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Vin-ema, Bawdwon Lodge, Fri 8 June

A Friday evening with Italian Wine, Italian Food and errrr Sir Michael Cain. Enjoy some vino and cinema (what a brat paining – right?) with wine provided by small family-run winery local Kilo Wines and sip it while you settle into watch The Italian Job (1969 version).

Bawdon Lodge Farm, Nanpantan Road, Nanpantan, Loughborough ,LE12 9YE

Picnic in the Park, Loughborough Sat 9 June

The annual Picnic in the Park is a fantastic family event with arts and crafts stalls, music, dance and street entertainment. So bring your picnic, bring your family and friends and enjoy an afternoon of good old fashioned fun

Queen’s Park 54 Frederick St, Loughborough LE11 3BJ

Open Farm Sunday, Oakley Grange, Sun 10 June

Head to the farm this Open Farm Sunday and learn about our Lincoln Red cattle, Exlana sheep, outdoor pigs and the wildlife and their habitats on one of their guided farm walks. You can also explore the polytunnel and see where they grow all their own lettuce, which is picked daily and served with lunch in their café.

Oakley Grange Cafe

Melton Mowbray Super Con, Sat 9 June

This is an exciting family friendly comic convention with loads for all ages to enjoy. From interactive attractions and displays, to outdoor activities, to cosplay competitions with great prizes, and so much more, it’s a super fun day out that you won’t want to miss. See website for more details.

Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, LE13 0PB Melton Mowbray

Leicester Art House, Leicester, Fri 8 June – Sun 10 June

Returning for an amazing 10th year, Art House Leicester is back, providing you with an opportunity to discover local artists and their work from within their own homes and gardens. With various locations across South East Leicester such as Clarendon Park, Stoneygate and Knighton, there’s plenty of activities to fill up the day. Please note that Art House takes place across several venues.

Uppingham Friday Market, Uppingham, Fri 8 June

Situated in the heart of Uppingham, the Friday market gives you a chance to seek some fresh local produce and enjoy the best of Rutland’s quaint historic town. As this is a weekly occurrence, you don’t have to panic about missing out on the produce and you can just come back again for more.

Uppingham Market Place, Uppingham, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 9QH

Open Farm Sunday, Cold Overton, Sun 10 June

Northfield Farm near Oakham brings you a family fun day with this event, all while educating children further on the link between farming and our food. From woodland walks to discovering the farm animals and machinery, this is a hands-on day to encourage learning and play. There’s a catering trailer on site for the day too, so you can treat yourself to some tea and cake.

Northfield Farm, Whissendine Lane, Cold Overton, Nr Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7QF

World Gin Day Festival, Loughborough, Sat 9 June


Adults who are also gin lovers, you can rejoice! To celebrate World Gin Day, Loughborough Town Hall is hosting a second Burleigh Gin Festival. Take the chance to relax whilst enjoying some live music, street food, and of course, gin. What more could you want?

Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3EB

Squirrel At Wellsborough, Opening of new studio, Sun 10 June

Head to the opening of their grade 2 listed cottage to exhibit local wildlife photographer, Mark Green’s work. Owners Tony and Jessica will also be showcasing some of our Squirrel wares in a bell tent on the paddock . Visitors can expect to see vintage finds alongside natural beeswax soap, needle-felted native birds and more. All their handcrafted gifts are made by local individuals living no more than 20 miles from Wellsborough.

Squirrel at Wellsborough The Stables, Manor Farm Cottage, Bosworth Road, Nuneaton, CV13 6AA.

Music in the Mead, Hinckley, Sat 9 June

Argents Mead in Hinckley has become quite the spot for summer entertainment and picnics. This Saturday brings Ella-May Stanier to the bandstand, who will be performing a combination of pop, soul and jazz classics. For the kids, you can also find Storytelling in the Mead on the same day, which features short stories told magically by ‘Tom the Tale Teller’.

Argents Mead, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1EQ

Stapleford Miniature Railway Models & Miniatures Weekend, Stapleford Park, Sat 9 – Sun 10 June 

You may know Stapleford Park as being a luxury hotel and spa, but it also plays host to a miniature railway which opens to the public twice a year, and this weekend is one of those times. Why not have a family day out and enjoy riding on a miniature railway through Leicestershire’s glorious countryside?

 Stapleford Park, Nr Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 2SF

Open Osgathorpe, Osgathorpe, Sat 9 – Sun 10 June

Tucked away in North West Leicestershire, the pretty country village of Osgathorpe is hosting the annual Open Osgathorpe weekend. You can discover this little gem of a place, and support the community too, with funds contributing to the upkeep of the local church. Take a stroll around the open gardens, spend at the plant and book sale, or treat your taste buds to a cream tea, there’s a lot to do in such a small village.

St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Osgathorpe, Leicestershire, LE12 9SY 

Gin Trail, Leicester, Fri 8 Jun – Sun 10 June

This year, St Martin’s Square a city centre hub of local independent businesses is celebrating World Gin Day with the Gin Trail. Five of the city’s best bars are taking part in the trail, 33cankstreet, 45 St Martin’s, Bodega, The Bottle Garden and Grillstock. Simply turn up and pick up a wristband from any participating venue for £18 and you can enjoy three gin cocktails between 8th and 10 June.

Harborough Carnival, Market Harborough, Sat 9 June

It’s not everyday you get to see a carnival parade through the centre of Market Harborough, except for the Harborough Carnival, so you don’t want to miss this one. Revel in the music, food, drink and naturally, the carnival float procession in this entertaining event.

Market Harborough Town Centre, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7DS

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