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Fri 1 June – Sun 3 June

1940s War Weekend, Loughborough, Fri 1 June – Sun 3 June 

Pic credit: http://www.gcrailway.co.uk

If you’re history fan, then head to Great Central Railway’s annual 1940s Wartime Weekend. Commemorating life during the Second World War, thrills include a Spitfire aerial display on Sunday, Saturday evening tea dance and a visit from Winston Churchill. You can also catch the train to one of the other stations, with the 1940s theme running throughout the other stations on the line.

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

One Kegworth Family Fun Day Food Festival, Kegworth, Sat 2 June 

Calling all foodies out there, this food-filled day in Kegworth is not one to miss. Indulge your taste buds with treat from a variety of stalls and get family and friends’ birthday presents sorted with an array of cooking kits to choose from. From some kitchen inspiration, check out the live chef demonstrations in the Food Marquee.

Side Ley Park, Kegworth, Leicestershire, DE74 2FP 

Ashby de la Zouch, Fake Festival, Ashby, Sat 2 June 

Want to hear some of your favourite hits whilst supporting your community and having fun? From 12pm until 11pm, you can relax with friends and family and enjoy listening to the finest tribute acts to world-famous artists and bands, from Pink and The Killers, to The Rolling Stones and Foo Fighters.

Bath Grounds, Station Road, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 2GP 

Leicester Riverside Festival, Leicester, Sat 2 June – Sun 3 June 

Pic credit: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/

One of the highlights of Leicester’s events calendar is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever. The River Soar comes alive from Bede Park to Castle Gardens, with waterside fun for all ages. It’s certainly the only time you’ll get to see dragon boat races in the middle of Leicester! New additions in 2018 include the Broken Records Swing Festival at Castle Gardens, the Vegan and Eco Area, as well as Art on the River, where you can find local artisan crafts on display along the water’s edge.

Bede Park, Mile Straight, Western Boulevard & Castle Gardens, Leicester, LE2 7NH 

Saddington Car Boot Sale, Saddington, Sun 3 June 

The car boot sale season is in full swing, so why not take a trip to Leicestershire’s biggest car sale with over 500 stalls? Whether you’ve had a spring clean and need to find some new owners for your things, or just fancy an alternative shopping experience, this event near Market Harborough might just be the thing.

Limes Farm, Kibworth Road, Saddington, Leicestershire, LE8 0RJ 

Rutland County Show, Oakham, Sun 3 June 

Running for an impressive 186th year, the Rutland Country Show is well worth a visit. Rutland may be England’s smallest county, but it certainly has a great deal to offer and the show gives you a chance to appreciate the county in all its glory. There’s plenty to see and do here. Food and craft stalls, live music, a tractor pulling competition and BMX display are just a few examples!

Rutland Showground, Showground Way, Barleythorpe, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7TW 

Summer Art and Craft Fair, Scalford, Sun 3 June 

Pic credit: http://www.oldbrickyardteagarden.co.uk

Nestled away in the countryside, north of Melton Mowbray, the Old Brickyard Tea Garden in Scalford is playing host to their first Art and Craft Fair on Sunday. You can get involved and meet the makers, or even have a go at some crafts yourself. Freshly cooked food from the Tea Garden will also be available and the resident alpacas may pay you a visit too!

Old Brickyard Tea Garden, King Street, Scalford, Leicestershire, LE14 4ES 

The Wiz, Loughborough, Sun 3 June 

If you’ve ever wondered what The Wizard of Oz would be like Motown-style, then The Wiz will be right up your street. BrightLights Theatre School have added a modern twist to the classic, including a mix of rock, gospel, and soul music in this updated version. With two showings on the day, at 3pm and 7pm, there’s no excuses to miss this unique performance.

Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11

Inflatable 5k Leicester Racecourse, Oadby Sat 2 June 

The UK’s best Inflatable Assault course has got even bigger, bouncier and more insane. There’s crazy new obstacles to make the most fun and extreme inflatable obstacle event ever created.

Leicester Racecourse, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4AL

Lessons in Witchcraft and Wizardry, Oakham Castle, Sat 1 June

Oakham Castle is going to be hosting a day-long workshop for kids inspired by tales of Wizards and Witches. Drop off your budding alchemists for a magical day of potions spells and science. The day includes potion making class, medicine madness, spell casting, beginners broomstick flying classes and more. Ideal for ages 7-11. Price £12 (booking essential). Snacks and drinks provided but please bring a packed lunch. 9am -4pm

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

Compiled by Megan Harrison. 

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