for up to 2 hours. Stout footwear recommended.


A TOUR OF THE WIGSTON FRAMEWORK KNITTERS MUSEUM
Monday 18th July: 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 late C17 with a Victorian frame shop and garden. The frame shop 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.
Adults £4, children FREE but must be accompanied (steep stairs and cobbles). Advance booking advisable on 07813 782899 or cftowell@aol.com. No local street parking and a small charge is now made in nearby (10 minute’s walk) car parks.


A GUIDED WALK THROUGH MEDIEVAL HINCKLEY
Tuesday 19th July: 10.30am
Meet inside St Mary’s Parish Church, Hinckley, LE10 1DW (café open from 10am)
Come and join Hinckley Archaeological  Society on a short walk around the centre of Hinckley to discover traces of our medieval  heritage.
£4 per person and suitable for children over the age of 12 accompanied by an adult. 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
To discover more about our society visit their website here.


GUIDED WALK OF MOUNTSORREL
Tuesday 19th July: 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 road, rail and canal. 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. To reserve a place please email turlington2008@yahoo.com or phone Robert on (0116)4791068


MARKFIELD VILLAGE WALK
Tuesday 19th July: 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.
FREE but donations welcome. Places are limited so booking essential. Please contact 01530 244497 to book a place.


HIDDEN HISTORIES OF LEICESTER: ‘Medieval Mementoes’
Wednesday 20th July: 2pm
Meet outside The Guildhall, Guildhall Ln, LE1 5FQ
Join local historian Jim Butler for an exploration of some of the streets, buildings and places that offer insights into Leicester’s fascinating medieval past. Highlighting the town’s surviving buildings from the Middle Ages, Jim will also encourage participants to spot the clues left by the medieval town that have survived through the centuries into today’s modern cityscape.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/medieval-mementoes-guided-walk-tickets-326422768287
£3 per person, children under 16 FREE (suitable for children over 10 yrs, accompanied by an adult).


HALLATON HERITAGE TRAIL
Wednesday 20th July: 6pm
Meet at Hallaton Museum, the Tin Tab, Churchgate, Hallaton, LE16 8TY
A gentle walk of about 90 minutes around Hallaton exploring its rich heritage. The trail has over 30 exhibits. Walk down the historic High Street from Hacluit’s to the Butter Cross, see graffiti from the 1894 election and visit Hallaton’s lost pubs.
FREE. Limit of 20 people.  To guarantee a place please pre-book on: www.hallaton-museum.co.uk/festivalofarchaeology


LEICESTER ABBEY TOUR
Wednesday 20th July: 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.
Adults £4, children FREE. No booking required


GRACE DIEU PRIORY GUIDED WALK
Thursday 21st July: 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. For more info: www.gracedieupriory.org.uk; 01530 831895; email: annpetty1948@yahoo.co.uk


A TOUR OF ALL SAINTS CHURCH, WIGSTON MAGNA
Friday 22nd July: 11am – 12.30pm
All Saints Church, Moat Street, Wigston Magna, LE18 2BA
Visit this historic Grade I listed parish church for a look round at your leisure with experts on hand to answer your questions.
FREE, but donations welcome. No booking required but for further details phone Colin on 07813 782899 or email cftowell@aol.com. No on site parking and a small charge is now made in nearby car parks.


TOUR OF LEICESTER GUILDHALL
Friday 22nd July: 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm
Leicester Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FQ
Join Suzanne Gamble, one of our wonderful tour guides and explore the history of Leicester’s oldest medieval building. Find out about the characters who have passed through its historic doors and discover the role it has played in Leicester’s history.
FREE. Booking essential via www.leicestermuseums.org.


GUIDED WALK OF BREEDON HILL AND CHURCH
Friday 22nd July: 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.
Adults £4, children FREE. No booking required.

Week 4: Saturday 23rd – Sunday 31st July

ST MORRELL’S TWO HALF ROUNDS
Saturday 23rd (first half) & Sunday 24th July (second half): 10am
The St Morrell’s Round is a circular Pilgrimage which was inspired by the pilgrimages made to the rediscovered Chapel of St Morrell over a period of about 300 years ending at the Reformation. The pilgrimage visits sites of interest and relevance to that period and is 18 miles through hilly High Leicestershire and Rutland.

