As well as being the home of the mighty Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, it’s also home to Walkers Crisps’ main factory in Beaumont Leys . Britain’s supply of Stilton and, of course, Red Leicester also comes from Leicestershire, giving it a place in our hearts for bringing some of the best of British grub to our tables.

It’s not all food though; Leicestershire also boasts plenty to see and do outside of feeding times. At Belvoir Castle, take part in the world famous pheasant and partridge Belvoir Shoot, or enjoy a tour of the historic castle. The 16000 acres of woodland also include stunning gardens – perfect for whiling away a few hours on a summer’s day.

History lovers will also enjoy exploring the ruins of Bradgate Park, the childhood home of our tragic nine day Queen, Lady Jane Grey. The country park includes Swithland Wood and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Leicestershire. The wood has been distinguished as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is home to many different species of bird, moth and butterfly- perhaps it was here that Sir David Attenborough’s interest in animals began? He and his brother Richard Attenborough grew up nearby in Leicester, a place he says he owes a lot to.

Sue Townsend based the beloved Adrian Mole books in Ashby de la Zouche, which is also home to NiK Naks, McCoys and Space Raiders.  We crisp eaters have a lot to be grateful for in Leicestershire. 

Leicestershire also boasts the Donington Formula 1 race track and the National Space Centre, so there’s something for every interest. 

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