Equestrian: Belton and Burghley Horse Trials, Arena UK. Southwell and Nottingham race courses.
Shopping: The Engine Yard at Belvoir Castle has an array of independent shops and is open year round. Plenty of boutique shopping in Oakham and Stamford or visit Nottingham or Leicester for department store heaven.
Stately Homes: Belvoir Castle, Belton House, Grimsthorpe Castle, Doddington Hall and Burghley House are on the doorstep.
Golf: Wide range of pay and play 18 hole courses as well as local driving ranges at Belton Woods and just down the road in Melton Mowbray.
Spa and Beauty: Day spa visits to Belton Woods Hotel, Stapleford Park, Eden Hall Spa or the world famous Ragdale Hall is 20 minutes away. Smaller salons available within a 15 minute drive - just ask Charla
Museums and Visitors Centres: Leicester Space Centre, Sherwood Forest visitors centre and Robin Hood museum are all day attractions nearby.
Pubs (5 of the best)
The Wheel, Branston. 01476 870376
The Chequers, Woolsthorpe. Top 7 main courses £7 before 7pm. A favourite 01476 870701
Manners Arms, Knipton. Beautiful setting and good food from local producers 01476 879222
The Nags Head, Harby. Good pub grub and home made pizza 01949 869629
The Martins Arms Colston Basset. Highly recommended for a special fine dining experience 01949 81361
Local specialty food shops
Dickies Butchers Plungar. Rich started this fantastic butchery in 2016 and pride himself on traceability and transparency. Fantastic steaks. Open Thursday to Sunday. The Cow Shed serves great coffee and brunch Saturday & Sunday plus a great menu in the evenings from Thursdays. Booking advisable
Colston Basset Dairy, Colston Basset. In our humble view, the best stilton is made here. Visit and buy directly from the producer.
Nice Pie, Melton Mowbray and Old Dalby. Being the home of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, there are a couple of great places locally to buy your pies. But these guys shot to fame when Jamie and Jimmy found them and put them on the map.
Neighbour to Belvoir Castle in the Vale of Belvoir, Leicestershire
T. +44 (0)1949 861600 / 07870 657779