FRI 28 FEB – SUN 1 MAR 2020
FRI 28 FEB - SUN 1 MAR 2020
THEATRE: Hairspray, Loughborough, 27 and 29 Feb
It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire – to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her hairdo!
THEATRE: Beyond Reasonable Doubt, The Little Theatre, until 29 Feb
A classic crime mystery, adapted from the expert storyteller Jeffrey Archer’s play. Beyond Reasonable Doubt is sure to keep you on your toes as you try to decipher the clues. A distinguished lawyer, Sir David Metcalf finds himself in the legal combat of his career with his long standing rival when he is accused of the murder of his terminally ill wife.
The Little Theatre
DRINK: CAMRA Beer Festival 20/20, 26 – 29 Feb
Quench your thirst this weekend with a choice of over 200 different ales served straight from the cask at the CAMRA Beer Festival. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s a gin bar, over 40 ciders and perries and drinks from local microbreweries as well as other new and small breweries from across the UK. The theme this year is 20/20 vision – perhaps the challenge is to try to leave with it?
WORKSHOP: Essentials Oils and Chocolates, 28 Feb
Does anything else really need to be said? I can’t think of anything more relaxing and indulgent than starting the weekend learning to make your very own chocolate infused with essential oils like citrus bliss, peppermint and lime and ginger. 10am -12pm, £20pp.
BALLET: The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, De Montfort Hall, 28 – 29 Feb
Brush up on your Pirouette en dehors and pointed toes – because it’s a weekend of spellbinding ballet performances by the internationally renowned Russian State Ballet of Siberia company. The Nutcracker follows the events of a magical Christmas Eve when toy dolls and the Nutcracker come to life and face a battle against the Mouse-king and his mouse-army in the land of snow. Equally mesmerising is the romantic tale of Swan Lake against a haunting score by Tchaikovsky.
FILM: Pitch Black Anniversary Screening, National Space Centre, 28 Feb
‘You’re not afraid of the dark, are you?’ asks Vin Diesel. Well after watching Pitch Black for the first time I most certainly was petrified of the dark for the next fortnight thank you Vin Diesel. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the iconic start of the Riddick trilogy, the Space Centre are screening this cult classic. Be prepared for some sleepless nights to follow! Doors open at 6pm with the screening starting at 7pm.
COMEDY: Improv, L’boro, 28 Feb
Feeling the blues since the end of the Leicester Comedy Festival is no joke. Thankfully, the Splat Improv Comedy team in Loughborough is ready to serve up some smiles with an Improv workshop followed by their own Comedy Night featuring Pippa Hastings and visiting Improv group from Birmingham, Wayward Souls. Enjoy the Comedy Night for £5 or, and you can attend the workshop beforehand to discover your Improv talent.
MUSIC: The Robert J Hunter Band, Leics, 28 Feb
With his gruff, powerful voice Robert J. Hunter and his band are bringing the blues back. Blending blues with rock n’ roll they have received excellent reviews internationally and repeatedly reached number one in the iTunes Blues Chart. They are joined by three incredible acts; The Nile Deltas, Jesse Wright Band and Dani Matty Music. Doors open 7:30, tickets are £12.05.
SNOWDROPS: Hedgehog Hall and Westview, Great Glen 29 Feb – 1 Mar
Half an acre of an organically managed plant lover’s garden. Steps leading to three stone walled terraced borders filled with shrubs, perennials, bulbs and a patio over looking the valley. Visit Hedgehog Hall and enjoy a lavender walk, herb border, beautiful spring garden, colour themed herbaceous borders and a snowdrop collection. £4 admission kids free. 11am-4pm
Westview is an organically managed small walled cottage garden with year-round interest. Rare and unusual plants, many grown from seed. Display of alpines. Collection of snowdrops plus quirky garden ornaments worth seeing made from recycled material. £3 admission. 12-4pm.
Barnsdale Gardens, Oakham, 28 Feb
WORKSHOP: Introduction to Photography, Market Harborough, 1 Mar
Apparently this is the time of year that we all start to let those new years’ resolutions start to slip (guilty). But if capturing slicker snaps was on yours, then don’t miss this great workshop by the Market Harborough photographic society. They’ll cover the basics of composition and take you out around Foxton Locks to get practical experience and capture stunning shots. The sessions are purposely small to make sure everyone gets the most of it – so booking a place is essential. There are two sessions (covering the same content); the first is 10am -12pm and the second is 1 – 3pm.
Foxton Locks Photography Workshops
MUSIC: Philharmonia Orchestra Concert, Leics, 1 Mar
The Philharmonia Orchestra are buzzing with excitement for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – and in their excitement, they are putting on a thrilling family friendly concert to celebrate the Olympic spirit. Expect your spirits to soar faster, higher and stronger as the orchestra take you through the thrills of the race through music. Tip: Hang around for a little while at the end to meet the talented musicians, conductor and presenter behind the fiery performance.
Words by Farah Ghouri