General description:

Heather is a small village located 5 miles south of Ashby. Heather is a former coal mining village established in the late 18th century, approximately 200 years later at the start of the 20th century. In the 1970's and 1980's two large coal mines including Coalville Farm opencast coal mine extracted millions of tonnes of coal and was then restored to form Sence Valley Country Park. The village is renowned for its annual Scarecrow Festivals and music festivals including 'Strawberry Fields' at nearby Cattows Farm.The village was also home to the late Labour MP, David Taylor until 2009.


Heather is a typical village with local community events that take place including the scarecrow festival (locals create scarecrows and place them outside of their homes) which is an annual competition. There is a village Church named St John the Baptist Church, Heather St Johns football club and Cattows Farm which is situated shortly just outside the village. Cattows Farm hold many events including music festivals, food festivals, firework displays and also has a café and farm shop.

Moving here?:

Heather is a quiet village whereby transport links are accessed through surrounding areas. To access the A511 the best route is to travel through Ravenstone or Ibstock towards Coalville. The A42 can be accessed via the A511.


Heather has a primary school named ‘Heather Primary School’ and comes in to the catchment area for secondary years at Ibstock Community College and High school years at Ashby School.

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