The East Midlands region is vast and varied enough to offer it all in abundance, it's three prominent cities offer a wealth of different activities. You can explore the depths of the caves under Nottingham Castle, discover independent designer boutiques in Leicester or get a fright in one of countries most haunted historic city, Derby.
Pick up a Kinchkard for cheaper fares across the East Midlands, and grab some really good Kinchkard discounts – meaning that enjoying the biggest destinations in the Kinchbus universe, doesn’t mean a big budget.
Nottingham, home of Robin Hood, is a fantastic city for shopping and socialising in, and you can be there from Loughborough in 35 minutes, on the Kinchbus 9. Why not book tickets for a big concert at the Capital FM Arena, or see a show at the Playhouse, Royal Theatre or Royal Concert Hall? Or get a little culture with a trip to the historic castle, the shiny new Nottingham Contemporary or the Lakeside Arts Centre?
Shopaholics will be in their element with two shopping centres, the Victoria Centre and the Broadmarsh, as well as a fantastic mix of department stores, high street names, designer boutiques and independent shops across the city.
After dark, Nottingham is an amazing place to eat and drink. Try Tilt on Pelham Street for great cocktails and live music, or head to Hockley to try some of the independent eateries, bars and pubs in this trendy part of the city centre.
Leicester is an exciting city to visit, with amazing shopping opportunities including the Highcross shopping centre and independent boutique shopping in The Lanes, The Arcades, St Martins Square and the Stoneygate area.
For night owls, there’s a great selection of restaurants, bars and pubs in the city centre, including favourites O’Neill’s, Lloyds No 1 and The High Cross. You’ll also find some fantastic clubs if you fancy dancing till dawn – with the 24/7 skylink you don’t have to worry about catching the last bus home!
If you fancy something different, The Curve theatre is the place to see a show, or head to the Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre in the cultural quarter. Whatever your interests, Leicester has it all!
Derby is a city that’s really come into its own in recent years, with a shiny new bus station, the brilliant Westfield shopping centre and Riverlights entertainment centre.
Head into the Cathedral Quarter for boutique shopping, bars and restaurants, or catch a film or an exhibition at Quad on the Market Square. You could also see a show or concert at the Assembly Rooms or Derby Playhouse, or head over to Markeaton Park to enjoy one of Derby’s nicest green spaces.
If you’re looking for a more personable shopping experience make sure you head over to the Guildhall Market, where you can pick up fine cheeses and bread, homemade cider and arts and crafts. The Guildhall Market is also home to the Derby Pyclet Company who have resurrected and reinvented one of Derbyshire’s greatest food traditions, you can eat at the stall and watch how they are made or take away and stroll around the peaceful Market Square. skylink runs between Loughborough and Derby every 30 minutes 24/7, so you can stay out as late as you like!