The Urban Guide to the Countryside

8 things to do this week in Leicestershire

9 Mar 2017

So far March has been a springtastic few days and i’ve got eight more things to make it even better. The latest What’s On Guide comes complete with shopping, singing and saucy men – sounds like the perfect way to spend a few days in my opinion…

Full Monty, DeMontfort Hall, Friday 10 Mar – Sunday 12 March

Watch the musical version of how six out of work Sheffield steelworkers get their kit off to beat the dole queue in this fun adaptation of the hit film. The play has been getting standing ovations and even won the prestigious UK Theatre Award for best touring production. Features songs by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones which are guaranteed to make you move. Hurry up as the show ends on Sunday. Tickets start from £22.

De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester LE1 7RU

British Science Week activity day, Abbey Pumping Station, 11am – 3pm Saturday 11 March

Grab the midgets and head to Abbey Pumping Station for a day full of activities to celebrate this year’s British Science Week theme. Everyone can try their hand at making an imitation land yacht and watch as their creations move in the wind. £2.50 for activities. For more details, call 0116 299 5111. 

Abbey Pumping Station Corporation Road, Leicester, LE4 5PX

Stanley Opera in concert, The Guildhall,  7.30pm, Saturday 11 March

The Stanley Opera Society are back in town and hitting the high notes in this stunning grade-1 listed building in the heart of the city. Expect a full performance of Trial by Jury, Gilbert and Sullivan’s 30-minute comic opera and music from popular West End shows including those by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Tickets £10.

The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FQ

Spring Shopping Events, 10-4pm, Sunday 12 March

The lovely ladies over at Florence and Bow (Caroline and Katie) have put together a special spring shopping event. Have you got your Mother’s Day gift? If not, you’ll probably find it here as there’s more than 20 giftware designers and crafty makers exhibiting their wares so you’re sure to find something you love, or at least something that somebody else will love receiving. I’ll be there so keep your eyes peeled for my shopping bags.

Pumping Station, Bradgate Rd, Cropston, Leicester LE7 7GB

Seasonal demonstration cookery class, The Olive Branch, from 10am, Tuesday 14 March

Want to polish up on your kitchen skills or does the foodie in you just fancy tucking into a splendid 3 course lunch? Sean Hope, owner and chef at The Olive Branch, Rutland is taking bookings for his seasonal cookery demonstration classes offering time-saving hints and cooking tips before preparing lunch for all guests. We’ve had a sneak peek at the menu and it includes grilled carpaccio of salmon, salad nicoise and choux paste fritters. #nomnom. Ticket: £55 per person.

The Olive Branch, Main Street, Clipsham, Rutland, LE15 7SH

Find The Right Words, Upstairs at the Western, 8pm – 10.30pm Wednesday 15 March

Get your voice heard at Leicester’s performance poetry and rap night. Hosted by poet Jess Green, audience members will have the chance to perform on an open mic slot alongside two main acts. This month Jasmine Amina Jama and Liam Mccormick will be headlining; both have previously performed at London’s Roundhouse and there’s also a free workshop taking place from 6.30pm. Open mic sign-up starts from 7.30pm. Tickets £7/£6 concessions.

Upstairs at the Western, The Western Pub, 70 Western Road, Leicester, LE3 0GA 

Some People v Reginald D. Hunter, Preview 8pm, Wednesday 20 March

Those of you who missed out on the Leicester Comedy Festival can get your laugh out loud moments with US comic Reginald D Hunter. This preview show is a warm up to his brand new UK tour so you can expect some raw, fresh and funny moments. Tickets £15.

The Y Theatre, 7 East St, City Centre, Leicester LE1 6EY

What the Butler Saw, The Curve Theatre, 18 March, until 18 March, 

50 years since the death of celebrated Leicester playwright Joe Orton, Artistic Director Nikolai Foster brings What the Butler Saw to the stage in a Made At Curve production of Orton’s final play. Watch what happens as Dr Prentice (Rufus Hound) a psychiatric doctor in a private clinic, attempts to interview – and seduce – would-be secretary Geraldine. Expect lots of laughs in this riotous comedy.

The Curve, Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

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