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5 things to do for free this September

Caned the credit card over the summer? Give it a rest and explore your hood for free this month. Here's how!

Painting Freedom, Leicester Museum & Art Gallery 11 Sept – 21 Nov

This brand new exhibition focuses on the emergence of Indian modern art from the 19th century. Featuring rarely seen works, including items displayed for the first time from private collections, and loans from the British Museum,  this is a must-see exhibition for any art lover. You’ll be able to take a journey covering Early Bengal Oils to the bright colours and bold outlines of Kalighat paintings.

Heritage Open Days, Leicestershire and Rutland, 10 -19 Sept

Ever wondered what to learn more about the city’s most historic buildings? Well now you can and for free! Heritage Open Days runs from 10-19 Sept and this year you can get in and explore everything from the Hinckley Museum to 525 years of Loughborough Grammar School and over in Rutland the Cottesmore St Nicholas Churchyard Extension. Travel back 600 years into Leicester’s Guildhall, one of the best-preserved timber framed halls in the country or enjoy a behind the scene look at the fascinating Abbey Pumping Station and tours of Belgrave Gardens (pic above).

The Fleckney Festival, 18 Sept

Photo by Gavin Allanwood on Unsplash

It’s back and still totally free to attend (you just need to book tickets here). Enjoy live music, fairground rides, archery, live entertainment, food, drink and there’s also lots going on locally throughout the following week.

Art on Tap Trail, Leicester

Admire large scale murals in pub courtyards across the city plus with Art on Tap. This free colourful art trail sees some of the city’s much-loved pub gardens turned into art galleries as well-known artists brings a fresh new perspective to the outdoor spaces through their incredible artwork. See work by Laura Parker at The Tree, High Street, Katie Fishlock at The Parcel Yard, London Road, Rosie and Ramona at Knight & Garter, Hotel Street (pic above), Oliwia Bober at Bruxelles Leicester, High Street and more.

Anthro-Zoology, Leicester Contemporary Art Gallery until 11 Sept

In keeping the art theme, there’s still time to catch Tom Van Herrewege’s new solo exhibition at the gallery on Market Street. It’s all inspired by his curiosity and awe of the evolutionary diversity of the animal kingdom and, how it’s been interpreted around the world. Go with an open mind and enjoy!

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