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33 fabulous things to do this June

It’s officially summer, and we’ve got a jam-packed month to celebrate! From Jubilee parties to jaw-dropping dance shows, it’s all happening in our hood!

PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS

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Did you hear some lady called Liz is having a party? If you love dancing head to Dance for the Queen, 1 June and join in with a dance extravaganza, featuring to a medley of iconic music tracks from the seven decades of the Queen’s reign. Free to attend.

While we’re on the subject of dance, National Space Centre is also putting on a Dance through the Decades, 2 June. They’ll illuminate their iconic Rocket Tower and it’s all free to attend.

There’s an arty party going on in town as six cafes around the city are going to be taken over by emergings artists as they create installations and interactive workshops over the Jubilee weekend. Visit James’ Cafe Bistro, The Big Difference, Prana Cafe, Exchange Bar, the cafe at Curve and St. Martin’s Coffee Shop and expect everything from a giant colouring book, mixed media installations, mini sculptures, workshops and more. Free event.

Head down to the Riverside Festival, Leicester, Bede Park, 4-5 June for fun on and off the water. Follow the route, enjoy arts, craft, food and drink and the kids will love the inflatables over at Bede Park.

Over in Harborough join celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee Weekend. There will be music and fireworks, food, drink and even a funfair for the kids on Sat 4 June. Meanwhile, on Sunday 5 June, pack a picnic or bring your sharing plates and head to the Big Jubilee Lunch. Free for under 16s. Similarly, head to Lutterworth’s Picnic in the Park, with friends and family on 5 June where there will be entertainment, stalls, food, fun fair, a Punch & Judy show and more. From 12pm.

Coalville Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, are doing their own event over the weekend 4 – 5 June. On Sat evening enjoy a concert featuring classic soul, funk and rock plus jazz and on Sunday there’s tribute acts, a baby Big Top Circus, skate, scooter and graffiti workshops plus more. It’s all free!

Rockingham Castle Jousting Festival

Fancy a street party, with delicious food and drink, British stalls, jousting, street performers, musicians? Well don your medieval livery and head to Belvoir Castle for the Queen’s Jubilee, 4 – 5 June. Tickets £22 for adults and £10 for kids.

Speaking of Jousting, Rockingham Castle will be seeing up their Jousting & Medieval Living History Village, on 19 June and is filled with sword swinging, gut punching thrills, anything can happen and often does with fantastic audience participation and comedy included!

TAKE TO THE STAGE

Was it Miss Scarlett, with the revolver in the dining room, or Professor Plum, with the lead pipe in the library…? Starring Michelle Collins as Miss Scarlett, Cluedo, is an exciting, comedy thriller based on the hit 1985 film CLUE and the classic board game. One at Curve 6-11 June and the show promises to keep you guessing right until the end.

West End and Broadway hit musical School of Rock is coming to town to rock out! Based on the iconic movie starring Jack Black, wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute music teacher at an elite prep school, transforming them into a mind-blowing rock band. On until 4 June at Curve

Leave the hubbies at home and enjoy Calendar Girls at The Little Theatre, from 14-18 June with your gal pals. You’ll love it so much you won’t want to leave.

Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto in The Wizard of Oz, at Loughborough Town Hall on 11 June. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West as you rediscover the story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for all the family. 

Playing tribute to The Rolling Stones, The Stones, are on at The Y Theatre, 25 June and will be bringing all those original hits and timeless tracks to the big stage. From Satisfaction and Jumping Jack Flash to Ruby Tuesday, Start Me Up and Brown Sugar.

And now for something quirky; Once a month, Rough Draft, hold a scratch nights, where each artist getting fifteen minutes to share their work, be that script in hand or something more polished. Expect a cocktail for creativity, comedy, there will also be questions, live chats and more on 28 June.

OPERA

Fancy a night out at the opera? Nevill Holt Opera (NHO) has announced its 2022 summer festival, with well-loved operas La bohéme from 8 June and The Barber of Seville from 23 June followed by a further festival of performances from musicians and groups. Picnic in the gorgeous gardens, or book into the lovely Kitchen Garden restaurant before the show.

