Excursions

UPDATE: June 12, 2017. Due to insufficient registration numbers, all of the tours, except the campus walking tour have been canceled. Please visit the Go Leicestershire site for ideas for what to do while in Leicester.


During your stay in Leicester at the COCE conference, you can join special tours to some of the fantastic visitor attractions in Leicester and Leicestershire. Excursions which continue the environmental theme of the conference include a day at the award-winning National Space Centre, whose Orbiting Earth gallery highlights the many changes to our fragile planet; and a trip to the dramatic Bradgate Park, where you will find the largest population of ancient trees in Leicestershire and the Park’s famous population of Red and Fallow deer. You can also join a free tour of the University’s campus to find out about a range of innovative environmental initiatives undertaken at Leicester in recent years.

In addition to these environment-themed excursions, a number of tours will run during the conference, intended primarily for partners and families who are accompanying delegates. These excursions give a taste of the city and county’s rich history and heritage – you can visit the place where King Richard III lost his life at the Battle of Bosworth; take a guided walk through the historic city; or witness feats of Victorian engineering on the canals at Foxton Locks.

Details about each excursion can be found below.

All excursions should be booked separately to registration for the conference. Booking for all excursions is available online through Leicester Shire Promotions, with the exception of the campus tour, which can be booked here.

All excursions requiring payment are subject to minimum numbers (15 per tour). The deadline for booking these excursions is Friday June 9th.

The University of Leicester campus tour is free, but places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


 

Environment-themed excursions for delegates

 

Thursday 29th June - University of Leicester Environment-Themed Campus Tour

Free. Book this tour.

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1:00pm

Meet at the Centre for Medicine

To mark the beginning of COCE 2017, we invite you to join us on our summer tour of our campus grounds. We’ll visit some of our most unique and eye-catching buildings, including our new Centre for Medicine which meets both Passivhaus and BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards. You’ll learn about our travel schemes that make the commute to and from work a little easier, as well as our biodiversity projects which make sure than even in the city, nature and wildlife aren’t forgotten.

 

Monday 3rd July - National Space Centre Tour - CANCELED

£25.94 incl vat per person. Book a place on this tour.

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9:50am 
Meet and board coach at University of Leicester.

10:30am 
Arrive at the National Space Centre

The award-winning National Space Centre is an out of this world experience. It holds six interactive galleries, including the ‘Orbiting Earth’ gallery which highlights Satellite navigation, weather forecasting, emergency disaster warnings and understanding the changes to our fragile planet. It also has the UK’s largest planetarium, unique 3D Simulator experience and the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower.

Participants of COCE 2017 will enjoy a Jupiter Mission Package at the National Space Centre, the UK’s only attraction dedicated to Space.

You will discover six galleries, including the iconic Rocket Tower and the UK’s largest domed planetarium, crammed full of space suits, rockets, satellites and meteorites.

You will also get the chance to enjoy a 3D SIM Ride, and a fascinating 360 ° Planetarium show.

Whilst you are at the National Space Centre you can grab some lunch (which isn’t included in the cost of the tour) at the Soyuz Café.

2:30pm 
Board coach and depart for the University of Leicester

3pm
Arrive at University of Leicester

 

Monday 3rd July - Bradgate Park Tour - CANCELED

£19.34 incl vat per person. Book a place on this tour.

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9:50am 
Meet and board coach at University of Leicester.

10am 
Depart for Bradgate Park.

10:30am 
Arrive at Bradgate Park.

Upon arrival at Bradgate Park, you will have a chance to have a cup of tea or coffee and be given a brief talk on the history of Bradgate Park which is thought to span back some 15,000 years to the Palaeolithic period.

The Park is an important site for species that are rare or threatened, including adders, native White-clawed Crayfish, Brook Lamprey (a primitive fish), and many nationally scarce beetles. Some lichens that occur on the Park walls are estimated to be 300 years old, and here you will find the largest population of ancient trees in Leicestershire.

Today, the Bradgate Park Estate extends to around 1,300 acres, the greater part of which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is managed by a Registered Charity, The Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood Charity, known as the “Bradgate Park Trust”. The Estate, which welcomes over half a million visitors a year, was designated a Country Park by the Countryside Commission in 1970.

Within the park you will see ancient woodland, rocky crags, the River Lin, roaming deer along with the ruins of Bradgate House and the locally infamous Old John Tower.

The ruins of Bradgate House – one of the earliest brick-built country houses in England and the birthplace and childhood home of Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for Nine Days in 1553.

Old John Tower – this 18th Century folly sits on the highest point of the Park and is one of Leicestershire’s most famous landmarks.

You will have the chance to get some lunch at one of the cafés within the park, or at one of the tea rooms in the village of Newtown Linford (please note, this isn’t included in the tour).

2pm 
Board coach and depart for the University of Leicester.

