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Painted Background for Stitch with Helen Hallows, Loughborough, Sat 17 Feb

Pic credit Helen Hallows

Using florals as inspiration, Helen draws with shape and colour to abstract from nature. During this workshop you can use acrylic paints to create abstract, painterly backgrounds on cloth before stitching into the background to ‘draw’ in the details.  Age 16 and free tea and coffee throughout the day. £60.

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

The Beast, Aylesford Farm, Sun Feb 18

Photography by James Kibby. Taken from

Fancy getting downright dirty? Like to work up a sweat? Then join the Beast was it celebrates 10 years.  With more than 40 jumps to tackle, two water splashes to wake you up, camouflage netting to squeeze under, lung busting hills to stagger up (and down) and not forgetting the three water wades to really finish you off, this adventure trail event will push you to the limited.

Aylesford Equine X Country Course, Aylesford Farm, Shoby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 3PF.

Prosecco and Gin Festival, Athena, Fri 16 Feb – Sat 17 Feb 

Wait…did I read right? Yes you sure did! Lovers of prosecco and gin can come together to enjoy their favourite tipples in style as the first touring prosecco and gin festival comes to Leicester. The festival will bring more than 40 carefully selected gins and a bar dedicated to providing a large selection of sparkling wines and prosecco’s to choose from, as well as a cocktail bar dedicated to bringing the two tipples together. Standard tickets are priced at £13.50 and include a free glass of fizz on arrival, a branded glass to take home, tasting tips and recipe booklet, plus full access to the event and entertainment. Alternatively, guests can purchase tickets for £27.50 which includes a standard entry ticket and three drinks tokens.

Athena, Queen Street, Leicester, LE1 1SA

After School Art Club, Market Harborough Sat 17 and Tues 20 Feb

Ideal for creative kids (7-11 yrs old) they’ll get to explore different mediums, subjects, artists and ideas each week in these relaxed tutored sessions. Past activities have included observational drawing, making cardboard sculptures, learning watercolour techniques and working with clay. All materials, guidance and inspiration included, as well as a drink and a biscuit. Contact directly for prices. Timing is 4-5.30pm.

Leicestershire Craft Centre, 10a High Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7NJ

Glorious Glass Painting, Leicester Newarke Museum, Fri 16 Feb

Take part in a children’s ‘stained glass’ painting workshops. Be inspired by the medieval stained glass in the museum to create your own designs, or trace patterns. Drop-in event, £3 for activities. Refreshments available

Newarke Museum, The Newarke, Leicester LE2 7BY.

Operation Earth, National Space Centre, Leics, until Sun 25 Feb

Join Mission Commanders, along with expert scientists, as they investigate the science of planet Earth. Become a trainee environmental scientist and help them investigate land, air and oceans, and see if together you can find solutions to some of the issues in the world today. Throughout the day the mudlets will also be able to join workshops, demonstrations and hands on science sessions.

Leicester Comedy Festival, various Leicestershire venues, until Sun 25 Feb

It it really that time of year again? Brace yourselves as a hole host of hilarious comedians make their way to the county for one of the biggest and best comedy festivals in the UK. The 2018 festival features over 830 shows in 69 venues across the city and county. Expect big names like Suggs (see more about this below), Harry Hill, Shappi Khorsandi, Katherine Ryan and tonnes more – we kid you NOT! Book tickets now because they’re selling out fast.

Leicester Comedy Festival 

Visit Conkers, half term fun, Sat 10 Feb – Sun 25 Feb

Head to Conkers this weekend and beyond and let the mudlets enjoy a daily craft activities including a variety of ranger activities including bush craft, construction derby and orienteering. There will also be  live shows to enjoy such as a Punch and Judy, hilarious clowns and the chance to watching some amazing acrobats. Don’t forget there’s a 120 acres to explore along with the 4D Cinema, indoor play and 450 metre bare foot walk and CONKERCHOO train.

Visit Conkers Rawdon Road (B586), Moira, Nr Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, DE12 6GA.

Lion Learners, Leicestershire, until Sat 17 Feb

Head to your local library to meet and handle some amazing animals. Tickets are £3 per child and booking is essential to avoid disappointment.  4-12 year old and must be accompanied with an adult. Libraries taking part are Earl Shilton, Hinckley, Wigsotn, Blaby, Shepshed, Coallville. Lutterworth, brighten Astley, Oadby, Melton and Birstall. Call your local library up from the list above to check times  and dates.

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