FRI 7 FEB – SUN 9 FEB 2020
FRI 7 FEB - SUN 9 FEB 2020
COMEDY: Leicester Comedy Festival, Various Locations, 5 – 23 Feb
Are you ready for a whole month of laughter? We’re talking more than 800 shows in more than 50 venues across Leicestershire. Headline acts for 2020 include Jo Brand, Stewart Lee, Russel Kane Milton Jones, Shappi Khorsandi, Fascinating Aida, Paul Sinha, Josie Long, Jason Byrne, Milton Jones, Jo Brand, Reg D Hunter and more more more! Plus, this year they’ve got tonnes of events for kids too. Take a look at our highlights here.
KIDS: UK Comedy Kids Festival, Leicestershire, 5 – 23 feb
The only comedy festival in the whole of the UK aimed at, and dedicated to, children and young people. Alongside plenty of opportunities for the little ones to get in on some laughs are events like The Kids Joke Spot: an interactive tour for young people who want to find out more about what it’s like to be a comedy performer. The Laugh Term Comedy School is a dedicated half-term programme for teens to develop skills to perform live comedy – which they then showcase. This weekend head to the Century Theatre where kids can take part in National Forest’s The Big Weekend – bringing you the funniest kids in North West Leicestershire.
ART: Arts for Rutland Youth Open, Rutland County Museum, 8 Feb – 6 March
This year’s theme is ‘Into the Light’ and a great chance to see a range of work from painting to photography on display from kids aged between 11-18 years. Open Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat 10am-4pm.
THEATRE: Ceri Dupree, Gagging For it, Haymarket Theatre, 8 Feb
Ceri Dupree is beside himself with utter joy at the thought of returning to one of his favourite EVER theatres with his all new show, especially written for the Leicester Comedy Festival. Stand up/sit down comedy. Songs, sketches, parodies, impersonations and of course fab costumes.
ART: Tim Fowler Exhibition, The Hub Leics, 8-29 Feb
One of my fave local artists, Tim Fowler is opening his solo exhibition, Impact on at The Hub, Leicester (open daily from 11am – 5pm). Tim’s uses gorgeous vivid colour and explores tone and texture through portraiture and architectural paintings. You’ll probably already be familiar with his work without even knowing it. Private view 15 Feb 6-9pm.
ART: The Immersive Van Gogh Experience, Leics, 7 Feb – 3 May
Experience the inimitable work and world of artistic legend, Vincent Van Gogh. This exhibition promises a new and immersive way to discover Van Gogh using cutting edge virtual projection and including a unique sound and light show. Learn more about his time in Arles, uncover secrets from his personal letters and get to know the genius behind his iconic art.
CULTURE: Chinese New Year Finale, Leics, 8 Feb
The Chinese New Year celebrations are coming to an end – but in style with a finale full of exciting performances and workshops with loads of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy and learn more about this vibrant culture. From 11am – 4.30pm.
FOOD: 100% Vegan Market, Leics, 8 Feb
Veganuary may be over but you can still discover and delight in vegan goodies! A collaboration between Where to Vegan and the Leicester City Council has resulted in this regular event held in the recently developed New Market Square – with yummy vegan treats from local and national traders, music and great vibes. Taking place from 10am – 5pm in New Market Square. Read our latest feature on how to live the plant life locally here.
MUSIC: 4th Avenue Live at the Concordia Theatre, Hinckley, 8 Feb
After a sellout show in 2019, this local group returns to perform live with showmanship and style – and will surely have you on your feet. 4th Avenue are influenced by the great Motown groups of the past as well as harmony groups such as Frankie Valli, The Overtones and The Beach Boys.
THEATRE: Around the World in 80 Days, Little Theatre, 8 Feb
Enjoy the classic and much loved tale by Jules Verne as it comes to life on the stage in Ruth Cheetham’s direction of Around the World in 80 Days. It’s 1872 and a fantastically wealthy Phileas Fogg and his loyal valet Passepartout must race against the clock to travel the whole globe in just 80 days. Take advantage of your last chance to catch a talented cast of eight play over 125 characters whilst they encounter trains, boats, flights, dances, circus acts and an elephant on this epic journey. Tickets start from £16 and there is a matinee and evening performance to choose from.
FILM: Kinky Boots the Musical, Phoenix, 9 Feb
Kinky boots sounds like fabulous footwear – as if that isn’t reason enough, this is a ‘high-heeled hit’ musical with fabulous Cyndi Lauper songs and dazzling choreography. It’s about an unlikely pair who come together to create a line of stilettos that are simply unlike any others. Charlie is a factory owner whose family business is in trouble while Lola is a sassy entertainer brimming with exciting ideas. See this musical, originally performed and filmed in the West End, on the screen from 3.30pm.
FOOD: Pizza Pop-up, Wigston, 9 Feb
Sometimes a roast is just not the one you need on a Sunday. So mix it up this weekend and tuck into Leicester’s best Neopolitan pizza made fresh from scratch by the experts from Martin Bros. Pizza Co. While you’re at it you can shop more artisanal products at the Wigston Fields News and Deli. From 12-4pm.