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26 events for your diary this September

We've nailed it - food festivals, outdoor film, theatre, comedy, night swimming…what more could you want in Leicestershire and Rutland this month?

FESTIVALS

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The fields surrounding Belvoir Castle will be filled with the sights and sounds of more than 40 horses and their riders in full flow for the first ever Festival of the Horse over 11-12 Sept. Expect horseback skills and thrills, thundering hooves and danger defying stunts as well as plenty of family friendly entertainment. Tickets £25 per adult, £10 per child with under 8s going free.

Now this might not be quite what you G&T sipping darlings might be beating a path to, but Langton Brewery is hosting its first Beer Festival from 24-26 Sept. And there will be a lot going on besides craft concoctions – there’s gin, fizz, food, live music and more.

Night at the Proms is taking place East Midlands Drive-in Venue, 3 Sept. Expect a traditional musical event but with a twist – drive-in style! The night will bring a mix of classical pieces along with contemporary tracks in what will be a show-stopping evening suitable for all the family. Car ticket (for 2 people) £30. Then, on 10 Sept they’ve got A Night of Elton John where fans can watch ‘Rocketman’, and then re-live the magic of a live Elton John concert at this unique drive-in concert! Tickets from £40 per car.

As part of the Fleckney festival, you can relive your childhood memories and watch films like The Goonies, Lion King, Back to the Future, Grease, Jurassic Park and more from 10-12 Sept at the Outdoor Cinema event. Tickets from £5 and it’s all taking place at Fleckney Silver Band Hall.

The Fleckney Festival itself is taking place on 18 Sept and is totally free to attend (you just need to book tickets here). Enjoy live music, fairground rides, archery, live entertainment, food, drink and so much more.

Lyddington is holding it’s village fete on 18 Sept. Expect a Pimms tent, BBQ, food, drinks, kids entertainment, a dog show and more.

Meanwhile, The Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre is holding a Big Cat Day on 26 Sept. The centre offers sanctuary for big cats specifically, its three Amur Leopards and are hoping to raise awareness and much-needed funds to carry on protecting these incredible animals.

WORKSHOPS

The cutesy community-run cafe, The Green Place in Sileby is hosting a macrame plant hanging workshop with a little help from Sally from Rope and Posies. The class is perfect for beginners and includes tea/coffee and pastries. £25.

Meanwhile, on the 4 Sept local artist, Olivia Mendoza is hosting an Art to Heart Healing workshop in Clarendon Park. Tickets are £32.93 and will include learning how to You will learn how to create your own mandala on an upcycled 7″ vinyl record. It’s also a great opportunity to just switch off from the world around you and relax and release any tension.

OUTDOOR

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Get your most colourful outfit on and head to Victoria Park for Leicester Pride, on 4 Sept. Celebrating equality and diversity in Leicester, the family event will feature entertainment and attractions suitable for all ages and kicks off with a midday parade through the city centre and leading to the festival site on Victoria Park. There will be live music, dance, fun fair rides and food and drink too.

Fancy taking up knitting? Well get down to Cosby’s incredible Yarn Bomb Festival and check out their amazing 59 knitted and crocheted installations. The theme of the year is ‘Up, Up and Away’ and you’ll really feel lifted after checking out all the incredible work by the local community. On until 6 Sept.

Fancy throwing your bod into open waters in the pitch black of night? Night Swim Rutland is back on 4 Sept at Whitwell. If you fancy it, you can swim across one of the countries most beautiful open water venues. Sounds exhilarating but we’d rather sit this one out! Entry fee, £32.

Boutique open-air cinema, Star and Mouse Outdoor Cinema is back at Stanford Hall(2, 3 and 5 Sept). You’ll be watching your movie in style and a great view too as well as car bingo, quizzes, live music and food and drinks as we bring a little pre-film entertainment your way before your movie starts. Knives Out, A Star is Born, Grease and Jurassic Park.

Meanwhile, Rockingham Castle, 3-4 Sept has two blockbusters showing in the stunning grounds of Rockingham Castle. Bring a picnic and share the fun with friends and family. Watch Baz Luhrmann’s extraordinary, Moulin Rouge and Disney’s Aladdin starring Will Smith at the Genie.

Last chance to visit Wistow Maze. This year the ‘maize maze’ has been designed in the shape of a Phoenix rising from the flames to mark a new beginning of hope and freedom. The Quiz Trail will be themed on other mythical creatures; will you be able to find all 12 puzzle boards hidden within the maze?

If you don’t make it there, try Cattow’s Farm maze which has been themed around a Summer of Sport featuring elements from The Euros, Wimbledon, Rugby, Cricket and the Olympics. They’ve also got a hidden puzzle to solve in the maze and when you’re done, the kids can enjoy the bouncy castles (£5 for one hour).

During September, the National Garden Scheme Leicestershire is opening up three fantastic gardens for visitors including Oak Tree House, in South Kilworth from 4-5 Sept. Enjoy this classic English country garden which features extensive herbaceous borders, colourful perennials, an attractive pergola, sculptures and more.

THEATRE

Yes, it’s true theatre lovers! De Montfort Hall has finally reopened and has a raft of brilliant shows to look forward to. There’s tribute band, Boyzlife, Killer Queen, Sam Fender, Elbow comedy from David Baddiel, John Bishop Russell Howard and Rob Bryden all this month!

City theatre, Curve is showing Dial M for Murder starring Tom Chambers, (Top Hat, Strictly Come Dancing) and Diana Vickers until 4 Sept. Then there’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 3- 18 Sept, followed by Priscilla Queen of the Desert from 13-18 Sept, Everybody’s Talking about Jamie 20-25 Sept, Six on 28 Sept and for littlies, What the Ladybird Heard, 30 Sept.

While we’re on the subject of ankle-biters, there’s immersive theatre performance, storytelling, puppetry, song and live music over in Coalville with the story of Granny Pearl, who has a very special secret. Tickets £5, 18 Sept at Coalville. Tickets via Tickets www.coalvilledramagroup.co.uk

Over in Loughborough, theatre season is kicking off in style with Leicestershire’s very own musical group, Showaddywaddy performing live on the 4 Sept. For a night of comedy, book to see  Russell Kane between 9-10 Sept, or the legendary Jasper Carrott from 14-15 Sept. Rock fanatics will love Mercury, one of the world’s best tribute bands to Freddie Mercury and Queen on the 12 Sept but for something a little smoother, The Luther Vandross Celebration is on 17 Sept.

Jenny Eclair is on stage over at The Y Theatre and will be talking about how it feels to turn 60 in ehr show Sixty! (FFS!) which seems to sum it all up! Later in the month, you can join Ed Byrne as he presents his new masterclass in observational comedy hot on the heels of his 17/18 Touring hit, Spoiler Alert!

CULTURE

Heritage Open Days is running from 10-19 Sept and this year you can get in and explore everything from the Hinckley Museum to Abbey Pumping Station, 525 years of Loughborough Grammar School and over in Rutland the Cottesmore St Nicholas Churchyard Extension.

ART

Oliver Bancroft ‘Somewhere Else’ opens at Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham 4 Sept. A diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis has limited Bancroft’s exhibiting in recent years so this is his first painting show in over a decade and his work remains as fresh and poignant as ever.

Elsewhere, Art on Tap Trail in Leicester is a free art trail where you can admire large scale murals in pub courtyards across the city plus, there’s still time to catch Tom Van Herrewege over at the Leicester Contemporary Art Gallery where he’s got his solo show ‘Anthro-Zoology’ on until 11 Sept. 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.

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