Take a step back in time with fortnight heritage festival

Published: Tue 22 August, 2023

A photo of the heritage information board at Coleorton Memorial Garden.

Crafts, exhibitions and reenactments throughout history will play a part in celebrating North West Leicestershire with the return of its annual heritage festival.

Organised by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC), Hello Heritage is set to start on Saturday 2 until Sunday 17 September.

Breedon Wakes Festival will kick off the annual event with a 15th century medieval re-enactment to showcase past crafts and skills including archery, weaponry and woodworking.

Belton Heritage Fayre and ‘Griffydam in the 19th & 20th century as portrayed in the Newspapers' exhibition will also feature in the line-up to give visitors a feel for what the villages were like in medieval times.

Regular Hello Heritage stalwarts, Moira Furnace Museum and the 1620s House and Garden and will return with trails and tours.

More than 20 local community groups and businesses are involved with hosting and organising local events including churches, historical society groups and museums. During the festival, visitors can also look at the heritage information boards which are scattered across the district with fascinating facts about each town or village’s history.

To find out more about the events and where the boards are located, visit www.nwleics.gov.uk/helloheritage

Councillor Tony Gillard, Portfolio for Business at NWLDC, said: “Each year, Hello Heritage celebrates the district’s history, culture, and strong community spirit.

“We couldn’t do this without the help of local groups who share their enthusiasm and knowledge about local landmarks.

“We hope you will support them during the fortnight by attending some of the great events planned.”