Conkers at Christmas
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Celebrate Christmas in Leicestershire

As we approach the festive season, this Christmas is going to be a very different experience for many of us.

Our Christmas Gift Shop will help to make buying gifts for your friends and family just a little bit easier whilst supporting our local businesses. There’s a great selection of the best of Leicestershire including local produce food hampers, unique pieces from local artists, exciting woodland experiences and gift vouchers for the hard to buy for!

Many of our usual Christmas markets and events will be taking a different format this year so we would recommend that you either check online or call ahead before you leave home.

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Festive events for Christmas

Winter Wonderland at Conkers

Book a timed slot for Conkers' Winter Wonderland and take a trip on Head Elf's Twinkle Toes Train through the tunnel of discovery, meet the Balloon Modeller and watch our Christmas shows & films.

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Century Theatre

Panto characters including Dame Flossie will be at Century Theatre at regular intervals on December 12th and 13th. Free entry. Refreshments will be available from the cafe.

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Coalville Drive In Cinema

The Big Festive Drive-in Cinema comes to Coalville Market car park this December showcasing 10 fantastic Christmas movies over 4 days including a special visit from Santa Claus!

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Christmas Market at Stonehurst Farm

Book tickets for the Stonehurst Farm Christmas craft fair available online. Lots of Christmas gifts available to buy.


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Engine Yard Christmas Market

Take a trip to Belvoir Castle and explore the Castle festooned with twinkling lights & traditional decorations. Visit Santa in his grotto and find the perfect stocking fillers at our chalet style Christmas Markets at the Engine Yard.

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Christmas Spectacular at Twycross Zoo

Mrs Claus warmly welcomes your family to celebrate Christmas in style at the Twycross Zoo Christmas Spectacular - see Santa, the Ice Queen and Elves!

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Melton Livestock Market Christmas Craft Fayre

A Winter Warmer Craft and Gift Market is taking place on Saturday 12th December at Melton Livestock Market.

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Fabulous gift ideas this Christmas

Stay Play Explore gift vouchers

Gift vouchers available for the great value StayPlayExplore short break packages - overnight accommodation plus entry to 3 fabulous attractions - the perfect gift for all the family.

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Conkers gift vouchers

Give the gift of a great family day out at Conkers. Outdoor woodland adventure, with 120 acres of adventures in the forest so get ready for an adventure to remember. Gift vouchers available.

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Charnwood Alpacas

Feel some festive spirit Charnwood Alpacas.  Book a Reinpaca experience for your family or buy a voucher to give as a gift.

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Gift vouchers from Swadlincote Ski Centre

Gift vouchers from Swadlincote Ski Centre are available for ski and snoboard sessions and lessons, and day courses.


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National Forest Dedicate a Tree

Give the gift that keeps on growing by dedicating a tree in the National Forest. Each purchase comes with a certificate and the guarantee that a sapling will be planted in the National Forest. 

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Christmas gifts from Bosworth Battlefield

Books and gifts for all the family available online here fro Bosworth Battlefield and Harborough Museum - includes Horrible History gifts, goblets, stained glass and t-towels.

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Stonehurst Farm vouchers

Family tickets and annual passes for entry into Stonehurst Farm make a fantastic gift. Also available are afternoon tea gift vouchers for the Farmer's Den tearoom.

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Gift vouchers for John's House

Gift vouchers, fresh artisan cheese boxes and beautiful wines are available to purchase as gifts from John's House at Mountsorrel.

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Adopt an alpaca

Adopting an alpaca is the perfect gift for animal lovers. All the animals at White Hill Farm have been rescued, your gift will help pay for food and upkeep for a year.

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National Space Centre family offers

This festive season take your family bubble to the National Space Centre for an out of this world Christmas treat. Or buy an annual pass for a great Christmas gift.

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Hamper

All the products from Tea with Millie and Ellie are homemade and baked with love, passion and attention to detail. Gift vouchers and hampers make ideal Christmas gifts.

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National Forest eBike Holidays

Delight your loved one with the gift of a relaxing EBike cycling break, exploring the peaceful National Forest. Choose a gift voucher or surprise them with a pre-booked break for a specific date.

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Wellbeing at Whistlewood

Buy the gift of a Wellbeing at Whistlewood experience within the National Forest for your loved one this Christmas. Workshops, classes and therapies available.

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A Shade Different, locally made soft furnishings

Locally made by A Shade Different see these hand-crafted cushions, lamps and lampshades; also workshops and gift vouchers. A unique gift for friends and family.

