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Oakham Festival, Rutland, until Sun 2 July

Oakham Festival has been celebrating and promoting the arts including music, theatre, art, dance, and comedy since 1989. This year expect a variety of events from comedy to concerts. From Friday you can enjoy Uppingham Theatre Company’s What a Carry on up at the Castle, a radio play, there will by music from local harpist Harriet Flather. Rutland Youth Dance Academy will showcase energetic routines and Proms in the Park on Saturday and more. Cehck the website for full listings, cost and venues.

Oakham Festival 

Beauty and the Beast, Loughborough Town Hall, until Sun 2 July

BrightLights Theatre School will be performing the stage version of this Disney family classic. Includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, along with new songs written for the stage musical by Mr Menken and Sir Tim Rice.  Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic and prepare to be transported to the heart of provincial life in a lovely French town. This tale as old as time is filled with spectacular costume and set, and special effects like you have never seen before. Tickets £12.50.

Loughborough Town Hall, Market Pl, Loughborough LE11 3EB

Kin, Curve Theatre, Leicester, Fri 30 June – Sat 1 July

The boys from the 2015 smash Bromance are back with this red-hot, 5 star piece of circus about camaraderie and affection and they’ve brought friends. The performers’ physical prowess is deftly deployed, as tumbling, flying and catching become challenges and opportunities for individual bids for recognition. One of the UK’s hottest circus companies, Barely Methodical Troupe are at the forefront of a new kind of physical performance, creating highly entertaining shows that mix the show-stopping acrobatics of circus with the emotional punch of theatre.

Curve, Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1

Bier Fest, Leicester, Victoria Park, until Sun 2 July. 

Grab your Lederhosen and head to the city’s biggest German Bierfest. Enjoy a choice of three types of beers including Weißbier, which has been specially brewed in a 200-year-old brewery in Bavaria. There’s lots to keep the kids busy too including a large activity area and lots of food and drink including bratwurst, Hugo and Aperol. As evening falls, head into the 300-seater bier tent with table service and an exciting DJ show.

BierFest, Victoria Park, Leicester LE1 7RY

Tex Fest, Leicester,  Sat 1 – Sun 2 July

Take a burger, some beer and throw in some music and you’ve got the TexFest. Featuring tribute bands such as Stereosonics, The Oasis Experience, Little Mix Experience and more as well as good old fashioned American food in a bid to get a taste of Texas Steakhouse’s finest, burgers and hot dogs and camping is also available.

Texas Steakhouse, 60 Main St, Foxton, Market Harborough LE16 7RB

Quorn Open Gardens, Quorn Village, Sat 1 July 

Spend a few hours from midday looking around some of the wonderful gardens in Quorn. The gardens are scattered throughout the village, but there’ll be plenty of refreshments and cakes from some garden owners to keep you full of energy as well as the chance to pick up some pretty plants.

Open Gardens Quorn

The Vintage Carnival, Leicester Sat 1 July

Lou Lou’s award-winning Vintage Fair is opening up shop in the city featuring the UK’s best vintage traders, a kitsch vintage tea party serving tea and cakes in traditional china, and a pop up hair and beauty salon. Fashionistas will love the vintage and retro clothing and jewellery from the 1920s to the 1980s. There will also be music, beauty, classic cars, a fun fair, dance and craft workshops.

The Vintage Carnival

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