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Neatly nestled around a vast glistening lake in this picturesque corner of the Warwickshire-Leicestershire border, Bosworth Lakeside Lodges is a first-class family holiday destination for those seeking exhilaration, adventure, culture and history.
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King Richard’s Country Lodges is a cosy, tranquil park situated amidst the undulating low hills of the Leicestershire’s countryside.
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Ranksborough Hall offers peace and tranquillity providing pure relaxation across beautiful landscaped grounds.
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leicestershire Park & Visitor Guide

Leicestershire, set in the heart of England, offers a fantastic setting for your next family holiday. From the thrills of the National Space Centre to tranquil strolls in Bradgate Park, there's something here that everyone will remember and enjoy.

Foodies can indulge in the famous Melton Mowbray pork pies and sample some of the famous local cheeses. Visit Leicester while you're here, one of the oldest cities in England dating back over 2,000 years! Booking a family break at a UK holiday park here means quality time together with the convenience of on-site facilities and entertainment.

Have You Discovered UK Holiday Parks?

These self-contained resorts offer caravans, lodges, and sometimes tents or glamping pods. You can enjoy a range of facilities including swimming pools, entertainment venues, kids' clubs, and restaurants. They're designed for families looking for a break where everything is on your doorstep!

Holiday parks offer more space and freedom than hotels, such as separate bedrooms, living areas, and your own outdoor space. With the added bonus of on-site amenities and entertainment. They're self-catering too, saving money on dining out.

Going for a UK holiday park means you can forget about stressful airports, and luggage restrictions, and you can pack the car with as many of your home comforts as you like. Plus, you're contributing to the local economy and reducing your carbon footprint.

Why Leicestershire?

Leicestershire, with its rolling countryside and vibrant cities, offers a unique blend of rural charm and urban convenience. In 2024, look out for the Leicester Comedy Festival, a hit with families for its kid-friendly shows. Discover some of the area's famous history during your visit, from the Battle of Bosworth to the discovery of King Richard III's remains!

A holiday park here gives you the flexibility to explore without the confines of a hotel room. Plus, Leicestershire's central location makes it easily accessible from just about anywhere in the UK.

Visiting Leicestershire with kids

You're spoiled for choice when it comes to genuinely good stuff to do with your kids in this county. Meet animals at Twycross Zoo, get lost in the maize maze at Wistow, or step back in time at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre. Holiday parks have lots to do onsite for children offering freedomto play and make friends in a safe environment.

Don't forget to pack:

  1. Macs and brollies - the weather can be unpredictable!
  2. Swimwear for pool days
  3. Sturdy shoes for exploring
  4. Favourite toys or games
  5. Sunscreen and hats
  6. Chargers and game consoles
  7. Any medication you will need
  8. Baby bottle warmers, nappies and other products you might not be able to find there

Pet-Friendly Leicestershire

Leicestershire welcomes pets. The Forge Inn at Glenfield and The Old Plough in Braunston-in-Rutland are just two of the pet-friendly pubs where you can enjoy a meal with your pooch. Always bring a water bowl, keep your pet on a lead where required, and pack their favourite toys to keep them comfortable in a new environment.

Dog walking ideas in Leicestershire

Some recommended dog walking routed you can enjoy during your visit:

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Bradgate Park Varies Deer park and ruins LE6 0HE
Watermead Country Park Up to 12 Lakes and wetlands LE7 1PD
Bosworth Battlefield Trail 1.25 Historical site CV13 0AD
Market Bosworth Park 2.5 Country park CV13 0LP
Swithland Wood Varies Ancient woodland LE12 8TA

Dining at the park, or heading out

Many holiday parks offer their own on-site restaurants, which is one of the easiest ways to get a good night out without spending a fortune! For a family-friendly pub, try The White Horse in Birstall. For a sophisticated dining experience, look up John's House, Leicestershire's only Michelin-starred restaurant.

Outdoor Adventures

Leicestershire's outdoor centres like the Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre offer activities from canoeing to high ropes courses. Prices vary, but you can expect to pay around £15-£30 per person for most activities. Seasonal opening times apply, with many centres open from Easter through to the end of October.

Nearby shopping

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Highcross Leicester Shopping Centre High-street brands LE1 4AN
Fosse Shopping Park Out-of-town Big-name retailers LE19 1HY
Loughborough Market Traditional market Local produce and goods LE11 3EB
Beaumont Shopping Centre Shopping Centre Family-friendly shopping LE4 1DS
The Golden Mile Speciality shops Asian jewellery and fabrics LE4 5ED

Top Parks for 2024 in Leicestershire

Sandybrook Lodges, Derbyshire

Driving Distance: About 58 minutes (49.49 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 2 | Pet friendly? No

About this park: Sandybrook Lodges offers a serene getaway in the former grounds of a 19th-century manor house, featuring a historic pinetum, woodland walks, and proximity to the southern Peak District, making it perfect for romantic escapes and family adventures.