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Hampers at Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe

Buy Original Melton Mowbray Pork Pies online from Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe. Enjoy an award-winning taste with Melton Mowbray's finest authentic recipe.

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Gifts and experiences at Brockleby's

Brockleby's foodie experiences are ideal Christmas presents as are ploughman's hampers.

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Gates Garden Centre

Christmas starts with a trip to Gates Garden Centre, well known for Christmas displays and themed-decor.  Gift vouchers available.

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Field Sport UK gift vouchers

People love something just that little bit different. Buy your loved ones a multi-activity or shooting package from Field Sport UK.

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Ferrers Gallery at Ferrers Centre

A beautiful collection of unique gifts handmade with love by talented British designers and crafts people at the Ferrers Gallery at Ferrers Centre.

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Great Central Railway experiences

Vouchers available for Great Central Railway footplate experiences, dining evenings, afternoon tea or family trips on a train.

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Special occasion outfits and gift vouchers at Dressini

Buy an outfit for your special occasion from Dressini in Market Bosworth. Appointments necessary.  Gift vouchers also available.

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Ragdale Hall

Ragdale Hall Spa gift vouchers are the best way to give the gift of ‘me-time’ to  loved ones. Whether you’re looking for a stocking-filler or a stand-out gift, there’s something to suit all tastes and pockets.

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Gift vouchers from Greenwood Days

Gift vouchers for a course with Greenwood Days make a perfect Christmas present: willow weaving, spoon carving, chair-making, bowl carving and many more Courses are held in our beautiful woodland workshop.

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Gift vouchers from Belvoir Brewery

Great gifts can be purchased from Belvoir Brewery who is selling vouchers, beers, clothing and merchandise.



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Geese and Fountain

The Geese and Fountain is offering a specialist craft beer advent calendar. 24 beers from some of our favourite breweries, both UK and international.

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The Royal Oak hampers

A selection of favourite products for you to enjoy over Christmas.  Includes wine, pork pie, meats, tea, cheese, salmon and lots more. Collection only, from The Royal Oak, Long Whatton.

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Hamper gifts from La Zouch

Bespoke hampers, wines, spirits and gift vouchers from La Zouch in Ashby de la Zouch make great Christmas gifts.


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Gifts from The Bee Farmer

Lots of ideas for gifts are available online from The Bee Farmer. Jars of honey, candles, polish and lots more.

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Gift vouchers for Harry&Sally boat trips

Take to the water on the tranquil Ashby Canal with a gift voucher for the fabulous day boat Harry&Sally. An ideal gift for family and friends.

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Hawkwise gift vouchers

An experience with a difference - Birds of Prey, Owl Flying, photography, or perhaps a family afternoon! Hawkwise has gift vouchers just for you. located at Cattows Farm, Heather.

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Not Just a Corner Shop

Not Just a Corner Shop is offering bespoke Leicestershire hampers crafted to suit your chosen recipient and your budget selecting from the 50+ Leicestershire food and drink heroes. Gift vouchers also available.

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Noni's Family Kitchen

Order scotch eggs from Noni's Family Kitchen for Christmas delivery. Gift vouchers and annual subscriptions available.

 

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James Cafe Bistro

A collective of Leicestershire artists and makers form We Are and have a beautiful Christmas range of gifts at James Cafe Bistro, which is also open for takeaway.
 

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Lot's more to explore here too

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre | GoLeicestershire

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

Join a guided walk to discover the battle in its landscape or experience the Bosworth story in the immersive and award-winning exhibition galleries.

Conkers | GoLeicestershire

Conkers

120 acres of adventure with indoor and outdoor play and over 100 interactive exhibits, that will keep your family engaged for hours!

Swadlincote Ski Centre | GoLeicestershire

Swadlincote Ski Centre

Enjoy the thrills of sno-tubing, adrenaline filled toboggan rides and then dare the drop slide for even more exhilarating fun as well as ski & snowboard!

Twinlakes | GoLeicestershire

Twinlakes Park

Endless adventures of family fun providing great days out, where the fun never stops!

Stonehurst Farm | GoLeicestershire

Stonehurst Farm

A great family day out, fresh produce on sale straight from the farm and fresh cakes and a tasty menu in the tearoom.

Wheelgate | GoLeicestershire

Wheelgate Park

A 30 acre family theme park and water park including two large indoor play centres, a farm and a water park.

1620s House and Garden | GoLeicestershire

1620s House & Garden

Immerse yourself in an early 17th century experience and take a walk back in time in the wonderful, fully furnished house.

