Home of the pork pie and Stilton cheese, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire is the third oldest market town in England. It boasts numerous tourist attractions and leisure opportunities, including the long tradition of foxhunting, the Stapleford Miniature Railway, the Twinlakes theme park, and the Waterfield Leisure Pools.
The local government in Melton Mowbray is quite unusual in its structure, in that it is run by a local Estate which is a charitable trust rather than a public institution.
Naval pea coats and donkey jackets are made from Melton cloth, which originated in the town. Although some sources say that "painting the town red" comes from the United States, there is an association with Melton, where young aristocrats once did exactly that.
At the time of the last census, Melton Mowbray had 22,554 inhabitants.