Posted: Tue, 7 Dec 2021 11:00
Thinking of discovering what Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland has to offer this Christmas? We've compiled a list of 10 different parks for you to explore this festive season, whether it's by yourself or with friends and family!
Glen Parva Nature Reserve - The 27 acre plot of land in Glen Parva is home to an array of wild flowers and creatures such as the green woodpecker, meadow pipit, dragonflies, butterflies and voles. More information can be found here.
Bradgate Park - This is a public park in Charnwood Forest, which lies between the villages of Newtown Linford, Anstey, Cropston, Woodhouse Eaves and Swithland. More information can be found here.
Great Bowden Recreation Ground - The recreation ground is a short walk from the Great Bowden Fields, an ecological park in Market Harborough, fabulous for a stroll in the countryside! More information can be found here.
Market Bosworth Country Park - The 35 hectares landscaped Country Park was formerly part of Bosworth Hall deer parkland. The park features a lake, a planted arboretum with many different exotic species, a wildflower meadow and a community woodland. More information can be found here.
Castle Hill Country Park - The country park covers just under 250 acres of grassland, plantation and broad leaved woodland. The southern section of the park provides excellent views out over Bradgate Park and the Charnwood Hills. More information can be found here.
Melton Country Park - Just 10 minutes from the Melton Mowbray town centre, explore 140 acres of wildlife lakes, footpath trails and children's play areas in Melton this Christmas. More information can be found here.
Coalville Park - The park was developed in the Victorian style and still largely retains the original layout of paths and driveways with shrubberies to the outer edges and lawns and flower beds to the centre. The park offers a variety of facilities including tennis courts, a skatepark, a multi use games area, a play area and formal garden areas if you are looking for a place to spend time and relax. More information can be found here.
Crow Mills Way - This is a nature reserve in the Oadby & Wigston district. This walk runs along a disused railway line through beautiful woodland adjacent to the Grand Union Canal and River Sence. More information can be found here.
Rutland Water Nature Reserve - Search for rare spring migrants, admire fishing ospreys in the summer, enjoy the autumn wader passage and marvel at huge flocks of winter wildfowl. With events year round, walking trails and two visitor centres, you'll be sure of an immersive wildlife experience for the whole family. More information can be found here.
Barnsdale Hall & Country Club - The site consists of 65 acres of landscaped gardens for you to enjoy, with unrivaled views over Rutland Water, the largest man-made lake in Western Europe. More information can be found here.