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Cattows Farm, Maize Maze, 1 Aug – Oct

Located near Heather near Coalville, is launching its first ever maize maze. Their unique design is based on pumpkins and Halloween because they’ve planted more than 100,000 pumpkins, squashes and gourds ready for customers to pick later this year. The cost to take on the maze will be £4.75 per person, with under threes are free. A family pass (2+2) will cost £18. Map and quiz sheet 50p each.

THEATRE: Curve, Bollywood Jane, Fri 2 Aug – Sun 11 Aug

Set on Leicester’s famous Golden Mile, 16-year-old Jane and her mum, Kate are struggling to make ends meet and heading to the local Bollywood cinema for work, Jane becomes mesmerised by a Hindi rom-com. Swept into the technicolour world of her vivid imagination, Jane becomes the leading lady in her own Bollywood film. Expect sequins, saris colourful dances and infections Bollywood beats.

Curve, Rutland Street, Leics, LE

FOOD: Food and Drink Festival, Market Harborough, Sat 3 – Sun 4 Aug

International, national and of course the best local food and rink stalls offering something for everyone from street food to local cheeses, cakes and real ales. Plus, celeb chefs in the demo kitchen. Don’t forget to stock up your pantry with lots of local goodies.

Welland Park, MH, LE16 9DR

CULTURE: Leicester Caribbean Carnival, Leics, Sat 3 Aug 2019

Don your brightest colours and get your whistles ready as Carnival is back in town. Dance to the infectious beats of Caribbean music including Soca, Mas Bands and Reggae and join the biggest street party. Watch the floats as they street parade through the city centre, then make your way up to Victoria Park for food, drinks there will also be a fun fair and a kids village. £1 for kids 5- 13 yer olds and £3 for adults. From 11am. 

Leicester Carnival, Victoria Park, Leicester, LE1 7RY

OUTDOOR THEATRE: Wind in the Willows, Bradgate House 8- 9 Aug

Pic Credit: Quantum Theatre

Spring is in the air and Mole has found a wonderful new world. There’s boating with Ratty, a feast with Badger and high jinx on the open road with that reckless ruffian, Mr Toad.  What more could such firm friends wish for? But after Toad’s latest escapade, can they join together and beat the wretched weasels? Join them on a mad-cap adventures in this heart-warming tale of friendship, mishap and mayhem in Quantum Theatre’s brand new adaptation of Kenneth Grahamse’s family favourite. Ruins open 1hr before the performance and there will be three performances. Thursday at 2.30pm and Friday at 11am and 2.30pm.  Adult £12,  Child (under 16) £8, under 2 free Family (of four) £32. Feel free to bring picnics. Parking is £3 for the day.

OUTDOOR THEATRE: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bradgate House 8 Aug

With a quarrel raging between Oberon, King of the fairies and his Queen, Titania four young lovers become entangled in their magical affray and soon no mortals are safe in those bewitched and bewitching woods outside Athens. Quantum Theatre’s stylish and whimsical production presents a flight of magical fancy where real life is unexpectedly entangled with the supernatural, where willow-the-wisp fairies, unsuspecting artisans and ardent young lovers are beautifully woven together. Evening showing at 7pm. Feel free to bring picnics. Parking is £3 for the day.

Bradgate Park Trust

FOOD: Feast Hinckley, Sat 10 Aug

This exciting food and drink festival returns to Argents Mead park with over 45 local food and drink vendors. This year’s vendors include Thai street food, vegan, South African, wood fired BBQ, Bavarian swing grill, sweet crepes, samosa and snacks, traditional hog roast, beef brisket, cocktails, Indian, savoury crepes, cakes and baking kits and more. There will also be live music, a 120ft inflatable assault course, bungee trampolines and more. Free entry (charges apply for some activities).

Feast Hinckley

MUSIC: Wicked Hathern Fest, Sat 9 – Sun 10 Aug

Quickly becoming one of Leicestershire’s premier music festivals, with a great range of music provided by local artists and headlining acts plus a bar specialising in real ales and home brewed ciders and plenty for the kids to do too – a great family day out. Camping also avail.