For the kids - Youngsters can enjoy the children's outdoor play area, toddler's playroom, mini-golf, and games room, ensuring there's plenty to keep them entertained throughout their stay.

What's on-site? The park boasts an indoor heated pool and jacuzzi (over 16s only), sauna, Wi-Fi access, and a range of activities such as archery and crossbow (charges may apply). There's also a launderette for your convenience.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include the Tissington Trail for walking and cycling, Dovedale stepping stones, and Alton Towers, all within a short drive. Prices vary, but the proximity to these attractions adds value to your stay.

Accommodation options: Sandybrook Lodges offers contemporary and luxuriously equipped lodges perfect for couples, with king-size doubles, ensuite spa baths, and saunas. While pet-friendly options are not available, the park's tranquil setting is ideal for a relaxing stay.

Sherwood Castle Holiday Forest, Nottinghamshire

Driving Distance: About 57 minutes (49.62 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

About this park: Set in the legendary Sherwood Forest, Sherwood Castle Holiday Forest is a family-friendly park offering a range of outdoor activities, woodland trails, and an indoor swimming pool, making it an enchanting escape for all ages.

For the kids - The park features an animal corner, bug hotel, bird feeding viewing wall, and a children's playground, providing a variety of fun and educational experiences for children.

What's on-site? On-site amenities include woodland trails for walking, a swimming pool for a refreshing dip, and various outdoor activities to engage in. However, the park does not offer on-site restaurants or shops, so plan accordingly.

What's nearby? The RSPB Visitor Centre in Sherwood Forest and Rufford Abbey Country Park are just a stone's throw away, offering great days out for the family. The park's location is not suitable for those with mobility difficulties due to its natural terrain.

Accommodation options: Accommodation includes comfortable lodges nestled in woodland, with options for up to 6 guests. Pet-friendly lodges are available, and some come with hot tubs, providing a cosy and relaxing environment.

Silver Trees, Staffordshire

Driving Distance: About 1 hour and 9 minutes (54.47 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 5 | Pet friendly? No

About this park: Located in the heart of Cannock Chase, Silver Trees is a peaceful retreat with a private nature reserve, wild deer, and a David Bellamy Gold Award for conservation, ideal for nature lovers and those seeking tranquillity.

For the kids - While the park is more nature-oriented and does not list specific children's activities, the surrounding area offers plenty of opportunities for family exploration and wildlife spotting.

What's on-site? Facilities include an indoor heated pool, tennis courts, and walking and cycling paths. Note that the pool requires pre-booking for private sessions, and some facilities may incur additional charges.

What's nearby? Birches Valley Visitor Centre is nearby, offering exhilarating outdoor activities, and the town of Rugeley is just 3 miles away for shopping and dining options.

Accommodation options: The park offers a range of accommodation from cosy caravans to spacious lodges and a detached cottage, suitable for couples or small families. However, pet-friendly options are not available.

Darwin Forest, Derbyshire

Driving Distance: About 1 hour and 4 minutes (56.52 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

About this park: Darwin Forest is an award-winning park nestled in the Peak District, offering a plethora of activities from tennis and mini-golf to woodland walks and a health and fitness leisure centre, perfect for an active family holiday.

For the kids - The park features a Little Monkeys indoor play centre, a children's playground, and a range of activities such as bodyzorbing and archery, ensuring kids have plenty to do.

What's on-site? On-site amenities include an indoor heated pool, spa, sauna, gym, Foresters Bar and Restaurant, Explorers Café, and Wi-Fi access. The park also offers a shop and launderette for added convenience.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include the Heights of Abraham, Mam Tor, and Bamford Edge, as well as Alton Towers and Chatsworth House, providing a mix of adventure and cultural experiences.

Accommodation options: Darwin Forest offers contemporary lodges with luxurious amenities such as king-size beds, ensuite spa baths, and saunas. Pet-friendly and hot tub options are available, catering to couples and small families.

Family Days Out In Leicestershire

But what's a holiday without some cracking day trips? Here's the lowdown on six must-visit spots that'll keep everyone from toddlers to teens, and even the grown-ups, buzzing with excitement.

Twinlakes Park

  • Opening Times: Varies seasonally, check their website
  • Prices: From £8, under 95cm tall go free
  • Postcode: LE13 1SQ
  • Est. time required: Full day
  • Nearest parking: Onsite, free of charge

Twinlakes Park is a family theme park that's a hit with kids thanks to its thrilling rides, splash zones, and petting farm. The Excalibur Adventure zone is a standout, with its dragon rollercoasters and medieval jousting. If you're visiting in summer, don't miss the outdoor water park. To dodge the queues, rock up early or visit off-peak.