On this first weekend, the Round can be walked in two parts Saturday: Hallaton-Launde, and Sunday: Launde-Hallaton. Either part can be booked separately and there is no requirement to book both days. On the second weekend (see below) we will walk the whole route in one day. Details of meals and/or accommodation at Launde Abbey are available via the website.
Pre-booking is absolutely essential at www.hallaton-museum.co.uk/festivalofarchaeology


A GUIDED WALK IN CASTLE DONINGTON
Saturday 23rd July: 10am
Meet in the Market Place, Castle Donington, DE74 2JB
Join a guided walk around the historic village of Castle Donington, with its medieval layout, fine church and interesting buildings.
Adults £4, children FREE. Proceeds to Castle Donington Museum. BOOKING ESSENTIAL as numbers are restricted due to narrow streets. Please ring Castle Donington Museum on 01332 812711


JOHN WYCLIFFE AND LUTTERWORTH PARISH CHURCH (talk and tour)
Saturday 23rd July: 2pm
A talk on John Wycliffe, the 14th Century religious reformer who with his followers, completed the 1st translation of the bible into English whilst Rector of St Mary’s church, Lutterworth, Leicestershire. This will be followed by a tour of St Mary’s church a fascinating listed building, containing Wycliffe memorabilia.
Adults £3, children FREE. Bookings can be made by calling 01455-556616 or the church office 01455-558797


A TOUR OF HOUGH MILL, SWANNINGTON
Sunday 24th July: 2pm – 5pm
Hough Mill, St George’s Hill, Swannington, LE67 8QU
The lovingly restored Hough Mill is open to visitors and our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides will be able to answer all your mill related questions!  This wonderful windmill, dating back to 1800, is a ‘must see hidden gem’.  You can have a go at making flour.
FREE but donations welcome.  No booking necessary. Email swanningtonchiar@hotmail.com for more details


GUIDED WALK OF OADBY SOUTH
Monday 25th July: 10.30am
Meet at the Royal British Legion, 4a Wigston Road, Oadby, LE2 5QA
Join David Collins and Mike Bates for a walk around South Oadby, with refreshments afterwards.
Adults £4, children and students FREE. Please book with David Collins by email to david.collins28@virginmedia.com with a copy to Mike Bates at mrmjbates@aol.com.


GUIDED WALK OF MOUNTSORREL
Monday 25th July: 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 road, rail and canal. 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. To reserve a place please email turlington2008@yahoo.com or phone Robert on (0116)4791068


GUIDED TOUR OF ST HELENS CHURCH, ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH
Tuesday 26th July: 10am & 2pm
St Helens Community Heritage Centre, 4 Church Yard, South St, Ashby de la Zouch, LE65 1AA
Led by Julie Starkey, the tour will start in our Heritage Centre, opposite the church. Church tour lasting approx. one hour. Refreshments available in the Heritage Centre afterwards. Also, an opportunity to look at our interpretation displays and to ask questions.
FREE but donations welcome. Booking via our website: www.sthelensashby.net or email sthelensheritage@gmail.com


TOUR OF LEICESTER GUILDHALL
Tuesday 26th July: 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm
Leicester Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FQ
Join Mark Collins, one of our wonderful tour guides and explore the history of Leicester’s oldest medieval building. Find out about the characters who have passed through its historic doors and discover the role it has played in Leicester’s history.
FREE. Booking essential via www.leicestermuseums.org.


LEGAL LEICESTER: A WALK AROUND GREYFRIARS
Tuesday 26th July: 2.15pm
Meet at King Richard III Visitor Centre, 4A St Martins, Leicester, LE1 5DB
Join Iain Jones, retired solicitor and community archaeologist, 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

Copies of LEGAL LEICESTER : THE STREETS AND VOICES OF GREYFRIARS  by Iain Jones and Jane Kennedy should be available at cost with any net profits to the SBA charity. CONTACT iainkilbyestates@outlook.com to book place and/or reserve a book at £10

If a group wishes an evening walk then an alternative walk after work would be Wednesday 27th at 6.00 pm


GRACE DIEU PRIORY GUIDED WALK
Wednesday 27th July: 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. For more info: www.gracedieupriory.org.uk; 01530 831895; email: annpetty1948@yahoo.co.uk


JOHN WYCLIFFE AND LUTTERWORTH PARISH CHURCH (talk and tour)
Wednesday 27th July: 2pm
A talk on John Wycliffe, the 14th Century religious reformer who with his followers, completed the 1st translation of the bible into English whilst Rector of St Mary’s church, Lutterworth, Leicestershire. This will be followed by a tour of St Mary’s church a fascinating listed building, containing Wycliffe memorabilia.
Adults £3, children FREE. Bookings can be made by calling 01455-556616 or the church office 01455-558797


