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Parks host Heritage Open Days events

Published on Thursday, September 7, 2017

SPECIAL events will be taking place in Leicester’s parks this weekend as part of a four-day celebration of the city’s history and heritage.

Tomorrow (Friday 8 September) at 12.30pm, there’s a chance to learn more about the city’s Castle Gardens in a guided walk around the area.

A Blue Badge guide will lead the walk around the gardens – which were once part of Leicester Castle’s grounds – and will also take visitors up to the historic Castle Motte.

Tickets are free of charge but must be booked in advance by calling Visit Leicester on 0116 299 4444.

On Saturday (9 September), Victoria Park hosts a Victorian-themed family fun day, with costumed characters, live music and a Victorian tearoom.

Raucous Races – which runs from 12 noon until 4pm – will also give visitors the chance to take part in some wacky races, including a big balloon race and the horsey hopper obstacle course.

There will also be circus skills demonstrations, a Punch & Judy show and a mobile forge, where you’ll be able to try your hand at ironmongery.

Organised by the city council’s Story of Parks team and Enter Edem, the free event will take place near the War Memorial in Victoria Park.

At 2pm – also on Saturday – a Blue Badge guide will lead a walk around the historic park, giving people a chance to learn about its fascinating history, its previous use as a racecourse, and its iconic war memorial and architecture.

Tickets are free of charge but must be reserved in advance by calling Visit Leicester on 0116 299 4444.

On Sunday (10 September), there’s a chance to see some of the finds excavated by archaeologists working at Leicester’s Castle Hill Country Park.

Visitors will get the opportunity to meet the archaeologists, tour the site and see some of the medieval artefacts discovered during the dig, which continues for three more weeks.

The free public open day at Castle Hill Country Park runs from 10am until 4pm on Sunday (10 September).

Also on Sunday (10 September), at 2pm, there’s a heritage walk around Leicester’s historic Abbey Park led by a Blue Badge guide.

During the hour-long walk, visitors will learn about the park’s 134-year history and discover more about the 12th century abbey that once stood on the site.

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance by calling Visit Leicester on 0116 299 4444.

All the events taking place in the city’s parks this weekend are part of Leicester City Council’s Story of Parks project  – a two year Heritage Lottery-funded scheme helping to collect and celebrate the history of Leicester’s parks through the stories and memories of local people who use them.

They are also part of the annual Heritage Open Days event, which encourages people to explore historic buildings and places in their area.

Around 50 venues are taking part in Leicester’s Heritage Open Days programme, which runs from today (7 September) until Sunday 10 September.

Full information is in a free brochure that’s available from shops, bars and the Visit Leicester centre on Gallowtree Gate. The brochure can also be viewed online at

The Heritage Open Days event is a national initiative that takes place each September. Further information, and a list of all the participating venues around the country, is available at