Twycross Zoo | GoLeicestershire

Twycross Zoo

Walk with ring-tailed lemurs; see a troop of emperor tamarins leap above your head in their treetop exhibit, and watch Humboldt penguins take their daily walk.

New Walk Museum | GoLeicestershire

New Walk Museum

Galleries include Ancient Egypt, Dinosaurs, Wild Space, The Den gallery for the under 5s, the Victorian art gallery, Arts & Crafts gallery and Picasso Ceramics.

Belvoir Castle | GoLeicestershire

Belvoir Castle

The ancestral home of the Duke of Rutland, where the family have lived in an unbroken line for almost a thousand years. 

Quorn Grange Hotel | GoLeicestershire

Quorn Grange Hotel

Book an afternoon tea, lunch or evening meal for a special occasion - or perhaps an overnight stay.

Bosworth Water Park | GoLeicestershire

Bosworth Water Park

Whatever your age, however active you feel – there’s something for everyone, sailing or pedalos, play areas or crazy golf.

National Space Centre | GoLeicestershire

National Space Centre

Discover six galleries, including the iconic Rocket Tower and the UK’s largest domed planetarium, crammed full of space suits, rockets, satellites and meteorites. 

Treetop Adventure Golf | GoLeicestershire

Treetops Adventure Golf

Play the two indoor, 18 – hole mini golf courses. Tackle the Tropical Trail or Ancient Explorer then brave the bonus 19th hole to win a free round.

Great Central Railway | GoLeicestershire

Great Central Railway

The UK's only double track, main line heritage railway, a great day out for everyone. Special events and dining opportunities galore.

Yew Lodge Hotel | GoLeicestershire

Yew Lodge Hotel

Enjoy a short break, a meal at Marco's or take a seat for Harry Houdini's final performance in one of the hotel's escape rooms!

Charnwood Museum | GoLeicestershire

Charnwood Museum

Dig through layers of the town's history and watch out for the Barrow Kipper! This Jurassic marine reptile 'swims' under the floor of the Museum.

National Brewery Centre | GoLeicestershire

National Brewery Centre

A world-class visitor centre that celebrates Burton upon Trent's proud brewing heritage and its influence on brewing techniques throughout the world.

Brook Meadow | GoLeicestershire

Brook Meadow

Family run holiday site set in the heart of a working farm. Enjoy the space and tranquillity of the setting and the variety of accommodation and activities on offer.

Harborough Museum | GoLeicestershire

Harborough Museum

The internationally-important Hallaton Treasure is showcased in the Treasure Gallery and contains over 2,500 glittering coins and a unique 1st century Roman cavalry helmet.

King Richard III Visitor Centre | GoLeicestershire

King Richard III Visitor Centre

Turn detective and travel back through time to uncover the plot lines, birth rights and family connections that create an intricate story of medieval murder, mystery and mayhem.

University of Leicester Botanic Gardens | GoLeicestershire

University of Leicester Botanical Garden

16 acres of lovingly cultivated grounds and greenhouses display a wide variety of features and environments.

Watermead Country Park | GoLeicestershire

Watermead Country Park

Surfaced paths are great for walking, running and cycling, and many seats along these trails are ideal places for visitors to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Holywell House | GoLeicestershire

Holywell Guest House

Offers an experience of a time gone by, with breakfast served on a beautiful table fully set out and quality beds and bathrooms to ensure you have an enjoyable stay.

Charnwood Forest Alpacas | GoLeicestershire

Charnwood Forest Alpacas

Once you have been partnered up with an alpaca chum, your trekking experience will begin - and there's plenty of time for pictures and alpaca selfies!

Melton Carnegie Museum | GoLeicestershire

Melton Carnegie Museum

The museum tells the story of Melton through fascinating collections about shops and trades, rural life, the history of foxhunting, archaeology and painting the town red.

Ye Olde Porke Pie Shoppe | GoLeicestershire

Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe

Book your place on a pie-making demonstration or the Pork Pie Experience, learn why pork pies are important to Melton Mowbray or simply call in to buy your pie.

The White Horse, Quorn | GoLeicestershire

The White Horse, Quorn

Traditional country pub serving steaks and seafood with a lively events diary throughout the year.

Timber Festival | GoLeicestershire

Timber Festival

Step into an incredible weekend of music, arts, ideas and wellbeing among the trees at Feanedock, near Ashby de la Zouch.

Ferrers Gallery | GoLeicestershire

Ferrers Gallery

A collection of beautiful pieces of craftsmanship from British artists and designer-makers.