Hathern Fest, Dishley Grange Farm, Hathern, Leicestershire

CULTURE: Firework Champions at Belvoir Castle, 10 August

Now in its sixth year, sit back and enjoy a dazzling fireworks display in the grounds of Belvoir Castle. Three of the UK’s best firework companies will compete against each other with a 10-minute firework display choreographed to music followed by a finale display from organisers MLE Pyrotechnics. The event is the only one of its kind in the UK where the audience has the capability to vote for the team they liked the most using their mobile phone. When booked in advance, tickets are £19 for adults and £9 for children (5-16 years).

Belvoir Castle, Grantham, Leicestershire

CULTURE: Loughborough Mela, 11 Aug

Celebrating the town’s cultural and ethnic diversity. The free event is packed with fun family entertainment with an assortment of musical styles from South Asia and around the world. 10am – 4pm.


FOOD: Mowgli and Tandem Restaurant Opening, Leics, Aug

Aug 12 sees the opening of Indian street food chain, Mowgli founded by Nisha Katona in St Martin’s Square. Rewind a few years ago and the British chef, food writer and TV presenter decided to open up a restaurant that served tasty and traditional street food with a contemporary spin. Food served here will be as far as you can get from the ones you’ll find on the Golden Mile – think treacle tamarind fries, Mowgli chip butty, the holy chow – vegan showstopper, Mowgli sticky wings as well as freshly made puri (soft, fried, flat breads), traditional rotis and rice just like you’d have in an Indian home. Plus, new indie restaurant Tandem, headed by award-winning chef Cyrus Todiwala is due to open this month too. They’re staying tight-lipped on the opening date but if you want more info, read more here.

MUSIC: Gigs in the Gardens, De Montfort Hall Gardens, Fri 16 – Mon 26 Aug 
New to Leicester this summer are the Gigs in the Gardens – a series of large-scale outdoor concerts in the beautiful surroundings of De Montfort Hall gardens. Expect to see Kaiser Chiefs, The Vaccines and The Twang, Years & Years and Jax Jones, Bugzy Malone, Pro Green , Groove Armada, Pete Tong, Wretch 32 and more over the weekend. How exciting!!

De Montfort Hall

CULTURE: Bosworth Medieval Festival, Sat 17 – Sun 18 Aug

This is a great full day family event, with not just the battle re-enactment, but jousting, a medieval market, children’s games, large living history encampment, author talks & book signings, entry to the award-winning Exhibition, free car parking and lots more too. 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Bosworth Medieval Festival

CULTURE: Leicester Belgrave Mela, Sun 18 Aug

A day of amazing street performances, mouth-watering South Asian cuisine and the Shopping Bazaar. Visitors can enjoy awe-inspiring performances from the Grand Indian Circus and music from the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band. The Mela will also host free South Asian arts and cultural activities throughout the city centre and electrifying live entertainment on the main stage.


KIDS: Loughborough By The Sea, Market Place, 18 – 21 Aug

Taking place over 4 days join in with sandcastle competitions, donkey rides, Punch and Judy and fair ground rides. There will also be a seaside trail for those junior explorers and arts and crafts tent for all you budding artists.

CULTURE: Belvoir Castle, Pride & Prejudice, 20 Aug

Pic Credit: Chapterhouse Theatre Company

The first ever Open Air Theatre within the grounds, enjoy an incredible performance of Jane Austen’s classic. When Elizabeth Bennett meets the terse and abrupt Mr. Darcy, she loathes him at first sight. But is there more to him than meets the eye? Brought to life by award-winning writer Laura Turner from Chapterhouse Theatre, this adaptation has been a favourite of audiences for years. Gates open at 6pm, please bring your own rugs or low-backed seating. Tickets are £17.60 for adults; £12.10 for children and £49.22 for families (2 adults and 2 children). Call See Tickets on 0871 220 0260 or click here.

BOWLING: East Street Lanes, Leicester, 22 Aug

Described as “Leicester’s first boutique bowling alley” East Lanes will be an adult only bowling centre and is opening this month! It will include eight lanes alongside a restaurant and bar serving pizzas, burgers, sharing platters, cocktails and craft beers.

KIDS: The Gruffalo, Hinckley, Wed 14 Aug

Bring the Kids and ensure they have a Summer to remember. The Gruffalo story, Gruffalo crafts and find your way to the Gruffalo. £5.50 per child. Under 1s free with a paying sibling. From 10am – 11.15am.

