East Midlands

East Midlands is the home of some of the best food in Britain, and possibly, the world. Melton Mowbray Pork Pies, Stilton cheese and the mighty Bakewell tart all come from the East Midlands, as does the magnificent Lincolnshire Sausage. Also on the list of foodie exports are Red Leicester and Bramley apples.

For outdoorsy types, it’s hard to beat the Peak District, where the beauty of moors, dales and rivers all come together. With charming market towns and villages as well as incredible landscapes, the Peak District is as suited to a relaxing break as it is for one of adventure. You can also explore Sherwood Forest and look out for Robin Hood’s most famous hiding place, the Major Oak. If you’re a fan of Robin Hood, possibly the world’s favourite folk hero, there are endless options for following in his footsteps around Nottinghamshire.

You can also enjoy national treasures like the glorious Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, or explore the birthplace of DH Lawrence, who drew a lot of influences from Eastwood, near Nottingham, where he grew up.

The National Space Centre, just two miles from the centre of Leicester is a fantastic option for a day out with all the family, whatever the weather. It has something for kids of all ages, including fascinating films.

Formula 1 fans are spoilt for choice in the East Midlands, with both Silverstone and Donington Park to visit and football fans are spoilt for choice with teams such as Nottingham Forest, Leicester, Derby and Notts County.

If you’re looking for something a bit different for a day out in East Midlands, the World Egg Throwing Federation is based in Lincolnshire.

Please note, only festivals from today's date are shown below.

The Great Food & Drink Festival - Hardwick Hall

The Great Food and Drink Festival is coming to Hardwick Hall for the very first time. The event has enjoyed success at Nottingham Castle and Newstead Abbey in recent years.


Melton Mowbray Food Festival

You'd be baking mad to miss this event...


Swarkestone Food & Drink Fair

Come along to Swarkestone nursery for their second anniversary of food, glorious food!


East Midlands Food Festival

This October, for the 14th year, the region’s biggest food festival will be returning to Leicestershire


Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival

Sherwood be silly to miss this festival


Swadlincote Festival of International Food, Drink & Crafts

Waddle over to Swadlincote for a weekend of scrumptious specialities and worldly treasures.


Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair

Need some retails therapy before Christmas? Or just struggling with the present rush? Reward yourself with this gift of a festival.


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