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No summer holiday booked? No problem. We've got free outdoor shows, a disco night for adults, comedy and more in Leicestershire and Rutland this month.


Photo by Giovanna Gomes on Unsplash

Oakham Food, Drink and Craft Fair is taking place at The Rutland Showground and showcases the best from local producers from 28 – 30 Aug. Enjoy a tipple from local gin brand, Multum Gin Parvo while enjoying the Saturday evening entertainment from a Queen tribute band. VIP tickets include canapes and a private bar. Brew Beat, Leicester’s first Craft Beer and Music Festival is also taking place 28- 30 Aug. Featuring a live music stage, beer tent and food delivery from local restaurants in Green Dragon Square.


Make the most of the lighter evenings by booking tickets to watch Toy Story and Mamma Mia on 21 Aug at Leicestershire County Cricket Club. There will also be children’s activities including a bouncy castle and face painting. For little ones there’s Peter Rabbit at Bradgate Park, 5 Aug and Bosworth Battlefield Country Park is showing David Walliams Mr Stink on 5 Aug but if you fancy a night out without the kids, catch Knives Out, A Star is Born, GreaseTop Gun and/or Jurassic Park in Rutland at Oakham Castle from 20 – 21 Aug.

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Time to dust off those dancing shoes and head to Disco’s for Grown Ups and dance to the sounds of disco and pop hits of the 70s, 80s and 90s. If musicals are more your thing, then try Kilworth Theatre’s Memories of the Musicals 3 – 29 Aug. The show features the likes of My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Oklahoma, The Sound of Music, South Pacific and more. With that line up, we won’t blame you if you’re tempted to sing a-long!

Love a tribute act? Then head to Market Harborough’s Big Summer Music Weekend 13-15 Aug. There’s going to be tribute acts celebrating music from the likes of Bon Jovi to Taylor Swift to enjoy over the two days and the fun doesn’t stop there! Belvoir Castle’s Summer Concert on 21 Aug has two brilliant tribute acts too at their event too; Enjoy the sounds of Planet ABBA and Fleetwood Mad in their concert that’s taking place alongside the lakes and overlooking the incredible castle. Gorgeous!

Rutland is hosting its brilliant Bands in the Bandstand again this summer. Locals can enjoy live music from local bands every Sunday in the Cutts Close Park bandstand in Oakham until 29 Aug.


Meet Me A Tree 5 Aug at The Y Theatre is an interactive opera for tots 0-2 year olds and an opportunity for frazzled mums to unwind while the kids are entertained. There’s still time to see the 40 giant rocket sculptures brightening up the city’s streets and open spaces at the free Rocket Round Leicester (pic above) art trail. Meanwhile, previous Muddy-award winning family attraction, Wistow Maze is now open and this year the maize maze has been designed in the shape of a Phoenix rising from the flames. There’s a quiz trail and an activity fun yard with a space-hopper track, hoopla, beanbag throwing and more. On your marks, get set, GO!

Leicester Curve theatre is hosting Curve on the Square (7-8 Aug). Enjoy free live outdoor performances and activities from local artists throughout August on a specially built stage on Orton Square.

Hartbeeps is hosting Summer Specials this month for babies and toddlers and there’s still spaces to for Oadby 10 August and Kibworth 26 August. Kids will love these highly interactive toddler classes and you can expect music, drama, creative play, dance and movement all set to a fantastic soundtrack of remixed nursery rhymes, funky, original kids songs and familiar lullabies. Sounds fun!

Moira Furnace Folk Festival 20-22 Aug is back on again after a forced hiatus last year, for what will be its 21st festival. Enjoy a mix of ticketed performances and free bits for visitors. As well as a live music there will also be the Ceilidh, food, drinks, on site camping, Morris dancing, boat rides, kids entertainment and more.

Book to see the Medieval Jousting display at Rockingham Castle on 15 Aug or, little ones may prefer the Teddy Bears Picnic taking place on 22 Aug. They can bring their favourite bear, meet Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and take part in the Teddy Bear Trail. #adorable.