DANCING

Get your dancing shoes on and enjoy an electric dancing month with acts including Anton and Giovanni: Him & Me, Curve, 12 June. Expect singing, banter a ‘wiggle’ or two and more. If that wasn’t enough, Oti Mabuse is also in town on 11 June at De Montfort Hall. Expect a whirlwind celebration of the influences and inspirations that took her on a journey from growing up in South Africa to following her dream.

FAMILY FUN

Take a walk on the Martian side, as the Mission Commanders from the National Space Centre Martian May, until 05 June. Find out how rovers explore the surface and get hands-on with red planet science. Over the May half term, find out what it take to become an astronaut and experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut and more with their Planetarium fulldome show.

For the first time ever Funtopia is at Leicester Racecourse 18-19 June. This fun-filled festival is packed with bouncy castles, obstacle courses, inflatable slide, bungee runs, human wrecking ball, Nerf wars, circus fun, a crafty corner and more. There’s also an under 5s area plus, food, drink and artisan stalls. Tickets from a family of 4 priced at £23. Open from 11am.

The Carnival is back in Market Harborough on 11 June. Enjoy the parade of floats in procession through the town, cheer on the runners competing in the all new 10k race and spend the afternoon at Symington Recreation Ground with live music, dance performances, scrumptious food and drink, stalls.

Bring your mini monarchs to enjoy a treasure hunt, arts and crafts and take part in a flag drawing challenge at the Ring for Royalty event. Taking place at The Victorian Foundry Museum on 1 June.

PRIDE

Oakham’s first ever pride event will include a Pride March, stalls, entertainment, food and drink and even some hilarious drag queens on 25 June over at the castle

OUTDOORS

This year the annual, Rutland County Show, is taking place on 4 June and will feature popular agricultural elements alongside fabulous attraction, family entertainment, great shopping, delicious food and drink and more. Tickets from £2.

Also, plenty of opportunity to head out and get active in Rutland Walking, Cycling & Outdoor Festival, until 5 June. The two week festival includes sessions for all ages and abilities, including countryside walks, casual bike rides, nordic walking and more.

While we’re on the subject of getting active, the Rutland 10km on 25 June is a new 10km run course takes you from Whitwell to Rutland’s most iconic landmark, Normanton Church.

FESTIVALS

Rock lovers will want to head to this year’s Download Festival on Fri 10 Jun – Sun 12 Jun at Donington Park. The mammoth festival features a great line-up including punk band, A Day To Remember, The Great Danes of Volbeat, plus multi-platinum selling Floridians Shinedown and theatrical rockers Black Veil Brides.

The festival King of tribute bands, Glastonbudget is on at Turnpost Farm over the long Jubilee weekend 2-4 June with acts including The Bootleg Beatles and Mercury.

Wistow Hall is back with Music in the Park 2022 on 11 Jun putting on a great show with fabulous music with live bands and a fabulous fireworks display. Bring your own food and drinks and come rain or shine the show will go on. Concert starts 7.30pm. Firework display 10.00pm. Tickets £20 in advance and under 16s free.

Brand new Beyond Festival is on at Abbey Park on the 25 June, the city’s first and biggest dance festival. Over 30 international acts over 3 incredible stages. 

FOOD AND DRINK

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The Vegan Market transforms and takes over Market Harborough’s Square on 19 June. You’ll find a great tempting selection of vegan street food vendors, artisan bakers, craft brewers, small-batch soap makers and creators, zero waste champions and so much more.

It’s always gin o’clock somewhere as the saying goes and to celebrate World Gin Day on the 11, Rutland Belle are putting on their popular Gin Cruise on 10 June. Explore the wonderful scenery of Rutland Water whilst trying a fantastic selection of gin.

Over at Eco Village in Market Harbs The Happy Pear are going to be offering cookery demo, talks and a book signing on 10 June to coincide with the launch of their new cookery book, The Veg Box. It’s selling out fast, so be quick to bag tickets!

FUN

Take a trip back in time with I Grew Up 80s, a national touring exhibition that explores the cultural landscape of 1980’s Britain. Featuring everything from Betamax to BMX, Dirty Dancing to Donkey Kong. Leg warmers are optional and it’s all free! Leicester Museum & Art Gallery, until 28 Aug


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