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11 cool and creative things to do this weekend in Leicestershire and NEWSFLASH

It may well be the long Easter weekend but there’s plenty going on for grown-ups that has absolutely nothing to do with bouncing bunny rabbits, chocolate Easter eggs and treasure hunts. From spoon carving to screen printing, tap into your creative side and try your hand at something new or just simply explore some of the other fun events around Leicestershire. Here’s the lowdown of the best things to do over the weekend and beyond.

Stencil Screen printing, Leicester Print workshop, 14-16 Apr

Get your creative juices flowing with a weekend course at the Print Workshop. Northamptonshire artist Carry Ackroyd will be running a three-day stencil screen printing course in which you’ll get the chance to build up your prints by layering them with colours to create a final image. The course runs over the Easter weekend from 10am – 4pm and costs £175.

Leicester Print Workshop, 50 St George St, Leicester LE1 1QG

 We Are Made of Star Stuff, Watch This Space Boutique, Sat 15 Apr

To help launch Bar 33 Cank Street’s new Abuelo rum based, space-inspired spring cocktail, Watch This Space boutique is holding a special exhibition in their upstairs gallery for one day only. Kal, mixologist at Bar 33 Cank Street told me that the cocktail’s  been inspired by Leicester’s landmark the National Space Centre and is a sneak peek at what to expect from their spring menu. As well as art and complimentary cocktails the event will showcase a brand new cosmic inspired fashion collection by boutique owner, Stephanie. There’ll also be a DJ playing some funky chilled out beats, astrology readings, giveaways and more. The event runs from 1-7pm.

Watch This Space,  6 Silver Walk, Leicester LE1 5EW

Spoon Carving, The Green Place, Sat 15 Apr

This beginners spoon carving course is great for anyone who wants to try their hand at something new.  Simple, challenging but rewarding, this may end up being one of the most satisfying thing you’ll ever do. Luke Astle from Wood Doodles will be running the course and will show you how to carve a spoon from freshly cut local wood. The course will involve a variety of traditional hand tools. Attendees will get to use whatever they feel comfortable with, from axes and saws, down to small whittling knives. Tea and cakes are included in the price and lunch is available from the veggie/vegan friendly cafe on the site. 14-18 year old are also welcome.

Spoon Carving, The Green Place, 6  Cossington Rd, Sileby, Loughborough LE12 7RW

English Wine Tours and Tasting, Rothley Wine Estate, Sat 15 Apr

Did you know that Leicestershire has a vineyard? Well you do now and you’ve got the chance to explore it over the weekend. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around Rothley wine estate discovering the different varieties of grapes grown before heading to the conservatory for a tasting session of some delicious Leicestershire wines. Choose from either 12pm or 2pm.  Tickets are £10 per person.

Rothley Wine Estate, 43 Westfield Lane, LE7 7LH

Themed Afternoon tea, Beaumanor Hall, Sat 15 April,

Join in on a themed afternoon tea in the lush surroundings of Beaumanor Hall. Enjoy performances from the D-Day Darlings performing World War II classics. Tuck into a delicious selection of dainty sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream and preserves, cakes and pastries. All served with a selection of tea and coffees. £34.50per person, from 2-4pm.

Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse, Leicestershire, LE12 8TX

Antidote Art, Meet the Artist, Lutterworth Sat 15 Apr

Head to Lutterworth’s quirky art gallery to meet Northants based artist Kealey Farmer. Focusing on 3D elements, Kealey uses handmade material including glass, diamond dust, Swarovski crystals to create one-off pieces. While you’re here, you’ll also get the chance to bop and sway to the soulful vocals of BBC’s The Voice Dwaine Hayden. Enjoy canapés and champagne in this relaxed, child-friendly gem of a gallery. The event runs from 3-5pm.

Antidote Art, 31 High St, Lutterworth LE17 4AY

Clothes Swap, Upcycling & Recycling Day, Sat 15 Apr

This event does what it says and promotes feeding bellies not bins by swapping clothes and mending things. A brilliant cause and a fun way to get your gal pals together and support a local event. Pay what you feel for entry free and food. bring your unwanted clothes and either swap them or give them a new life by getting creative with your sewing skills. Any remaining clothes will be used in future events or donated elsewhere.

The Real Junk Food Project, LCiL West End Neighbourhood Centre, Andrewes Street,
LE3 5PA Leicester. 

Hallaton Hare Pie, Scramble and Bottle Kicking, Hallaton village, Mon 17 Apr

This 18th century tradition sees two villages, Hallarton and Medbourne in Leicestershire battle it out for a the keg of ale. The event attracts thousands of visitors every Easter Monday. The competitive ‘scrum’  takes five hours to complete and is believed to have started before the Christian era. There are no rules so expect a few injuries. The scrum moves over fields, fences & streams in its path.

Hallaton village, Hallaton, Leicestershire, LE16 8UE

Purple Rain, De Montfort Hall, Tues 18 Apr

(Image credit AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

For one night only Prince fans can celebrate his life and legacy with an eight piece live band. Delivering non-stop hits, this show is packed with some of Prince’s finest music and comes complete with backing singer, horn section, keys and Jimi Love as Prince.

De Montfort Hall Granville Rd, Leicester LE1 7RU

Laser cutting jewellery workshop, Makers Yard, Weds 19 Apr

Ever wanted to make your own jewellery but not sure where to start? The lovely people at Rare Folk will show you how. You’ll get the chance to make a funky necklace or a pair of earrings in your fave colour. Pick what tome you’d like to come and the duration depends on what you end up making. Prices start from £15. To book or for more information contact Ruth on [email protected] or call 07854 661983.

RareFolk 

Cooking For Teenagers, Rutland Cookery School, Thurs 20 April  

Budding cooks will love this short course in which they’ll get the chance to cook a three course meal for lunch. Recipes will use global influences, so expect Middle Eastern, South East Asian, Italian as well as French and British. This is a fun workshop that will teach food knowledge, knife skills, correct techniques, presentation and increase confidence in the kitchen. Teenagers from 13 – 17 years old are also welcome. The course runs from 9.45am-2pm and costs £75.

Rutland Cookery School,
 Oakham Enterprise Park, 16c Ashwell Rd, Rutland, Oakham LE15 7TU

NEWSFLASH

We’ve just heard that Matilda The Musical will begin its UK and Ireland tour at Curve, Leicester. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s award-winning production will be at Curve from 5 – 24 March 2018. Tickets for the general public go on sale from Wed 26 Apr.

Curve, 60 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1SB

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