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Belgrave Food and Garden Festival Sat 15 Sept – Sun 16 Sept

This year’s theme is ‘healthy for you and the environment’ and so naturally there will be offering a wide variety of stalls offering locally-produced foods, beverages and garden-related items for sale with a range of demonstrations too. Drop-in event, pay on the door (no pre-booking required) Adults £2.50, Under 13s: free

Belgrave Hall, Church Rd, Leicester LE4 5PE

Burleighs Gin Picnic in the Gardens, Beaumanor Hall, Sat 15 Sept

Burleighs Gin invite you to join them for an afternoon of alfresco dining, drinking and entertainment hosted in the idyllic grounds of this Victorian country house. Set to be a quintessentially British affair, gather your gals pals and  settle down to enjoy your Burleighs picnic banquet, encompassing the best of Leicestershire food and drink, whilst taking in the picturesque surroundings. As the sun begins to set, the party will begin with live music, entertainment and an array of Burleighs Gin cocktails. Over 18s only. £95.00 per package (2 persons)

Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse, Leicestershire, LE12 8TX

Abbey Pumping Station Museum Transport Shed Tours, Sat 15 Sept

Part of the Heritage Days, you’ll be able to discover an array of fascinating vehicles and learn about the city’s Leicester’s industrial, technological and scientific heritage. Join a tour of the transport shed, home to several historic vehicles including Fire Engines, Buses and Steam Powered vehicles. Pre booking required tours run throughout the day.

Abbey Pumping Station Museum, Corporation Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 5PX

Century Theatre: Access All Areas, Colaville Sun 16 Sept

Hear about the fascinating history of the theatre, built after the second world war as a travelling theatre,  the amazing engineering involved and take a look behind the scenes. The Century Theatre is Britain’s oldest surviving travelling theatre. Join an informal but fun tour and then go back stage to see and see fascinating archives and touch the actual chair that Agatha Christie commissioned. Open 1100 to 1600 with 4 tours per day

Ashby Road, Coalville, Leicestershire

Mad Hatters Tea Party, G & Tea Leaf, Foxton, Sat 15 Sept

Head over to the new tea room located at Foxton Locks for the first in a series of themed afternoon teas. The Mad Hatters tea party is a tasty and fun event for all the family! At £12.95 per adults and £6.95 per child you get to sample some delicious sandwiches, scones and sweet treats. Don’t forget they also serve a fine array of Gins – what’s not to love!?! Booking required. Saturday 15th Sept 4-6pm.

G & Tea Leaf, The Old Boathouse, Bottom Lock, Gumley Road, Foxton.

Fleckney Festival, Fleckney, Sat 15 Sept

Back for its second year, the local festival will be in the theme of ‘Britain at War’ for 2018 and features theatre performance and bands, family dog show, World War gun re-enactment, rugby demo, cheerleaders, dancing, firefighters demo, fairground rides, food, archery, helicopter flights and more. Military parade starts at 11:30am, Day events 12 noon and Evening concert from 5pm.

Fleckney Festival, Fleckney Sports Centre, Leicester Road, Fleckney.

The Definitive Rat Pack Sat 15 Sept 

Stephen Triffitt, George Daniel Long and Mark Adams have faithfully re-created that era for more than 10 years. The Definitive Rat Pack have been seen live by more than 1 million people worldwide singing the timeless classics including: That’s Amore, Come Fly With Me, King of the Road, Mr Bojangles, Lady is a Tramp and many more. Tickets range from £10 – £26. Matinee 3pm, Evening performance 7:30pm.

The Curve, 0116 2423595, Rutland Street, Leicester 

Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang – Haymarket Theatre Fri 14th Sept – Sat 15th Sept 

Leicester Amateur Operatic Society presents a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car which flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the beloved 1968 film of Ian Fleming’s children’s book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the composers of Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the perfect family musical that’s “Truly Scrumptious”! Tickets start at £16, Friday 14th Sept 7:30pm, Saturday 15th Sept matinee 2:30pm and 7:30pm.

Haymarket Theatre, 0116 2961236, 1 Garrick Walk, Leicester

Guys and Dolls, Loughborough Town Hall, Tues 11 Sept -Sat 15 Sep 

This romantic and funny musical story is all about gambling men and the women who want to tame them. Set in New York City, the show is filled with larger than life gangsters and gamblers, missionary dolls and showgirls. Hit songs include: “Luck be a Lady”, “I’ve Never Been In Love Before”, the irrepressible “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat”, and many more. Don’t put your faith in Lady Luck or take a chance on the roll of the dice, instead join in for an evening of odds-on entertainment! Tickets from £16. 7.30pm and sat matinee 2.30pm

Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3EB

Colour Run, Coalville, Sun 16 Sept

Expect Coalville to be covered in colour for the second successful Coalville Colour Run. Make sure you get your place this year – 1,000 places are now available. And now it’s back. Get the date in your diary. This colourful event also helps to raise valuable money for charity. Event kicks off from 10.30am.

Town Centre, LE67 3FJ

Loughborough Town Hall, 01509 231914, Market Place, Loughborough

Rutland Marathon, Sun 16 Sept

The Rutland Marathon & Half Marathon is back for 2018, In its fourth year Rutland Water is unrivalled in terms of beauty and great spectator access around the entire course. Entry to the marathon and half marathon is still available or just come and watch others testing themselves to the limit. Race starts at 10am.

Rutland Water Park, Sykes Lane, Rutland

1940’s night with JCT21 band, Lutterworth Museum, Sat 15 Sept 

An authentic 1940’s dance and dinner held to the big band sound of Junction 21 singing 1940’s songs and swing music from Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw, plus most notable crooners such as Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra and many more. 1940’s dress is welcomed, with bar and buffet included in the £20 ticket price. Event starts 7:30pm.

Lutterworth Museum, Wycliffe House, Gilmorton Road, Lutterworth

Hinckley BID’s Classic Car Show Sun 16 Sept 

Pic Credit: Artyangel

Returning for its eighth year, come and see some beautiful and carefully restored cars, vans, motorbikes and scooters which drew a crowd of nearly 20,000 last year. The event is taking place between 10 – 4pm and entry is free.

Hinckey BID, Town centre, Hinckley

Edible Forest Fest, Charnwood, Sun 9 Sept – Sun 16 Sept 

Charnwood’s woodland-themed food festival is coming to an end this weekend but there’s still plenty of events you can enjoy. This weekend you should get your dancing shoes on and get down and to the Forest Funk night, enjoy a Forest Pod picnic experience. There’s also an edible forest afternoon tea experience or the chance to take part in a forest family adventure which includes woodland inspired workshops as well as toasting marshmallows around the camp fire!

Edible Forest

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