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Places to Visit - AshbyOnline the online guide to Ashby de la Zouch and surrounding area within N.W. Leicestershire
Places to Visit

Ashby Agricultural Show

NEW VENUE This Year: Cattows Farm, Heather

The Ashby Show
is now regarded by many as
the premier one-day show in the Midlands.

The Show provides an exciting variety of sights, sounds
and entertainment for the whole family of all age groups,
with stalls displaying everything agricultural
both new and old, arts and crafts,
horticulture and the ever-popular
British Farm Produce Marquee.


Phone : 01283 229225
EMail: Web :

Ashby Castle

Ashby Castle forms the backdrop to the famous jousting scenes in Sir Walter Scott's classic novel of 1819, Ivanhoe. Now a ruin, the castle began as a manor house in the 12th century. It only achieved castle status in the 15th century,
Between 1474 and his execution by Richard III in 1483, Edward IV's Chamberlain Lord Hastings added the chapel and the impressive keep-like Hastings Tower - a castle within a castle. Visitors can now climb the 24 metre (78 feet) tower, which offers fine views. Later the castle hosted many royal visitors, including Henry VII, Mary Queen of Scots, James I and Charles I.

Opening Times : See Website

Phone : 01530 413343, Local Tourist Information
Web :
Address : South Street, Ashby de la Zouch

Ashby de la Zouch Museum

Opening Times :
Monday - Friday:11.00-1.00 and 2.00 - 4.00,Saturday:10.00 - 4.00

Phone : 01530 560090
Web :
Address : Ashby Museum, North Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 1HU

Blue Bell Nursery & Arboretum

Trees & Shrubs, Conifers
Climbers, Herbaceous

Opening Times : Mar. to Oct. 9am to 5pm (Sundays 10.30am to 4.30pm)
Nov to Feb 9am to 4pm [Closed on Sundays]

Phone : 01530 413700
Web :
Address : Blue Bell Nursery, Annwell Lane, Smisby, Leicestershire. LE65 2TA


CONKERS, the award winning attraction at the heart of the National Forest, a unique mix of outdoor and indoor activities to keep you and your family engaged for hours.Our friendly team offers a warm welcome, with informed advice on all the activities available on site.

Opening Times : See Website

Phone : 01283 216633
EMail: Web :
Address : CONKERS: Rawdon Road, Moira, Nr Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Derbyshire, DE12 6GA

St Helen's Church

St Helen's is a beautiful Parish Church, adjacent to the ruins of Ashby Castle, set in the market town of Ashby de la Zouch. It is open to visitors every day, from 9am to 5pm and printed Church Guides are available near the entrance. A church dedicated to St Helen is recorded in the Domesday Book, which was replaced by William, Lord Hastings in 1474. The building was enlarged by the addition of two outer aisles in the 19th century. The splendid interior contains the Hastings Chapel, many historic monuments and beautiful stained glass windows.

The ancient building houses a large and growing congregation of all ages. Services range from informal Family Services and times of evening worship - through all age sung Eucharist - to Choral Evensong. Worship is led either by a robed choir and organ, or a contemporary music group. There is also provision for children and young people of all ages.

St Helen's is committed to it's local community and is involved in a number of projects and initiatives (many of which are ecumenically run - relationships across all denominations is strong). Projects include Street Pastors, schools work, holiday clubs, the Hub (a cafe with linked youth work), Ashby Youth of Christ, name a few.

8am Holy Communion
A said Holy Communion service either Common Worship or Prayer Book
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for � hour

Parish Communion
Holy communion using Common worship, sung with a robed choir.
Every second third fourth and fifth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Family Service
Informal family service suitable for all ages
Every first Sunday at 10:00 AM for � hour

Sung evensong with a choir
Every first Sunday at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Informal evening worship
Informal evening service
Every third Sunday at 6:00 PM for 1 hour

Holy Communion
Said Holy Communion service either CW or Prayer Book
Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM for � hour

Opening Times : Open every day, 9 - 5pm. In the winter, day light hours.

Phone : 01530 412970
EMail: Web :
Address : The Parish Office, 1 The Churchyard, Ashby de la Zouch, Leics. LE65 1AA

Staunton Harold Nurseries & Garden Centre

Quality and unusual plants from around the world and also grown at our Bradley Nursery.
Garden, conservatory and indoor furniture, sundries, pots and gifts galore!

Massive Christmas display opens mid-October,Santa arrives early November.
Also Peach House Restaurant, Waterworks Aquatics and Russell's Garden Buildings on site.
Coach parties welcome by prior booking.

Opening Times : Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 5pm in Winter, 5.30pm in Summer, Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm

Phone : 01332 862769.
Fax : 01332 865700
EMail: Web :
Address : Staunton Harold Nurseries & Garden Centre, Melbourne Road, Staunton Harold, Ashby De La Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 1RU. Between Ashby and Melbourne, follow the brown anvil signs

The Ashby Arts Festival

The Arts Festival celebrates art, drama, songwriting, writing and crafts in Ashby de la Zouch and the surrounding areas.
The giant outdoor art exhibition makes this festival unique
and the largest outdoor art gallery in the area.

Ashby hosts the Ashby Arts Festival which features local artists, musicians, song writers, poets, performers, writers and story tellers. The multiple sites around the town host exhibitions, musical performances, workshops and talks, and the town centre is decorated with flags and an outdoor gallery. So there's a lot going on and we would like to invite you to get involved to make it a success and have fun.

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Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo opened in 1963 on a site in Leicestershire. Initially a comparatively modest collection, it has grown into one of the major British zoos, attracting over 450,000 visitors a year. It is famous for its collection of primates.

Phone : (01827) 880250
Fax : (01827) 880700
EMail: Web :
Address : Twycross Zoo, East Midland Zoological Society, Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 3PX

Venture Theatre

Phone : 01530 560649
Web :
Address : North Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, LE65 1HS

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