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Top 10 things to do in Loughborough
Loughborough is a thriving, award-winning market town nestled in the heart of the glorious Charnwood Forest, with a wide range of unique shopping, diverse eating out experiences, family attractions, exciting events and plenty of places to enjoy and explore.Award-winning MarketsGood for bargains, local foods and vintage items. street markets on Saturdays and Thursdays, Vintage Market on Fridays and a Farmers Market on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Look out for speciality street food, evening and Christmas markets.
Tranquil Queen’s ParkGood for picnics and chilling out. Home to the Carillon Tower, Charnwood Museum, a bowling green, cafe, a Victorian band stand, kid’s play area and even a swan-shaped maze. A great outdoor venue for events including the summer Picnic in the Park.
Active Town CentreGood for skating at Southfields Park Skate Park, archery at Archery Legends, climbing at the Climbing Station, a full array of activities at Loughborough Leisure Centre and amazing sports facilities at Loughborough University. If you like to run then don’t miss Race For Life, Santa Fun Run, Loughborough Half Marathon or the Loughborough Go-Tri.
Eating OutGood for indulging and socialising. From artisan chocolates, infamous pizzas, award-winning restaurants to scrumptious cafes, deli’s and bistro’s. World cuisine, quality restaurants, modern street food and quaint cafe’s make Loughborough a gastronomic delight.ShoppingGood for boutique, independent and unique shops complimenting an eclectic mix of regional and national chains. A great shopping experience, with big names such as TK Maxx, New Look, Topshop, M&S and Next sitting side by side with an eclectic mix of independent boutiques. You will find all the big names in the Carillon Court and The Rushes Shopping Centres and across our pedestrianised Market Place.
Events and CelebrationsGood for Loughborough Fair, the unique Loogabarooga Festival, a great Christmas program and loads of community fairs and events throughout Summer. From Car Show’s to Steam events, the Seaside to Literature – a vibrant mix of things to do.
Nights OutGood for dancing, gigs, parties and socialising. With nightclubs, bars and cinemas offering weekend deals, you can party until 4am ! Head to Baxter Gate, Ward’s End and The Rushes area for late night party fun.
Relaxing RiversideGood for world cuisine, cocktails, retail and fitness by the waterside at Loughborough Wharf.
A Bit of HistoryGood for a steam ride on the Great Central Railway, visiting the Old Rectory Museum or even a tour around the John Taylor’s Bellfoundry. With the ancient Charnwood Forest surrounding the town, Loughborough has so much to offer.
Loughborough is the original home of Ladybird Books. Angel Yard, situated just off Market Place, was the original location of Wills & Hepworth Printers (Est 1873) and is the birthplace of Ladybird Books. A green plaque was installed as part of the Ladybird Books Centenary celebrations that took place in the town centre in October 2015.
In 1841, Loughborough was the destination for Thomas Cook’s first package tour from Leicester.
We have the world’s largest bell foundry, John Taylor Bellfounders, which has made the bells for the Carillon War Memorial in Queen’s Park, as well as the Great Paul for St. Paul’s Cathedral and York Minster. The Old Rectory Museum sits in the medieval centre of the town alongside Loughborough’s historic parish church, All Saints with Holy Trinity.
Loughborough is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book.
Great Central Railway, Britain’s only double-track steam line, runs regular trips to Leicester at weekends and throughout the summer.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside, our town is ideally based for visitors to explore Charnwood and its great parks, including Charnwood Forest and Bradgate Park, which is home to the ruins of Bradgate House, birthplace of Lady Jane Grey who was Queen of England in 1554 for just nine days!