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Medbourne Tourism Page

medbourneSituated some 8 miles northeast of Market Harborough and 14 miles south east of Leicester, Medbourne is a picturesque village with well maintained verges, hedgerows and properties.

Being close to both Eyebrook Reservoir and Rutland Water, Medbourne is a popular stopping off place for fly anglers,bird watchers, water sport enthusiasts, walkers and ramblers as well as those who just want a pleasent day in this beautiful part of the county.

The name Medbourne is Anglo Saxon meaning meadow stream and remains unchanged since the Doomsday Book.

Another great tourist attraction is the annual ancient game of Bottle Kicking. Dating back well over 200 years this event is held every Easter Monday between contestants representing the villages of Medbourne and Hallaton.

The game consits of three rounds in which each team tries to get the bottle (a leather clad wooden cask) across the boundry lines .
This is a keenly fought competition with parades and pagentry in both villages.

Hosted in the village of Hallaton the Bottle Kicking competition begins on Hare Pie Hill with the traditional pie being broken up and thrown to the gathered crowd. Thereinafter those who do not understand this ancient tradition could be forgiven for thinking that all hell had broken lose.

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