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30 Jan, 2010

My Leicestershire: an insider’s guide

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Chris Killingback, graduate forest officer of the National Forest Company, reveals his favourite haunts

Greenwood Days

The aptly named Peter Wood of Greenwood Days runs survival skills courses set in the heart of 100-year-old Spring Wood. You can learn pole lathe turning, willow weaving and hurdle making, make a longbow (and learn to fire it), or even a coracle and try it out on a nearby lake. Great fun.
01332 864529, greenwood-days.co.uk

Cinnamon Tree in Ellistown

Leicester is famous for its curries and there are some fantastic restaurants, especially on Belgrave Road, also known as the Golden Mile due to the numbers of jewellers selling Indian gold. However, to get an outstanding jalfrezi, I usually go to the Cinnamon Tree restaurant near Coalville.
01530 231231, cinnamontree.co.uk

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

This is a fantastic place. I’m looking forward to seeing the collection of German expressionist art there, which runs until 3 May. Last summer, I also visited the annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibition in the University of Leicester Harold Martin Botanic Garden where you can peruse masterpieces in a beautiful garden setting.
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, 0116-225 4900

• Chris Killingback is involved in the development of the National Forest, spanning Leicestershire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

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