MAY Muddy Guide
We're finally here step 3 on the roadmap out of lockdown #hellofreedom! Check out Muddy's May What's on Guide to find out where to go, what to do and what to book now!
KIDS & FAMILY
Get the kids outdoors for a spot of yoga – with a twist! Rachel Voss has been practising yoga for many years and this month, she’ll be running yoga classes on a farm surrounded by alpacas. Enjoy a completely new yoga experience overlooking beautiful scenery, whilst gentle, fluffy alpacas wander freely. Parking, toilet and hand-washing on site, bring your own yoga mat or blanket and be open-minded, this is the countryside after all. Classes open to the entire family £15. Book via Elevate Yoga. 16 May
Meanwhile, The Mill Wellbeing Centre, is opening in Duddington near Stamford. The aim is for the centre to become a local hub, supporting everyone within the local community and will be offering yoga classes, massage treatments, complementary therapy, wellbeing classes, reiki and there’s still more to be confirmed. Exciting! The village open day is on 9 May and it will be open to the public from 11 May. Sounds like the start of something beautiful – right!?
Hartbeeps, offer contemporary 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. 0781 6463854 firstname.lastname@example.org
Half term is coming up this month! Whaaa again? If you’re in need of some fun for the kids, there’s 15 acres of outdoor fun waiting to be had at Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre (LOPC). This outdoor adventure playground is not too far from the city and offers everything from abseiling to archery as well as paddleboarding, kayaking and more. Outdoor activities are designed to stimulate, educate and motivate kids aged 5 years+ and after almost a year stuck indoors, we can’t think of a better place to let them burn off all that energy.
Celebrate like it’s the 1940’s! Street Party, fairground rides, re-enactments, war vehicles, tales from veterans, live music, delicious food and drink, and much more at Belvoir Castle, 22 and 23 May. Bring your picnic along and enjoy the atmosphere.
A stage show with a difference, The Big Panto Adventure, Concordia Theatre, Hinckley 22 May – 6 June is a bit like a theme park ride – but on foot! A ‘Magical Treasure Hunt’ with live panto characters popping up all over the place – socially distanced of course. Visitors will have to gather clues to solve clues in 10 Panto themed zones. Come on in and join the adventure!
Reopening on the 29 May, we can’t wait to slip, splash our way around Aqua Park Rutland. This exciting water park featuring the largest collection of water obstacles in Rutland. After almost a year of lockdown, think we all could do with some ridiculous fun like this. Take on the UK’s tallest obstacle: The Rutland Mammoth. Plummet from the giant slides or experience free fall with its staggering 5.5 meter drop!
Enjoy a fun, free challenge that will see Leicester transformed into a giant game. Take part in Beat the Street, Leicester May 26 – 7 July and see how far you can walk, cycle, run, scoot and roll in 6 weeks. The free game is open to anyone, any age or ability and will take place across the whole of the city.
Leicester Vegan Market, Knighton, 9 May
Expect around 80 stalls selling a variety of vegan products from food to fashion. There will also be exciting cookery demos, inspirational talks, workshops and children’s activities running throughout the day from 10.30am – 4.30pm. Entry is £4 payable on the day on the door (under 16’s free) or £15 for VIP tickets in advance from eventbrite which includes fast track entry and a goody bag full of vegan products, samples, discounts and offers
Enjoy a fab pop-up tipi pub this month at Bridge House Kibworth throughout May. This idyllic, secluded, waterfront venue overlooks the Grand union canal and this month is hosting a variety of street food events while supporting local suppliers. Expect everything from crepes to curry and more.
ART & CULTURE
Let’s Dance International Frontiers (LDIF), until 8 May
This annual festival features performances, discussions, workshops and a conference exploring dance as a medium for positive change. This year the event will be run outdoors and via online events. Creating Socially Engaged Art: Can Dance Change the World? (4 May) seeks to highlight the impact that Black women in particular have made to the international dance ecology. Running throughout the festival will be the Colonisation in Reverse: Jean-Léon Destiné Exhibition at Curve featuring archival materials, some of which have never been seen before. For tickets and more information head here.
Lucy Stevens is opening her latest solo exhibition for the year, Chasing Seasons is taking place at StudionAme, 7 – 20 May and her artwork explores the effects of climate change on birds through a new body of mixed media artwork. For the exhibition, she has collaborated with the British Trust of Ornithology and Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust to interpret research and information in a colourful and really creative way.
Who saw Luke Jerram’s incredible Museum of the Moon when it was in the city? Now you can book to see his out of this world new exhibit Gaia, which will be at Leicester Cathedral from 17 May to 6 June. You can go along to see the mind-blowing seven metre wide installation or book in for one of the special events themed around each of the seven continents.
Also in case you din’t know, Curve, reopens this month too with a special socially distanced season from Thursday 20 May which will also be live-streamed. The theatre – now operating as a 533-seat socially distanced auditorium – will also include work curated by their Curve Resident Creatives (21 – 22 May), Aakash Odedra Company’s Rising (24 – 25 May) and Katie Lam and Alex Parker’s new musical comedy AmDram (27 – 29 May) featuring an incredible cast including Janie Dee, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Raj Ghatak, Debbie Chazen, Sharan Phull, Jordan Lee Davies and Wendy Ferguson.
