Bluebells on the Nature Trails

Spinney Trail bluebell panorama

If you are visiting the Heritage centre in the next few weeks, be sure to allow time to visit our nature trails. You will find drifts of English Bluebells scattered around the Nunckley Trail, however the Spinney Trail is currently brimming with blue! In particular the bank to the North… Continue reading Bluebells on the Nature Trails

“Doris” storms the Nunckley Trail

Woodpecker Tree

Storm Doris certainly took her toll on the trail. The Woodpecker tree at the start of the trail was hit badly and two trees came down near the picnic area. We took the opportunity to cut the fallen section of the Woodpecker tree just above the entrance hole to the nest allowing visitors to get an idea of how much the woodpeckers excavate within the tree. Continue reading “Doris” storms the Nunckley Trail

Prince of Wales Video and Photos

Prince of Wales visit

Sorry it took so long to work though all the photos and video. Rather than post dozens (hundreds?) of photos we have put together a video of the day. We hope you like it. Continue reading Prince of Wales Video and Photos

Railway relics find a new home

Ruston and Hornsby 48DE diesel

Two historic railway items now have a new home. A former Bardon Hill quarry diesel locomotive and a yellow mineral wagon, both of which are part of the Leicestershire County Council collection and were formerly based at Snibston Discovery Museum will be used for demonstrations in and around Nunckley Hill quarry. Continue reading Railway relics find a new home

Filming Victoria on the Mountsorrel Railway

Planet at Mountsorrel

“Planet” was being used to film various railway scenes for a new drama, Victoria, expected to be screened on ITV in the Autumn, and the Mountsorrel branch line had been fitted out with a new station, out of sight from Nunckley Hill and the local roads. Depending on how filming went we could expect to see “Planet” any time from 5 ’till 9. Continue reading Filming Victoria on the Mountsorrel Railway

Nunckley Trail CLOSED Tuesday and Wednesday

View from the Nunckley Trail Picnic Area

Our nature trail will be closed this Tuesday 22nd re-opening mid-day on Wednesday 23rd November so that we can construct the disabled path in the quarry. Continue reading Nunckley Trail CLOSED Tuesday and Wednesday

Commemorative Posters Available

Trains running poster

Our commemorative Limited Edition Posters are now available! To mark the first weekend of passenger trains stopping at the new Heritage Centre and Nunckley Hill station we have produced a limited edition run of just 30 copies of the two posters shown above. Each is individually numbered and is signed… Continue reading Commemorative Posters Available

Trains announced: August 20th and 21st

August Train running

Diary at the ready! The GCR have given us advanced notice of when trains will next run on the Mountsorrel Branch Line, so keep the weekend of the 20th/21st August free. Trains will be made up of the three carriages forming the GCR’s heritage diesel multiple unit, as shown on… Continue reading Trains announced: August 20th and 21st

Granite Wagons arrive at Nunckley Hill

Mountsorrel Granite Wagons

The three Mountsorrel Granite Company liveried wagons arrived at the heritage centre’s new railway museum to-day. The wagons were restored back in 2010, almost entirely by young people including a group of teenage girls on Tuesday evenings. Continue reading Granite Wagons arrive at Nunckley Hill

Granite’s receives its 10,000th visitor

Granite's 10,000th visitors

It’s just over 6 weeks since we opened our doors. This morning we were amazed to discover that a whopping 10,000 visitors have visited the Heritage Centre site and Granite’s coffee Shop! To celebrate this huge milestone the lucky group each received a free drink and cake to mark occasion.… Continue reading Granite’s receives its 10,000th visitor