HIDDEN HISTORIES OF LEICESTER: ‘An UnCivil War’
Wednesday 27th July: 2pm
Meet outside De Montfort Uni, corner of The Gateway and Bonners Lane, LE1 9BH
In the Summer of 1645, the town of Leicester was besieged by Royalist forces and suffered the bloodiest 48 hours in its long history. Join local historian Jim Butler and discover stories of bravery and barbarism whilst exploring the scenes and settings for some of the bloodiest fighting in the town.
Booking: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-uncivil-war-guided-tour-tickets-326434001887
£3 per person, children under 16 FREE (suitable for children over 10 yrs, accompanied by an adult).


HALLATON HERITAGE TRAIL
Wednesday 27th July: 6pm
Meet at Hallaton Museum, the Tin Tab, Churchgate, Hallaton, LE16 8TY
A gentle walk of about 90 minutes around Hallaton exploring its rich heritage. The trail has over 30 exhibits. Walk down the historic High Street from Hacluit’s to the Butter Cross, see graffiti from the 1894 election and visit Hallaton’s lost pubs.
FREE. Limit of 20 people.  To guarantee a place please pre-book on: www.hallaton-museum.co.uk/festivalofarchaeology


GUIDED WALK OF OADBY NORTH
Thursday 28th July: 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, with refreshments afterwards.
Adults £4, children and students FREE. Please book with David Collins by email to david.collins28@virginmedia.com with a copy to Mike Bates at mrmjbates@aol.com.


TOUR OF LEICESTER GUILDHALL
Thursday 28th July: 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm
Leicester Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FQ
Join Mark Collins, one of our wonderful tour guides for a special and unique look at the history of Leicester’s oldest medieval building from when it was home to Leicester’s first Police Force. This tour will concentrate upon the theme of ‘Crime and Punishment’ Find out about the unsavoury characters who have passed through its historic doors.
FREE. Booking essential via www.leicestermuseums.org.


EVINGTON MOAT GUIDED TOUR
Thursday 28th July: 2.30pm
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!
Adults £4, children FREE. Booking 0116 221 4508; Peter.liddle51@gmail.com


DISCOVER THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF BRADGATE PARK
Friday 29th July: 11am
Meet at the main entrance gates at Newtown Linford car park, Newtown Linford, Leicestershire, LE6 0HE
Join Peter Liddle and Professor Richard Thomas on a guided tour which will lead you to some of the most significant archaeology sites within the park. This unique opportunity, led by two experts within the field as part of the Leicestershire and Rutland Festival of Archaeology, will give you the chance to learn about the findings of the various excavations that have taken place on the park.
£4 per person. Booking essential at https://www.bradgatepark.org/Event/discover-the-archaeology-of-bradgate-park


GUIDED WALK OF BURROUGH HILL
Friday 29th July: 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 from 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/


GUIDED TOUR OF THE MOUNTSORREL & ROTHLEY COMMUNITY HERITAGE CENTRE
Friday 29th July: 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’.
£4 per person. To reserve a place please email turlington2008@yahoo.com or phone Robert on (0116)4791068


ST MORRELL’S FULL ROUND
Saturday 30th July: 8am
The St Morrell’s Round is a circular Pilgrimage which was inspired by the pilgrimages made to the rediscovered Chapel of St Morrell over a period of about 300 years ending at the Reformation. The pilgrimage visits sites of interest and relevance to that period and is 18 miles through hilly High Leicestershire and Rutland.
This event is aimed at experienced walkers who want to walk the whole route in one day.
Details of meals and/or accommodation at Launde Abbey are available via the website. Pre-booking is absolutely essential at www.hallaton-museum.co.uk/festivalofarchaeology


A TOUR OF HOUGH MILL, SWANNINGTON
Sunday 31st July: 2pm – 5pm
Hough Mill, St George’s Hill, Swannington, LE67 8QU
The lovingly restored Hough Mill is open to visitors and our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides will be able to answer all your mill related questions!  This wonderful windmill, dating back to 1800, is a ‘must see hidden gem’.  You can have a go at making flour.
FREE but donations welcome.  No booking necessary. Email swanningtonchiar@hotmail.com for more details