Meaning 'Lubba's spur of land', Lubenham is a pretty village set just outside Market Harborough, offering great access to the midland mainline into St Pancras.

The earliest history of the village is no longer known, but by 1086 it was recorded as having a population of 45! Today it's around 1100.

Lubenham has long been associated with hunting and horse racing, and was the birthplace of the National Hunt Chase, now part of the Cheltenham Festival. Today it's more known for its annual Scarecrow Festival and the Lubenham Raiders cycle club.

Lubenham has been granted 'selected rural village' status, meaning that any developments will be small and will reflect the character of the village.

Lubenham has some beautiful houses, lots of community activities, and the food at the Coach and Horses is superb.

Mark Baldwin Author

Options for physical activity include a golf club, runnng club and leisure centre (with swimming pool) in Market Harborough. In Lubenham itself there's a cricket pitch and the aforementioned 'Lubenham Raiders' cycling club.

For those of a more cerebral bent, there are history, drama and arts and crafts clubs.

For children there's a youth club and a recreation ground. There's a CofE primary school in the village and a good choice of secondary schools in nearby Market Harborough.