DRINK: Prosecco Festival, Fri 5 – Sat 6 Apr
Join fellow fizz lovers for the UK’s largest prosecco festival returning to Leicester for a second year! With over 40 samples of different types of Prosecco, cava and pink fizz for you to try and a free glass on entry, it’s the perfect excuse to splash that payday cash.
Athena, Queen Street, Leicester, LE1 1QD
WE ARE Opening, Leics, Sat 6 Apr
An exciting launch for Leicester’s newest art shop and creative hub, We Are. A multi functioning creative hub, based in the city centre which will sell art, craft, accessories and design all handmade by local and national artists and designers. We Are is also going to be running workshops, exhibitions and hosting regular events. On the opening day expect live music from some of Leicesters finest acoustic artists, and dj’s to follow. An exhibition showcasing amazing artists from StudionAme as well as refreshments. From 10am
44s the basement Humberstone Gate, Leicester
Rutland Food & Drink Festival, Oakham, 7 Apr
Head to the gorgeous surroundings of Oakham Castle in the Market Place and stroll along Mill Street where there will be hot and cold food stalls celebrating local producers and a great atmosphere throughout the town. 11am – 3pm
Market Place, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6DX
School Of Pizza, Nutella edition, Leicester, 15 Apr
Join a fun and interactive pizza making experience your kids will love! Watch your children master their pizza making skills with help from our professional pizza chef. Your kids will receive a a kids Nutella pizza and perfect pizza making skills. For kids 12 and under accompanied with a parent. £13. Book tickets here.
Peter Pizzeria, 9 Welford Place, Leicester, LE1 6ZH
The Mods: Shaping a Generation, New Walk Museum, 13 Apr – 30 Jun
The exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of The Who’s cult Mod film, Quadrophenia, and will include Roger K Burton’s original 1960’s clothing as seen in the film, along with original scooters and other ephemera. The exhibition also re-visits legendary hang-outs visited by the Leicester and Nottingham Mods including The Nite Owl, The Il Rondo and the Dungeon.
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, 53 New Walk, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 7EA
Afternoon Tea and Easter Egg Hunt with Alice, Brooksby Hall, Sun 21 Apr
Let the mudlets join Alice and The Mad Hatter for an unforgettable afternoon tea. On arrival you will be seated for an afternoon tea in our 16th century Old Hall and entertained by live musicians and your favourite characters from Alice in Wonderland. After your treat of sandwiches, cakes and scones the children will join Alice for an Easter Egg hunt. £15 per adult, £5 per child (under 9’s). Includes an afternoon tea, entertainment and Easter egg for each child. Sitting at 1pm and 3pm.
Brooksby Hall, Brooksby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 2LJ, 01664 855262
Wizard of Oz Easter Panto, Haymarket Theatre, Leics, Tues 16 Apr
It’s time to click your heels as Shone Productions take you over the rainbow in their fantastic production of The Wizard of Oz. Join Dorothy and her cute dog Toto as they enter the wonderful land of Oz. During their travels down the yellow brick road they meet some lovely friends including a Scarecrow, Tin Man and a Lion. They travel together to see the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, but this won’t be easy as the Wicked Witch is determined to stop them by any means necessary.
Haymarket Theatre, 1 Garrick Walk, Leicester LE1 3AF
Easter Vintage Festival, Great Central Railway, 19 – 22 Apr
Step back in time to a country fayre at Quorn and Woodhouse station. There’s gallopers and a big wheel, traction engines, craft stalls, vintage cars, commercials and tractors and live music on Fri and Sat
Great Central Railway PLC, Great Central Road, Loughborough, LE11 1RW
First Man Screening, National Space Centre, 27 Apr
On 21 July, fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step onto the surface of another celestial body, making him one of the most famous people in history. His son Rick, was 12 years old when his father became the first man to walk on the moon. Rick will be joining the National Space Centre to host a special anniversary screening of the Universal Pictures box office hit, First Man, in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium with a Q&A session to begin with.
National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE5
Easter Egg Cycling Trail, Sat 13 – Sun 28 Apr
The Easter Egg Trail on wheels goes between Normanton and Whitwell Taking you on a flat, gentle 8 mile route next to the water, there will be clues along the way. £1 donation which will go towards the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. There will be an Easter egg and certificate for all children who participate. Bike hire is available at our Whitwell and Normanton stores for both adults and children.
Giant Store Rutland or Rutland Cycling Whitwell, Normanton Car Park, Edith Weston, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8HD
Belvoir Gardens, Sat 19 Apr – 22 Apr
Get egg-static this Easter at Belvoir Castle with exciting activities for all the family, including the fun-filled Nursery Rhyme Treasure Hunt. Plus egg decorating, face painting, a visit from the farm animals and a chance to see our incredible birds of prey in flight. The Easter Bunny and her friends will also be popping in they’ve also got a special Easter Afternoon Tea will be available at the Castle which will be full of Easter treats.
