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Historic battlefield and birthplace of the Tudor Dynasty, a heritage steam railway, canal walks and amazing country pubs.
A great base to explore on foot or by car
Within a minutes' walk of the Ashby de la Zouch canal. The tranquil Ashby Canal meanders through a very level, rural environment, and so needs no locks at all. It is the perfect destination for first-time boaters, or walkers in search of a gentle and pretty route.
Market Bosworth, the birthplace of the Tudor Dynasty
A couple of minutes in a car to the town of Market Bosworth, birthplace of the Tudor Dynasty, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Originally called Bosworth until 12 May 1285, when King Edward I gave a royal charter to Sir William Harcourt allowing a market to be held every Wednesday. The village then took the name Market Bosworth and from that day became a "town" by common definition.
The two oldest buildings in Bosworth, St. Peter's Church and the Red Lion pub, were built during the 14th century.
The Battle of Bosworth
The Battle of Bosworth took place to the south of the town in 1485 as the final battle in the Wars of the Roses between the House of Lancaster and the House of York. In 1509 the manor passed from the Harcourt's to the Grey family.
In 1554, following the beheading of Lady Jane Grey, the manor of Bosworth was among lands confiscated in the name of Mary I of England and her husband Philip II of Spain. They awarded the manor to the Catholic nobleman Edward Hastings.
The site of the Battle of Bosworth is just a few minutes south of the town.
The Battle of Bosworth Field (or Battle of Bosworth) was the last significant battle of the Wars of the Roses, the civil war between the Houses of Lancaster and York that raged across England in the latter half of the 15th century. Fought on 22 August 1485, the battle was won by the Lancastrians. Their leader Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, by his victory became the first English monarch of the Tudor dynasty. His opponent, Richard III, the last king of the House of York, was killed in the battle. Historians consider Bosworth Field to mark the end of the Plantagenet dynasty, making it a defining moment of English and Welsh history.
Battlefield Line Steam Railway
Going out of Bosworth westwards on the B585, the steam Battlefield Line Railway runs at weekends from Shackerstone, Market Bosworth station and Shenton.
The Battlefield Line Railway is a heritage railway which runs from Shackerstone to Shenton, via Market Bosworth, a total of 5 miles. Shenton is near Bosworth Field, (immortalised in Shakespeare's Richard III), giving the railway its name.
The railway runs steam and diesel-hauled trains every weekend from March to December, as well as a summer mid-week service on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays in July and August and Wednesdays in September; the latter is operated by their Heartlander diesel railcar service. They also operate special events: the Christmas Santa Specials (which operate on all weekends throughout December) and others throughout the year.
Rail Ale Festival
There is an annual Rail Ale Festival centred on the Goods Shed at Mkt. Bosworth Station on the last weekend in July. The Ashby Canal runs adjacent to the railway.
Shackerstone Family Festival
This is an annual event which takes over the village of Shackerstone for the first weekend of September. It's run by the villagers of Shackerstone, members of the Shackerstone Railway Society and members of the Ashby Canal Association. The monies raised by the show are donation toward usually two charities, one national and one local. The three organising groups have also received donations in previous years.
The main event field is located close to both the village, Ashby Canal and Shackerstone Railway Station. Here the arenas, craft tent, beer tent, trade stands, fairground rides and the majority of the vehicle, machinery and other displays can be found.
The arena has been home to many different displays throughout the weekend. Marching bands, historical battle re-enactments, stuntmen, vehicle parades, parachutists, Roman charioteers, TA heavy equipment demonstrations and even a cow-pat lottery
There is one of the largest gatherings of vintage narrowboats in the Midlands on display on the Ashby Canal and traction engines can be seen in steam with the occasional trip to the local pubs to 'refuel the drivers'.