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6 things to try this week

The temperature may've dropped but there's still fun to be had this week!

VISIT: Phoenix Leicester reopens

And…..ACTION! The wait is over, Leicester’s Phoenix Arts Centre finally reopened its its doors yesterday. So much more than just a cinema, the Phoenix Centre also hosts exhibitions and has a lovely little cafe/bar inside too. It’s been almost 7 months since the centre shut in March and I’m not sure how we managed to go an entire summer without visiting – but then again, we were in lockdown for almost 3of those months.

If you’re planning to head down, you can expect a few changes obviously. There will be social distancing guidelines to follow as well as a reduced capacity in the screening rooms and cafe bar – there’s also staggered screening tines. and yes you do have to wear masks.

Film fans will be able to enjoy some recent releases and also some films that  you were probably unable to watch during lockdown, including Christopher Nolan’s new film Tenet, Gemma Arteton in Summerland, US death row drama Clemency, new French thriller Les Misérables, and atmospheric British horror Saint Maud arriving on a wave of critical praise and perfect timing with Halloween just around the corner pus family screenings this weekend with £5 tickets. Buy tickets in advance where possible.

PICK: Pumpkins

Pic Credit: Cattows Farm

190,00 pumpkins, squashes and gourds planted for the 2020 picking season over at Cattows Farm. You can also visit March House Farm in Melton who have designated carving areas, the bale climbing frame for the kiddos and more. Snarestone Pumpkin Farm, Swadlincote have opened their Pumpkin Grotto so pop down to choose your pumpkins also Wymeswold Fruit Farm have tractor rides and a small kids ferris wheel on at the weekends alongside pumpkin picking (that come with a goodie bag). Big news for Rutland. Rutland Pumpkins, Oakham at the Crossroads in Brooke (LE15 8DF) has a brand-spanking new pumpkin patch – and as far as we know, the only one in the county – hurrah! Open from 17-18 & 22-31 Oct. Pre book time slot online

BOOK: Bubble Boats, Loughborough

Fancy taking a cruise along the Grand Union Canal on your very own private boat? Well that’s what local charity, The Peter Le Marchant Trust are offering every day this month. You can enjoy a 4-hour household bubble boat trip in Loughborough in a cosy canal boat.

Running every day throughout October, the offer is aimed at people who are living together and fancy getting a little fresh air. It’s a great way to get parents or grandparents out and about. There will be a crew onboard and will stay socially distanced and wear full PPE. The trips are available from 10am – 2pm – just book a slot and turn up and feel free to bring your own food and drink. Booking essential. Email or call 01509 265590.

WALK: Ghost Walk, Bradgate Park, 15 Oct, Leics

One of the most popular visitor attractions in Leicestershire and it’s easy to see why. Wander around Bradgate and visit the ruins of the family home that once belonged to Lady Jane Grey – who was Queen of England for just 9 days at the age of 16. You’ll also get to explore the Chapel where you will be part of a vigil and use equipment to see what activity you can pick up. Monks have been sighted on many occasions and, and on entry to the ruins a female apparition has also been spotted and ghostly horses hooves have also been heard. Book now and see for yourself. £15 tickets.

WATCH: The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix, 9 October)

The spooks continue! Scare yourself silly in this brand new Netflix series. Loosely adapted from the classic Henry James novella The Turn of the Screw, and made by the producers of The Haunting of Hill House (to which this is touted as a spiritual successor), this series centres on an American nanny hired to take care of two creepy English orphans in the titular Bly Manor. Binge it over the cold autumn nights.

READ: Home Stretch by Graham Norton

Popular comedian and presenter Graham Nortonn returns with his thrid novel based around a small Irish community whose lives are shattered when an accident occurs. Three people survive, but three are killed. Connor is one of the survivors and unable to live with the guilt and shame, he leaves his home behind and starts a new life in New York. But the secrets and regrets resurface and Connor has to confront his past once again. A wonderfully written book that is powerful and warm.

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