Visit Wymondham, Leicestershire: Places to stay, things to do

Escape to the heart of Stilton country, as Nick Peers discovers a traditional May festival to enjoy this weekend

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Why go there?
This Saturday sees the Wymondham May Festival in this picturesque Leicestershire village, situated just outside Melton Mowbray. Traditional festivities include maypole and morris dancing and the crowning of the May King and Queen, plus there’ll be games, stalls, rides and a funfair – all completely free.
Wymondham is also famous for being the birthplace of Stilton cheese, and many local dairies are still producing it today. It also features a number of Grade II listed buildings, and nearby attractions include the Wymondham Windmill and Tea Rooms, and Melton Mowbray itself, the bustling market town with a rich history stretching back to before the Norman Invasion. Wymondham is also the perfect base for trips to Rutland Water and Belvoir Castle.
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Where to stay
This Georgian Old Rectory is set in its own peaceful, secluded grounds in the heart of Wymondham. It’s been divided up into self-contained guesthouses, each with their own entrance and facilities, including private bath or en suite shower.
Prices start from £40 per room for single occupancy, or £60 per room for double or twin occupancy, and include a full English breakfast. Evening meals are also available by prior appointment.
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Where to eat
There’s only one place to eat in Wymondham, and that’s at The Berkeley Arms, which dates back to 1692. Prior booking is advisable, because of the high standard of fare on offer. Ingredients are locally sourced where possible, and a large number of specials are chalked up on the bar. Main courses – including Sunday roast – start from around £10-£11.
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Tell us a local secret
Thistleton Gap, a field just outside the village, was the location of the very first international boxing prize fight. This took place in 1811, and England’s Tom Cribb successfully defended his title against American Tom Molyneux. A crowd of more than 20,000 witnessed the fight.
 
 

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