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Pumpkin patches and drive-in pantos no, not a fairytale, but the hottest gossip in Leicestershire and Rutland!

Horrible Christmas

Just when you think Christmas may be cancelled, we’ve got news for you. There’s a drive-in panto coming to town – yes that’s right and you’ll get the chance to experience the fun from your car and watch the show with the sound broadcast through your car radio. Genius! Taking the idea from the ever so popular drive-in cinema, The Birmingham Stage Company is joining forces with The Car Park Theatre to bring a panto inspired by the Horrible Histories books.

When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it’s up to one young boy to save the day – but can he save Christmas? With normal everyday life still somewhat far away, it’s obvious that this year, the festive season will feel very different without the family trip to the theatre. This is the ultimate safe, social distancing solution to bring some festive cheer back into our lives.

The team are currently working closely with the council and have narrowed it down to 3 local venues. Stay tuned to find out where and when. Tickets will be priced at £45 per car.

Market Street Kitchen

A Muddy-award nominated pub is opening a brand new eatery focusing on street food dishes from around the world. Gastropub, The White Swan, Shawell pub’s chef patron, Rory McClean will be heading up the kitchen for Market Street Kitchen in Lutterworth. He already has tonnes of experience working in a kitchen including a CV that shows off his years working at Michelin-starred restaurants too. You can expect delicious and tantalising Asian inspired dishes including sticky pork cheek bao buns with wasabi mayo, ramen, as well as noodles and kimchi plus lots of vegan options too like crispy tofu, shitake, bok choy, noodles and sweet potato gyoza. Yum I’ll be first in line! Opening in November.

Rutland Pumpkins

There’s a brand new pumpkin patch in Rutland. This may not sound so amazing but it’s actually the ONLY pumpkin patch in Rutland – hurrah! Opening next month, Rutland Pumpkins is run by coupl, Peta and James and although James has been farming livestock for more than 10 years, Peta works in London. During the lockdown – and while being stuck at home – they started exploring ways to diversify the farm and so in May this year they planted 8,000 pumpkin seeds which will be ready to pick from Oct 17. Head there for half term and the kids can even enjoy the bale maze and tower. You’ll have to register for tickets beforehand but stay tuned for more info on where and how to do this. Find them at Crossroads in Brooke, post code LE15 8DF. 

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