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Ballet Central, Uppingham Theatre, Fri 4 May

Watch Ballet Central’s rising stars perform a mixed bill of work by world-renowned choreographers, including Jenna Lee’s brand new creation Black Swan – a dark twist on the iconic classic; Matthew Bourne’s Fairies Prologue from his gothic-reworking of Sleeping Beauty and more. The dancers will showcase the best in dance theatre as they embark on their professional dancing career.

Uppingham Theatre, 32 Stockerston Road, Uppingham Rutland, LE15 9UD

SCI-FI Outdoor Cinema, Twycross Zoo, Sat 5 May
May the fourth is over but we still have revenge of the fifth! Make a weekend of Star Wars activities and watch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story under the galaxy at Twycross Zoo. Explore and discover the animals from 5pm, grab a bite to eat, set up station and wait for the force to awaken at 7:30pm. Tickets must be booked in advance. For more details, visit the Twycross Zoo website.
Twycross Zoo, Burton Road, Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 3PX
Peppa Pig and George, Great Central Railway, Loughborough, Sat 5 May – Mon 7 May

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Peppa and her brother George return to Loughborough this bank holiday weekend for more fun and games. Meet the cheeky piggies themselves at regular intervals each day for that photo opportunity and hop on the train for a ride to neighbouring villages where you can find a mini fun fair in Rothley or take part in a picture hunt at Quorn. Let’s hope there’s no muddy puddles though!

Great Central Railway, Great Central Road, Loughborough, LE11 1RW


Plant Hunters’ Fair, Donington Le Heath, Sat 5 May
Looking for a bit of inspiration to spruce up your garden for the summer? Then Plant Hunters’ Fair is the place to be this weekend. This plant fair has a reputation for a diverse range of unique, quality plants and nurseries that are carefully planned and selected for the event. You can ask any growing questions you may have or share and discuss with gardening enthusiasts and experts.
Donington Le Heath 1620’s House and Garden, Manor Road, Donington Le Heath, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 2FW
Handmade Festival, O2 Academy, Leicester, Sat 5 May – Sun 6 May
Head down to Handmade Festival to discover new and forward thinking music, comedy, art, film, performance and photography. It’s a totally independent music and arts festival and the line up includes Circa Waves, Drenge, Little Comets, Idles –  with still more to be announced! This year, they even have a handy smart phone app so you can plan your weekend and share photos and videos with other festival goers. Keep updated on the Handmade Festival website.

O2 Academy, Leicester, LE1 7RH


Makers Market, Leicester Market, Sun 6 May
Discover the county’s finest makers, bakers and creators in this monthly Makers Market, starting this Sunday from 11am – 4pm. Since it launched last year it’s become hugely popular and you can expect to find a variety of hand-crafted items from arts and crafts to food and drink. Make your way to Leicester Market this weekend to support your local producers!
Market Place South, Leicester, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 1RE


Constellations, The Concordia Theatre, Hinckley, Sat 5 May – Sun 6 May


Be dazzled by this romantic yet spellbinding play that starts off with a simple encounter between a man and a woman by chance …or is it? As their relationship unfolds, something happens that defies the boundaries of the world we think we know. The thought-provoking performance raises questions about choice and destiny and explores the infinite possibilities of their relationship.
The Concordia Theatre, Stockwell Head, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1RE

Thrussington’s Village Store May Market, Sun 6 May

This cutesy deli, tearoom and village store in beautiful Thrussington, Leicestershire will be hosting its May Market where you’ll be able to discover a variety of local crafters, makers and bakers and all sorts of fabulous independent local businesses, all under one roof. After you’re done, head to The Blue Lion (under new management) for a cheeky GnT (or two) in the garden where you can enjoy live music and an outside bar. From 2.30 -5.30 and entrance is £2.

Thrussington Village Store 39A The Green, Thrussington, Leicester LE7 4UH

Artisan Cheese Fair, Melton Mowbray, Sat 5 May – Sun 6 May

It will be food heaven in Melton Mowbray this May as the UK’s largest cheese fair returns to the town for its eighth year. The Artisan Cheese Fair will be held from 5-6 May and will showcase over 300 of the UK’s rarest and most sought after cheeses, from around 60 cheese makers and producers.  Entry £5 on the day, children under 16 are free. £4 advance.

Artisan Cheese Fair

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