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Looking for the ideal staycation location this summer? There’s tons going on right here in the country’s central city of Leicester. From the iconic colourful and vibrant Caribbean festival, to outdoor theatres - you’re sure to want to extend your stay!

Leicester is a city that is brimming with history, from the Richard III visitor centre filled with history of the monarch in the city, to the National Space Centre based right here in Leicester! The city is also bursting with leisure activities and attractions to keep you endlessly entertained. There’s food on offer from all around the world, fun for all ages at Lane 7 and a state of the art theatre. If that’s not enough, some retail therapy is sure to keep you satisfied. Highcross shopping centre stands right in the city centre and boasts over 100 stores, as well as The Lanes offering some unique independent stores.

Over the summer Leicester also offers loads of great activities and events to get stuck into, we’ve listed some of the most popular below.

Guided tours

The stunning Belgrave Hall is hosting a wide range of free guided tours throughout the summer. Home to picturesque gardens and Victorian greenhouses, on the 2nd and 3rd of July you can take a unique look around, accompanied by resident Head Gardener, Chris Brooks. If you’re more interested in learning about the heritage of the hall and the families that have occupied it throughout its history, there will also be free guided tours of the hall! At various dates throughout the summer take a trip to this serene walled oasis, and get a break from the hustle and bustle of the noisy city. If you’d rather take a look around Leicester’s heritage spots on your own, on the last Sundays of July and August visitors can explore heritage sites across the city free of charge.

Belvoir Castle

Set further out from the city in the wider Leicestershire area, another hotspot of activities this summer is Belvoir Castle. The midsummer celebration of all things gardening will be taking place in the form of the Belvoir Castle Flower and Gardens Show on the 16th and 17th of July. The weekend of inspiration and colour will showcase some of the UK’s finest nurseries and growers - with live music, food and refreshments, and the opportunity to purchase something to take home to plant in your own garden! If theatre is more your thing, Belvoir Castle will also be hosting a variety of outdoor theatre shows over the summer. With comedy showings of David Walliams’ ‘Awful Auntie’ and the super silly murder mystery ‘Much Ado About Murder’, you’re guaranteed a good laugh for the whole family.

Family fun days

More family fun will be taking place throughout the summer with THREE different family fun day events at the Racecourse over the summer. The MEGA Funtopia event is coming back to Leicester bigger and better than ever with TWO two-day events in June and August. This day out is perfect for families with little ones, packed with bouncy castles, obstacle courses, crafty corners, and so so much more! The Racecourse will also be hosting their own Family Fun Day at the start of August. The day is sure to be packed with fun for everyone, including racing and events that the whole family can get stuck into and enjoy.

Caribbean Carnival

Leicester’s celebration of Caribbean culture and heritage is one of the biggest in the UK and is always a day full of vibrant colours and joy. The carnival is one of the city’s unique not-to-be-missed annual events, where the whole community comes together to celebrate in the form of dance, music, food and loads more! The carnival will not only have a multitude of street vendors selling arts and crafts and food, but make sure you also don’t miss the carnival parade. The parade showcases colourful floats, dancers and performers moving across the city throughout the day.

Connect with nature

Stepping a bit further out of the city centre, Leicester is surrounded by the vast Leicestershire countryside - budding with wildlife and stunning scenery for miles. See our blog post on the best cycle routes in Leicestershire to learn more about areas you can explore as a family this summer! If you’re looking for something more on the wild side…why not visit Twycross Zoo? With loads of great animal experiences on offer, you and the little ones are sure to have an unforgettable time. Plus with the new addition of their Gruffalo Discovery Land and summer exclusive Wet N Wild Play Area - there’s more than enough to keep you entertained for a few days!

Summer in the city of Leicester is always filled with world-class festivals and great family events, and where better to stay than at the heart of it all? The Gresham is ideally located right in the centre of the city of Leicester, within walking distance of all the city’s top attractions and public transport options for those day trips a bit further out.

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4 July is widely known as 'Independence Day' so this feels like a perfect moment to celebrate all that is independent about The Gresham Aparthotel.

Nestled at the very heart of Leicester The Gresham Aparthotel has kept the individual charm of the iconic building (formerly Fenwicks) with each room elegantly designed for a luxurious bespoke stay. And nothing beats the flexibility and freedom of having your own kitchen facilities, living space, and home from home comforts.

As soon as you enter the doors you feel special and are sure to experience:

  • A warm welcome: guests are centre stage and made to feel special meaning people return time and time again. The Gresham Aparthotel is a beacon within the city offering a truly unbeatable stay.

  • Unique rooms: each room is stylishly designed and includes a kitchenette (microwave, hob, fridge, kettle, wine glasses and other essentials) a shower room, living area and dining space and separate bedroom. There are sky/penthouse apartments to choose from which overlook the beautiful city skyline with views stretching over to the magnificent Bradgate Park and an outdoor terrace space.

