Visit and Explore Ashby
With so much to do, you might want to plan your trip well to fit in as much as possible. In the heart of the National Forest, Ashby is so much more than an intriguing French name. Once home to the much loved author Sue Townsend’s fictional Adrian Mole, and love of his life Labour MP Pandora Braithwaite. Why not visit the library, which was where Adrian started his first job.
If the children have excess energy book them in for a session at Rebound Trampolining Centre (www.reboundashby.co.uk). Afterwards, take them on a tour of Ashby’s Castle, where they can pretend to be knights from days gone by (www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/ashby-de-la-zouch-castle).
If you all need a rest there are many places to stop and eat and drink, and lots of independent shops to browse in. On a warm spring day you can bathe in the town’s original 1930s Lido, a true gem in Leicestershire. Ashby is home to Charnwood Alpacas, you can get up close and personal with these beautiful animals (www.pukkapacas.com).
You can also meet Dave McDowell the Bee Farmer, he offers some fantastic experience days, and his bees produce outstanding honey (www.thebeefarmer.co.uk).
There is so much heritage and history in Ashby that a visit to the museum is highly recommended, and a trip to St Helen’s Heritage Centre (www.sthelensheritage.co.uk & www.ashbydelazouchmuseum.org.uk).
There are various events going on throughout the year including Ashby Arts Festival, Jim’s Tractor Run and Ashby Statutes plus many more.
Please click here to view the Town Guide.
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