 


 

Tours during the conference (primarily intended for delegates’ partners and families)

 

Thursday 29th June - Walking Tour of Leicester City - CANCELED

£16.80 incl vat per person. Book a place on this tour.

9:50am 
Meet at University of Leicester

10am
Depart for walking tour with our Blue Badge Guide along the Victorian New Walk to take in the history & heritage of Leicester. On this tour you will discover over 2,000 years of Leicester’s history from Roman to Medieval times along with the recent story of the discovery, identification and reinternment of King Richard III.

11:30am 
Arrive at the King Richard III Visitor Centre for a talk, tea and coffee along with time to find out about the fascinating story of the life and discovery of King Richard III.

1pm
Tour finishes – participants to make their own way back to hotel/university.

 

Friday 30th June - Bradgate Park Tour - CANCELED

£38 incl vat per person. Book a place on this tour.

9.50am
Meet and board coach at University of Leicester.

10am 
Depart for Bradgate Park.

10:30am 
Arrive at Bradgate Park. Here you will have a chance to have a cup of tea or coffee and have brief talk on the history of Bradgate Park which is thought to span back some 15,000 years to the Palaeolithic period.

Today, the Bradgate Park Estate extends to around 1,300 acres and is managed by a Registered Charity, The Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood Charity, known as the “Bradgate Park Trust”.

The greater part of the Estate is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Estate, which welcomes over half a million visitors a year, was designated a Country Park by the Countryside Commission in 1970.

Within the park you will see ancient trees and woodland, rocky crags, the River Lin, roaming deer along with the ruins of Bradgate House and the locally infamous Old John Tower.

The ruins of Bradgate House – one of the earliest brick-built country houses in England and the birthplace and childhood home of Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for Nine Days in 1553.

Old John Tower – this 18th Century folly sits on the highest point of the Park and is one of Leicestershire’s most famous landmarks.

Lunch is included and will consist of a variety of sandwiches, a selection of savoury snacks and cakes. Tea and coffee and fruit juices will also be provided.

2pm 
Board coach and depart for the University of Leicester.

2.30pm
Arrive back at University.

 

Friday 30th June & Sunday 2nd July - Market Harborough & Foxton Locks - CANCELED

£14.40 incl vat per person. Book a place on this tour.

9:50am
Meet and board coach at University of Leicester.

10am 
Depart for Market Harborough

10:30am 
Arrive at Market Harborough
Market Harborough is market town of Leicestershire where you will find historic buildings, tea rooms, boutiques and antique shops. You will have a town trail tour and then opportunity to explore the town centre and may be visit a tea room to refuel!

12noon 
Meet and board coach to depart for Foxton Locks

12:30pm 
Foxton Locks is home to two amazing feats of Victorian engineering in the heart of Leicestershire’s picturesque countryside. Here you will find the impressive 10 lock system that 19th century engineers developed to solve the problem of getting boats up and down a steep hill and also the remains of the Inclined Plane Boat Lift.

The boat lift was originally built as a solution to operational restrictions imposed by the narrow lock flight. It was opened in 1900 and carried boats up the hull in giant tanks of water. Now, thanks to digital technology, you can step back in time to witness, in virtual reality, the lift in operation.

You will find out about the history of the locks on a tour with the Lock Keeper and also with a visit to The BoilerHouse where you find out about the life and times of the locks and the people who live along it.

2pm 
Meet outside Foxton Locks Inn and depart Foxton Locks for University of Leicester

 

Saturday 1st July - History & Heritage Tour - CANCELED

£26.40 incl vat per person. Book your place Book a place on this tour.

9.50am 
Depart University via coach.  Arrive at Bosworth Battlefield and Heritage Centre for a tour of the battlefield area and a visit around the Heritage Centre.

Take a 2km guided walking tour exploring the Battle of Bosworth, the death of King Richard III and the unlikely victory of Henry Tudor.

You will then have opportunity to visit Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre which tells the dramatic story of the Battle of Bosworth on Monday 22nd August 1485, which marked a major turning point in English history.

Discover more about the Battle of 1485 where Richard III fought for his crown and lost his life, and Henry Tudor became King! You will also find out how archaeologists discovered the true location of the Battle and see some of the unique objects that were unearthed.

12:45pm 
Depart Bosworth Battlefield and Heritage Centre for Leicester city centre.

1:15pm 
Arrive in Leicester city centre for a walking tour. On this tour you will discover over 2,000 years of Leicester’s history from Roman to Medieval times along with the recent story of the discovery, identification and reinternment of King Richard III.

2:30pm 
Arrive at King Richard III Visitor Centre  Enjoy a talk, tea and coffee along with time to find out about the fascinating story of the life and discovery of King Richard III.

Tour ends at 3.30pm, delegates make their own way back to the university/hotel.

 

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