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What’s hot this July

Music festivals, outdoor theatre, art exhibitions and err tightrope walking - we've rounded up the best things to see and do this summer month across Leics & Rutland.

Timber Festival, Feanedock, Leics, 1-3 July

This extraordinary 3-day camping festival like no other and is back on 1 – 3 July with music, forests, art, idebates, workshops, circus skills and more deep in the heart of the National Forest.

Rutland Music Festival, Rutland Showground, 1-3 July

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Enjoy live music from local band and local bands and tribute acts inc Abb Arrival, Bon Giovi, Showaddywaddy and more. There will be plenty to eat and drink and the kids will be entertained with a funfair.

Desford Heritage Festival, Leicestershire, Desford, 2-3 July

Credit 2022 DDLHS + Desford Heritage Trail.

This brand new heritage festival is really getting lots of hype. There will be nine different time zones, including Victoria and Medieval and also World War 2. If that wasn’t enough, visitors will also be able to see Spitfire flypast and an aerobatic display. There will be actors, musicians, vehicles, food vendors, re-enactment groups and more making it a truly immersive, interactive and educational experience.

Rapunzel, Rutland Water, From 3 July

Let down your hair and enjoy this brand new production of a children’s classic! Expect a laugh-out-loud script, audience participation, catchy songs and maybe even the odd water gun or two! With magic and mayhem throughout, this is one hair-raising adventure you won’t want to miss! Bring your own chair/blankets/food and drink. Tickets from £10 and under 3s go free.

Strictly Presents: Keep Dancing! De Montfort Hall, 6 July

This brand new spectacular show featuring Strictly 2020 finalist and EastEnders star Maisie Smith, together with Strictly 2021 semi-finalist and CBBC Presenter Rhys Stephenson. They will be joined by the incredible Strictly professional dancers including Neil Jones, Gorka Marquez, Jowita Przystal and Nancy Xu.

Noisily Festival, 7-10 July

Pic Credit: Jake Davis @khromacollective

After three years away from the woods, the electronic music is back with everything from techno, to disco, drum and bass to house. This year catch the likes of Ben Coda, Florescence, James Munro, DJ Storm as well as everything from yoga to colouring workshops, storytelling to song circles.

Alice in Wonderland, Curve, 8-9 July

A new adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic story from a different angle. Take a leap down the rabbit hole and enjoy appearances from the story’s beautifully drawn characters, including the fearsome Queen of Hearts. The production also features puppetry from the same guys who designed the National Theatre’s award-winning production, War Horse.

Summer Sundown, Twycross Zoo, 9 July

As the sun sets, join a wild night of music and entertainment in the unique surroundings of Twycross Zoo. Kicking off the summer is rock royalty and keen environmental activist and music from Mc Fly’s Dougie Poynter. Explore the 100-acre zoo after hours before enjoying an evening of entertainment.

Queen’s Baton Relay, Leics, 10 July

Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay across the Commonwealth and the baton is visiting Leicester. It will travel through the city from 12pm on a specific route that includes Jubilee Square, Applegate, Peacock Lane, Loseby Lane, High Street, Gallowtree Gate. There will also be family-friendly activities in Green Dragon Square and Jubilee Square from 11am –3pm.

90s LIVE, De Montfort Hall, 8 July

Get ready to spice up your life, taking you back for good and hitting you one more time with the ultimate 90’s party night out! The music of a generation brought to life with fantastic vocals, genius costumes and of course, all the dance moves you know and love.

Summer in the City, Leics various locations , 9 July – 29 Aug

This summer, celebrate everything you love about your city. There will be some awesome entertainment and events from a city-centre beach, funfair, crazy bikes, a craft beer fest for the grownups and even a fancy sculpture trail.

Hand Lettering and Modern Calligraphy, Attenborough Arts Centre, 9 – 30 July

Photo by Judith Browne on Unsplash

Learn the art of modern calligraphy and harness your own style and using loads of different mediums and surfaces. Remember at school when you’re taught how to write in straight lines with each letter being the same size? You’ll be doing the complete opposite! Perfect for beginners and your teenagers!

Luke Alen-Buckley, The Morrígan, Nevill Holt, until 10 July

This summer, the historic site Nevill Holt will be showcasing a private collection of David Ross and the new monumental sculpture of Luke Alen-Buckley. Set in the stunning gardens, visitors will be able to enjoy a three-piece monumental work, titled The Morrígan. Sixteen further sculptures will be arranged around the grounds alongside a permanent collection of British art and sculpture.

