A small medieval market town, Market Bosworth is steeped in a rich heritage and a legacy association with the Battle of Bosworth Field and more recently the Richard 111 trail. It is recognised for its floral displays and has been recognised with regional or national awards almost every year since 1985.
The Battlefield Line railway, canal, marina, Sports Club and Water Park to the west of the town offer a range of opportunities for all age ranges.
The Country Park and arboretum to the east of the town is extremely family friendly and hosts an array of activities. Situated on the Leicestershire Round and with many other well signed rural walks the open countryside is right on the doorstep.
Market Bosworth has some unique independent shops and the local pubs, restaurants
and cafes all offer a warm and friendly welcome.
Based on archaeological evidence there has been a settlement on the hill where the town now stands since prehistoric times. As the name indicates, Market Bosworth evolved as a market town, having been granted a Royal Charter for fairs and markets in 1285. Census records show a population of 543 in 1610, 618 in 1720, and 729 in 1911 growing from 1,608 in 1971 to around 2,100 today.
The town sits in an elevated position, on a spur of land amid woods between shallow valleys and the diversity of the landscape around adds favourably to this historic setting. Remains of a Roman villa-style structure have been discovered and the town encompasses several historic buildings including; The Dixie Grammar School, Bosworth Hall which dates from the 1670s and St Peter’s Church. There has been a church on this site since pre-Norman times.
Over its long, rich history the market town has provided a focal point, schooling and agricultural administrative centre for the surrounding region whilst remaining a small, intimate, lively and social community. Until recently Market Bosworth was predominantly the key rural and agricultural centre, with its historic market and cattle market being a focus for much of west Leicestershire.
There are numerous books chronicling the history and heritage of the town and Market Bosworth Society provides an excellent insight into this aspect. The Society also offers guided walking tours, by arrangement. Bosworth Links is a recent and ongoing archaeological project organised by the Society in conjunction with Leicester University and which has already unearthed some extremely interesting discoveries.
Various clubs, groups and associations organise events throughout the year. Sporting events include a triathlon, cycling events, cross country and fun runs as well as opportunities of soccer, cricket, rugby and tennis which have their own pitches and facilities. Market Bosworth
Festival hosts a diverse range of local activities throughout the year promoting art, music and drama in and around Market Bosworth, Leicestershire. The Summer Festival provides a diverse range of drama, theatre, music and other arts related activities and events. The Summer Festival has grown rapidly over the last 15 years and now receives regional and national recognition.
Market Bosworth has dozens of regular clubs, groups and societies which are open to residents of the town and nearby villages. Whatever your interest or hobby there is likely to be like minded people that you can join. A directory of all these community groups can be found in the resident’s section.