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FRI 19 APR – SUN 21 APR 2019

FRI 19 APR - SUN 21 APR 2019

EXHIBITION: The Mods: Shaping a Generation, New Walk Museum, until 30 Jun

The project has been created and organised by Shaun Knapp (Author of Mods: Two City Connection/High Flying Around), Joe Nixon (Co-founder of Arch Creative) and Soft Touch Arts.

The exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of The Who’s cult Mod film, Quadrophenia, and will include Roger K Burton’s original 1960’s clothing as seen in the film, along with original scooters and other ephemera. The exhibition also re-visits legendary hang-outs visited by the Leicester and Nottingham Mods including The Nite Owl, The Il Rondo and the Dungeon.

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, 53 New Walk, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 7EA

CULTURE: Leicester St. George’s Festival, Leics, Sat 20 Apr

Enjoy the annual family friendly festival with music, dance and live performances on the square and in venues across the Cultural Quarter. The free event promises a day of non-stop entertainment for all the family; full of activities to try out and fun things to do including the fancy dress parade and the popular dragon hunt. From 12 – 5pm

Orton Square, Cultural Quarter

THEATRE: Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, until 20 Apr

Catch the world premier of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin at Curve. Based on one of my fave films and set on the Greek island of Cephallonia against the backdrop of World War II. Marking the 25th Anniversary of the novel’s original publication, this epic journey is brought to life by Olivier and Tony-Award nominated director Melly Still (My Brilliant Friend and Coram Boy) and playwright Rona Munro (My Name Is Lucy Barton and The James Plays). Delve into an extraordinary tale of human fragility and love at a time of war.

Curve, Rutland Street, Leics, LE1

EAT: Bottomless Brunch, Admiral Hornblower, Oakham, Sat 20 Apr

Brunch here is banging but this Saturday it gets better with their Bottomless Brunch kicking off at 11am The menu includes a Posh Fry-Up (Merguez sausage, posh beans, black pudding and crispy pancetta topped with a fried egg), smoke salmon with truffle scrambled eggs on muffin, brunch burger (pork and chorizo burger with relish, fries and coleslaw) and there’s dessert too. Bonus!! Two courses for £15 but throw in unlimited Prosecco, Beillini or Bloody Mary for £35.

Admiral Hornblower, 64 High Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6AS

DRINK: Grainstore Brewery Craft Lager, Ale & Gin Festival, Oakham, Sat 19 Apr – Mon 22 Apr

Four days celebrating two of the biggest growing sectors in the UK drinks market, with live music and great food served all weekend. Over 30 craft lagers all on tap and 40 Gins all weekend, all accompanied by a choice of the finest mixers.

Grainstore Brewery, Stationa Approach, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6RA


Afternoon Tea and Easter Egg Hunt with Alice, Brooksby Hall, Sun 21 Apr

Let the mudlets join Alice and The Mad Hatter for an unforgettable afternoon tea. On arrival you will be seated for an afternoon tea in our 16th century Old Hall and entertained by live musicians and your favourite characters from Alice in Wonderland. After your treat of sandwiches, cakes and scones the children will join Alice for an Easter Egg hunt. £15 per adult, £5 per child (under 9’s). Includes an afternoon tea, entertainment and Easter egg for each child. Sitting at 1pm and 3pm.

Brooksby Hall, Brooksby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 2LJ, 01664 855262

Easter Vintage Festival, Great Central Railway, 19 – 22 Apr

Step back in time to a country fayre at Quorn and Woodhouse station. There’s gallopers and a big wheel, traction engines, craft stalls, vintage cars, commercials and tractors and live music on Fri and Sat

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

Easter Egg Cycling Trail, Sat 13 – Sun 28 Apr

The Easter Egg Trail on wheels goes between Normanton and Whitwell Taking you on a flat, gentle 8 mile route next to the water, there will be clues along the way. £1 donation which will go towards the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. There will be an Easter egg and certificate for all children who participate. Bike hire is available at our Whitwell and Normanton stores for both adults and children.

Giant Store Rutland or Rutland Cycling Whitwell, Normanton Car Park, Edith Weston, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8HD

Easter Eggstravaganza, Belvoir Castle, Sat 19-22 April

Get egg-static this Easter at Belvoir Castle with exciting activities for all the family, including the fun-filled Nursery Rhyme Treasure Hunt. Plus egg decorating, face painting, a visit from the farm animals and a chance to see our incredible birds of prey in flight. The Easter Bunny and her friends will also be popping in they’ve also got a special Easter Afternoon Tea will be available at the Castle which will be full of Easter treats.

Belvoir Grantham, Leicestershire, NG3

Easter Holiday Craft Workshops, Rutland, Weds 17 and 24 Apr

Get ready for Easter and make your essential seasonal crafts – cards, baskets, headwear, masks and decorations (17 Apr). The following week kids can try their hand at crafts inspired by some of the national animals of Britain including lions, bulldogs, horses, unicorns, robins and of course dragons. Both days sessions are 10am-12noon & 1.30-3.30pm. £2 per child All workshops are suitable for children 4-10 years accompanied by an adult. Due to limited space the sessions operate on a first come, first served basis.

