Melton is a borough in north-eastern Leicestershire. It is named after its main town, Melton Mowbray. It has a population of just over 50,000. The main activities of the Borough are centred on the single market town of Melton Mowbray which has a population of about 26,000. Other settlements include Asfordby and Bottesford. There are some 70 small villages within the surrounding rural area and the area of the Borough is 48,138ha.
With excellent road, rail and air links, Melton Borough is easily accessible from throughout the UK. Melton Mowbray is approximately 2 and a half hours (120 miles) from London, 1 hour 20 minutes (64 miles) from Birmingham and 2 and a half hours (114 miles) from Manchester. Melton also has close access to the major motorways of the M1, M42, M69 and the A1.
Renowned for its fine food and drink offer, the Borough has become the centre of excellence for local food producers. Famous for its pork pies and Stilton© Cheese, the town of Melton Mowbray is home to a fantastic number of food and drink festivals that take place through the year. These include the Melton Mowbray Food Festival, the Great British Pie Awards, the UK's first PieFest and the largest Artisan Cheese Fair in the country. It is no wonder that Melton Mowbray is known as the ‘Rural Capital of Food’.
There's more to Melton than food. Twinlakes Park offers a great day out for the family with water rides, animals and picnic areas to enjoy. The local Carnegie Museum is an interactive centre where children can enjoy learning about the local area and see exhibits such as the two-headed calf!
The town itself is steeped in history and there is a walking heritage trail that explains the heritage of the town - there are two apps available to make sure you don't miss any of the sites of interest.
If you enjoy shopping you'll be spoilt with the selection of markets that take place in the town. There is a popular street market, regular farmers market, cattle and livestock market and a well-renowned antiques market - all just waiting to be explored.