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FRI 19 – SUN 21 MAY

Rutland Walking & Cycling Festival, Oakham Sat 20 May – 2 June

Discover where walking and cycling can take you this summer. Get the family out for some gentle exercise and breathe in the fresh air over the next month and enjoy the gorgeous Rutland countryside. The festival includes on average 3-4 led walks and rides around the historic county of Rutland each day suitable for all ages.

Active Rutland

Rockingham Castle, Fri 19 May – Sun 21

The fifth year of Rockingham International Horse Trials will feature dressage, cross country and show-jumping and will be held on Rockignham’s Great Park wehre you can enjoy views over the Welland Valley. There’s also a chance to enjoy other events including British Show Jumping classes, Arena Eventing and Pony Club Team Show Jumping and the chance to buy equestrian products, country wear, gifts and fashion accessories.

Rockingham International Horse Trials

An Evening of Narrative Poetry, Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester, Sat 20 May

Leicester’s Jewry Wall Museum will open its doors for an evening of poetry with readings from some of the nation’s favourite poets. Visitors will be able to enjoy the works of poets including Browning, Kipling, Longfellow and Tennyson, together with a selection of soft drinks, wine and cheese.Doors open at 7pm. Tickets prices at £10 and include a glass of wine or soft drink, cheese and crackers. A bar will also be available. To book your tickets, call (0116) 225 4971.

Jewry Museum

Collagraph Day Course, Print Workshop, Leicester, Sat 20 May

A collograph refers to a collage of materials glued on to a square cardboard. When the glue is dry, it is varnished so that it can be painted with acrylics. Paper is then pressed on to the surface to produce a print. Try your hand at this creative technique during this one-day course. You’ll get to work with a number of plates and explore mark marking and line in this highly versatile process. Learn how to build up layers of tone and line on a mount board plate. Tickets £70

Leicester Print Workshop

Tom Chaplin, De Montfort Hall, Fri 19 May

Currently on an intimate sold out tour across the UK and with new album The Wave debuting at no. three in the UK Album Chart, Tom Chaplin has announced a 14-date tour for May 2017. He’ll be performing in Leicester with his band to recreate the albums lush sound. Tickets start from £18.50

De Montfort Hall

Easy Entertaining Cookery Class, Bridge 67 Cookery School, Westerby, Sat 20 May 17 

Impress your friends and family and brush up on your cookery skills in this easy to follow cookery class. Prepare a range of dinner party dishes and learn to plan ahead. This exciting course will boost your confidence and develop your knowledge of cooking, giving you the ability and inspiration to create masterpieces in your own kitchen. Examples of dishes that may be included on the day are warm roast pepper and courgette mousse, salmon with fish and crab mousseline, served with a tomato based sauce. Refreshments and a light lunch are included in your day.

Bridge 67 Cookery School

Motion Drive In Pop-up Cinema, Loughborough, Fri 19 – Sun 21 May

A new pop-up drive-in theatre is taking over Prestwold Airfield this weekend with the aim to introduce a new modern this on the classic drive-in cinema experience. Grease will be shown on the opening night, followed by Dirty Dancing on Saturday and finishing off with Top Gun  on Sunday. All films start at 9pm. The films’ sound will be transmitted directly into film-goers’ vehicles in-car audio system so the movie can be listened to through the car stereo. Prices are charged at £28 per car (not per person). John Travolta, Patrick Swayze and Tom Cruise in one weekend – holy moly!!

Motion in Motion

In Oils by Neil Prior, Atkins Gallery, until 27 May

Local artist Neil Prior is exhibiting a superb selection of oil paintings over the next few days. His subject matter ranges from animals and people to landscapes and still-life in his chosen medium of oils. In addition to hosting the exhibition, Neil will also be spending time in the Atkins Gallery whilst his work is on display in order for him to showcase the tools and techniques he deploys to create his artworks and to speak about his inspiration and choice of subjects.

The Atkins Gallery

Whatton Gardens, Loughborough, Sun 21 May 

Often described by visitors as a hidden gem, this 15 acre country house garden is a relaxing experience for all the family. Listen to the birds, and enjoy walking through the many fine trees, spring bulbs and shrubs, large herbaceous border, traditional rose garden, ornamental ponds and lawns. Pop over on Sunday to admire the beautiful surrounings as part of the National Garden Scheme. 11am – 5pm, admission £4.00, children free.

Whatton House and Gardens

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