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National Watersports Festival, Rutland Water, 2- 4 June

The largest participation water sports event in the UK, the NWF is for novice and intermediate water sports enthusiasts. Growing from just a windsurfing festival, the festival now includes kayaking and stand up paddle boarding as well as windsurfing on a national level and promises to be fun filled weekend on and off the water. If that wasn’t enough you can even join in with the beach parties over the weekend. Friday night The Atlantics are playing and Saturday night The Houndogs will be performing.

NWF Rutland Water, Sykes Lane, LE15 8PX

Rutland Open Air Theatre 1 June – 31 August

The Stamford Shakespeare Company present an annual season of plays kicking off this weekend until August at Rutland Open Air Theatre in the enchanting grounds of historic Tolethorpe Hall. This year Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing and Hobson’s Choice, a comedy from the cobbles of Lancashire will be performed. Enjoy a picnic on the lawn or pre-performance meal in one of the two elegant restaurant rooms in the historic hall or stroll through the delightful gardens before taking your seat.

Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Tolethorpe, Stamford PE9 4BH

Jazz with Annette Gregory, Uppingham Theatre, William Studio, 9 June 

Jazz vocalist Annette Gregory celebrates the wonderful music of Ella Fitzgerald in the intimate setting of Uppingham Theatre’s Williams Studio. Annette will be reflecting on Ella’s early career and also the rags and riches story that earned Ella the right to be called, ‘The First Lady of Song.’ Shoe starts at 7.30pm.

Uppingham Theatre 32 Stockerston Rd, Uppingham, Oakham LE15 9UD
1940s Wartime Weekend, Fri 2 – Sun 4 June 

The 1940s are brought back life this June with an evocative commemoration of life in wartime Britain There’s BBMF flypasts and a Spitfire aerial display, mock battles, live music and theatre. Dance to the music of days gone by with live acts to entertain you throughout the weekend and join us for a Saturday evening dance with Kalamazoo Dance Band.At Quorn station, there will be singing and dancing across 3 stages, a real ale tent, shopping village, an air raid scenario and land army & working farmer equipment displays. On Sunday morning, there will be a church service and on Sunday afternoon there will be a drumhead service of remembrance.

Great Central Railway, Loughborough, LE11 1RW

Horrible Histories, The Best of Balmy Britian, Loughborough Town Hall, Fri 2- Sat 3 June

From London’s West Ends comes Horrible Histories live on stage featuring all your favourite characters from Britain’s barmy past. Could you beat battling Boudicca? Will King John be a martyr for the Magna Carta? Will you lose your heart or your head to Henry VIII? Can Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Light up your life with the great fire of London! Stand and deliver to dastardly Dick Turpin? Escape the clutches of Burke and Hare and move to the groove with party Queen Victoria.

Loughborough Town Hall, Market Pl, Loughborough LE11 3EB

Riverside Festival, Leicester, Sat 3 – Sun 4 June

One of Leicester’s biggest free festivals and a lively weekend for the whole family spread across Bede Park, Mile Straight, Western Boulevard and Castle Gardens. The Riverside Festival offers boat trips, live music, a beer tent, arts and crafts, a variety of food stalls from around the world, displays and an exciting choice of activities for all ages, making it a fun packed weekend so let’s hope the wether behaves. Starts 12 noon.

Riverside Festival

Baking and Patisserie Class, Leicester, Sat 4 June

Do you fancy yourself as the next Mary Berry? Then this class could be for you. Have a go at making a delightful array of cakes and biscuits including the possibility of making chocolate espresso cake, scones, cranberry, orange and pecan muffins, eclairs, or florentines. The afternoon will focus on patisserie including short crust, sweet and chop pastry along with glazing piping and decorating. This course includes light refreshments and an informal lunch. Course runs from 9am -4.30pm. Cost £135.

Bridge 67 Cookery School, Debdale Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leicestershire, LE8 0QD

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