About Blaby District

Situated to the South of Leicester in the East Midlands, Blaby District offers a wonderful mix of leisure, nature and culture. It has been named the fifth-happiest location in the UK following the Office of National Statistics’ Annual Happiness Study, and is ranked second in Leicestershire for well-being.

The area is well linked to major transport networks – M1 and M69, train routes to Leicester and Birmingham and two international airports, which can be reached within an hour.

Blaby District is home to Fosse Park, one of the biggest out-of-town shopping centres in the country, and the UK’s national diving centre Stoney Cove. The picturesque Kirby Muxloe Castle is also located here, as well as other key heritage sites including the High Cross and Glenfield Tunnel. There are plenty of parks and open spaces to explore such as Bouskell Park, Fosse Meadows, Whistle Way, and Glen Hills Nature Reserve.

Regeneration is taking place across the district. This includes the New Lubbesthorpe Development comprising over 4,000 houses and supporting infrastructure, plus the expansion to Fosse Shopping Park and the creation of Everards Meadows. To find out more about what Blaby District has to offer, visit www.visitblaby.org.uk

Blaby District facts:

  • The population of the district is 96,500 with 41,871 households
  • The district covers 129 square kilometres – about the size of the island of Jersey
  • 80.9% of households own their own home
  • Unemployment in the district is 0.7%
  • The average house price is just over £182,000
  • Blaby is ranked as the 38th least deprived district in England
  • Frank Whittle developed the jet engine at the Whittle Estate in Whetstone

Source: Annual Report 2019

Last updated 25 April 2024
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