Coming to GeekMoot? Ten great things to in and around Leicester!
Greetings CMSMS Users
If you are coming to join us for GeekMoot on the 19th, 20th and 21st
October, you'll be coming to one of the UK's most historic cities. As a
little taster of some of the great things you can do as well as the
GeekMoot conference, we thought we'd give you a run down of the top ten
things we'll be doing if we can find the time.1. Visiting the National Space Centre exhibitions.
because the NSS is the host for GeekMoot this year! A free NSS
entrance ticket is included with your GeekMoot ticket, so enjoy the
exhibitions over lunch one day.
Although British space missions
usually launch from French Guiana or Kazakhstan, Leicester's space
museum is a fascinating introduction to the mysteries of the spheres.
The ill-fated Beagle 2 mission to Mars was controlled from here. Fun,
family-friendly displays cover everything from astronomy to the status
of current space missions.2. King Richard III: Dynasty, Death & Discovery
following the incredible 2012 discovery and 2013 DNA testing of King
Richard III's remains, Leicester's high-tech King Richard III visitor
centre encompasses three fascinating sections. Dynasty explores his rise
to become the final Plantagenet king. Death delves into the Battle of
Bosworth, when Richard became the last English king to be killed in
battle. Discovery details the University of Leicester’s archaeological
dig and identification, and lets you view the site of the grave in which
he was found.3. Leicester Castle
Scattered around the
Newarke Houses Museum are the ruins of Leicester's medieval castle,
where Richard III spent his final days before the Battle of Bosworth.
The most impressive piece of masonry is the monumental gateway known as
the Magazine , once a storehouse for cannonballs and gunpowder. Clad in
Georgian brickwork, the 12th-century Great Hall stands behind a
15th-century gate near the church of St Mary de Castro , where Geoffrey
Chaucer was married in 1366.4. Visit Leicester Market
than 300 stalls at Leicester's indoor and outdoor markets sell
everything from organic vegetables to aromatic spices, fish and
shellfish, new and secondhand clothes, and homewares, electronic goods,
cosmetics, jewellery, flowers, and fabrics. 5. Eat at the Boot Room
former shoe factory now houses this contemporary independent bistro.
Premium ingredients are used in dishes from roast Cornish cod with
smoked tomato risotto to duck leg with Clonakilty black pudding. Save
room for the soufflé of the day for dessert.6. Visit the New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
of this grand Victorian museum include the dinosaur galleries, the
painting collection (with works by Turner and Degas) and the Egyptian
gallery, where real mummies rub shoulders with displays about Boris
Karloff's The Mummy film. Littlies under five can let loose in the
interactive Den.7. Visit Leicester Cathedral
Pride of place
at this substantial medieval cathedral goes to the contemporary
limestone tomb atop the vault where the body of King Richard III was
reburied in 2015, following the discovery of his body nearby. Look too
for the striking carvings on the cathedral's roof supports.8. Relax in Bradgate Park
Walk around Bradgate Park, a few miles from the city centre, to see wild deer, rabbits and breathtaking views.9. Grab a Pork Pie from the UKs most famous crisp makers!
lunch on the run, you can't beat Walkers' towering pork pies. These are
the original premises where Walkers was founded in 1824; it's since
sold its famous crisp brand but the pies remain a family business today.
Other pie varieties include chicken, bacon and mushroom, farmhouse
steak, game, and pulled pork. There's a handful of pavement tables out
front.10. Buy a dev a drink!
Ok - we're only (half) joking,
but with a host of great places to eat and drink, there'll be plenty of
opportunity to socialise with your fellow attendees and the Dev Team
Have you bought your tickets yet? You can buy tickets
from the home page of the GeekMoot site. Why not pop over there now and click the link?
The CMSMS Development Team