Beacon Hill Country Park | GoLeicestershire

Beacon Hill Country Park

At 248m, the summit of Beacon Hill boasts panoramic views across Leicestershire. 135 hectares of woodland, heathland, grassland and wildflower meadows.

Cafe Next Door, Woodhouse Eaves | GoLeicestershire

The Cafe Next Door

Fully licensed cafe serving breakfasts, lunches and afternoon tea in a relaxing tearoom with friendly staff.

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre | GoLeicestershire

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Adventurous outdoor activity experiences designed to stimulate, educate and motivate young people and others in a challenging and safe environment.

Field Sport UK | GoLeicestershire

Field Sport UK

Activities are tailored to suit you, from novice to expert. Try your hand at axe throwing, air rifle and pistol shooting, archery and survival skills.

Horseshoe Cottage Farm | GoLeicestershire

Horseshoe Cottage Farm

A haven for business people and pleasure seekers alike - environmentally friendly, luxury accommodation, along with a warm welcome.

Moira Furnace | GoLeicestershire

Moira Furnace

An early 19th century iron-making furnace. There is also a restored section of Ashby Canal on the site so you may wish to enjoy a boat trip.

Belvoir Alehouse | GoLeicestershire

Belvoir Alehouse

The Alehouse visitor centre has a bar, restaurant, and shop offering a great selection of Star Quality Beer, fresh local produce, and a range of brewery related merchandise.

National Memorial Arboretum | GoLeicesteshire

National Memorial Arboretum

The Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance. 150 acres, over 300 memorials and an abundance of wildlife.

Wistow Maze | GoLeicestershire

Wistow Maze

Remaining closed until summer 2021
Enjoy a fun day out exploring one of the country's largest maize mazes, set in 8 acres of living maize and sunflowers. 

Sysonby Knoll Hotel | GoLeicestershire
Sysonby Knoll Hotel

Less than a mile from the centre of Melton Mowbray with a warm and welcoming reception and bright and airy restaurant overlooking 4.5 acres of land.
Melton Cheeseboard | GoLeicestershire
Melton Cheeseboard

A must-visit for all lovers of cheese! Melton Cheeseboard offers 150 different variety of cheeses.
The Outwoods | GoLeicestershire
The Outwoods

110 acres of ancient woodland with an easy access path, a bird feeding station and children's play area.
The White Peacock | GoLeicestershire
White Peacock

Book a formal lunch and dinner in a relaxing ambience with passionate staff on hand to care for you from the moment you step in.

Hough Mill | GoLeicestershire
Hough Mill, Swannington

A 200 year old restored windmill where you can get hands-on with the exhibits. Family and heritage events take place through the year.

Grace Dieu Ruins | GoLeicestershire
Grace Dieu Ruins

The ruins stand in a valley bottom bounded by a small brook on the edge of Charnwood Forest. Guided walks take place regularly.

Travel Plaza Hotel | GoLeicestershire
Travel Plaza Hotel

Generously sized en suite rooms with baths and power showers, free broadband access, fridge in each room and free ample parking.

Ullesthorpe Court Hotel | Go Leicestershire

Ullesthorpe Court Hotel & Golf Club

Modern luxury accommodation in what was originally a 17th Century Manor House perfect for business or pleasure.

Old John in Bradgate Park | GoLeicestershire

Bradgate Park

Country park with the ruins of Bradgate House, deer and the folly 'Old John'. Events throughout the year including outside theatre, guided walks and workshops.

The Greenway at Knaptoft House Farm | GoLeicestershire
The Greenway at Knaptoft House Farm

4 star rooms and bed & breakfast accommodation near Bruntingthorpe.

Bruntingthorpe Events | GoLeicestershire
Bruntingthorpe Events

Whether you're organising a launch, your wedding or shooting a film, Bruntingthorpe is the perfect location.

Market Bosworth Park | GoLeicestershire
Market Bosworth Country Park

Open parkland landscape with majestic mature specimen trees interspersed with small areas of woodland, wild flower meadows and a lake.

College Court | GoLeicestershire

College Court Hotel & Conference Centre

Based in the heart of Leicester the venue provides functional meeting space, stylish accommodation and tranquility within its four acres of landscaped gardens.

Brockleby's Pies | GoLeicestershire

Brocklebys Pies

The Ultimate Pork Pie Making Workshop offers you the chance to make your own pie from the raw ingredients, including making your own hot water pastry and gelatine.

Tresillian House | GoLeicestershire

Tresillian House Guest House

Newly refurbished, whether you are staying for business or pleasure, for a night or a week, Tresillian House is a home away from home.