OUT & ABOUT
This month, the National Garden Scheme 7-16 May is opening seven gardens across Leicestershire to help promote Health Week and the advantages and benefits of getting up close and personal with nature and gardens. Local gardens you can visit include Hedgehog Hall (2-3 May), Westview at Great Glen 16 May which has a small walled cottage garden, a woodland area together with a wildlife pond. Pre-booking will be optional, but compulsory for small gardens.
Belvoir Castle is hosting the Big Dog Walk on 30 May. You can choose between a 2km, 5km or 10km route on the day of your walk at various times. Arrive early and there’s plenty of time to have a time to have a sniff around before the walk starts and on each route plenty of pawsome pitstops for a drink and a rest.
See the most beautiful spring flowers on displays at Leicestershire’s only National Trust property, Stoneywell. With the gardens and woodlands now open, you can explore this beautiful area and its surroundings. Bookings need to be made in advance.
Rockingham Castle have got a Jersey Boys Party Night featuring with the award-winning Frankie’s Guys as Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons, along with Tom-Tastic as Tom Jones on 22 May at their Market Harborough venue as a drive-in format!
Plant lovers will love the first ever Leaf Houseplant Festival, over in Market Harborough 30-31 May. It’s no secret that houseplants make us happy and so the Leaf Houseplant Festival is dedicating two full days to all things green and happy. With events to suit every skill level, from green fingered geniuses to those who are just beginning their houseplant journey. It’s taking place at Eco Village and there will be loads of exciting talks, workshops and masterclasses and a whole bunch of other fun, planty stuff happening in the courtyard.
If you love growing your own veggies, make sure to check out Spring Vegetable Week, Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland 17- 23rd May where they’ll be opening up all the productive areas to visitors. Expert growers will also be be available to advise you on your own veggie production. Jam and chutney makers, The Garden Pantry, will be around on Friday and Saturday. You can visit the Allotment and stock up on exclusive organic vegetable plants to get you started.
Stratford Lit Fest, May 8-16
There’s a brilliant Spring Festival 2021 line-up with a mix of digital and live events as Government restrictions begin to ease. Major headliners include Maggie O’Farrell, Women’s Prize founder, Kate Mosse, Jay Blades, discussing his memoir Making It and Nick Crane, presenter of Coast and Great British Journeys, plus, The Yorkshire Vet, Julian Norton, shares the challenges and hilarity of working with animals revealed in his new book All Creatures, and the Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, will be reading from his latest collection.
Reopening of Compton Verney, May 18
This beautiful art gallery set inside a Grade I-listed Georgian mansion amid 120 acres of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown parkland opens with two thought-provoking exhibitions; Mary Newcomb: Nature’s Canvas and Rebecca Louise Law: Seasons. Natural scientist, farmer and artist, Mary Newcomb’s (1922-2008) life and art were rooted in everyday observation and the natural world. The exhibition features more than over fifty works, displayed alongside extracts from her writing and work by the artists that inspired her.
The Alfresco Theatre Drive-In, Sherbourne Park, Warwick, May 19 – 23
Enjoy live shows and feel-good movies, all served alongside one-off dishes created by five of Britain’s best chefs: Tom Kerridge, Rick Stein, Atul Kochhar, Paul Ainsworth and Jason Atherton. The ultimate travelling restaurant will be serving up one-off dishes from these superstar chefs. Adult tickets start from £18 for movies, £35 for comedy and music gigs, and £16 for Gruffalo tickets (ages 3+) - with each show being sold individually. thealfrescotheatre.co.uk
New Zog and the Quest for the Golden Star trail, Warwick Castle
This brand new interactive activity trail for kids based on Julia Donaldson’s children’s book will teach all budding dragons in-training the skills they need to become a fully fledged dragon. May 1 also sees the return of The Return of The Falconer’s Quest, the UK’s largest birds of prey show. There’s lots more to see in the 64 acres of beautiful grounds and gardens, including Pageant Field, the Peacock Garden plus the themed glamping tents and woodland lodges have also reopened for overnight stays.
The Walled Garden Feast, Lamport Hall, 17-31 May
The inaugural Walled Garden Feast, taking place in the splendiferous grounds of Lamport Hall looks set to be a suitably splendid affair. You can luxuriate in your very own beautifully dressed igloo or bell tent, or slum it in style with a picnic blanket for up to six people, and choose from an incredible four-course menu prepared by Danny Tompkins (formerly private chef to Earl Spencer), a super-luxe picnic, posh fish and chips and fresh seafood from the Oyster Box in Leics or afternoon tea by The Delicious Factory. There’s also a champagne bar and live music on the lawn to boot, so you’ll be feeling all Lady of the Manor in no time. Get booking as spaces are filling fast!
Want more brilliant things to do?
Check out our recommended Spring Bluebell Walks, Outdoor Swimming Spots and Leicestershire’s and Rutland’s Must See Attractions.