Donisthorpe village is located 3 and a half miles South-West of Ashby De La Zouch and whilst located within the local authority of North West Leicestershire, the village has a South Derbyshire postcode. The River Mease runs through the village, with the centre of the village situated on the Southern side of the river. Donisthorpe has a village primary school named ‘Donisthorpe Primary School’, there are two public houses named ‘The Masons Arms’ and ‘The Halfway House’ respectively.
The village was home to the Donisthorpe Colliery and the pit closed in 1990. At the time of the closure of the mine, Donisthorpe was very much a mining village with a strong community. The Colliery site has since become Donisthorpe Woodland Park which the Leicestershire County Council acquired from British Coal in 1995 and formed a partnership with the National Forest Company, English Partnerships and the Forestry Commission. A large area of the site was planted with native oak, grey alder, Corsican pine and ash creating approximately around 74,000 trees. The Woodlands park connects to the Woulds Heritage Trail that runs through Spring Cottage and Measham and the canal footpath also links to Moira Furnace Museum. Donisthorpe boasts leisure facilities with Jungle Madness soft play centre.
Donisthorpe is one of the connecting villages between Ashby De La Zouch, Moira, Measham, Oakthorpe and Acresford therefore has excellent transport links to the A42 and to further conurbations via the A444.
Donisthorpe primary school is situated in the heart of the village. Donisthorpe comes within catchment area for Ivanhoe Specialist Technology College and Ashby School.