Phone number: 01664 567777 | Web:


  • Opening Times: Daily from 10am, except Christmas Day
  • Prices: Around £9 for adults, concessions available
  • Postcode: DE12 6GA
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite, included in ticket price

Conkers is an outdoor and indoor adventure centre that's perfect for families who love a bit of action. The Barefoot Walk and the high ropes course are ace for challenging yourselves. They've recently added the 4D cinema experience, which is a cool way to chill after all the climbing and exploring. Tip: Pack a picnic to save some dosh and enjoy the outdoor spaces.

Phone number: 01283 216633 | Web:

National Space Centre

  • Opening Times: Usually 10am to 5pm, but check ahead
  • Prices: Adult tickets around £15, kids slightly less
  • Postcode: LE4 5NS
  • Est. time required: Half day
  • Nearest parking: Onsite, pay and display

The National Space Centre is a universe of fun for the space-obsessed. With six galleries full of rockets, satellites, and interactive displays, it's educational without being dull. The Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium is a highlight – it's the UK's largest! Go during term-time weekdays to avoid the school trip crowds.

Phone number: 0116 261 0261 | Web:

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

  • Opening Times: Booking required, times vary
  • Prices: Activities priced individually
  • Postcode: LE4 5PN
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours per activity
  • Nearest parking: Onsite, free

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre is your go-to for adrenaline-pumping activities. From kayaking to archery, there's something for every thrill-seeker. They've recently added stand-up paddleboarding, which is a laugh for the whole family. Book in advance to secure your spot, and if you're a group, you might snag a discount.

Phone number: 0116 268 1426 | Web:

Bradgate Park

  • Opening Times: Dawn till dusk
  • Prices: Free entry, parking charges apply
  • Postcode: LE6 0HE
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Several car parks around the site

Bradgate Park is a slice of countryside heaven, with wild deer and the ruins of Lady Jane Grey's house. It's a top spot for a family ramble or a picnic. The visitor centre is a recent addition, offering insights into the park's history. For a quieter visit, try a weekday morning.


Stonehurst Family Farm and Museum

  • Opening Times: 9:30am to 5pm, but can vary
  • Prices: Adults around £6, kids a bit less
  • Postcode: LE12 7UX
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Onsite, free

Stonehurst Family Farm and Museum is a cracking day out for little ones. They can pet farm animals, ride tractors, and learn about farm life. The Motor Museum is a hidden gem with vintage cars and motorcycles. Visit during lambing season for an extra special experience.

Phone number: 01509 413216 | Web:

Guests Ask:

This is our first stay on a holiday park, what will it be like?

Expect a laid-back vibe with plenty of activities. Places like Eye Kettleby Lakes offer fishing, while Market Bosworth's Bosworth Water Park has water sports. Accommodation ranges from caravans to lodges, many with self-catering facilities. Kids' clubs and evening entertainment are common, so there's always something to do.

What should I pack when visiting Leicestershire?

Pack for the unpredictable British weather – layers, waterproofs, and comfy walking shoes. Don't forget swimwear for pool days and a good book for relaxing evenings. If you're staying at a place like Rutland Water's holiday park, bring your bike or walking gear to explore the beautiful surroundings.

Is Leicestershire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely! Leicestershire's charm isn't just summer-deep. Off-season visits mean fewer crowds at attractions like Twinlakes Theme Park. Plus, holiday parks like Orchard Farm are peaceful retreats with cosy accommodations that often come with a price drop outside peak times.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Yes, if your holiday park accommodation includes a hot tub, it'll be spick and span for your arrival. Parks like Mallory Meadows pride themselves on cleanliness and will have the hot tub prepped and ready for that first relaxing soak.

Can we bring our pets to the holiday park?

Many holiday parks in Leicestershire are pet-friendly, knowing that dogs are part of the family. Wistow Rural Centre even has a dog-friendly café. Always check the park's pet policy when booking, as some may charge a small fee for your furry friends.

How do we book activities, and do they need to be booked in advance?

Booking activities varies by park. Some, like Conkers, have an online booking system. It's wise to book in advance during peak times to avoid disappointment. Off-season, you might get away with booking on arrival, but why risk missing out on the fun?

Are there any educational activities for kids at these holiday parks?

Yes. Parks like Conkers in the National Forest offer interactive exhibits and outdoor activities that blend fun and learning. Also, many parks have nature trails with information boards about local wildlife and plants – perfect for curious minds.

What dining options will we find in Leicestershire holiday parks?

You're sorted for food. Most parks have on-site eateries, from casual cafes to restaurants. For example, Eye Kettleby Lakes has a lovely tearoom. Self-catering? Hit up local farmers' markets for fresh produce to cook up a storm in your holiday home.

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