FRI 14 FEB – SUN 16 FEB 2020
FRI 14 FEB - SUN 16 FEB 2020
FAMILY: Circus Berlin, Leics, 14 -23 Feb
Roll up, roll up, Circus Berlin has arrived in Victoria Park with an international entourage of talented circus performers. There will be motorbikes, aerialists, the wheel of death and, of course clowns and jugglers in abundance. Expect a buzzing atmosphere to greet you when you step into the impressive big top circus tent – the unmistakable mark of a classic circus.
KIDS: The Spark Festival, Various Locations, 10 – 16 Feb
Encompassing a whole range of arts activities and experiences for children between 0-13 years, The Spark Festival programme takes place across Leicestershire venues. There’s theatre, dance, music and visual arts. Watch extraordinary shows including Plock! with paint splattering acrobatics, go on a beatboxing adventure with Mr Swing & The Beat Rangers or explore the sparkly winter woods with Snow Mouse (for under 5s).
THEATRE: April in Paris, Hinckley Concordia, 15 – 16 Feb
He’s just lost his job, and she’s stuck working in a dead-end shoe shop. It’s not exactly the textbook recipe for a great relationship – but things are about to change for both Al and Bet in this hilarious romantic adventure. Tickets are £7 and the show starts at 7:30pm on both days.
ART: John Farrington Retrospective Exhibition, Uppingham, from 15 Feb
25 years since first representing his work, Goldmark Gallery host artist John Farrington’s latest retrospective. Expect vast, stunning oils and intimate vignettes of an unbounded imagination. Farrington, now 86 years old, will be at the exhibition opening himself on the 15th too – don’t miss the chance to tap into the mind that brought visions of magical woodland riders and bird-catchers to life.
MUSIC: A Night with ‘Gary Barlow’, Lutterworth, 15 Feb
Well, okay, maybe not the Gary Barlow. But for night only this weekend, the world’s No.1 Gary Barlow tribute act, Dan Hadfield, will don a trademark waistcoat and a gorgeous smile to become the Gary Barlow we all love. It’s an evening of great musical entertainment that starts with a drink on arrival, a long set dedicated to the best of Gary and Take That classics and a DJ to ensure the night is long and well-lived. From 7:30pm at Hothorpe Hall, tickets are £17.50.
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.
KIDS: Rose and Castle painting and photography workshops, Foxton Locks, Market Harbs, 15 and 16 Feb
Come and try your hand at this traditional canal craft, we’ll have staff on hand to guide you as you paint your own wooden spoon or paper plate in the Rose and Castle style. Drop in activity. Free. 10am-3pm. Join the Market Harborough photographic society on 16 Feb for an introductory workshop teaching you composition tips and taking you out on site to try out your new skills. Places are limited so booking is essential, here on Eventbrite. 10.00am to 12 noon and 1.00pm to 3.00pm.
COMEDY: Russell Kane’s The Fast and the Curious, L’boro, 15 Feb
‘Packing more energy than a Duracell factory’ is actually an understatement for the amount of energy that Russell Kane, the multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor and author brings to his brilliant shows. Get your tickets fast to enjoy his brand new tour show as Russell races through the trials of love, family and life and has us all laughing a lot more. Starts at 8pm at Loughborough Town Hall, tickets are £21.50.
Loughborough Town Hall
COMEDY: Paul Sinha: Hazy Little Thing Called Love, 14 Feb
Rose d’Or Award winner for radio comedy, Chortle Award winner and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, Paul is a familiar voice on radio, appearing on Just A Minute, The News Quiz and Fighting Talk. On television, Paul has recently appeared on QI, Would I Lie to You? and Taskmaster. A lifetime of curiosity and learning informs Paul’s comedy, and this has led to another career, as a general knowledge expert on the ITV quiz show, The Chase.
COMEDY: Juliette Burton: Defined, Sat 15 Feb
Award-winning comedian Juliette is full of contradictions: pessimistic optimist? Introverted extrovert? Successful failure? Masculine or feminine? Happy or sad? Mentally ill or healthy? Why must we choose one or the other? After a time of huge change, Juliette had to redefine her life, labels & herself. Everything she thought was steadfast has vanished. Can she be everything at once? Or must we choose how we are defined?
FILM: Ride Your Wave, Phoenix, 16 Feb
If you’re looking for culture points, pick them up at the Phoenix this weekend while you enjoy the animated Japanese story of young lovers whose idyllic days surfing at the beach together come to an abrupt end – only for their relationship to take an unexpected and strange turn as a result. Directed by Yuasa Masaaki, this Japanese anime film looks utterly entrancing with gorgeous depictions of the sea and a serious story about love to tell.
NATURE: Snowdrop Walks in Deene Park, Rutland, 16 Feb
Deene Park looks like something straight out of a Jane Austen novel. It’s a gorgeous Grade I country manor set within beautiful grounds and gardens that come to life in Spring. A stunning collection of delicate snowdrops, both tame and wild, surround the formal gardens. Join this special Snowdrop walk to take in the full beauty of this floral treat – and perhaps take some home to grow in your own garden. The Gastropod will be on hand too serving hot drinks to keep you warm, cakes and refreshments. Tickets are £5 for adults, children under 16 go free and entry to the gardens is between 12-3pm. For more places to catch the snowdrops, read our feature here.
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.
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.
Words by Farah Ghouri