  • A proper cup of tea or coffee at the start of the day: everyone knows the first hot drink is the best of the day. And because of the kitchenette facilities guests can enjoy their first cup of tea from the comfort of their own room using the real kettle (with the exact amount of milk poured straight from the fridge).

  • Space: the light, comfortable and spacious rooms mean guests can find an area to be creative, get ready, work, relax or play. Whether on business, visiting the city or a parent, the facilities mean that guests have everything they truly need without feeling restricted or missing their home essentials.

  • Flexibility and freedom: guests stay for one night or weeks at a time. The Gresham Aparthotel is attracting businesses, families, international sports fans, performers and theatre goers to stay. The Gresham Aparthotel works for individual needs.

  • Prime location: step out of the front door and straight into the heart of Leicester. A short walk from the city's famous historic attractions, theatres, sporting facilities and the city centre. As well as being located next door to independent shops, cafes, beauticians and restaurants. No car is needed.

  • Relaxation: on the ground floor guests can eat at the partner restaurant, Black Iron Social. There's also a state of the art gym onsite and a laundry room.

  • Food and meals to suit: The Black Iron Social restaurant is also located in the building. Inspired by the fantastic ingredients sourced from local suppliers, the food is elevated by traditional and modern cooking techniques. Expect an interesting and diverse menu that caters for all and every occasion. As well as eating out guests can stay in and create their own home cooked meals in their own kitchenettes.

  • Wine o'clock: at the end of the day in front of the TV or whilst getting ready to enjoy an evening out, guests can enjoy a glass of wine - from a real wine glass, poured from a bottle that has been cooling in the fridge. Or venture downstairs to enjoy divine cocktails specially made at Black Iron Social.

Leicester is home to an amazing array of independent businesses. We're proud to be one of them. This independence day, why not give them a try and make the most of our luxury flexible accommodation?

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As the July heat begins to hit, are you ready to explore all that Leicester has to offer? From live music to street festivals and events, there are plenty of must-see attractions and activities across the city this month.

This month sees the return of The Gresham Network after a month off. On Thursday 5th, you can join us for our monthly no-pressure networking event with other local businesses and members of the business community. Stay for the full two hours or just pop in for a chat!

To kick off July, on the 6th, De Montfort Hall will be welcoming the cast of Strictly for their new show Keeeep Dancing! The show will feature your favourite professionals Neil Jones, Cameron Lombard, Jowita Przystal and Nancy Xu as well as previous finalists and live music from The Wanted’s Max George. Learn what it is to be a dancer via stunning choreography and enticing storytelling.

If this has got you in the dancing mood you’ll be pleased to know that you can get your dancing shoes on at ‘90’s live’ later in the week at De Montfort Hall on Friday 8th. Get transported back to your youth and witness the 1990s brought to life with the songs, outfits and of course dances of the era.

Beginning its run at Curve this month is the ever-popular Billy Elliot, which for the first time in the UK has been adapted with a new look exclusively for and by Curve. Guaranteed to tug at your heart strings, the award winning musical is a tale of determination and acceptance set amidst the bitter 1984/85 miners’ strike. You can experience this story from Tuesday - Sunday starting from the 13th of July. Be quick to book, tickets are likely to sell out fast!

If you’re looking to enjoy the great outdoors in the beautiful summer weather then we recommend a visit to the Flower and Garden show on the 16th and 17th. Set in the stunning Belvoir Castle estate, slightly further out from the city centre, the weekend will be full of opportunities to admire and take inspiration from the show gardens and borders created by award winning growers from around the country. You will also get the chance to gain gardening advice from speakers such as T.V’s David Domoney and ask any green questions you may have! You can book your entry tickets here.

Exciting news this month for all the football fans as the FA Community Shield was announced to be being held at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium! On the 30th July the 100th Community Shield will be played right here in Leicester, keep an eye out for more information and tickets.

For the rugby fans visiting in July, The Leicester Tigers’ stadium is running their monthly fully guided tour on Wednesday 27th where you will be taken through the fascinating heritage of English rugby’s most successful team. If that hasn’t piqued your interest, the tour will also gain you exclusive access to the backstage areas of the stadium, including the changing rooms and press box.

Finally, to finish the month, on the 31st from 1- 4pm the community will be coming together for the monthly Open Streets event. This free city-wide event will see the streets of Leicester close off to cars and make way for an afternoon of fun. You can expect to see a street art gallery, guided walks, rickshaw rides and an extreme mountain biking display to go alongside the cycling theme! You can find out where each activity is taking place here.

If you plan to visit any of these events this July, staying at The Gresham ensures your easy access to step into Leicester and experience all that the city has to offer! If you’re visiting any of the great local attractions in our vibrant city, make the most of our See and Stay offer and get 15% off a night’s stay when you show your ticket to reception and book direct through our website.

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