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Location guides: top things to do in Leicestershire

If you’re seeking a relaxing break, then you should look to stay at our Champneys Springs resort. Being surrounded by water walkways and 31 acres of open parkland, our tranquil location offers the perfect destination for a spa break.

In fact, if you’re looking at what to do in Leicestershire, our resort is always ranked as one of the top attractions with many sportsmen and women regularly visiting us. We boast a full-size football pitch and regularly play host to national teams and clubs looking to add something extra before their games.
If you’re looking to visit our Springs resort for a short break and are planning to stay in the area for a few days; here are some interesting tips about the different things you can do in this picturesque area of Leicestershire.
Relax on a spa day

There is a wealth of pampering treatments and fitness classes you can enjoy at Champneys Springs. From youth-boosting facials to soothing massage and energetic boot camps, there’s something to be enjoyed by everyone on a revitalising spa day.

Home to a 25-metre swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms, whirlpool, a state-of-the-art gym, a tennis court, practice golf holes, over 50 treatment rooms, bicycle trails and two resort walks, our state-of-the-art facilities provide everything you need for the ultimate spa day experience.

If you choose to join us for a spa day at Champneys Springs resort you can expect a healthy welcome drink on arrival, full use of our spa and fitness facilities, a healthy buffet lunch and as much relaxation as you can possibly squeeze into nine hours.

Experience one of the UK’s Premier Karting Circuits in Tamworth

Daytona owns the UK’s premier karting circuits and provide experiences for drivers of all abilities who have a passion for performance, racing and competition. Allowing drivers to simply book, arrive and drive, or, compete in open races against fellow enthusiasts on the finest karting tracks in Britain.

Only 11.4 miles away from Champneys Springs Resort, Daytona Tamworth is the Midland’s premier karting circuit and the company’s newest addition with over 1000m of pristine racing track including 11 challenging corners and long straights.

Like all Daytona circuits, they provide the finest karts available to amateur drivers who appreciate all things fast!

Learn about the Battle of Bosworth

The Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre gives you an insight into the dramatic story of the Battle of Bosworth, which was fought on Monday 22nd August 1485 and marked a major turning point in English history.

Here you can discover how, on that fateful day, the Plantagenet reign ended, and the Tudor dynasty began when Richard III lost his life and crown on the battlefield at the hands of Henry Tudor’s army.

You’ll learn about the battle through interactive hands-on displays in an award-winning exhibition, find out about the Wars of the Roses through the stories of those who were there and even discover the recent archaeological finds in the Quest gallery and discover how the battlefield was lost and found.

This is not only a great day out for those of you interested in British history as families will enjoy the new Bosworth Discovery Zone, which is a free indoor and outdoor space suited to younger children who can explore the Bosworth story through creative arts and play.

Other activities you can do here include; guided and self-led walks around the battlefield and living history events on certain weekends.  There’s also the Tithe Barn restaurant where you can enjoy a variety of breakfast and lunch options as well as afternoon tea in historic surroundings – the perfect way to round off your visit to Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre.

Hone your cookery skills at Seasoned Cookery School

Seasoned Cookery School is set in the grounds of the Catton Estate in South Derbyshire. And here you will be treated to a foodie indulgence and will be learning new skills. Whether that is bread making for the first time, honing patisserie skills or learning how to cook a steak. Privately owned & run, Seasoned cherishes what they do and have people coming to visit us from all over the country.

Clare Major, who is from the Seasoned Cookery School, tells us about why you should visit Springs and the surrounding area.
“We love the surrounding area of Springs, the countryside, the fresh air and the fact that we are a little bit unknown. Many people visit us from London or the Cotswolds and can't believe that the area isn't better known for its natural beauty. On a practical level, we have great transport routes and there are lots of super local attractions - the National Memorial Arboretum & Alton Towers to name some.  Many people come to us and their other halves go off for a day to do something else.”

Get up-close to tropical birds from all over the world

Nestled on the northern outskirts of Desford village in Leicestershire, the famous Tropical Birdland attraction is a sanctuary for exotic birds like parrots and more than 250 other feathery residents.

The birds come from all over the world and are free-flying, but there are lots of other attractions you can enjoy at Tropical Birdland:

•The Parrot Path – here you can interact with the birds and get really close.
•The play area – built in 2013, this area is full of great slides and swings to keep the kids occupied.
•The chick room – this fascinating attraction allows you to see newly born chicks and if you’re really lucky you might get to see a chick breakthrough its egg.

The Tropical Birdland attraction is open from 10am-5.30pm.

To recap, here’s a list of what you can do in and around Ashby-de-la-Zouch

•Champneys Springs

•Daytona Tamworth

•Battle of Bosworth

•Seasoned Cookery School

•Tropical Birdland