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Create your perfect escape for 2 adults from £119

Whether it’s creating cosmopolitan cocktails in the heart of the city, tasting pies & cheese in the heart of the rolling countryside or exploring our fascinating heritage there’s an experience to suit everyone on a short break to Leicestershire.

You can create our own perfect escape on our unique short breaks. From just £149 two of you can enjoy b&b at one of our amazing hotels and guest houses, PLUS the choice of ANY of three of these eighteen eclectic range of experiences. No need to decide what you want to do before you arrive, in most cases you can check in and see how you feel, whether you fancy afternoon tea, a cocktail masterclass or a brewery tour, the choice is yours (although some booking ahead is necessary for some experiences).

Booking couldn’t be easier, simply choose one of our exceptional hotels or guesthouses and you’ll be issued with three passes which can be redeemed at ANY of the experiences listed at the bottom of the page. There’s such a huge choice, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

We also offer two special interest short breaks.  Our Stay Play Explore Gourmet break includes overnight accommodation with breakfast and a choice of three great foodie experiences for two adults from £149.  The fantastic value Stay Play Explore Foxton short break for two adults from just £119  offers overnight accommodation with breakfast plus dinner, welcome refreshments and entry into Foxton's BoilerHouse experience.


The ultimate short break for food lovers is the Stay Play Explore Gourmet break.  For £149 two adults can enjoy overnight accommodation with a fantastic breakfast plus entry into three great gourmet experiences.

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Booking your short break

  • STEP ONE - type the date of the first day for your preferred stay and the number of nights you wish to stay in the boxes below and click 'search'
  • STEP TWO - look at the grid of hotels and see which have rooms available on this date and for the number of nights you require, choose which hotel you wish to view and click 'select'
  • STEP THREE - if you are happy with your hotel selection click 'select'
  • STEP FOUR - on the secure booking page complete the number of adults in your party. If the size of your party requires more than one room change this in the appropriate box, the system will calculate the cost of your short break. Complete your contact details.
  • STEP FIVE - double check all the details you have filled in, particularly your email address as this will be used to send you your booking confirmation.
  • STEP SIX - follow the payment procedure on screen - after making payment, your booking confirmation will be emailed to you together with a link to your eTickets.

Some of these experiences may need pre-booking. You should telephone the venue directly before making your Stay Play Explore booking to ensure that it will be possible to visit on the date you require. 

If you can't find available rooms for the date you want to Stay Play Explore, call 0116 225 4000 and we will do our best to add the rooms you would like.



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Hilton Leicester in or near Leicester
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Hilton East Midlands Airport in or near Castle Donington
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Sketchley Grange Hotel in or near Hinckley
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Jurys Inn Hinckley Island in or near Hinckley
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Best Western Plus Ullesthorpe Court in or near Lutterworth
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Leicester Marriott Hotel in or near Leicester
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Ramada Encore Leicester City Centre in or near Leicester
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Admission to a choice of visitor attractions and food and drink experiences.

Food & drink

Afternoon tea
  • The Crown, Old Dalby
  • Memsaab
  • Miss B's Tearoom
  • Mrs Bridge's Tearooms
  • Scalford Hall
  • The White Peacock


Pork Pies
  • National Memorial Arboretum
  • Phoenix


  • Belvoir Alehouse
  • Melton Cheeseboard
  • Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe


  • The BoilerHouse at Foxton Locks
  • Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre
  • King Richard III Visitor Centre
  • National Brewery Museum
For full details of the experiences on offer in this short break


See the wide range of accommodation to choose from:

Just 3 miles from the city centre the Hilton is great for couples looking for the perfect short break. The hotel has a fully equipped LivingWell Health Club with an 18m indoor heated swimming pool. Dining facilities include Flavours restaurant and our Court Bar which offers a range of light meals and Costa Coffees.
The Sketchley Grange, Burbage, Hinckley, combines the perfect blend of historical character and contemporary design. The original country house, has been extended and enhanced over the years into a luxury four star hotel, enticing guests with our Romans Health Club within the 17 metre indoor pool, sauna and spa.
Centrally located to three major road networks, the Hilton East Midlands Airport is an ideal location to stay when visiting any of the chosen attractions. Our Livingwell Health Club has a 16 metre indoor heated pool along with a spa pool which is included in your stay, along with a gym sauna and steam room.

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This hotel offers free parking, free Wi-Fi, excellent leisure facilities, great dining with a Piazza Lounge, contemporary Triumph Bar plus Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill to choose from.

Just minutes from J21a of the M1, yet set in a quiet area. After a day's sightseeing, relax or invigorate in the gymnasium, heated swimming pool, steam room and sauna. Enjoy the Mixx Restaurant for informal European dining. Light snacks, Starbucks coffees and teas are available in the Atrium Lounge.




A delightful family owned hotel with excellent dining facilities and superbly appointed bedrooms. Pleasantly furnished en suite bedrooms provide a high degree of comfort. All bedrooms have interactive TVs.

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The Best Western Plus Ullesthorpe Court Hotel provides modern luxury accommodation in what was originally a 17th century manor house. The hotel is set in 120 acres of glorious Leicestershire countryside yet only 10 minutes from the motorway network, M69 links Coventry (M6) and Leicester (M1).

The striking and contemporary hotel is next to the new Curve theatre in the city's trendy Cultural Quarter, and a stroll away from the King Richard III visitor centre. The hotel offers free WiFi internet access and hard-wired internet access, with digital TVs and tea/coffee making facilities in each room.
Attentive, friendly staff who know the city well and are happy to help you enjoy your stay. A lovely ambience, combining Victorian charm and elegance with hi-tech convenience such as free Wi-Fi – and a great setting in a leafy enclave at the historic heart of the city.

Useful information

Important information - please read before making your booking

1. All 2017 bookings must be made online through this website, there is an online card payment fee of £3 per booking. If you can't see a room available on the day you wish to book, give us a call on 0116 225 4000 and we'll try our best to increase the number of rooms available.

2. See our full T&Cs before booking your break.

3. This short break is subject to availability. Pre-book your place in advance. If you have a query, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page.

4. Your experience e-Tickets will be available to download and print once the booking of your short break has been completed. It is your responsibility to print your tickets and bring them with you on your break. Attractions may refuse entry if you do not bring your paper tickets with you.

5. Tickets are valid from the day of your stay until the end of 2017. If you don't have time to enjoy all three activities during your short break, you can come and use it before the end of the year.

6. Each experience may only be visited once, with one e-Ticket scanned by each venue visited to gain entry.

Cancellations & Amendments to Bookings

1. Bookings are non-refundable under any circumstances within 7 days prior to your stay date or at any point if any redemptions have been made from your eTicket. For cancellations made up to 7 days before your accommodation date you will receive a refund of your package price minus a £5.00 administration charge.

2. If you wish to change the short break package currently booked, change the date of a short break, cancel the booking or change the hotel, Leicestershire Promotions will try to accommodate you. However, each change requested will incur a £5.00 processing charge. All changes are subject to approval and availability of the hotel providers in question. Any card transaction fees incurred at the time of booking will not be refunded. Please note you cannot make any changes within 7 days prior to your stay date.

3. To reduce/increase the amount of nights connected to a short break, change the short break currently booked or change the hotel provider of the short break, please refer to the alterations sections on our FAQs page.

4. For cancellations please contact Leicestershire Promotions directly on 0116 225 4000.

5. For the above reasons you may wish to take out cancellation insurance, which is inexpensive and can be obtained from any good broker.