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GARDENS: Grow Together, Oakham Castle, Sat 9 Feb

Definitely one for the green fingers. Fancy learning, sharing and growing your own food? Set up to inspire a love of growing food and flowers, this year long volunteer project is aimed to promote an active and healthy lifestyle through gardening. From 10am – 1pm. For more info email,

Oakham Castle,Castle Grounds, Market Pl, Oakham LE15 6DR

SEASONAL: Snowdrops season, Rutland and Leicestershire

The perfect time to come and admire the beautiful range of snowdrops planted throughout our local gardens. Over at Barnsdale Gardens there are lots of common snowdrop as well as many rare and unusual varieties to see, all mixed in with so much other winter buds. On 6 Feb enjoy a Winter and Snowdrops breakfast and guided walk or head to the garden from 11 – 28 Feb to enjoy these beauties. Meanwhile catch the Snowdrop season from 23 – 24 February in Hinckley, Tilton on the Hill and Great Glen and at Bosworth House, Market Bosworth  on 17 Feb. See more about these events here.

EAT AND DRINK: Mouchao wine dinner, Olive Branch, Rutland Thur 21 Feb

An evening of great wines from the Mouchão Estate in Alentejo Portugal. The estate has 32 hectares of vines and production is small so it’s an absolute treat to be drinking wines from the stunning range of Mouchão including three different vintage of the estates flagship red. From 7pm dinner served at 7.30pm – six courses! £85 per person.

Olive Branch, Main Street, Clipsham, Rutland, LE15 7SH

COOKERY: Children and teens cookery, Branston, Wed 25 Feb

Get your kids in the kitchen in this fab one-off cookery course. Designed for children and teens, the focus will be on fun, nutritious recipes and you’ll go home with something to show off and perhaps to share – so bring containers. Children from 5+. £45 per person.

Main Street, Branston, Grantham, Leicestershire, NG32 1RU

ART: Every Painting Tells a Story, Tue Feb 26 

Join popular speaker Eddie Smallwood for this fascinating insight into famous paintings and the stories behind the images. See how artists have portrayed historical events and figures in their famous paintings, and how we can interpret the stories and symbolism hidden in plain sight within them. £15and includes cheese and wine .
Call 0116 2362713 ext 25.

Bradgate Park Trust Bradgate Park, Newtown Linford, LE6 0HB

COMEDY: Bring your own baby comedy, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester 13 February

This popular lunchtime comedy club for parents and their babies is coming back to Leicester! Enjoy the funniest comedians at the festival without needing to book a sitter and don’t worry if you need to whip out your baby’s bum, a boob or a bottle. With top comedy for mum and dad, plus toys, soft flooring and more for baby, this show is a top night out during the day! £5 for you and your little ones / £15 family of four. 12pm – 1.15pm

University of Leicester, Lancaster Rd, Leicester LE1 7HA

KIDS: PAW Patrol at Great Central Railway, Tue 19 – Thu 21 Feb 

Come and see PAW Patrol favourites Chase and Marshall. The heroic pups will be making personal appearances at Loughborough. There’s lots of fun for all the family with steam train trips, fun fair rides and more.

Great Central Railway, Loughborough Central Station, Great Central Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1RW

MUSIC: Jazz Lunch, Kilworth House Hotel, Sat 9 Feb

Enjoy a relaxing lunch in the Orangery listening to the cool sounds of Jazz as the perfect accompaniment.
The Kilworth Jazz Band effortlessly blends saxophone, bass, piano and vocals with an eclectic repertoire
to appeal to all tastes. Three Course Lunch £40.

Kilworth House Hotel, Lutterworth Road, North Kilworth Leicestershire LE17 6JE

NT Live, I’m not Running, Market Harborough, Sat 16 Feb

David Hare’s explosive new play portrays personal choices and their public consequences, through a twenty year intimate friendship. Pauline Gibson is a junior doctor, who becomes the face of a campaign to save her local hospital. She’s thrust from angel of the NHS, to becoming an independent MP she crosses paths with her university boyfriend, Jack Gould, a stalwart Labour loyalist. Pressured to run for leadership of the Labour party, she faces an agonising decision. (2hr 40min) Start time 7.00 pm. Tickets on sale from 23rd January from Quinns Bookshop, Three Crowns Yard

Market Harborough, Church Square, Market Harborough LE16 7NB

COMEDY: Leicester Comedy Festival, from 6 Feb

If laughter is the best medicine, then there’s never been a better time to be in Leicester. Get your LOLs during the 26th anniversary of the event. Known as the official comedy party for the UK, this year features hundreds of comedians across 72 venues throughout the city. This year’s acts include Fern Brady, Jason Manford, Jo Brand, Romesh Ranganathan, Tom Allen and more so many more.