Katylous Forest School, Roman Rd, Hinckley LE10 3AB

CINEMA: An evening of Queen, Leicestershire County Cricket Club, Aug 17 

Enjoy a dazzling collection of performers from London’s West End, including former stars from the smash hit musical ‘We Will Rock You’, come together to present an incredible tribute to one of the world’s great rock bands.  Featuring dozens of hits from an astonishing back catalogue, this is an amazing concert evening no Queen fan should miss. Tickets from £24.

Leicestershire County Cricket Club,

PROMS: Bradgate Park Proms, Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood, 17 Aug 

Set in the stunning grounds of the Bradgate House Ruins, the 2019 Proms is an annual spectacular and will once again be a stunning affair with the Bardi Wind Orchestra. This event includes film, traditional and popular music – so something for everyone. Park on the Deer Meadow and picnic in the ruins grounds prior to the start of the concert.

Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood, Bradgate Park, Newtown Linford, Leicestershire, LE6 0HE

CULTURE: City Festival, Leicester, Mon Aug 19 to Sun Aug 25

Taking place over five fun-packed days – this year’s theme is ‘Out of this World’, celebrating all things outer space. New Market Sq will host street arts, performances and interactive gamed for the family. There will also be concerts on the festival stage, street food and more.

City Festival

CULTURE: Let’s Ride Leicester Festival, Sat 17 Aug – Sun 31 Aug

A two-week celebration of cycling inc Green Bicycle Mystery Weekend, Castle Classic Race Day, Bike Jam and Bike Fest. With over 30 free family-friendly and social events for all ages. See website for more info and timings of events.

Ride Fest

KIDS: Hinckley Bid’s Summer of Fun, August

Lots of free fun going on this summer with different themes each day – you can visit the Snapdragon Children and Family Festival (5 Aug) and take part in be activities available, Circus Whiz (Castle Street) on 14 Aug has a variety of circus equipment to keep everyone busy for quite a while. There’s hula hoops and wobble boards, or you can perfect your juggling skills and learn the art of plate spinning. Crazy Golf at the Crescent 21 Aug from 10.30am. The 9-hole Crazy Golf is forever popular with children and adults alike and really is a lot of fun. On 21 Aug  enjoy Robbie the Land Train. Board at Market Place and have a comfortable ride all the way up Castle Street to Jaspers (and all the way back down too if you’d like!).

Hinckley BID

OUTDOOR THEATRE: Belgrave Hall Gardens, Gangsta Granny, 22 Aug

Heartbreak Productions brings you David Walliams’ bestselling tale, full of forbidden fun. Join Ben, and his gangsta granny on their grandest adventure. This exciting escapade will be very hungry work, so come prepared with a picnic, something to sit on, and definitely dress for the weather. Recommended age 7+. Running time two hours including interval. £15 adults, £10 children (under 13) £45 family (2 adults, 2 children) Pre-booking essential. Tickets available from The Guildhall box office: 0116 253 2569.

Belgrave Hall Gardens

MUSIC: Hallatonfest, Hallaton, Fri 23 – Sun 26 Aug

Hallatonfest is located in the beautiful village of Hallaton in rural Leicestershire. A family-friendly festival, you can go along for the day if tents aren’t your thing or get the full festival package and camp for the weekend. With local acts and tributes to likes of Beyoncé and Queen, it’s a treat for the ears.

Fox Inn, 30 North End, Hallaton, Market Harborough, LE16 8UJ

THEATRE: The Entertainer with Shane Ritchie, Curve, 27 Aug – 31 Aug

For the first time since its original premiere in 1957, John Osborne’s classic is given a vibrant new setting. Shane Richie takes on the role of Archie Rice, memorably created both on stage and screen by Laurence Olivier, and is joined by Diana Vickers and the Olivier award-winning, Sara Crowe. Archie Rice is a junkshop of stereotypical male frailties: someone who hits the bottle a little too hard and dodges taxes a little too often. Despite being a washed-up showman playing the Summer season in 1980’s Britain, he is determined that the show must go on – even if no one is there to see it.

