FRI 8 SEPT – SUN 10 SEPT
Heritage Open Days, Leicester, until Sun 10 Sept
More than 60 buildings and venues will be open to explore over the weekend. You’ll get the chance to enjoy guided tours and walks, while some allow you to just turn up and explore yourself. Fancy a back stage tour of De Montfort Hall? You got it! How about Abbey Pumping Station? Yes that one too and a lot more including 34 Pocklingtons Walk, Freemasons’ Hall, Magazine Gateway, Stoneygate Tram Depot, Leicester Cathedral and more.
Arts Fresco, Market Harborough, Sun 10 Sept
Often described as a ‘mini Fringe festival’, the free street theatre festival, will for one day transform the town centre into the biggest street arts festival in the Midlands. Every year thousands of people flock to Market Harborough to wander the streets, mingling with roaming dinosaurs, mad chefs and wheelie bins that drive themselves. Performers from all over Europe take part, from big names in the world of street theatre to unknown artists looking to build their careers, with many of them coming back again and again. This year expect performances from Garaghty and Thom Dr Palfi, a festival favourite consultant laughologist makes a long-awaited return to the town, an all-day circus school where you can try your hand, or foot, at learning some of the tricks of the trade: unicycling, juggling, diabolo, plate spinning and so much more.
Arts Fresco, Smyth Cl, Market Harborough LE16 7NS
Raucous Races, Sat 9 Sept
Victoria Park sees the return of a family fun day race event with a twist! To mark the end of the Heritage Park projects, The Victorian ‘Raucous Races’ will see all sorts of games and frollicks! Featuring Horsey Hopper racing, Magic, photo booths, giant board games, live music, face painting, Victorian tearooms, Richard III himself and much more.
Victoria Park, Leicester LE1 7RY.
Floristry Workshops, The Fancy Flower Shop, Quorn, Fri 8 Sept
For a reasonable £25 you can join the floristry class run by Hattie and Kerry from The Fancy Flower Shop, Quorn. Everything is provided, so all you need to do is bring yourself. You’ll have the chance to create some lovely floral displays and then take them home. Class runs from 1.30 – 3pm. To book your class call, 01509 768 804.
The Fancy Flower Shop, Leicester Rd, Quorn, Loughborough LE12 8DE.
Open Day at The Century Theatre, Coalville, Sun 10 Sept
Explore Britain’s oldest surviving travelling theatre – enjoy behind the scenes tours at 11, 1 and 2pm.
Booking is not required and refreshments will be available
Century Theatre, Ashby Road, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3LN
The Lubenham Scarecrow Festival, Lubenham Sat 9 Sept – Sun 10 Sept
Prepare yourself as an abundance of scarecrows are set to take over the village with dozens on display thanks to the imagination of residents and groups. The event’s on between 11 and 6 on both days and they’ll also be live music and stalls on The Green, tractor ride tours of the village and cream teas in the church.