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.
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The Best Do of the Year

  • 2 August 2014 11am-4:30pm *on now

Come and hear how people in Belgrave spent their leisure time in the past, from pubs and cinemas to punting on the river, illegal gambling in the fields, and the Belgrave Wake and Flower Show.

Bring along a picnic to enjoy on the lawns whilst listening to an afternoon concert and browse the plant stalls.

To book a place for the free talk, call 0116 251 9740 or email amiles@wea.org.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/leicester-city-museums/events/museumsevents/august2014/

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The Great Belgrave Garden Party

  • 6 August 2014 11am-4pm

Croquet on the lawn, afternoon tea in our vintage tea room, ice-creams and a picnic – recreate a traditional English summer’s day in the gardens of Belgrave Hall.

Entertainment will be provided with Punch and Judy shows and a local concert band.

Follow themed garden trails and make summer-inspired children’s crafts from a bygone era. Free admission / £2.50 for activities.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission is free, there will be a charge of £2.50 for activities.

Website

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/leicester-city-museums/events/museumsevents/august2014/

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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/

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Heritage Open Days: Glimpses of Belgrave

  • 12 September 2014 11am-4:30pm
  • 14 September 2014 11am-4:30pm

Find out more about the Belgrave area by taking a guided tour or come along to an illustrated talk that will give you a fascinating insight into this historic part of Leicester.

Belgrave Hall and Gardens will be open on both days between 11am – 4.30pm. WEA Talk: Glimpses of Belgrave 13:00 to 14:00. Free event, to book your place on the WEA talk contact Visit Leicester on 0116 299 4444.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/leicester-city-museums/events/museumsevents/september2014/

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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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