Rutland County Museum, Catmos Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HW

Easter Fair, Woodside Animal Centre, Leics, Sat 20 Apr

Take part in this family-friendly event to help raise funds for the Woodside Animal Centre. With more than 40 craft stalls from around Leicestershire, there’s plenty of activities and lots to eat and drink. Traditional fair stalls including ‘Hook a Duck’ and there will also be a workshop to decorate your own Easter biscuit and an Easter Egg Hunt around the animal centre will have children learning about animal welfare and husbandry while having fun and earning some tasty chocolate. There’s also a professional Zentangle workshop, an Easter Bonnet contest and a baking competition. Adults: £1.50, children (ages 5-16): £1, and children under 5 go free. You can pay entry on the gate, or book in advance below. From 11am.

Woodside Animal Centre, 190 Scudamore Rd, Leicester LE3 1UQ

Easter Hunt, Rockingham Castle, Sun 21 Apr – Mon 22 Apr

Hunt for the brightly coloured eggs which have been hidden in our magnificent gardens. Each egg has a letter, which makes up an Easter word. Once you have found the word you can claim your chocolate egg. If your little treasure hunters are still full of beans, they can help Wentworth find his wandering armour and earn a badge as Chief Griffin Assistant. Combined Grounds & Castle Ticket, adults: £12.00, child: £8.50, family: £32.50

Rockingham Castle Estate, Market Harborough LE16 8TH


FAMILY: Easter at Shakespeare’s Family Homes, Apr 13 – 28

Easter egg decorating at Mary Arden’s Farm, 12 – 4pm, April 13-28 daily.

There’s lots of egg-citing and fun-filled family events taking place across the famous Shakespeare Family Homes this Easter: make an origami swan, decorate an Easter egg, go on a journey with Prospero from The Tempest, and sit on a jury as The Reverend Francis Gastrell goes back on trial 260 years after knocking down Shakespeare’s New Place.

KIDS THEATRE: Easter shows at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre, April Tues 16 – 27

The programme kicks off with Tim Hopgood’s much-loved picture book, Wow! It’s Night-Time, suitable for  2-5-year-olds, each performance is followed by a post-show meet and greet with the puppets. On Saturday April 20, is Pongo’s Party a brand new adventure for children aged 2-7 set on Marty MacDonald’s Farm, featuring the voice of Justin Fletcher.  The following week, from 24-27 April, there’s a new musical adaptation of Jill Murphy’s classic The Worst Witch. (see below) and the heart-warming story of Grandad’s Island adapted from the award-winning children’s book by Benji Davies, Tel: 024 7655 3055, belgrade

FAMILY: Easter Adventure Quest, Kenilworth Castle, April 13-28 

Join the hunt for dragon eggs on a legendary quest this Easter holiday. Crack the clues as you and your family follow the trail through the castle. Intrepid adventurers who track down the dragon egg will get a certificate and a sticker to prove it, and there’ll be a chocolate treat too!  You can get questing at Kenilworth Castle every day of the school holidays. It costs just £1 per child, and there’s no need to book, 11am-5pm, english-heritage

MUSIC: Dave, O2 Academy Birmingham, Mon Apr 22

I can’t believe South London rapper Dave from Streatham is still only 20. His complex, personal lyrics have won him a string of platinum-selling hits, including the brilliant unflinching, Black, as well as an Ivor Novello award. He’s currently touring the UK with his long-awaited debut album, Psychodrama, 7pm. Tickets here.

TREE CLIMBING: Umberslade Adventure, Hockley Heath, Mon Apr 15 – Sun Apr 28

Set in an 80-acre woodland children and adults can enjoy a Low Ropes Course, Commando Course, Zip Line, nature trails, archery and tree climbing with qualified and experienced instructors. There’s also camping and glamping available.

umbersladeadventure, Tel:  07761 025 651

FAMILY: Twycross Zoo welcomes a critically endangered black rhino this Easter, Atherstone, from Sat Apr 13

Visitors will be able to say hello to a new arrival at the zoo this Easter Holidays – a rare female Eastern black rhino called Nandi, soon to be followed by a male companion. See how many zoo babies you can spot including Molusc the penguin chick, two wallaby joeys and a Kirk’s Dik-Dik fawn. You can also enjoy walking around Chimpanzee Eden built last year, feeding the lorikeets, petting the goats, exploring Butterfly Forest, splashing around in the Wet ‘n’ Wild park and brand new for 2019 electric Safari Cars for 3 – 10-year-olds. Best ticket prices for the Easter Holidays are when you book online by midnight the night before  your visit,

FILM: Dumbo (PG) in cinemas now

Colin Farrell, Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins in Dumbo (Courtesy of Disney).

My youngest asks if we can go and see this every time the ad for Tim Burton’s live/CGI version of the 1941 Disney animation masterpiece pops up on TV. Some critics may say it lacks the charm of the original masterpiece, while others say there’s “plenty of humour and pathos” (Independent)  – but will the kids think it’s as good? It stars Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito and Eva Green.


THEATRE: The Taming of the Shrew, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, now until Aug 31

The reviews are now in after last week’s press night for Justin Audibert’s gender-switched adaptation in which sexes are presented in reversed roles. It’s set in the 1590s and England is a matriarchy. National critics said:  a “landmark production” (Evening Standard ****);  “an interesting but underpowered exercise in gender-swapping” (Daily Telegraph ***) and “Getting their hands on the best and biggest parts for once, the female performers savour every syllable”, (The Times, ****), rsc


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