The Urban Guide to the Countryside


16 Mar 2017

Am i going mad or did i spot a bit of sunshine and blue sky? It was short and sweet but my brief encounter with the sunny weather is not going to dampen my spirits. It’s nearly the end of the week people (!!) and i’ve got plenty to keep you busy for the next few days. There’s something for everyone including the mudlets, in the form of those bright building bricks called LEGO…

Asian Film Festival, Phoenix Cinema, 16-19 March

In such a diverse city like Leicester, it’s surprising that there has never been an Asian film festival, until now. This unique festival celebrates South Asian cinema over four days in the cultural quarter’s Phoenix cinema. Opening night starts with the premiere of Wrong Side Raju with six other films showing throughout the event. I’ve already booked my ticket for Lipstick Under My Burkha, a heart-warming film about muslim women hiding secret dreams and inner desires.

Phoenix Cinema, 4 Midland St, Leicester LE1 1TG

Bread Baking, 9am – 4.30pm, Sat 18 March

Unleash your inner Paul Hollywood and get to grips with baking bread. During this full day course learn to bake a variety of unusual but tasty artisan bread anything from white chocolate and raspberry, cheese & caramelised onion coburg to garlic and prosciutto plait. We’re pretty sure the smell of freshly baked bread will be hard to resist and you may end up gobbling it all up before you get home. The course includes refreshments and an informal light lunch. To book your spot head to the website now. £135 per person.

Bridge 67 Cookery School, Debdale Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leicestershire, LE8 0QD

Jack Savoretti, De Montfort Hall, 19 Mar

Listen to the vocals of singer-songwriter, Jack Savoretti this weekend. With a raspy voice to boast, Jack is also easy on the eye which will no doubt make this performance one to remember. Expect to hear popular songs like I’m Yours and new material from his 2016 album, Sleep No More.

De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester LE1 7RU

Brickish Weekend, The National  Space Centre, 18-19 March

Lego fans will be lining up to clap their eyes on some of the largest LEGO displays in the UK thanks to the Brickish Association. This UK-based group work with the iconic bright bricks to build amazing structures including planes, trains and automobiles. There’ll be a whole gallery dedicated to space, with huge LEGO builds of real and fictional crafts and plenty of opportunities for the midgets to get creative by building a giant mosaic, creating their own LEGO masterpiece or taking part in a LEGO treasure trail. There’s also a chance to win some very exciting brand new Star Wars LEGO kits. Tie your visit in with a screening of the LEGO movie at 5.30pm (showing 18 March only) book online in advance.

The National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NS

Pygmalion, Curve Theatre, Tues 21 – Sat 25 March

George Bernard Shaw’s 100-year-old comedy, Pygmalion is bought bang-up-to-date in director Sam Pritchard’s fearless new staging. The show looks at class identity and social mobility in Britain today and asks: how much do our voices still define who we are? Witness the transformation of Eliza Doolittle in a world where we can be digitally altered within seconds.

Curve Theatre, 60 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1SB

Ross Noble – Brain Dump, Loughborough Town Hall, 8pm 22nd March

Everybody’s favourite randomist is back. As always Ross has lots of stuff backing up in his head and it’s time to let it all out. Famed for his super quick freewheeling style and highly imaginative flights of fancy, a Ross Noble show is always an unmissable event. Time Out calls him “the supreme master of spontaneous stand-up and true king of surreal flights of fantasy.” Join Ross as audience and performer come together for a massive Brain Dump.

Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3EB

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Melton Theatre, 7pm, 23 March

No unfortunately Rupert Everett and Stanley Tucci will not be in this production of one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays (I just used that because we all love a bit of Mr Everett). You know the story – enchanting forest, a feuding fairy king and queen, Quince, Titania, Hermia et al and not forgetting mischief-maker Puck getting up to no good. Expect a comedy filled with fun, games, fantasy, love and dreams.

Melton Theatre, Asfordby Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0HJ

Jazz Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio, Attenborough Arts Centre, Thursday 23 March, 8pm – 10.30pm

I love a bit of funky music and if anyone’s gonna get me moving it’s going to be the sounds of popular British funk trombonist, Dennis Rollins. He brings with him a subtle and jazzier sound along with danceable grooves in his Velocity Trio performance. Expect some exciting new material as well as his own arrangements of popular songs. One not to miss.

Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA

Brocklebys Farm, Pie evenings 6.30 – 8.30pm every Monday and Tuesday evenings

Fancy trying your hand at making a pie? Brockleby’s Farm in Melton Mowbrary offer pie making classes every Monday and Tuesday evenings. For a tenner you can get a talk on the history of Brockleby’s, the Melton Mowbray pork pie, a tour of their bakery and the chance to make your very own Melton Mowbray pork pie. The good people at the farm will either bake and jelly your pork pie for you to pick up the next day or you can take it with you to bake at home.

Brockleby’s, Melton Road, Asfordby Hill, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 3QU

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