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What’s on: October

Bao, bowling, bubble boat trips and beer - just a few things coming your way this month across Leicestershire and Rutland.

Drive-in musicals (23-28 Oct) and the Big Scream (30-31 Oct) Market Harborough Showground

Get your toes tapping while enjoying a brilliant list of musical in a local drive-in cinema. Watch The Jersey Boys, West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, Wizard of Oz, Les Miserables and more this month over in Harbs from the comfort of your own car! Plus you can either bring your own food or order burgers, pizzas and more onsite. Meanwhile, you can catch their Drive-in Horror Movie Experience – unique spine chilling experience with live scare actors showing Nightmare on Elm Street on 30 Oct and IT on 31 Oct (over 18s only). You’ll have your own wireless speaker system that sits on your dashboard and watch the films via an LED screen.

Lane7, Leicester

Lane7, Birmingham

It’s supposed to be opening this month so let’s hope another national lockdown doesn’t prevent it from doing so. Lane7 is set in the city’s former railway station within the regenerated area around Great Central Street, you can expect 20,000 sq ft of fun, fun, fun including an entertainment ‘village’ (for those over 16). We’re thinking possibly pool, ping pong tables and retro games plus, there will be a dedicated space in the former ‘Good Yard’ outdoors for street food vendors Deckyards who serve Bao-Taiwanese steamed buns, burgers from What’s Your Beef and more. Along with food, you can expect a gin kitchen, slushie bar, and a secret cocktail garden. Exact date TBC.

Journeys Festival, Leicester until 18 Oct

This annual arts festival has gone digital for 2020! Bringing together a programme of work created by different artists, you can expect a mix of visual and digital exhibitions, performance, discussions, comedy, online workshops and more. There’s even online art activities that kids can join in with every Saturday.

Black History Month, Oct

Black History Month (BHM) takes place each year in October and this year you can enjoy online exhibitions, poetry, workshops, digital art installations and so much more.

Cookery classes, Oct

The Manor Farm Cookery School is holding a host of fun cookery classes this month from Indian Cookery (16 Oct) to Kids and adult cooking session (24 Oct) plus, Autumn entertaining (30 Oct) perfect for those who love to hold dinner parties.

Comedy, 13 Oct

The Y Theatre is partnering up with Tin Cat Entertainment to bring you a fab comedy show to help fill that comedy hole in your life. On Oct 13 catch a pre recorded of Ruby Wax’s How to be Human show. Based on her bestselling book, Ruby’s show answers every question you’ve ever had about evolution, thoughts, emotions, the body, addictions, relationships, sex, kids, the future and compassion. Affter the show there will be a live Q&A with the performer with questions from the audience posted in the chatroom.

Socially distanced Supper Club 9 & 10 Oct

We’ve missed Supper Clubs and I know many of you have too but they’re back in Rutland with full social distancing measures in place! Chef Simon Spooner hosts these fab, intimate events in his Ketton barn which will be set up very much like a traditional restaurant with tables of 2, 4 and 6. Expect a 4course menu, drinks plus, the option to book wine flights to pair with each course. Tickets from £100.

Bubble boat trips, running throughout Oct

Enjoy a 4 hour household bubble boat trip along the Grand Union Canal Loughborough in a cosy canal boat from the Peter Le Marchant Trust . Running every day throughout Oct from 10am-2pm Just bring your own food and drink. Booking essential. Click above or call 01509 265590.

Rutland Food, Drink and Craft Fair, Rutland Showground, 24 – 25 Oct

An outdoor rural fair that brings together the best of local food, drink, arts and craft. Remember the rule of 6 and adhere to social distancing. £2.50 per person, under 16’s free, Times for arrival – 11am-1pm or 12.30pm -4pm. This event is confirmed to go ahead but please follow their Facebook page here for all updates.

Rockingham Food and Drink Fair, 10 – 11 Oct THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED.

Set in the spectacular castle gardens, there will be a fantastic selection of food and drink to sample and buy from local, independent producers and suppliers. Due to social distancing rules, this years fair will take place entirely outdoors. All stands will be socially distanced throughout the gardens of the Castle. Tickets are limited so book now, £5. Tickets are sold in arrival time slots. THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED.

Vampires of the Vale, 18 -30 Oct

Dare you join in with the spooky fun this Halloween? Climb the haunted hill to the case, join the Vampire quest but be careful not to disturb the undead as you enter the Castle dooms, meet frightful guides in disguise, solve spooktacular mysteries and carve pumpkins in the old kitchens. You can also take part in our trick or treat trail at the Engine Yard or enjoy a bite to eat in our fangtastic Fuel Tank restaurant before you make your escape! Halloween castle tours start at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Adults £18 and kids £10.

Haunted Heritage Ghost Walk, Ashby de la Zouch, 6 Oct

Ashby-de-la-Zouch has many stories to tell … especially around the remain ruins of a 12th Century castle. This castle is stunning and well worth a visit. Meander past the castle and the building along Market Street, the town’s main thoroughfare dates back to Elizabethan times and many have some of the original timber frames. With so much history, you can imagine this town has many a ghost story. This walk does not access the Castle or the grounds. 18 years+. Haunted Heritage can can host more that 6 people in total, but no one should socialise in a group of greater than 6. 

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