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Things to do in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

The Market town of Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, perhaps most famous for its Pork Pies, is situated in Fox Hunting country, where the three hunts The Quorn, The Belvoir and the Cottesmore meet.

In the 19th century when hunting was in its hey-day, Melton Mowbray was a favourite place with those who came to the area for the hunting season.

Apart from the sport in the hunting field, much 'larking' and 'ragging' went on among the huntsmen, one of the best known episodes took place in 1837 when the Marquis of Waterford literally painted the buildings in Melton Mowbray red. From which evolved the well-known saying 'Paint the Town Red'.

St. Mary's Church - The largest and stateliest Parish Church in Leicestershire, dating from the 13th century. St. Mary's holds organ recitals at 1pm on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in the month all year round. Sir Malcolm Sargent was a former organist of the church.

Melton Carnegie Museum - Local Museum of Melton Mowbray with sporting paintings and a two-headed calf!

Melton Country Park - 140 acres of informal parkland and a lake, situated close to the town centre. There are Picnic sites, nature trails and children's play areas. The Visitor Centre contains archaeological finds from the site.

You can still sample the traditional pork pies, from Melton Mowbray's oldest and only remaining bakery producing truly authentic Melton Mowbray pies, in the town centre.

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