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What’s on this month: APRIL GUIDE

Spring is finally here and with it comes a long and lovely list of things to do including comedy from Jimmy Carr, dragon hunting, the world premiere of Akram Khan's reimagined Jungle Book, foodie pop-ups, spring marathons and more.

KIDS

Don’t you know, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo…or is there? Visit the new, four-acre Gruffalo Land that opens from 9 April. It will bring to life the much-loved characters, from The Gruffalo. Enjoy real-life animals, animatronics, film clips and more, plus, you’ll also encounter Fox, Owl, Snake, Mouse and the Gruffalo along their interactive journey through the deep, dark wood.

There’s also a fabulous Easter in Wonderland event taking place at Whatton House, 9-10 & 15-18 Apr. Join Alice on her exciting journey through Easter In Wonderland. It’s a magical adventure with activities for all the family – including our specially produced Mad Hatter’s Circus Show – all set in the enchanting grounds of wonderful Whatton House. Look for secret clues all around the grounds, meet the White Rabbit but beware the right royal rage of the Queen of Hearts and her Playing Card Guards.

Book tickets to Rapunzel at Mountsorrel Memorial Centre, 20 Apr and enjoy a tangled tale featuring pop songs, magic and puppets. There’s an Easter Vintage Festival, over at GC Railway from 15-18 Apr. There’s will be gallopers and a big wheel, traction engines, craft stalls, vintage cars, commercials and tractors. For more Easter activities, head here.

GARDENS

Some local NGS Garden are opening up this month including Oak Cottage, Swadlincote, 9-10 April. This stunning spring garden is located in a 300 year-old black and white grade II listed house (pic above) surrounded by 3.7 acres of land featuring sloped gardens, ponds, new woodland and paddock. There’s also many mature flowering Magnolia trees blooming around this time of year. Open from 10am. On 24 Apr Tresillian House will also be opening their doors for visitors to roam around and enjoy the joys of spring. Expect to see blooming Camellias, Magnolia, Tulips, Primula, marsh Marigolds alongside mature trees, ponds and water features. Open from 11am.

DANCE & THEATRE

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The dazzling spectacle of Lord of the Dance, is on at De Montfort Hall 15-17 Apr. The beloved Irish dance show brings with it astounding aerial moves and theatrical effects. Elsewhere, Tabanka Dance Ensemble, is on at the Sue Townsend Theatre, 30 Apr. Enjoy uplifting and enlightening performances through dance and a new expression, sprung from all Norwegian-African vibes (pic above) and part of this year’s city wide Let’s Dance International Frontiers festival 29 April- 8 May.

Over at Curve there’s a great line-up of theatre shows including Akram Khan’s brand new dance-theatre production and world premiere of the reimagining of The Jungle Book, based on the Rudyard Kipling family classic from 2-9 Apr. Catch the Cher Show 15-23 Apr which includes choreography by Oti Mabuse. Expect, glitter, glam and lots of dazzle!

COMEDY

For some serious funny stand-up, Jimmy Carr, De is in town on 13 and 22 Apr. His latest show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things but having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. You’ve been warned!

ART

Photo by Yannis Papanastasopoulos on Unsplash

Polish up on your art skills with some Life Drawing Masterclass at Attenborough Arts Centre on 30 Apr. Experiment with a variety of drawing techniques, using different media while producing art and self-expression and the development of a personal style.  

FOODIE

Eat your fill at the Market Harborough Spring Market from 1- 3 April. The popular market returns with an eclectic mix of street foods, artisan groceries, arts and crafts and accessories and more.

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The Leicester Vegan Festival is back on 10 Apr. It’s taking place at Athena and there will be over 70 stalls selling everything from salads to skincare, candles to cheese plus lots of food and drink to sample too. Tickets £5 and under 16’s go free. Get your tickets here.

A delicious pakora wrap from Fresh Rootz via Last Friday

Enjoy street food, music and drinks at Last Friday on 29 Apr. The foodie line-up is yet to be released so watch this space.

CULTURE

The Cosmopolitan Arts Fest is taking place 10-11 Apr. There will be dance, a DJ, acrobatics, digital art and more. The kids will definitely love this one.

Pic via visitleicester.info

Catch the annual St George’s Festival in the city’s Cultural Quarter on 23 Apr. Join in with the adventurous dragon hunt trail, play medieval games and dance around the maypole. Enjoy storytelling and puppet shows, arts, crafts, balloon animals, circus skills and more.

SPRING MARATHONS AND RUNS

Get your running shoes on and get set for the first of many runs this month. The Loughborough Half Marathon takes place at Charnwood College on 3 Apr. This route takes you through parts of Shepshed, Hathern and the beautiful Garendon Estate. Medal for winners! Do it yourself or as a team relay (just over 5k each).

Meanwhile, over in Rutland, the Spring Half Marathon 2022, on Rutland Water, 3 Apr is a beautiful scenic Half Marathon around Rutland Water. The race takes place on a stunning route with unrivalled views of the county. The Mallory Park Spring 5K &10K Festival, Mallory Park, 16-17 Apr is a great setting to target your personal best. The 5k run is multiple laps completing 3 laps of the oval circuit only with the 10k run completing 6 laps, both finishing in the paddock area, central to the circuit and the Leicestershire 10k, takes place at Prestwold Hall on 17 Apr. Enjoy an Easter race in these gorgeous grounds before heading around the race track and onto surrounding rural roads.

Leicester’s Big 10k, Abbey Park on 24 Apr is a significantly flat 10K takes place in stunning Abbey Park in Leicester. The route starts within Abbey Park and does a rough lap of the park before heading around the outside of park perimeter.  

QUIRKY

Bottle Kicking is back in Hallaton on Easter Monday 18 April. This 18th century tradition sees two villages, Hallaton and Medbourne battle it out for a keg of ale. The event attracts thousands of visitors every year and the competitive ‘scrum’ can take upto five hours to finish. With no rules, expect it to get messy!

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