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FRI 8 FEB – SUN 11 FEB 2019

FRI 8 FEB - SUN 11 FEB 2019

GARDENS: Grow Together, Oakham Castle, Sat 9 feb

Definitely one for the green fingers. Fancy learning, sharing and growing your own food? Set up to inspire a love of growing food and flowers, this year long volunteer project is aimed to promote an active and healthy lifestyle through gardening. From 10am – 1pm. For more info email,

Oakham Castle,Castle Grounds, Market Pl, Oakham LE15 6DR

MUSIC: Jazz Lunch, Kilworth House Hotel, Sat 9 Feb

Enjoy a relaxing lunch in the Orangery listening to the cool sounds of Jazz as the perfect accompaniment.
The Kilworth Jazz Band effortlessly blends saxophone, bass, piano and vocals with an eclectic repertoire
to appeal to all tastes. Three Course Lunch £40.

Kilworth House Hotel, Lutterworth Road, North Kilworth Leicestershire LE17 6JE

FOOD: Vegan Afternoon Tea, Foxton, Sat 9 Feb

The award-winning Artisan Vegan Bakery is hosting their Afternoon Tea event in Leicestershire this weekend. It’s such a popular event you have to be quick to book!  Following a delicious Amuse-Bouche an assortment of freshly prepared finger sandwiches will be served before fresh baked plain and fruit scones with vegan ‘cream’ and preserves and a selection of incredible miniature cakes and pastries. £25 per person.

Village Hall, Foxton, Leicestershire, Middle St, Foxton, Market Harborough LE16 7RE

COMEDY: Leicester Comedy Festival, from 6 Feb

If laughter is the best medicine, then there’s never been a better time to be in Leicester. Get your LOLs during the 26th anniversary of the event. Known as the official comedy party for the UK, this year features hundreds of comedians across 72 venues throughout the city. This year’s acts include Fern Brady, Jason Manford, Jo Brand, Romesh Ranganathan, Tom Allen and more so many more.

Comedy Festival

CINEMA: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure 30th Anniversary Screening, Nat Space Centre, Leics, Fri 8 Feb

I don’t even want to figure out how old I was when I first watched this in the cinema all those years ago! Sit back in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium as high school no-hopers, Bill and Ted, leap in and out of history, meeting such people as Napoleon, Socrates and Billy the Kid on the way. Head into a crazy roller coaster ride where Bill and Ted are in danger of flunking History class but are rescued by Rufus – a resident of San Dimas 700 years in the future where their band Wyld Stallyns has brought about world peace, and the best water slides in the universe. Party on dudes! From 6.30pm.

National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 5NS

THEATRE: Soul Legends, Loughborough Town Hall, Fri 8 Feb

Get your dancing shoes on and get ready to dance the night away to the hits of Barry White, George Benson, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Wilson Pickett, Chaka Khan, Earth Wind & Fire, and more, all in “soulsational” style! Jump aboard the soul train as it takes you on an unforgettably smooth music journey from its sixties origins, to present day, via all the classic seventies and eighties floor fillers.

Loughborough Town Hall, Market Pl, Loughborough LE11 3EB


EXHIBITION: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Sat 2 Feb

Christian Dior by Maria Grazia Chiuri (b. 1964), Éventail de vos hasards, Dress, Haute Couture, Spring/Summer 2018. Dior Héritage collection, Paris

This is going to be maaassive! The V&A is showing the largest House of Dior exhibition ever staged in the UK, tracing the history of Christian Dior and the six artistic directors who succeeded him. The exhibition is based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and there’s a new section exploring Dior’s fascination with British culture. A highlight is the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, on loan from the Museum of London.

THEATRE: The Winter’s Tale for Young Audiences, National Theatre, London, Wed 6 – Thurs 21 Feb

This is a great way to introduce primary-age children to Shakespeare (and it’s only an hour long). The Winter’s Tale, the story of Perdita, the girl who was once lost but is found, returns to the National Theatre in February 2019, following a sell-out run at the Dorfman Theatre last year.  Adapted by Justin Audibert and directed by Ruth Mary Johnson, the show is also touring round primary schools in Greater London.

BALLET: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Birmingham Hippodrome, Tues Feb 5 – 15 

Matthew Bourne’s menacing, witty and unique production of Swan Lake has won tons of awards and rightly so. It’s best known for the all-male corps-de-ballet – unheard of in the ballet world before – but it’s an all-round winner even if you’re not a ballet fan. birminghamhippodrome

ART: Jeff Koons at The Ashmolean, Oxford, Thurs Feb 7 – Sun Jun 9 & Gin Tasting with Private View, Wed Feb 13

King of kitsch, Jeff Koons is curating his own exhibition in collaboration with Norman Rosenthal. Spanning Koons’ entire career and showcasing seventeen works, most of which have never been shown in the UK before, the show will include his popular series Equilibrium, Statuary, Banality, Antiquity and his recent Gazing Ball sculptures and paintings. See his shouty, shiny, ultra-contemporary sculptures against the elegant, sedate backdrop of the oldest public museum in the UK. This is going to be a popular exhibition but you can see it without the crowds at the Love Your Gin event on Wed Feb 13.

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