Archaeological fieldwork throughout Leicestershire

Festival Programme Announced

March 28, 2019

Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology 2019 programme of events announced!

Saturday 29th June – Sunday 28th July, 2019

The programme for the 2019 Festival of Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology – the biggest Festival of its kind in Britain- has been announced. Throughout the four weeks of July more than 90 events will be held across the two counties celebrating their rich and fascinating heritage.

This year’s Festival is bigger and better than ever and has something for everyone, with family friendly activities at museums, guided walks of our counties’ historic sites, talks by experts, displays and exhibitions, and chances to get your hands dirty with a bit of excavation.

Whether it’s a visit to the excavations at Bradgate Park to find out more about the childhood home of Lady Jane Grey, or a tour of the Glenfield Tunnel, one of the earliest steam railway tunnels in the world, or a chance to build your own Roman Leicester in Minecraft, there are all sorts of fantastic and unique opportunities to explore thousands of years of secrets hidden beneath your feet.

This year the Festival in Leicestershire and Rutland runs for four weeks from Saturday 29th June to Sunday 28th July, and includes the Council for British Archaeology’s nationwide Festival of Archaeology (13th – 28th July).

The Festival brings together local archaeological organisations, heritage groups, museums and archaeologists to show off all that is good about our local archaeological heritage.

Festival convenor, Peter Liddle, commented “Every year our Festival gives people across the two counties a chance to visit sites with expert guides and hear from experts in local heritage thanks to a unique alliance of groups and individuals who work so hard to make it happen.”

Festival leaflets are now widely available from local museums, libraries or tourist information centres (and hotels and other tourist venues across Leicestershire and Rutland) and an up to date downloadable programme can be found on line at

This year’s Festival kicks off with a Launch Event at the Bradgate Park Excavation Open Day on Saturday 29th June, 11am – 4pm. This great event is a chance to find out more about what’s on during the Festival. Visit the University of Leicester excavations at Bradgate House and take a guided tour of the dig to find out what has been discovered this year. Or take part in one of the many other activities for all the family, including demonstrations, archaeological material to handle, re-enactors, exhibitors and bookstall.

To find out more about what is going on elsewhere during the nationwide Festival, visit

For more information about the Festival please contact Peter Liddle on 07758194353, 0116 2214508 or