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FRI 23 – SUN 25 JUNE

Celebrating Giraffes, Twycross Zoo, Sat 24 – Sun 25 June  

To celebrate World Giraffe Day (earlier this week), Twycross Zoo has organised a variety of events to celebrate the world’s tallest living land mammal. Head over and meet giraffes, Epesi, Setanta and Brad before joining in with a giraffe trail and quiz, giraffe mask making, have a go at the conservation games and lots more.

Twycross Zoo, East Midland Zoological Society, Burton Rd, Atherstone CV9 3PX

Heritage Sundays: Tours and Open Days, Leicester Sun 25 June

Clustered around The Newarke and De Montfort University campus, just minutes from the city centre, are remarkable buildings that tell the story of Leicester from its medieval origins to its manufacturing heyday. Between 11am and 3pm visitors can explore some of these historic places free of charge. The area also has lovely outdoor spaces to discover including Castle Gardens and the tranquility of some of the city’s beautiful secret gardens. Blue Badge guided tours of The Magazine and the Castle Great Hall can also be booked for a small fee.

Proms and Picnic in the Park, Coalville, Sat 24 – Sun 25 June

The annual summer event is back and hopefully the weather will behave! Proms will take place on Saturday evening from 6pm and will see the likes of Justice Beach, Concordia Choir and The Ockbrook Big Band take to the stage. On Sunday the fun starts at noon and there’ll be lots of fun from live music, professional entertainers, arts and crafts, children’s rides, a rugby village, face painting, circus skills, community stalls, children’s entertainment. Phew! Refreshments include a variety of food outlets, ice cream, Coalville Rotary tea tent and a licenced bar.

Coalville Park, London Road, Coalville LE67 3JB

Return of the Garrison, National Space Centre, Leicester, Sat 24 – Sun 25 June

The perfect event for hard core Star Wars fans, this tribute weekend brings together the world’s largest costumes, games, props, sets, and costumes from the classic films and even a chance to learn the ways of the Force with a Jedi Master. Now that’s cool! Get the chance to meet some Ewoks and actors such Warwick Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi, and Daniel Mays, who played Tivik in Rogue One. You’ll also be able to see a recreation of the Emperor’s Throne Room and a Pod Racer, similar to that used by Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace plus talks, workshops and more. A must-visit for hard core fans  Tickets are £14 for adults, children and concessions £11.

National Space Centre Exploration Dr, Leicester LE4 5NS

Concordia Theatre, Hinckley, Tues 20 – Sat 24 June  

Enjoy the spectacular classic musical Les Miserables, as the talented Youth Theatre bring it to life and Hinckley stages. Watch a talented young cast perform  ‘At the End of the Day’, ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, ‘Bring Him Home’ and ‘One Day More’. Evening performances 7.30pm and matinees on Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets start from £12 (£13 on Saturday).

Concordia Theatre, Stockwell Head, Hinckley LE10 1RE

Wymeswold Open Gardens and Art Trail Weekend, Sat 24 – Sun 25 June

Over 20 local artists will be exhibiting and selling their wares in the local gardens which will include sculpture, jewellery, paintings, fine art, textiles, ceramics and photography. In addition enjoy home made cakes, ice creams, refreshments, plant and garden accessory stalls live music and entertainment. Adults £4.00. Accompanied children free. Tickets can be bought from the church, participating gardens and badged helpers.

Wymeswold Open Gardens

Market Bosworth Festival, until Sun 25 June

Catch the last few days of this family event where you can explore local talent and a strong of fun events. This weekend there will be fun and entertainment on Parish Field. The Children’s Festival will include drumming, craft, storytelling and a circus skills workshops. If you’re heading there on Sunday you’ll join the Summertime Swing; bring a picnic lunch and tap your feet to CONSORTIUM Big Band. For full details and listings head to the website. 

The Suffering Obstacle Race, Rockingham Castle, Sat 24 June – Sun 25 June

Pic Credit: via Suffering Race/Facebook

Do you like to push your fitness to the limit or are you looking for a new challenge? This insane event offers the change to participate in either 5k, 10k or 10 mile race. The 5k mud run includes 15 odd obstacles, mud, water, hills, the 10k includes more obstacles including monkey bars, the water crawl, killer hills and much more. What does that leave for the crazies doing the 10 mile run dare you ask? over 35 obstacles, hills to drain you, water to sap your legs and so much more. Sound like your idea of fun? then turn up and take part. All three courses have been designed to excite and thrill, how much suffering can you take? Book now, suffer later.

The Suffering Race, Rockingham Castle, Main St, Market Harborough LE16 8TH 

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