Leicester has an abundance of well-known traditions and festivals throughout the year that visitors and locals can immerse themselves in. Great Leicester landmarks range from monuments celebrating the areas successes to beautiful religious buildings and are spotted throughout the area. In addition, those residing in Leicester will be in excellent company with some really interesting and famous characters having ties in the area. This page gives you a heads up about just a few of those people alongside some tips for landmarks that are well worth a visit and festivals that are not to be missed.
Sporting and Leisure
Gary Lineker: Mr Lineker was born and bred in Leicester in 1960 and began his successful football career at the beloved Leicester City Football club. He is now a Broadcaster, Retired Footballer, has an OBE and not to mention he is the King of the Walkers commercials.
Sporting Success Statue: The statue was unveiled in 1998 and can be seen at Gallowtree Gate. The statue depicts three sportsmen and is a celebration of the exceptional performance and success of local teams in 96/97, Leicester City won the Coca Cola Cup, Leicestershire won the Britannic Assurance County Championship and Leicester Tigers won the Pilkington Cup all within this twelve month period.
Playing of the Post Horn Gallop: Leicester City FC were formed in 1884 with the original name Leicester Fosse, Fosse (colloquial for moat or ditch) and have had some very successful seasons of late! It is one of Leicester City’s traditions for the team to run out to the Post Horn Gallop, a tradition that has continued for many decades now.
Science, Nature and Religion
Sir David Attenborough: The University of Leicester holds a special relationship with Sir David Attenborough who moved there with his Father (The University Principal at the time) at the age of 5. Areas of the University are named after his father and he was receiver of an honorary degree from the University(along with his brother). Sir David Attenborough has visited the University many times since he left the city to attend Cambridge in the mid 40’s.
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir: An absolutely stunning architectural landmark can be found on Gipsy Lane in Leicester at the Hindu Temple of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir who are a social-spiritual organization.
St. George’s Festival: A Family festival not to be missed. Leicester takes this tradition seriously and you can find the festivities being held in the Cultural Quarter, in and around Orton Square to celebrate the Christian traditions of St Georges day.
Literature and History
Anne Fine: Anne Fine is distinguished in her field as a children’s author, holding many awards and recognitions for her work. She is perhaps most well-known due to the film adaptation of her novel Mrs Doubtfire and Bills New Frock. Anne was born in Leicester and still visits the University on occasion to discuss her life and works.
Leicester Cathedral: A Church of England Cathedral, based in the centre of the city, is a beautiful piece of religious and historical architecture. It is the burial place of local King Richard III who is integral to the historical stories of the area.
The Sale of the Wether: One of Leicesters slightly more unusual traditions, The Sale of the Wether dates all the way back to 1370 and was founded in Enderby. The story goes that John of Gaunt, whilst journeying through the area stopped off in the area and was so taken with the sports day going on there that he gave each man a field by the river at Enderby, inbetween these fields was a communal field (the wethether) that was to be used to grow communal crops which would be put up for sale each Whit Monday and were to be used for a feast. The sale itself involved some bizarre coin based bidding system that we can’t quite keep up with!