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Westfield Derby is Derby's main shopping centre. It houses approximately 150 stores including cafes and hairdressers. The centre also includes an "Eat Central" or food hall. A 12 screen cinema is due to open in Spring 2008 and there is a childrens' soft play area called "Playworld". The centre has occasional events, details of which can be found on the website. They also offer a concierge service and have disabled facilities. Opening times are: Monday - Wednesday, 9am to 7pm Thursday & Friday, 9am to 9pm Saturday 9am to 7pm Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park
This site is the scene of the last major action in the war of the Roses where Henry Tudor defeated Richard III. The result of the battle saw the end of rule of England by the Plantagenets and the start of the Tudor reign. The battle was fought August 22, 1485. Features include a battle re-enactment annually on the weekend closest to the anniversary. There is a battlefield trail, visitor center (as of summer 2007 writing undergoing renovation), restaurant and gift shop. There is a £1.50 parking charge for cars. To visit the battlefield costs are £3.25 for adults, £2.25 for children and £8.50 for families. Open 11:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. April to October and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Nov and December Sundays only.
Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe
The town of Melton Mowbray is famous for pork pies - voted the UK's third most popular regional dish (after Yorkshire Puddings and Cornish Pasties). In 2006 the local butchers fought a successful campaign to prevent the term 'Melton Mowbray Pork Pie' being used by any pie manufacturers outside the Melton Mowbray area - after all, if Champagne can be protected, why not pork pies? The oldest pie producer in the town is Dickinson and Morris - at their shop pies have been made for over 150 years. Visitors to the town can buy pies and other food in the shop and pork pies start at £1.10 for the small size. The shop also offers pies by post.
Rockingham Castle was built 900 years ago for Richard the Conqueror and sits on the top of a ridge of hills giving views of the valley beyond, across five different counties. Despite its address being listed as Market Harborough (a very attractive market town) it's actually closest to the industrial town of Corby and visitors would do better to follow road signs to Corby rather than Market Harborough The Watson family who own the castle have lived there for 450 years and only one other family owned the castle before them. The grounds and castle are open in the summer months - roughly from Easter to the end of September. Between Easter and the end of May they are only open on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays (of which there are two in May). From June to September they are open on Tuesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. Opening hours are 12 noon to 5 pm. If you can form a group of 20 or more visitors, they will open on additional days by prior appointment - there are links on the website to arrange such visits. On open days the entry price is £7.50 for adults, £6.50 for Old Aged Pensioners and £4.50 for children up to 16 years of age. Dogs are welcomed in the gardens but not in the castle. Special events such as Christmas Fayres and Craft Shows are held periodically - check the website for details. The castle is also available for weddings and other private functions.
Leicester has been a market town for over 700 years. Today the Leicester market is a bustling cosmopolitan mix of over 300 stalls (fresh produce, books, leather goods, clothing) in the heart of the city. It is the largest covered market in Europe. The family of a local football celebrity who started his professional career with Leicester City FC are still fruit and vegetable traders here. In the centre of the market is the old Corn Exchange building, built in 1850 and flanked by stone steps. This now serves as a restaurant and bar. Outside is a stature of the Duke of Rutland. Adjacent is the Indoor Market hall which houses the fish market and a delicatessen. The original ornately designed Fish Market hall which had distinctly cast iron pillars was closed in the mid 1970s but was retained as part of the new structure. It can be approached from Cheapside (adjacent to the Clock Tower); from the corner of Granby Street and Horsefair Street and from any of the narrow streets and arcades leading from High Street and Hotel Street. OPENING HOURS: Outdoor: Monday to Saturday Indoor: Tuesday to Saturday Browsing Free.
Jewry Wall and Roman Baths
Leicester is steeped in history and there are many ancient monuments and places of historic interest, particulary to the south and west of the city centre. It was originally a Roman settlement (Ratae Coritanorum) where the Foss Way crossed the River Soar. A five minute walk away from the Clock Tower is the Jewry Wall, one of the largest surviving pieces of Roman building in the country and one of Leicesters most famous landmarks. It consists of a wall with two arched doorways which form the entrance to the Roman baths. The foundations and outline of the baths are laid out at the foot of the wall. The Leicester Museum of Archaeology stands within the grounds housing displays of the Leicester area from prehistoric to mediaeval times. Its large Roman collection includes mosaics and wall paintings. The museum also shows a multimedia presentation The Making of Leicester the story of Leicester and its citizens from the Iron Age to the year 2000. Opening: February - November Saturdays: 11.00am to 4.30pm Sundays : 11.00am to 4.30pm Closed: Monday - Friday During school holidays Open 7 days a week Admission: free