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8 fun festivals and events to book this summer

May 2017

As we start heading into summer Leicestershire’s got a jam-packed diary full of fun events for everyone. I’ve picked a few that i know you and your tribe will lurrrrve. Move over V Festival and Glastonbury! Put down the remote, mark these dates in your diary and book your tickets now.

Dress Makers Ball, City Room, Fri 12 May 

Show off your best hand made creation at the first-ever Dress Makers Ball. Organised by the ladies from Crafty Sew and So in Leicester the event is a chance to mingle with sewing enthusiasts and prominent figures within the industry. Whether you’re a designer or a novice dress maker or sewist you’ll want to see and be seen at this event. Mingle with the likes of Gabby Young of popular sewing blog Gabberdashery who will also be bringing her band and singing. Enjoy music, dance, food and a whole host of frivolities in the grand ball room, there’s even the chance to join the catwalk. Tuck into a delicious hot buffet and a grand prize draw that you won’t want to miss. Ticket price includes a fabulous goodie bag.

Dress Makers Ball, The City Rooms, Hotel St, Leicester LE1 5AW

Comedy Jam, Athena, Fri 21 Apr

Before he played Vincent Hubbard on EastEnders, Richard Blackwood was a presenter on MTV and even dabbled  in the music industry and now he’s coming to the city along with a string of other comedians. Get your giggle on with Kane Brown, Kae Kurd and new-ish kid on the block, Guzzy Bear from down the road in Coventry. What a great way to to start the weekend.

Comedy Jam, Athena, Queen St, Leicester LE1 1QD

Handmade Festival, 02 Academy, 28 – 30 Apr

May bank holiday has never been the same since Handmade Festival began. Curated by some of the city’s best independent venues and promoters, the festival will see a range of music, comedy, art, film, performance and photography come together over the long weekend. The line up this year includes Van Zeller, Happyness, Life, Willie J Healy, Charlotte Carpenter, Fazerdaze, Easy Life, Dead Pretties, Neon Waltz, and lots lots more. Never heard of them? Neither have I, but hey it’s always fun to try something new. Tickets start at £40 for adults and at a discounted rate for students and under 16s.

Handmade Festival, O2 Academy, Percy Gee Building, University Rd, Leicester LE1 7RH

Whitney, Queen of the Night, Kilworth House Theatre, Mon 24 July

Who doesn’t love a bit of Whitney Houston?  Whether you’re a fan of her early stuff or her later work, you can sing and dance along to the music of her life in this award-winning production in the gorgeous wooded glade of Kilworth House Theatre. Travel through three decades of the late singer’s classic hits including, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, ‘One Moment In Time’, ‘I’m Every Woman’, ‘My Love is Your Love’, ‘So Emotional Baby’, ‘Run to You’, ‘Saving All My Love’ and of course, ‘I Will Always Love You’.

Kilworth House Theatre, Lutterworth Hotel, North Kilworth LE 17 6JE

The Spark Festival, various venues around Leicestershire, 22-29 May

A brilliant event for the kids (0-13 year olds) to get involved in, the Sparks Festival is the largest children’s arts festival in England and Wales and brings together the very best theatre, dance, music, visual arts and digital media events. You can expect a string of events including free creative learning workshops, the chance to create an art installation, lots of storytelling, dressing up, live music and backstage tours at Curve. The mudlets can even play with print and colour to create their own limited edition works of art at Leicester Print Workshops. There’s lots more going on around the county so take a look at the website and get booking tickets now.

Sparks Festival

Glastonbudget, Turnpost Farm, 26 – 28 May

Take a mahoosive farm, pitch up a couple of tents, add some booze, and a string of musicians to perform over three days and what do you get? Glastonbudget that’s what! Running since 2005, the festival has grown in popularity and what initially started as a festival for tribute bands, now also showcases new acts. This year the tribute bands line up includes, Fell Out Boy, Guns 2 Roses, Who’s Who, Totally Tina, Oasish (i love where this is heading) Fleetwood Back, The Bootleg Beatles and many more.

Glastonbudget, Turnpost Farm, East Rd, Wymeswold, Loughborough LE12 6ST

Ladies Day, Leicester Race Course, 8 July

Who wants to trek to Ascot when you can grab your gal pals and head to the races right here on your doorstep. As well as the races, enjoy food from local vendors and music from hit 90s girl group All Saints, 80s British R&B star Jaki Graham and a DJ set from Mark Wright. Competitions will be held for the best dressed lady. So get your hats ready ladies. Tickets from £30 or take advantage of one of the hospitality packages where you can ensure a glass of Prosecco will be available to quench your thirst.

Ladies Day at the Races, Leicester Road, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4AL

Simon Says, De Montfort Hall and Gardens, 29 – 30 July

This annual music event is a brilliant celebration of the city and county’s finest musical talents performing alongside more established names. This year, Public Image Ltd’s Jah Wobble, Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ Frank Benbini and Carter USM’s Jim Bob are playing at the event on July 29 and 30 at De Montfort Hall and gardens which means walking from stage to stage is a piece of cake unlike other festivals. There’ll be around 70 acts and music will range from reggae to rock so you’ll get to cover all your bases in one day. Weekend tickets cost £40 for adults, £30 for students, £5 for under 16s and under 10s are free.

Simon Says Festival, De Montfort Hall Granville Rd, Leicester LE1 7RU

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