Loughborough town

In 2017, Area 14 have been presented with a very unique opportunity to host the Round Table National Sporting Weekend within an environment synonymous with sports excellence, widely known and respected for its outstanding contribution to the world of sport for over 60 years and the UK’s sporting capital. With easy access by road, rail and air, Loughborough University, set on the largest single site green campus in the UK, has the country’s largest concentration of world class sports facilities.

Mentioned in the 1086 Domesday book, Loughborough is a busy market town in the county of Leicestershire steeped in history, boasting a variety of vibrant cafes, bars, restaurants, clubs and pubs recognised by CAMRA, which boost cask ales, an interesting selection of keg beers, craft beer & ciders. But Loughborough also offers much in the way of culture and heritage as its ancient past can be discerned from its architecture, with numerous buildings that span many centuries

Loughborough is located on the doorstep of Charnwood, which gets its name from the rocky Charnwood Forest to the west, recently replanted to create the heart of the National Forest. It contains some of the oldest rocks and fossils known in Britain. In the centre of the area is the broad flat plain of the River Soar, and to the east are the rounded rolling hills of the Leicestershire Wolds with some of England’s loveliest and most unspoilt villages.

Close by is Bradgate Park (dating from at least 1240) with roaming herds of red and fallow deer. The Park will be forever associated with England’s ‘Queen for Nine Days’, the Lady Jane Grey, who lost her crown and her head to Mary Tudor, eldest daughter of Henry VIII.
The location is also ideally situated for exploring the cities of Nottingham, Leicester and Derby, as well as being close to a variety of tourist attractions such as the National Space Centre, King Richard III visitor centre, the Peak District and Sherwood Forest.