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Market Bosworth is a small, attractive and historically interesting town with a population of just over 2,000. The town centre is a conservation area with many old buildings surrounding the Market Place. There are a number of shops, pubs and restaurants, three churches and three schools. It is not far from the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre at Sutton Cheney. Upton, the village recently revealed to be the site of the famous Battle of Bosworth, fought in 1485, is also nearby. Within walking distance of the town centre are the Bosworth Water Park and The Country Park, as well as the Ashby Canal. A short drive to Shackerstone takes the visitor to the Shackerstone Steam Railway Line with a regular service between Shackerstone and Shenton. It is possible to alight at Shenton to visit the Battlefield Heritage Centre.
PLACES OF INTEREST
within 3 miles of Market Bosworth
MARKET BOSWORTH COUNTRY PARK is sited to the east of the town and is comprised of over eighty acres of parkland. There is an adventure playground, a lake, an arboretum, a wildlife pond and a network of footpaths giving access to surrounding villages. The Park is open all day and there is a parking fee of £2.50.
The right to hold a MARKET in Market Bosworth goes back to the seventeenth century when a Charter was granted. Today the Market operates every Wednesday with a variety of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, clothing, fish, fabric, plants and other items. On the fourth Sunday of every month there is also a Farmers' Market.
The site of the BATTLE OF BOSWORTH in 1485 is just a few miles south of Market Bosworth at Upton. This is where Richard III was killed and lost the crown and Henry VII became king. A Visitor Centre at Sutton Cheney - the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre - explains details of events that occurred on 22 August 1485. A pleasant walk from the centre leads to Shenton Station enabling the visitor to also enjoy a ride on the Shackerstone Steam Railway.
THE BOSWORTH WATER TRUST is sited to the west of Market Bosworth and is within walking distance of the town centre. There is a twenty acre lake for sailing and fishing and there are camping facilities within the park.
Shackerstone Station and THE SHACKERSTONE STEAM RAILWAY are about three miles to the north-west of Market Bosworth. From Shackerstone to Shenton is a journey of five miles through pleasant countryside. A visit to the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre can be incorporated into this journey.
All photographs by Malcolm Bates