Heritage guide launched to showcase Charnwood

Published: Tue 10th May, 2022

  • Pictured left to right are: Chrissie Van Mierlo, Museum Director, Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust, Martin Peters, CEO of Leicestershire Promotions, Cllr Shona Rattray, Council's lead member for business support, Janine Williams, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Marketing of Leicestershire Promotions, Jill Vincent, Loughborough Heritage Forum and Lynne Dyer, Lynne about Loughborough.
    Pictured left to right are: Chrissie Van Mierlo, Museum Director, Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust, Martin Peters, CEO of Leicestershire Promotions, Cllr Shona Rattray, Council's lead member for business support, Janine Williams, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Marketing of Leicestershire Promotions, Jill Vincent, Loughborough Heritage Forum and Lynne Dyer, Lynne about Loughborough.

A guide to showcase Charnwood’s fascinating heritage has been launched to help boost the tourism economy.

The Discover Charnwood Heritage Guide, produced by Charnwood Borough Council in partnership with Loughborough Heritage Forum and Leicestershire Promotions will be available locally and distributed regionally to encourage people to visit Charnwood.

The guide gives a fascinating insight into the borough’s local heritage including Loughborough’s Taylor and Co Bell Foundry, the last remaining major bell foundry in the UK, Great Central Railway, Stoneywell Cottage and the Carillon Tower. It also features Charnwood’s unique geological heritage as the borough’s landscapes were formed 600 million years ago and are the resting place of the oldest fossils in England.

The creation of the guide comes soon after the launch of Discover Charnwood, a new website to showcase the borough to visitors.

Cllr Shona Rattray, the Council’s lead member for business support, said: “We are delighted to launch the Discover Charnwood Heritage Guide and alongside the Discover Charnwood website, will be a real asset to promote the area to visitors.

“We have some incredible history and heritage in the borough and the guide and website will help more people discover it and hopefully pay us a visit. Tourism is already important to our local economy, but we want to build on that and bring more visitors to Charnwood which will support a range of businesses.

“I would like to thank Loughborough Heritage Forum for helping to put this guide together.”

Jill Vincent, Loughborough Heritage Forum said: “We are very proud of Charnwood and this guide is a great way of showcasing the fascinating heritage that the borough has to offer.

“I enjoyed being part of the process of putting the guide together. I hope that it will help boost visitor numbers and spread information about all the places to visit within Charnwood.”

The guide is being made available at a number of local venues and can also be downloaded from the Discover Charnwood website.

Martin Peters, CEO of Leicestershire Promotions, said: “LPL is delighted to work with partners in Charnwood to develop the heritage offer across the borough and promote it to both new and existing visitors. 

“The Discover Charnwood guide and website will be key components of new campaigns to increase the number of visitors to Charnwood which in turn helps to support the tourism and hospitality sector which have struggled so much over the last two years.”

To find out more, visit the Discover Charnwood website.

You can also follow @DiscoverCharn on Twitter and if you want to share your pictures of the area, use the hashtag #DiscoverCharnwood

The Discover Charnwood Heritage Guide has been funded thanks to the Welcome Back Fund, which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.