Comedy Festival

DANCE: Anton and Erin, Dance Those Magical Musicals, De Montfort Hall,  Thurs 7 Feb

The world of ballroom meets musical theatre with stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography set to iconic theatrical favourites, The Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, 42nd Street, Hairspray, Cabaret, Wicked, Top Hat, Jersey Boys and many more.Tickets from £26.50

Granville Road, Leicester, UK, LE1 7RU

CINEMA: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure 30th Anniversary Screening, Nat Space Centre, Leics, Fri 8 Feb

I don’t even want to figure out how old I was when I first watched this in the cinema all those years ago! Sit back in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium as high school no-hopers, Bill and Ted, leap in and out of history, meeting such people as Napoleon, Socrates and Billy the Kid on the way. Head into a crazy roller coaster ride where Bill and Ted are in danger of flunking History class but are rescued by Rufus – a resident of San Dimas 700 years in the future where their band Wyld Stallyns has brought about world peace, and the best water slides in the universe. Party on dudes! From 6.30pm.

National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 5NS

THEATRE: Soul Legends, Loughborough Town Hall, Fri 8 Feb

Get your dancing shoes on and get ready to dance the night away to the hits of Barry White, George Benson, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Wilson Pickett, Chaka Khan, Earth Wind & Fire, and more, all in “soulsational” style! Jump aboard the soul train as it takes you on an unforgettably smooth music journey from its sixties origins, to present day, via all the classic seventies and eighties floor fillers.

Loughborough Town Hall, Market Pl, Loughborough LE11 3EB


EXHIBITION: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Sat 2 Feb – 14 July 2019

Christian Dior by Maria Grazia Chiuri (b. 1964), Éventail de vos hasards, Dress, Haute Couture, Spring/Summer 2018. Dior Héritage collection, Paris

This is going to be maaassive! The V&A is showing the largest House of Dior exhibition ever staged in the UK, tracing the history of Christian Dior and the six artistic directors who succeeded him. The exhibition is based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and there’s a new section exploring Dior’s fascination with British culture. A highlight is the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, on loan from the Museum of London.

THEATRE: The Winter’s Tale for Young Audiences, National Theatre, London, Wed 6 – Thurs 21 Feb

This is a great way to introduce primary-age children to Shakespeare (and it’s only an hour long). The Winter’s Tale, the story of Perdita, the girl who was once lost but is found, returns to the National Theatre in February 2019, following a sell-out run at the Dorfman Theatre last year.  Adapted by Justin Audibert and directed by Ruth Mary Johnson, the show is also touring round primary schools in Greater London.

BALLET: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Birmingham Hippodrome, Tues Feb 5 – 15 

Matthew Bourne’s menacing, witty and unique production of Swan Lake has won tons of awards and rightly so. It’s best known for the all-male corps-de-ballet – unheard of in the ballet world before – but it’s an all-round winner even if you’re not a ballet fan. birminghamhippodrome

ART: Jeff Koons at The Ashmolean, Oxford, Thurs Feb 7 – Sun Jun 9 & Gin Tasting with Private View, Wed Feb 13

King of kitsch, Jeff Koons is curating his own exhibition in collaboration with Norman Rosenthal. Spanning Koons’ entire career and showcasing seventeen works, most of which have never been shown in the UK before, the show will include his popular series Equilibrium, Statuary, Banality, Antiquity and his recent Gazing Ball sculptures and paintings. See his shouty, shiny, ultra-contemporary sculptures against the elegant, sedate backdrop of the oldest public museum in the UK. This is going to be a popular exhibition but you can see it without the crowds at the Love Your Gin event on Wed Feb 13.

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