Beaumont Young Readers

Open Today

09:00 - 18:00

Over 200 Leicester schoolchildren visited Beaumont Shopping Centre this week to take part in a series of interactive events designed to encourage reading for enjoyment outside of the classroom.

Children from Buswells Lodge Primary School and Merrydale Infant School enjoyed a range of fun literary-themed workshops, including storytelling sessions, sunflower seed planting and learning about animals with staff from Beaumont Shopping Centre and Wilko, Pets at Home and Costa.

Every child also went away with a book in hand and British Land, owner of Beaumont Shopping Centre, provided each of the schools with £100 of vouchers to spend on brand-new books for their libraries.

The event was part of the Young Readers Programme – an award-winning initiative by the National Literacy Trust in partnership with British Land – that works to improve children’s literacy by motivating them to read for pleasure through a series of fun activities, and gives them chance to choose books to take home and keep.  

Since the partnership started in 2011, the Young Readers Programme has gifted over 127,000 books to more than 42,500 children across the country, and has helped encourage more than 1,700 children in Leicester to read for fun outside of school.

Katy Lathwood Birch, teacher from Buswells Lodge Primary School said: “The Young Readers Programme is a fantastic initiative and has really helped motivate the children to read more.

“A love of reading is something that can last a lifetime. It’s a great way for children to learn new things and fire their imagination, so anything that inspires them to open a book more often is amazing.”

Research from the National Literacy Trust shows that 1 in 11 children and young people in the UK don’t have a book of their own at home, yet those that read every day outside of school are four times more likely to read above the expected level for their age than children who don’t . 

Simon Revill, centre manager at Beaumont Shopping Centre, said: “We’ve been supporting the Young Readers Programme for a number of years now and it’s an event that we always look forward to getting involved in.

“Seeing children from our local community being excited and inspired by books is really rewarding and we hope it has a lasting impact.”

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, said: “Encouraging children to develop a love of reading from a young age can transform their futures, helping them do better in school and improving their chances of leading happy, healthy and successful lives.

“We’d like to thank British Land, Beaumont Shopping Centre and its retailers for their work supporting the Young Readers Programme again this year.

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Additional opening times

Beaumont Shopping Centre store opening times may vary. Food will be open later – please check retailer websites for further details.

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Getting here

Beaumont Shopping Centre
25 Beaumont Way
0116 235 2561
  • Car

    Beaumont Shopping Centre is easy to reach. The A563 ring road leads into our three car parks.

    Located just off the A46 near Anstey, we're only five minutes from the A6 and ten minutes from the M1 junction 22. Plus, we have plenty of free and safe car parking.

  • Train

    For details on visiting Beaumont Shopping Centre by train, simply visit the My Train Ticket website or visit the Traveline East Midlands website. 

  • Bus

    For details on all routes to and from Beaumont Shopping Centre, including timetables, please visit the Traveline East Midlands website or visit Centre Bus for more information. 


The main cash points are located at Santander, Wilko and Tesco. Here you can withdraw cash from most major banks and building societies.

Baby changing facilities are available at Tesco.

We have 1,500 free* car parking spaces for visitors to Beaumont Shopping Centre.

*for up to 4 hours

Any vehicles remaining in the car park after the 4 hour limit will receive a £85 parking charge. Please note that all vehicles entering and exiting the park will have their registration number scanned by an Automatic Number Plate Recognition system.

For any parking queries please contact

To appeal Parking Charge Notices you must follow the appeals process which can be processed by:

  • Post: High View Parking Ltd, PO BOX 3573, Barnet, EN5 9QA
  • Online:
  • Phone: 0207 431 4001

The toilets can be found in Tesco and also in the majority of our restaurants and cafés.

Beaumont Shopping Centre is the only place in Leicester to offer a universal (disabled) photo booth, which can comfortably accommodate a wheelchair. A range of photo sizes are available including passport-size photos, as well as fun photos. 

Beaumont Shopping Centre offers height, weight and BMI scales that are located within Boots. 

We now offer a FREE BT Wi-fi service to all our shoppers. 


Many stores have Click & Collect facilities. Check out our Click & Collect page to see which retailers offer this service. 

Many of our stores offer Gift Cards, so you don't have to struggle with searching for the perfect present. Check with individual stores for more information. 

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