Belvoir Grantham, Leicestershire, NG32 1PE
Milkshake Monkey’s Musical, Loughborough Tues 16 Apr
Milkshake Monkey can’t wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you but when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating something your kids will love. Starring Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer & Shine, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight and more. It’s a family show not to be missed.
Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, LE11 3EB Loughborough
Twycross Zoo Club, Leicestershire, 15 – Thur 18 Apr
Do your kids dream of working in the zoo? Well now they can and even better – during the Easter hols! Zoo Club offers kids an educational day, run by our experienced Discovery and Learning team, for children aged 8 – 14 years old, who are interested in animals and wildlife. They may get the opportunity to go behind the scenes to assist our animal keeping team with important jobs such as mucking out and window washing – animal related activities are subject to change and cannot be guaranteed on a daily basis. Cost, £110 per child per week (5 days), or £25 per child per day
Twycross Zoo, East Midland Zoological Society, Burton Rd, Leicestershire, CV9 3PX
Moira Furnace Museum and Country Park, Opening Weekend, 6- 7 Apr
A small museum with a big story; Built in 1806 to produce iron, the building was closed in 1811.The museum now tells its story and the park and grounds are open all year round, Jump on a boat and explore the Ashby canal or better yet, try the lunchtime cruise.
Moira Furnace, Furnace Lane, Moira, DE12 6AT
Leicester St. George’s Festival, Leics, Sat 20 Apr
Enjoy the annual family friendly festival with music, dance and live performances on the square and in venues across the Cultural Quarter. The free event promises a day of non-stop entertainment for all the family; full of activities to try out and fun things to do including the fancy dress parade and the popular dragon hunt. From 12 – 5pm
Orton Square, Cultural Quarter
Hallaton and Medbourne Bottle Kicking, Mon 22 Apr
This 18th century tradition sees two villages, Hallaton 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 and streams in its path.
Hallaton Village, Hallaton, Leicestershire, LE16 8UE
House of Verse, Leics, Brick and Bream, Sat 13 Apr
An interactive, poetry experience featuring spoken word poetry, storytelling, comedy, live music, beatbox, rap, DJing, dance, circus, live art and the zest goes on. Acts include Benny & The Jengo Massive, Sian Magill, Ki Shah, Emma Dakin, Loz Anstey and more. Early Bird tickets: £4.85 (online only) RSVP tickets: £5.92 (online only), on the door £7 / £5 concessions. Find out more about the show here.
Brick and Bream, 12 Queen Street, Leicester, LE1 1QW
The Great Burleighs Express, Loughborough Great Central Railway Tues 23 Apr
All aboard the Great Burleighs Express for another unforgettable gin event. Join a unique fine dining and gin experience aboard a luxury steam train. Admission includes, a cocktail & canapés on arrival, a four course fine dining experience, complimentary wine with your meal and bottomless Gin & Tonics. Sign me up right now!
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Sat 13 – 20 Apr
Based on one of my fave films and set on the Greek island of Cephallonia against the backdrop of World War II. Marking the 25th Anniversary of the novel’s original publication, this epic journey is brought to life by Olivier and Tony-Award nominated director Melly Still (My Brilliant Friend and Coram Boy) and playwright Rona Munro (My Name Is Lucy Barton and The James Plays). Delve into an extraordinary tale of human fragility and love at a time of war.
Legally Blonde: The Musical, Uppingham, 3 – 6 Apr
Following the huge success of last years production of ‘Guys and Dolls’, Rutland Musical Theatre is pleased to invite you to their latest show. Expect a high energy, roller coaster of a musical, based on the hit film. Showing at 7.30pm
Uppingham Theatre, 32 Stockerston Road , Uppingham Rutland , LE15 9UD
My Fair Lady, Loughborough Town Hall, 2- 6 Apr
The tale of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady features one of musical theatre’s greatest scores, including: “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”
Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3EB
A Shopping Affair, Highcross, Leics, 10 Apr
Roll up, roll up…The circus is coming to Highcross Leicester so join a fun evening where you can wine, dine and shop exclusive offers surrounded by incredible live circus acts for one night only. Enjoy exclusive discounts on your favourite brands and be entertained by dazzling Cyr wheel performers, stilt walkers, hat jugglers, mime artists and more. 5pm – 8pm.
Highcross Leicester, Level 3 Management Suite, 5 Shires Lane, Leicester, LE1 4AN
Whala Comedy Clash: Jamaica vs Africa, Y Theatre, Leics, Sat 13 Apr
This is the only comedy show where comedians battle in an all out war. It gets personal, heated and is hilarious. Hosted by Will E Robo (Def Comedy Jam USA) with six sensational comedians battling it out, who will take home the trophy? From 7.30pm, £22.50/£20.