CULTURE: Chinese New Year celebrations New Walk Museum, 1 Feb
Enjoy traditional performances and workshops music and a spectacular lion dance to celebrate the Chinese New Year. 11am – 4pm. Free event.
MUSEUM: Steam Toys in Action, Abbey Pumping Station, 2 Feb
Come along to the the 28th year of this popular event. See the Gimson Beam Engines running plus many more miniature steam engines, boats and trains will be on display. The café will be open and rides will be available on the narrow gauge railway. Adults £3 accompanied children free (small charge for train rides).
MUSIC: An evening with Nevill Holt Opera at Hambleton Hall, 5 Feb
Join a handful of Nevill Holt Opera’s artists at this very exciting dinner during which they will perform snippets from their productions which are opening in the summer including Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Tickets: £120 per person, drinks and music from 7.30pm.
COMEDY: Comedy Festival, Leics, 5-23 Feb
Are you ready for a whole month of laughter? We’re talking more than 800 shows in more than 50 venues across Leicestershire. Headline acts for 2020 include Jo Brand, Stewart Lee, Milton Jones, Shappi Khorsandi, Fascinating Aida, Paul Sinha, Josie Long, Jason Byrne, Milton Jones, Jo Brand (more below), Reg D Hunter and more more more! Plus, this year they’ve got tonnes of events for kids too. Take a look at our highlights here.
ART: Van Gogh, The Immersive Experience, from 7 Feb
Thanks to cutting edge virtual projection the audience can now become a part of the spectacular, incomparable universe of Vincent Van Gogh. This unique and immersive experience will let you discover the life of the artist in a new way: his time at the convent and in Arles, the secrets from the letters he wrote to his brother and much mores in a 360 degree experience. You will participate in a unique sound and light show that will immerse you in the familiar images of this great artist.
MUSIC: 4th Avenue, Concordia Theatre, 8 Feb
A return visit to Concordia by this local group following their hugely successful sold out show in 2019. Heavily influenced by the great Motown groups of the past as well as harmony groups such as Frankie Valli, The Four Season, The Overtones and The Beach Boys the show is designed to get you off your feet and singing along. Add the live band, showmanship and dance routines, and you are in for an evening of pure pleasure.
ART: Tim Fowler Exhibition, The Hub Leics, 8-29 Feb
One of my fave local artists, Tim Fowler is opening his solo exhibition, Impact on at The Hub, Leicester (open daily from 11am – 5pm). Tim’s uses gorgeous vivid colour and explores tone and texture through portraiture and architectural paintings. You’ll probably already be familiar with his work without even knowing it. Private view 15 Feb 6-9pm.
FOOD: Where to Vegan Market, 8 Feb
Vegan foodies unite as Where to Vegan is back with its pop-up foodie market. Enjoy vegan delights from 20+ vegan local and national traders. Expect music, food, drinks, organic products, great vibes and all in all a great time!
Market Pl, Leicester
CREATIVE: Floristry Mindfulness Class, Rose Cottage, Leics, 17 Feb
Dabble in the art of floristry. Arrange your own flowers and make a creative bouquet during the Mindfulness class where you will focus on the beautiful blooms and foliage and create a display in an eco friendly container.
KIDS: The Spark Festival, across Leics, 10 -16 Feb
Falling perfectly into the half term week, the largest independent children’s festival in England and Wales, The Spark Festival returns with the very best theatre, dance, music and visual arts for young people 0-13 years. Tonnes of events going on many of which are free inc workshops, theatre, music events and more.
KIDS: Cookery classes, Children/teens, The Manor Cookery School, Leics, 19 Feb
Learn to make something delicious during this half term cookery class at The Manor Cookery School. Join an intimate group made up of young children or teens, learn new skills and surprise your parents with something amazing. £50. From 10-1pm
COMEDY: The Harborough Big Weekend, 13- 17 Feb
Enjoy a calendar full of comedy ranging from family fun shows and stand up events, to wine tastings, quiz nights and much more! Featuring acts including Arthur Smith, Jared Christmas and Paul Sinha from ITV’s The Chase.
COMEDY: Russell Kane, The Fast and the Curious, Loughborough, 15 Feb
Packing more energy than a Duracell factory, Russell’s RS Turbo laugh engine will motor through love, family and life – once again proving that the fast and the curious amongst us, see more stuff, and get more done. 8pm.
LOVE: Valentines Cookie Decorating Workshop, Freckles Gift Shop, Barrow, 12 Feb
Learn to decorate with Bitsy Von Muffling in this valentines themed cookie decorating class Bitsy covers a range of techniques including; Piping, flooding, wet on wet & creating dimension. These intricate designs make for the perfect gift or go great with a good cuppa. Cost includes all the bits you need to decorate your own set of 4 pre-baked valentines cookies and there is an option to buy further materials to use at home. Refreshments will also be included. £40. 6.30-8.30pm.
KIDS: Paw Patrol, Great Central Railway, Loughborough, 18 – 30 Feb
The heroic pups will be making personal appearances at Loughborough. The event promises lots of fun for all the family with steam train trips, fun fair rides and face painting and lots of opportunities for pics with the pups. Cost is £38 for family of five (2a+3c) Other ticket options are available.
KIDS: BYOBaby Comedy, Attenborough Arts Centre, 17 Feb
Popular lunchtime comedy club is back for parents and extra special as this one is during the half term – perfect for mums who are going up the wall with the kids being at home. Enjoy the funniest comedians at the festival without needing to book a babysitter! With top comedy for mum and dad, and toys, soft flooring and more for baby. Starts at 12 noon. £5.
THEATRE: Phantom of the Opera, Curve, 22 Feb – 21 March
The Brilliant Original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s The Phantom of the Opera is opening at Leicester’s Curve. The romantic, haunting tale tells the story of a disfigured musical genius known only as ‘The Phantom’ who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. Mesmerised by the talents and beauty of a young soprano, Christine, the Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her. Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, the Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, madness and passions collide.