FRI 6 OCT – SUN 8 OCT
Melton Mowbray Food festival, Sat 7 Oct – Sun 8 Oct
Now in its 14th year, this food festival takes place in Melton’s covered historic livestock market. Expect around 200 stands showcasing some of the UK’s best locally-produced food and drink, complemented by a street food arena serving hot food from around the world such as South Africa, France, India, Spain, Sri Lanka and more, as well as the traditional English Hog Roast, roast beef and bison burgers. There’ll also be live demonstrations from professional chefs such as Rachel Green and Jo Pratt in the Food Theatre, expert butchers showing people how to carve and cook the best joints of meat, entertainment with a gospel choir and ukulele band and a new, enlarged Kids Food Zone. Tickets are priced at £6 (£5 in advance). Children under 16 enter free.
Space Lates, National Space Centre, Sat 7 Oct
How would you like to spend the night in the galleries, have exclusive access to the Space Centre after hours, meet an Apollo astronaut and sit back for a family movie in the UKs largest planetarium? With lots of activities, workshops, talks, breakfast and, of course, a most unusual place to sleep beneath the stars.
National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NS
Diwali Light Switch-On, Leicester, Sunday 8 Oct – Sunday 22 Oct
The Diwali lights switch-on brings the Golden Mile alive with a street party like no other with around 35,000 people in attendance. For the rest of the month, celebrate the festival of lights in the biggest festival outside of south Asia in the city’s very own Golden Mile, better known as Belgrave Road. On Diwali Day, 19 October you can expect fireworks, late-night shopping, tasty food, music, dance performances and more.