The white rabbit is late but don’t you miss out on the Mad Hatter and Alice Afternoon Afternoon Tea on 21 Aug taking place in the stunning stately home, Beaumanor Hall. The kids will love tucking into the finger sandwiches, fruit tarts, jelly, cake, brownies and more!

If you can’t get to the beach, head to Market Harborough’s three-day, BeachFest over the August bank holiday instead! There’s rides, music, food, drink, a Punch and Judy show and more. Now we just need to hope the weather behaves. Don’t forget your bucket and spade.

Shiver me timbers! Head to 1620s House and Gardens for Pirate Day. Join in with the  best dress pirate competition, sea shanty singing, cutlass training, treasure hunt, join a captain’s crew and man the guns for a great pirate battle! Book in for a morning or afternoon session.


Pic Credit: Star and Mouse Boutique Cinema Company

If you love the idea of sitting outdoors and catching a film book tickets to watch Toy Story and Mamma Mia on Saturday August 21. The line up is part of a weekend film fest over  at Leicestershire County Cricket Club, this month. Meanwhile, little ones may prefer the enchanting tale of Peter Rabbit, Bradgate Park, 5 Aug. Plus, boutique open-air cinema company, Star and Mouse is showing a selection of films including Knives Out, A Star is Born, Grease and Jurassic Park at Oakham Castle, 20 – 21 Aug. Here, there’s also pre-film entertainment in the form of car bingo, quizzes and live music.

Pic Credit: Heartbreak Productions

If you prefer theatre to film, catch a swashbuckling new adaptation of the classic pirate adventure, Treasure Island at Bradgate Park on 6 Aug or book to see Heartbreak Productions’ adaptation of David Walliams Mr Stink at Bosworth Battlefield Country Park, 5 Aug. Enjoy A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream in De Montfort Hall on 11 Aug. Arrive early and bring a picnic to enjoy while soaking up the atmosphere in the beautiful gardens before the show.

An Indian Summer is showing mega Bollywood hit, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (The Brave Will Take The Bride) on 13 and 14 Aug – which is almost sold out – at 6pm and family classic, Jungle Book on Sat 14 Aug at 2pm at Green Dragon Square. Plus, there’s delicious food and dance performances too.

Back to the 80’s, 90’s & 00’s Festival is on Aug 12-15 and promises to be the best one yet! Primarily a camping fest, you can buy limited day tickets too. Enjoy the likes of Bewtiched, Chesney Hawkes (remember him?), Five, Damage, Atomic Kitten and more. Tribute- festival, Fake Festival is also on the 14 Aug but for a more intimate fest, try 110 Above (pic above) from 12-15 Aug too featuring acts including The Mysterines , Casey Lowry, Mathilda Homer , Alice Pisano, Joey Maxwell and more!

Cattows Farm have just opened this corn maze! This year it’s been designed to celebrate a Summer of Sport – think the Euros, Wimbledon, Rugby, Cricket and the Olympics! You and the kids can lose yourself in over nine acres of twists and turns. Don’t forget to complete the quiz along the way and bounce your way through the inflatables.

Fancy throwing your bod into open waters? Swim Rutland is back and taking place on 8 Aug at Whitwell and you can choose from 2km, 4km or 8km! Swim across one of the countries most beautiful open water venues – sounds exhilarating but too cold for us!

Love a day at the races? Well bring the entire tribe for the Family Fun Day at Leicester Racecourse on 8 Aug. Heaps of entertainment including the bootcamp challenge, giraffe slide, crazy golf, farmyard playzone and more. £42 for a car of up to 2 adults and under 18’s go free. Doors open at 11.30 and the first race is just after 1pm.


Up for a laugh? Yes please! Join Mock The Week regular and Live At The Apollo star Gary Delaney plus, guests including Daliso Chaponda and Jack Gleadow – Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2018 – for a hilarious night out at Uppingham Theatre on 19 Aug. Tickets via

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