When you think of a UK or England destination to visit, London is the first that come to mind! We've got that covered HERE! Loughborough is relatively unknown to most but it is definitely a gem! Most people get scared by its 12 letter name when they first see it. It is simply pronounced as LUFF-BRUH :)
This tiny university town is about 3 hours to London via the M1 motorway. It is only 1hr 35 mins via East Midlands Trains from London St Pancras station.
What is so special about this small town?
This quiet university town was where I had one of the best times of my life. Studying at Loughborough university was an amazing time of growth, learning and healing. Loughborough is a simple town with amazing quiet spaces where I was able to reflect and feel at peace. The slower pace meant I often sat in Queen's Park and read for hours. I learnt to appreciate beauty of a duck, snowflake and the autumn colours. I even had time to build a snowman!
If you are looking for a quiet getaway where you can be away from crowds but still enjoy the comforts of civilisation, this is a great place!
Relax at the Queen's Park and visit the Town Hall for some theatre, art and music!
Check their site for the schedule and booking details! www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk
Don't miss awesome produce at the Farmer's Market held every second Wednesday of each month between 9am and 3pm at the town centre. Another key event is the historic Loughborough fair that is held early November every year! You get some exciting fair-rides and food!
My favourite Fish & Chips in the whole wide world can be found in Loughborough!
Visit: Trawlers Catch at 92 Ashby Rd, Loughborough LE11 3AE, UK
Must order: COD FISH AND CHIPS!
They are open only 2 hours for lunch from 12-2pm (Tues to Thurs). They open mostly in the evenings from 5-10pm (Mon to Sat).
The most therapeutic part of Loughborough has to be the Great Central Railway. If you love trains, steam engines and everything antique, you MUST visit this place. This mainline heritage railway offers historical steam/diesel train rides all the way to Leicester North and back. You get special events such as steam galas, Peppa Pig, Bonfire Night, Wartime Weekend and Santa Specials!
Train geeks (like me) can even get to drive a locomotive, dine in the train and bring your whole family on an excursion. You get to enjoy views of Charnwood waters and the beautiful countryside! Check out their website for train and event schedules/ticketing details:
Next time you need a quiet, relaxing, therapeutic place to visit in England, head to Loughborough!
Vincent & Debra Kwan, Founders of Hiro & Jack and stay-at-home parents with the odd life.