….but we are all fabulous.
This blog post is for some friends of mine who have recently moved to Leicester. It’s hard when you move from a place you were happy to a new place. So whilst they are finding their way and figuring it all out, I thought I would try and gather together some bits and pieces about Leicester.
Just a few of the many things to do in and around Leicester
The National Space Centre: http://www.spacecentre.co.uk/
Foxton Locks: http://www.goleicestershire.com/outdoors/foxton.aspx
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, including Ancient Egypt and The Dinosaur Gallery: https://www.leicester.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/museums-and-galleries/our-venues/new-walk-museum-and-art-gallery
Ashby de la Zouch Castle, a medieval castle: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/ashby-de-la-zouch-castle/
Leicester Castle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leicester_Castle
Bosworth Battlefield: http://www.bosworthbattlefield.com/
See deer at Bradgate Park: http://www.bradgatepark.org/
Go on a steam train with the Great Central Railway: http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/
Random facts about Leicester
Leicester was the birth place of local radio – first broadcast way back in 1967, Radio Leicester was Britain’s first ever local radio station. The radio show ‘Down to Earth’ has run every month since then and is the longest running, uninterrupted local radio show.
Leicester hosts the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India – up to 35,000 people attend the switch-on of the lights on Belgrave Road every year, and even more attend the Diwali day celebrations throughout the city.
The city also hosts an annual Pride Parade (Leicester Pride), a Caribbean Carnival (the largest in the UK outside London), and the largest comedy festival in the UK – Leicester Comedy Festival.
Leicester is one of the oldest cities in the UK, with a history stretching back over 2,000 years – the Romans encountered a native Iron Age settlement in Leicester which is thought to have developed in the 2nd or 1st centuries BC. It appears in the Doomsday Book as “Ledecestre”.
Experts have agreed that Leicester is also the birthplace of modern standard English – the language now used by more than 1 billion people to communicate with each other began in Leicester, developed as a way for Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to communicate rather than fight.
Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys discovered genetic fingerprinting DNA in Leicester 1984.
Leicester has been home to a host of famous sons and daughters, including:
Music and Leicester:
The exact centre of England is in Leicestershire marked with a sign on a farm just outside Fenney Drayton.
Over 330,000 people live in Leicester, making it the tenth largest city in the UK. Leicester boasts the largest proportion of people aged 19 and under in the East Midlands – it’s a youthful city with plenty to do.
In 1841 Thomas Cook, founder of the famous travel agency, invented tourism when he chartered a train to carry people from Leicester to Loughborough. (Rumour has it that the train journey was even quicker than it is today!)
In August 1485 Richard III spent the night before the Battle of Bosworth Field at the Blue Boar Inn. It was his last night alive, and his body was brought to Leicester afterward. In fact his skeletal remains have been discovered under a Leicester car park. The car park stands on the site of the former Choir of Greyfriars Church where Richard, the last English king to die in battle, was hastily buried.
Leicester has some fine sporting prowess to be proud of, in the form of premiership super sides Leicester City Football Club (LCFC) and the Leicester Tigers Rugby Club.
Leicester is also the home of the ‘chisit’ – a nickname given to the people of Leicester, because of the phrase “How much is it?” which in the Leicester accent sounds like “I’m a chisit!”
Leicester is said to have more traffic lights than any other city in the UK and was the first to have both traffic lights and traffic wardens.
This is only a taste of what Leicester is all about, so if anyone is reading this who loves Leicester, please do add your suggestions in the comments and give my friends a boost.
Thanks for reading!