Christmas Closing Dates

We will then be closed from Saturday December 23rd to Sunday December 31st, opening again at 10:00am on New Years day January 1st 2018. Continue reading Christmas Closing Dates

Christmas gifts suggestions

As if you need reminding Christmas is only a few weeks away! Have you thought about starting your Christmas shopping yet? If you are looking for something a little different for that special friend or loved one, then you might find it at the heritage centre. Continue reading Christmas gifts suggestions

Granites: Open Daily 10am to 5pm

We offer a wide range of hot and cold drinks, a selection of cakes and treats to suit all pockets, light meals and even speciality ice creams.

Mountsorrel and Rothley Community Heritage Centre and Granite’s Coffee Shop

Picture of signpostIn 2007 our aims seemed daunting; to restore the 1¼ miles of the Mountsorrel Railway. With £100,000 raised from the local community and business our 120 volunteers have delivered so much more! Contributing over 100,000 hours of labour they cleared and restored the rail line, built Mountsorrel Station with car park and access, repaired two stone bridges, created the Nunckley Trail, and re-laid and replanted countless metres of hedgerow.

The official railway opening on the 24th October 2015 was a major milestone of which we are immensely proud. If you missed the opening, or wish to be reminded of the day, we have pictures of the opening along with links to many of the news sites that covered the opening..

Our vision for 2017 is equally ambitious. The Heritage Centre, which chronicles the rich and varied history of Mountsorrel and Rothley, and our nature trail opened on the 25th April 2016. Three nearby historic buildings were dismantled, moved, and, together with a new building, form the basis of the Heritage Centre, providing Heritage Rooms, Granite’s coffee shop, and quiet room.

We have now opened the quarry demonstration area, with Stonemasons’ Huts, narrow gauge railway, and a small railway museum featuring rolling stock that worked this railway. The “Spinney Trail” with den building area, and the “Waffle Shack“, a refreshment kiosk selling hot and cold drinks, ice creams and Belgian Waffles is also open. The inaugural running of our Garden railway took place over the spring bank holiday weekend. Keep an eye on the website for future running days.

We do not currently accept school, nursery or similar group visits as the site does not currently have the infrastructure needed to support school visits. Our volunteers are working to fully develop the educational possibilities that the heritage centre site is able to offer and we hope to be able to start taking bookings later in 2017. Further details will appear on our website as things progress.

Feel free to look around our website to see our vision for the Centre. Why not download our brochure for a brief introduction to us. To keep up to date with our progress, and to read the latest news, check out our RSS feed, or if you would like to receive e-mail updates on our progress and also details of events and special offers then why not sign up for our Newsletter. If you feel you would like to help with our project you can contribute money, materials, or volunteer your time, to transform the site into your Heritage Centre.

The blog: Mountsorrel Railway Blog is still available for you to explore the development of the railway, however it is no longer maintained or updated.

If you have difficulty finding the page you are looking for then our Site Map may help.

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