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The Muddy Guide: June

It's officially summer, and we've got a jam-packed month to celebrate. It's all happening in Leics and Rutland this month.

Attenborough Arts Centre, reopening 1 June

Our local art centre has finally reopened and there’s already a few classes to book inc pottery, life drawing that you can join plus, on 25 and 26 June the live show, 14/48 is back. Each night seven plays will be performed to a limited live audience and streamed to your homes. Art lovers will want to visit the gallery exhibition featuring work from Mik Godley. This specific work observes our evolving relationship with the internet, which enables us to virtually “visit” different parts of the world from 7 June.

VW Drive-in Festival, Market Harborough, 4-6 June

Rev up that engine and head to what is quite possibly the first ever VW ‘Drive-in’ Festival! Throughout the weekend you can expect a VW themed drive-in movie, live music, food, drink and more. All attending must be  Volkswagen Owners Club of Great Britain Members and will receive an access code to access the exclusive members only ticket site. Tickets, £79 per plot which includes a full weekend’s camping, entertainment (two movies).

Asian Film Festival, Phoenix Leicester, 3-5 June

Inspired by the theme ‘Ray of Hope’, the largest UK Asian Film Festival returns for its 23rd edition. Think less Bollywood and more cultural films that show stories of resilience and bravery, the programme comprises documentaries, fiction and short films, including several UK and world premieres.

Hartbeeps, Leicestershire, New summer term

Fun and interactive classes for little people with big imaginations. Already running in South Leicestershire and Market Harborough and new this year, in Oadby too. Here, babies and young children use innovative music technology, original songs, sound effects to transform everyday environments into colourful, tactile ‘wonderlands’ that take them on a magical adventure that they won’t want to leave. Bookings now open for the new term. Contact Sara to make your bookings for the summer term. 07816 463854 sara.payne@hartbeeps.com

Wacky World, Morningside Arena, 5 June

Jump, bounce, slip and slide and let the kids burn off some energy over at Wacky World. The UK’s largest touring inflatable fun park is in town for one day only, so get your tickets pronto! If you want to join in with all the fun, don’t worry there’s sessions for adults too. Hurrah!!

The Big Summer Drive In, Market Harborough, 8-30 June

The new purpose built drive-in venue in Market Harbs is where you can watch heaps of great films including Grease, Aladdin, Shawshank Redemption, Inception, Beauty and the Beast, Tenet and so many more. There’s also Kibworth Outdoor Cinema 5 June. Food and drink can also be ordered and VIP tickets guarantee you a spot closer to the screen. What makes this event really special is the live pre-film entertainment anything from live music to comedy. Sounds right up my street!

Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Curve, Leicester, 7-19 June

Book your ticket now and head back to the city’s theatre for a real feel-good show and music to make you belt out your vocals! Experience some of musical theatre’s all-time triumphs and join a host of characters performing Andrew’s greatest songs from The Phantom of the Opera to Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar to Cats and more. Andrew Lloyd Webber will also guide audiences through the performance in specially pre-recorded scenes filmed at Curve and around Leicester.

Russell Kane, The Fast and the Curious, Loughborough Town Hall, 9-10 June

He’s back. The long-awaited, overdue, new tour show is here. Apparently it packs ‘more energy than a Duracell factory,’ something we could all do with at the moment and this is one of the first live shows back on at this new reopened venue! Russell’s show will motor through love, family and life – once again proving that the fast and the curious amongst us, see more stuff, and get more done.

Sourdough cookery class, Manor Farm Cookery School, Branstone, 12 June

Love Sourdough but still can’t seem to get the perfect rise? Try a class here with guest chef, Tim Slater who will guide you through a short s demo on how to make the perfect Sourdough and then you’ll get your own chance at making the slow-fermented bread. Recipes and ingredients are all provided and the class runs from 10am – 1pm.

Barrowden Open Gardens, 12 -13 June

Get your garden fix by visiting nine gorgeous local gardens over this weekend. A real ‘chocolate box’ village and the gardens will be open 12pm-4pm. £5 adults, kids free.

Elderflower Picking, Belvoir Farms June

Did you know that for six glorious weeks, the surrounding Leicestershire hedgerows on this family farm come alive with sweet-smelling wild elderflower and 60 acres of organic elderflower burst into bloom. It’s nature doing its ‘thang’ and the heady fragrance is out of this world! Check their website for more info on when to join the Belvoir team, to pick the large- headed flowers.

Rutland Open Air Theatre, 15 June – Aug

Pic Credit: Discover Rutland

We weren’t sure they were going to reopen this season but yes they are! This month they are showing Love’s Labour Lost and Humble Boy all outdoors in the gorgeous Rutland open air theatre. Enjoy your own picnic in the beautiful gardens before heading into the auditorium to sit back, relax and be entertained. The picnic slope overlooks classic English parkland with historic Tolethorpe Hall in the background.

June Chamber Festival, Nevill Holt Opera, 21- 25 June

A week-long festival will celebrate the return of music to NHO’s theatre. The five performances will be the first inside NHO’s award-winning theatre since the pandemic. Enjoy a programme featuring choral music, members of the BBC Singers, Leicester International Music Festival, musical-comedy duo, Bounder & Cad and more.

Richard James at Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, 26 June -24 July

Pic Credit: https://discover.goldmarkart.com/richard-james-assemblage-notes-details/

Art and ceramics gallery, book publisher and printmaker, Goldmark will be exhibiting work from this Northamptonshire-born artist. Richard’s ‘assemblages’ has been created from material he has found – usually beach combed from the shores of the Scottish isles and is emotionally engaging, spiritual and simply beautiful.

A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Moira Furnace, 26 June

Benjamin Chaffin as Oberon on full flight. Pic Credit: Quantam Theatre

Enjoy Shakespeare’s classic comedy of love and intrigue, magic and mayhem, brought to life by family favourites Quantum Theatre in their wonderfully funny and exuberant production. This exciting and enchanting new production is a treat for the whole family. Suitable for all age groups and there will also be a BBQ and bar on the evening. Tickets from £10

Yoga and Gong Bath, Market Harborough, 29 June

Switch off and join in a unique experience like no other. Step away from the stresses of everyday life and immerse yourself in an ocean of sound – literally! If it all sounds a bit doolally, there will also be 30 mins of gentle yoga to relax the body and de-stress the mind, before the powerful Sound and Gong vibration immersion. Spaces limited so book early.

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