Belgrave Hall and Gardens

Belgrave Hall and Gardens
Church Road
Off Thurcaston Road
Leicester
Leicestershire
LE4 5PE
England

Website

Leicester Museums & Galleries website

www.leicester.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries

E-mail

Enquiries

museums@leicester.gov.uk

Telephone

0116 229 8181

Fax

0116 261 3063

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
Belgrave Hall Museum and Gardens
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Belgrave Hall provides an oasis of peace and quiet in a busy city.

It was built in the early 18th century, in what was then a small village three miles from the town of Leicester. Now city traffic passes, almost unnoticed, just beyond the garden walls. It has changed hands many times but the owners have always played a major role in the economic, social and charitable life of the community.

Over the years the house has been lived in, loved and altered to meet the changing needs of its owners. Today the hall and gardens host a range of events and activities offering visitors a glimpse of the past.

Edmund Cradock, a 'nouveau riche' hosiery merchant, built the Hall between 1709 and 1713 and died soon after its completion. Little is known of the next owners, the Simons. The Vann's who lived there from 1767 to 1844, ran a thriving hosiery business from the Hall, employing the local framework knitters as outworkers. They gave generously to many local charities, including Leicester's first free school.

John Ellis, who purchased Belgrave Hall in 1845 and his family were also noted for their good work in the community. Ellis, a wealthy businessman, was responsible for bringing the railways to Leicester in 1833.

The Hall is in the midst of two acres of serene walled gardens that are open to the public. The gardens were an important aspect of the Hall in Victorian times (a status symbol that showed the family's wealth).

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site

Opening hours

Open April - September every Wednesday and on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month, 11am - 4.30pm.

Also open for special events throughout the year.

Admission charges

Small charge for activities

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Music, Natural Sciences, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Vegetable garden

Growing Fruit and Vegetables

  • 1 May 2014 1-3pm

There is nothing that beats the taste of home grown produce. Gain the confidence to grow your own food crops in your garden, window boxes and other containers. This is a seven week course that will run on the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th May and the 5th and 12th June.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

To book your place contact us on 0116 251 9740 or email amiles@wea.org.uk.

Website

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/leicester-city-museums/museums/belgrave-hall/belgravehallevents/

photograph of woman in ww1 clothing

Edwardian Leicester to the Great War

  • 7 — 8 June 2014 11am-5pm

This weekend event will explore what life was like in Leicester around the time of the Great War. Discover the fashions, food and politics of the era and find out first-hand about the big news stories of the day from the Titanic to suffragettes. Get caught up in the fervour of recruiting stations as the country prepares for war and discover what the women were doing on the home front.

Over the weekend Belgrave Hall and Gardens will come alive with re-enactors telling their stories and helping visitors re-live this remarkable period in history.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

Family £8.00 (up to 5), Adults £3.50, Children / Concessions £2.50

Website

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/museums

photograph of bee on flower

Wildlife at Belgrave Hall

  • 9 July 2014 1-4pm

The gardens at Belgrave Hall are a great place to discover the natural world. There is plenty to see at this oasis in the urban jungle. Whether you want to learn more about birds, insects, mammals, plants or other wildlife come along to this taster session and you won’t feel like a fish out of water.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free event, to book please call 0116 251 9740 or email amiles@wea.org.uk.

Website

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/leicester-city-museums/museums/belgrave-hall/belgravehallevents/

photograph of running dog

Gigantic Myths

  • 16 July 2014 11am-4pm

A day filled with tall tales, giant crafts and big secrets. Learn to stilt walk and become as tall as Bel! This is a special event developed to tie in with the Mythical Maze summer reading challenge in partnership with Leicester Libraries. Free craft activities, storytelling, trails and games.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/leicester-city-museums/museums/belgrave-hall/belgravehallevents/

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Belgrave Bees, Bugs and Butterflies

  • 23 July 2014 11am-4pm

Find out more about small creatures on our big bee, bug and butterfly hunt. Take part in our special nature activities or get your face painted like a bee or butterfly. Lots of fun craft activities to do and take home!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission. £2.50 for activities and £1.50 for face painting.

Website

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/leicester-city-museums/museums/belgrave-hall/belgravehallevents/

Teddy

Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Pastimes

  • 30 July 2014 11am-4pm

Bring your favourite teddy and pack a family picnic to enjoy on the lawns. Take a stroll to the woods and see the bear trail, join in bear games, competitions, storytelling and craft activities.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission / £2.50 for activities.

Website

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/leicester-city-museums/museums/belgrave-hall/belgravehallevents/

Woodlouse

Birds and Mini Beasts Nature Day

  • 13 August 2014 11am-4pm

Take part in a fantastic nature day delivered in partnership with the RSPB. Have fun making bird masks, wrist flappers and birdfeeders to take home. Garden trails and storytelling in the hall.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission / £2.50 for activities.

Website

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/leicester-city-museums/museums/belgrave-hall/belgravehallevents/

black and white photograph of infantry with kit

WEA Course: Leicester and World War One

  • 17 September 2014 1:30-4:30pm

The activity will have you exploring a range of themes including Belgian refugees, conscientious objectors and war work in the Belgrave area.
Free.
To book call 0116 251 9740 or email amiles@wea.org.uk.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Free. To book call 0116 251 9740 or email amiles@wea.org.uk

Website

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/museums

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