Hinckley’s Summer of Fun, from 9 July

Lots going on this summer, kids can pop over to The Little Shed, a multipurpose performance space where storytelling comes to life on 13 July. On 20 July, the Little Land Train will be stopping off in Hinckley to ferry families up and down the pedestrianised area and also a 9-hole Crazy Golf course plus, on 27 July there’s some fun circus activities too.

Open Gardens with the NGS, Leicestershire, throughout July

Photo by Morgane Le Breton on Unsplash

The Leicestershire National Garden scheme has 27 fabulous gardens to visit bursting with summer flowers and colour. July is one of the best times to enjoy the local gardens which are in full summer bloom, and the tea and cakes are plentiful. This month head to Stoke Albany, Home Farm House, Little Dale Wildlife Garden, Yew Tree Close and more. Visit the website for full listings.

Loughborough Inflatable Family Fun Days, Rugby Club, 19 – 20 July

Expect a giant inflatable outdoor party for kids from 2-12 years. There will be everything from bouncy castles to bungee trampolines. Sessions start at 10:30am and 2pm lasting 3 hours all for £8 per child! Pay at the gate.

At the Botanic Garden: Slate Tile Garden Art Attenborough Arts Centre, 20 July

Join nature-loving artist Hayley Stokes at the Botanic Garden to make your own piece of weatherproof garden artwork. You will be guided in the use of masonry paint to paint beautiful birds and hand-lettering on to slate tiles, with a focus on charming native British birds.

Family Rave Festival, Attenborough Arts Centre, 31 July

All the joys of a festival without the wellies and soggy tent! Come dressed in full colour, shiny sequins and your best festival outfits. There will live music, street style performance, loads of drop in art and craft activities, forest school activities, dance and yoga workshops, face painting and eco glitter station!

Concerts in the Park, Rutland, July

Photo by Chris Bair on Unsplash

The annual music event is back this year. Performances scheduled to take place between 2.30-4.30pm every Sunday. This weekend enjoy the Rutland Big Band, on 10 July you can catch The Blue Bird Belles and Manky Beds from 12pm. There’s jazz on 17 July with the Uppingham Jazz and Soul Band. The following week, catch Smokestack blues band and on 31 July, the Rutland Choral Society will be performing.

Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show, Belvoir Castle, 16- 17 July

This colourful garden show will inspire you with beautiful design and planting combinations. Expect sculpture artists, tools, garden furniture, and crafts retailers plus, expert horticulturists will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.

Nature Detectives, Barnsdale Gardens 17 July

Children can discover the creepy crawlies that live in our gardens, with pond dipping and arts and crafts inspired by Barnsdale Gardens.

Wistow Maze, open from 18 July

This year to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the award-winning Wistow Maze has been designed in the shape of the ‘Coronation Crown’ and the Quiz Trail which is hidden amongst 3 miles of pathways, will showcase great innovations during her 70 year reign. As always, the maze includes an Activity Funyard full of mini-mazes and games for all the family.

The World of Peter Rabbit™ Storytime Trail, Newarke House, Leics, until 24 July

Celebrating 120 years of mischief throughout 2022, this walkthrough experience allows visitors to immerse themselves in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Little bunnies will be able to crawl under the garden gate, hide in a watering can and see their reflection in a mirror pool, just like Peter Rabbit!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bradgate Park, 15 July

Love, intrigue, magic and mayhem – it’s all in this brilliantly funny and exuberant rendition of Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Set on a dangerous night when nothing is as it seems, four young lovers become entangled in a magical mess. Performed near the Deer Barn Café and Visitor Centre. Performance from 7-9pm. Tickets from £10 or a family for £45. Dog-friendly seating available.

Awful Auntie, Belvoir Castle 21 July,

Adapted for the outdoor stage, this is one show you won’t want to miss. Owls, ghosts, chases, escapes, motorcycle rides, and tiddlywinks all fill Stella’s days as she evades her menacing Aunt and saves the family home. Bring a picnic, a chair, blanket and perhaps a brolly too. Just in case it rains!

Twelfth Night, Moira Furnace Museum and Country Park, 22 July

Outdoor theatre on wheels! Enjoy a bicycle-powered, laugh-out-loud production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. There’s drunkenness, frivolity and cross-dressing a plenty in this much-love Shakespeare classic. Oh, we love the sound of it already! Tickets £18 and under 10s free. Tickets avail on the door for £19.

Billy Elliot The Musical, Curve, 13 July – 20 Aug

Award-winning, world-renowned Billy Elliot the Musical gets a new look in this Made at Curve. It’s the mid 80s. Thatcher is at her most powerful and in a small town in County Durham, a young boy falls in love with ballet. Based on the 2000 film, the story is about determination, acceptance and daring to be different. The electrifying musical features songs such as SolidarityThe LetterHe Could Be a Star and the show-stopping Electricity.

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