KIDS: Abbey Park Extravaganza Medieval Day, 26 Aug 

Bringing to life the Victorian Gardens and Abbey ruins with medieval sports, Alice in Wonderland giant games, circus, puppetry, magic, photo booths, face painting and the Monks Murder Mystery ‘Who killed Cardinal Wosley!’ plus much more! This free event is fantastic for families and spans over two days.

Medieval Day, Abbey Park Road, Leicester, LE4

FAMILY: The Leicestershire County Show, Sat 24 – Sun 25 Aug

The event celebrates rural life with livestock and equine classes and a range of family-friendly entertainment. Get your tickets now and save 20% if you buy online, free for children under 14 and free parking!

The Showground, The Airfield, Leicester Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 7QX

FAMILY: The Beacon Hill Countryside Show, Mon Aug 26

Relive your favourite Game of Thrones moments and learn how to use a bow and arrow with the fantastic Archery Legends, witness raw skills from Artmetal blacksmiths who will be sharing their craft of firepits,outdoor furniture, fairy doors and hobbit homes, catch Danny Butler and his team on the Extreme Mountain Bike show as they jump, flip and balance their way through obstacles and beams, watch the sheep dogs in the fast-paced dog agility show. Let your kids go climbing, take part in donkey rides, birdbox making, punch and judy, storytime, wildlife activities and more.

Beacon Hill, Leicestershire

MUSIC: Back to the 80s and 90s Festival, Cattows Farm, Fri 30 Aug – Sun 1 Sept

Bop along to your fave tracks from the 80’s and 90’s in this nostalgic music festival, taking you back in time to relive your bet memories. See your favourite pop groups, boybands, DJ’s and artists from the 80’s 90’s at this intimate venue. The line up this year includes Tony Hadley (Ex Spandau Ballet), Vengaboys, Heather Small – The Voice of M People, Brandon Block, DJ Sammy, General Levy, B*Witched, Baby D, East 17, Shola Ama and more more more. You’ll find me at the front doing my thang!

MUSIC: Leicester Fake Festival, Victoria Park, Sat 10 Aug

Making its debut last year, Fake was so good they’re going to do it all over again this year with six top pro-level ‘Fake Bands’, for a jaw-dropping line-up that will have you all singing and dancing until late evening. This will be a local party you don’t want to miss. Line up so far includes Flash as Queen, Vicky Jackson as Pink , Kazabian, Oasish, Stereotonics and The Jam’D!

OUTDOOR CINEMA: Oakham Castle, A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody  30 – 31 Aug

A cinematic pop-up this summer showing this new blockbuster about a musician who helps a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism sends his own career into a downward spiral. Starring: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gagaon. Enjoy it on a 30ft Airscreen and there will be food to enjoy as well as live music too.  Dogs welcome but not picnics! Doors: 7pm. Meanwhile, Bohemian Rhapsody is based on the story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985). Staring: Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton. Doors open at 6.30pm.

CULTURE: Leicester Pride, Sat 31 Aug

The free event celebrates Leicester’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender  community (LGBT) in all it’s gorgeous and colourful glory! Leicester Pride is a family event with entertainment and attractions suitable for all ages. The event starts at 12 noon with a parade through the city centre leading to the festival site in Victoria Park. The main stage features live singers, dance acts and cabaret from across the country whilst the DJ tent features the best local plus there’s plenty of food and drink.

Victoria Park, Leicester, LE1 7RY

CULTURE: The Catesbys Brocante, Rutland, Sat 31 Aug

Taking place in the grounds of Exton Park, Rutland, discover a fantastic range of vintage and antique dealers, talented designer-makers and make some new friends too. There will be plenty of foodie treats to fuel you in the pop-up cafe and the store – located in the barn in the garden – will be stocked with all their newest autumn finds. Free entry from 10am – 4pm.

Catesbys Brocante Yew Tree House, Exton Park, Exton, Rutland LE15 8AX

DRINK: Leicester Gin Festival, Athena Sat 31 Aug

Leicester Gin Festival is bigger and better and your ticket price includes all your gins within the ticket price. With over 80 gins on offer across 4 bars, plus a prosecco and beer bar you’ll be spoilt for choice. Expect food and live music was well as talks and demos.

Athena, Rutland Street, Leics, LE1

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