Leicester is a city in the Midlands region of the
UK. It is developing, changing and updating itself. There is so much
going on here, it's sometimes difficult to keep up with it all. We hope this page will help.
So ... this page is all about our thriving, diverse
and vibrant urban area, which is now regenerating and reinventing
itself, as a key European city of the 21st century. With a rich
historical past, Leicester is a place that has so much of interest.
Our web site also provides information about the rural county of Leicestershire, an area providing a wealth of history and visitor attractions.
Leicester's Cultural Quarter.
The inner city core of Leicester has changed dramatically
in recent years and part of that change is the development of the
Cultural Quarter, which is currently underway.
By coming to Leicester you can discover the many
unique strengths of a city rich in different cultural heritages.
From the Romans to the space age, Leicester has much to offer
people who want to see, learn, enjoy and experience.
Working parties are looking at the best way in
which to develop the new quarter and the management of the city's
Three cities - the golden triangle
Our city sits in the triangle of Leicester, Nottingham
and Derby - these three cities make the East Midlands a key destination
for the UK.
The Three Cities Festival, launched recently, is
going to make 2005 a really exciting summer. Visitors will come
from all over Europe and beyond to participate in this exciting venture.
You can find out more about the Three Cities Festival
from its web site.
Find our more about Leicestershire, from its tourism
Derby also has a tourism
web site, well worth visiting.
Looking for inspiration? It's all here in Nottinghamshire.
Building the future
Leicester's city centre has many new building development
projects, either starting now or due in the near future. These are all part of regeneration strategy, set to transform and enhance the heart of Leicester.
A £19m streets and open spaces scheme will provide environmental and public area enhancements, giving people new and attractive areas in which to eat, relax and may be listen to some open air music. A traffic free area around the core of the city will enable shoppers to enjoy a safe and quality setting in which to browse their favourite stores.
Phase 1 of a new business quarter, close to the
main railway station, is getting under way now.
An extension to the already large Shire Shopping
malls is planned for completion in 2008. Internationally renown architects are being commisssioned to devise the £350 million development. Restaurants, streets and squares will surround the retail core. The construction will include a luxury 12-screen cinema complex.
The Peepul Centre is due to open soon, bringing
much needed facilities to the ethnically and culturally diverse communities
on its door step and in the wider area.
Groundwork has already started on the new Performing
Arts Centre. Due for completion in 2008, this is the only new theatre
being built in the UK at the present time.
Understanding the past - find out about this historic