A castle, restaurants and great shopping: New map highlights tourism hot-spots in area of county


A new map has been created to help tourists and local people find the best bits of Blaby. The district, which stretches around the south and west of Leicester, includes fascinating features such as the Glenfield Railway Tunnel and Kirby Muxloe Castle as well as Fosse Park and Meridian Leisure Park and numerous eateries, hotels and golf courses.

The map has been put together by Blaby District Council to help people make the most of the area’s attractions. It also features country walks, farm shops, restaurants, cafes, leisure centres and the best pubs in the district.

A new attraction, the Fosse Foxes trail also appears on the map. Launched a year ago, there are 25 life-sized fox sculptures around the Fosse Park area.

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Another recent addition to the Blaby tourist trail is Everards Meadows – a site near Fosse Park with cycle hire, a brewery and 70 acres of countryside alongside the Grand Union Canal. The site, owned by the brewing company Everards, was where the launch of the new guide took place.

Councillor Sharon Coe said: “We are very excited to be launching our new map and guide to the district. We are lucky to have so many brilliant and popular attractions in the district and it’s fantastic for people to have the chance to pick up a copy and see for themselves just how much there is available to do.

“As visitors continue to flock back to village centres following the pandemic, we are proud to be supporting local businesses with initiatives like this to continue raising the profile of our area.”

Alberto Costa, MP for South Leicestershire, said: “Tourism is such a key part of our local and national economy, and the beautiful Blaby district already has so much to offer visitors to the county in the form of vibrant shopping parks, historic sites and national attractions, and it’s brilliant to see these local hotspots highlighted for those visiting South Leicestershire.”

The map and guide is available online at www.visitblaby.org.uk and will shortly be found in businesses and libraries across the district, including those part of the Blaby District Tourism Partnership. The Visit Blaby website also has more detailed information about the tourist attractions across Blaby District.

Funding for the maps has been provided by Welcome Back Funding from the European Regional Development Fund. Download the map from the council’s website by clicking here.


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