I arrived back in Leicester today with some mixed emotions. As is customary for anyone who lives more than an hour away from your home town, although you’re excited to go back to your university home, there’s also the hurdle of homesickness and missing friends and family to get over. There’s no cure for homesickness, and I certainly don’t feel it half as much as I used to; however I think having friends and family visit your new home town is crucial to feeling settled. So, with that said, here are five activities in Leicester that are a more unique idea for a good day out, with activities to suit all ages and budgets!
1.The Richard III Visitors Centre:
Something for lovers of history, or in fact anyone interested in the local area. After the students of the University of Leicester (whoop whoop) aided in the discovery of Richard III’s allusive remains, the visitor centre has attracted thousands of tourists, desperate to get a glimpse of this English King’s past. The centre is located very conveniently, in walking distance of Highcross, and several bars and restaurants, the centre is the perfect place to spend an afternoon, that is not only enjoyable, but also educational. Perfect for kids and adults alike with varying activities and exhibits.
2.Blaby Golf Course:
Located a short 15 minute drive from Oadby Student Village and the University campus, this place is perfect if you have a car at your disposal, or even just a few friends to chip in for a taxi. The golf course has several things to do, including pool and snooker; however the main fun can be had at the crazy golf course, complete with its jungle theme. It’s great fun for everyone, with something a little different to do, as well as avoiding the busy city centre. Best of all, it won’t break the bank, even if your student loan is running a bit low; it’s well worth the trip out, especially if you have a competitive edge!
Not for the fainthearted, these horror filled escape rooms are definitely for a more mature audience, but are still bags of fun if you have the nerve. With three rooms, and different levels of intensity, there’s a perfect balance for everyone in your group. Locked in a room, it’s your team’s job to work together and escape; the aim of the game is to break out within 60 minutes, escaping the horrors behind you. Most effective at night, however this is still a great daytime activity, located a few minutes walk from Highcross; and certainly more entertaining than simply watching a horror film.
4.New Walk Museum and Art Gallery:
Student loan all gone? No problem! Taking a step back from high octane experiences, there’s always something new to see at the New Walk Museum and Gallery. Displaying artifacts from many chronological and cultural eras the museum is interesting for all ages…and particularly for me, with my unashamed fascination with dinosaurs! This is a perfect trip, particularly if you live close to the University campus, being a mere 15 minute walk from the main campus. The museum and gallery also display touring exhibits, meaning you won’t get bored through multiple trips; there’s always something new.
Okay, you caught me, this isn’t an exclusive attraction to Leicester; but who doesn’t love an indoor trampoline park right?! Another one for a mini road trip, this trampoline park is less than a 15 minute drive from the University campus or city centre; however is well worth the trip out. All ages are welcome, so everyone from your little brother to your grandmother can join in. The centre offers sessions usually of one hour or more, for absolute freedom on their trampolines and assault courses, so whether daring or not so much you can enjoy yourself at your own pace. Although not the most expensive on this list, maybe put a little cash aside for this fun trip.
That’s my list folks; I hope you’re feeling inspired for when your friends and family next drop into town- enjoy yourselves, and let me know if you try any of my suggestions.
Take Care Everyone, I’ll Speak to You All Soon!