ART: ALPHA male by Tim Fowler, Leics, Fri 5 July
Tim Fowler’s first major solo exhibition focuses on family, fatherhood and a mans role in the contemporary household. The exhibition will consist of several paintings, some scaling over 6ft tall, depicting intimate family scenes, stolen moments alone and the adorable bond between the artists’ twin daughters. The private viewing on Friday is open to all with complimentary refreshments available. The exhibition continues 7 – 21st July.
Studioname 2 Brougham Street, Leicester LE1 2BA
COMMUNITY: Leicester Festival of Health, Leicester Uni, Sat 6 July
Come along to a Health Fair with a difference, where you and the fam can enjoy fun activities and learn more about health and well-being.The ‘pay as you feel’ event will feature something for everyone, including health info and advice, health information and advice, face painting, a teddy bear clinics, bouncy castles, food stalls, a treasure hunt as well as local food, live music, picnic boxes for kids and more. From 11am-3pm.
University Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 7RH
RACES: Ladies Day, Leicester Racecourse, Saturday 6 July
Ladies – grab your most extravagant hats, elegant heels and show stopping dresses for Ladies Day at the Races, with prizes for the best dressed. Enjoy an action packed day of racing, followed by live music from headliner Will Young, supported by Ana Matronic. A fantastic firework display will finish off the evening with a bang! From 11am-10pm.
Leicester Racecourse, Oadby, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 4AL
DRINK: Picnic in the Gardens, Beaumanor Hall, Sat 6 July
Enjoy a British alfresco afternoon in the idyllic grounds of Victorian Beaumanor Hall, complete with live music. The event will highlight local food and drink producers, including sandwiches, Melton Mowbray pork pies and Red Leicester cheese, not to mention some tasty gin drinks. Tickets are available for £98.50 per package (for 2) via the Burleigh’s Gin website and include a picnic blanket and Copa Glass to take home, as well as a complementary gin and tonic on arrival. 18+. From 3-9pm.
Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse, Leicestershire, LE12 8TX
FOOD: Food, Drink & Craft Festival, Rutland Showground, 6-7 July
Expect celebrity chefs Levi Roots and Phil Vickery making an appearance plus of course lots of local food and drink producers showcasing their delights, and demonstrations from expert chefs to inspire your inner culinary genius. An extended crafts area will also feature for those who love to create! Tickets are £3, with children under 12 free.
Rutland Showground, Showground Way, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7TW
THEATRE: Amelie, Haymarket, Leicester, 9 – 13 July
A story of an astonishing young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She secretly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness that bring happiness to those around her. Amelie, played by the delightful Audrey Brisson (The Elephantom, Pinocchio and Pericles (National Theatre), The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic) and more) is a new musical based on the much loved five-time Oscar-nominated film.
GARDENS: Belvoir Flower and Garden Festival, 13 – 14 July
A quintessential British day out with beautiful garden inspiration and ideas. Think picnic in the park meets Chelsea Flower Show, enjoy a picnic with Pimms, music, strawberries and cream! Tickets include entrance to the Belvoir Castle gardens too. Adult tickets, £15 per person and family tickets (2 adults and 2 children aged 5 to 16) £35.
CULTURE: Hinckley Soap Box Derby, Sun 7 July
The 10th annual promises to be another hilariously fun, family day for the teams and spectators alike. Comprising both a jump and a chicane, it is the driver’s choice, as they steam down the 200m Castle Street hill cheered on by the crowds. Build a soap box and compete to raise money for charity. All and everything welcome!
Hinckley Bid, Castle Street, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1DD
THEATRE: Cats, Kilworth House Theatre, from 23 July
A magical musical like no other with breath-taking choreography, set and costumes ‘CATS‘ at Kilworth’ is going to be ‘the cats’ whiskers’ of shows set in the unique mystical glade that only Kilworth can offer. The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year and one by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the cats to ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.
HISTORY: Discover the Romans, Bosworth, Sat 20 – Sun 21 July
Leicestershire is well known for being a Roman settlement so come and discover the Roman History and a chance to see objects from the site’s important Roman temple, as well as talks, crafts for kids and a chance to meet Boudica and members of the Roman Army. From 10.30-4pm.
Bosworth Battlefield, Ambion Ln, Sutton Cheney, Nuneaton CV13 0AD
FOOD: Rockingham Castle Food and Drink Fair, Sat 13 – Sun 14 July
A brand new foodie event featuring a fantastic selection of local food and drink in a historic location. Visitors to Rockingham Castle Food and Drink Fair will have the opportunity to sample and purchase many delicious products made by independent producers and suppliers from the surrounding areas. This event takes place inside the beautiful rooms and courtyard of Rockingham Castle. Advance tickets £4 (on the gate £5) and children free.
Rockingham Castle Estate, Market Harborough LE16 8TH
CULTURE: Rockingham Castle Country Fair, Sat 27 – Sun 28 July
All day entertainment will include , birds of prey flying displays, children’s entertainer, the goat show including bottle feeding lambs and kids, children’s petting pens, historical re-enactment and much much more. Tickets available on the gate, adults: £9.00, concessions: £8.00, young person £4 (5-18) family: £24 (2 adults, 2 children) or online for a slightly cheaper rate. Under 5s go free. 10am – 5pm.
Rockingham Castle Estate, Market Harborough LE16 8TH
FOOD: Piefest, Melton Mowbray Sat 27 – 28 July
The UK’s largest pie festival takes place in Melton Mowbray, home of the famous Pork Pie and celebrates golden, flaky pasties and pies in all their glory. Pie makers from across the country will be tempting you with their delicious pies and visitors will also get the chance to enjoy a hot pie or two with mash, veg and lashings of tasty gravy over at the Pie Kitchen.
KIDS: Apollo Sleepover, National Space Centre, Sat 20 July
Have your kids ever wondered what it would be like to take part in a special lunar mission workshops? To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the moon, the Space Centre is hosting an exciting evening full of activities, workshops, talks, breakfast and, of course, a most unusual place to sleep. This will be a special evening beneath the stars. Space Lates activities include Pop up Science around the centre, the chance to try some astronaut ice cream, an explosive live science show with a professional spacesuit maker, expert talks and so much more. For more information and to book: head to the website.
National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leics, LE1
KIDS: Jim’s Tractor Run Date, Ashby de la Zouch, Sun 28 July
Tractor Run and vintage cars parade along Market St, Ashby and park up on The Bath Grounds where there you can take a look at all the tractors and talk to the drivers. There will be live entertainment throughout the day and lots of exciting stalls including food and drink vendors and fair rides.
KIDS: Wistow Maze, Sat 20 July
Enjoy a fun day out exploring one of the country’s largest maize mazes, set in 8 acres of living maize and sunflower crop. It’s great exercise for mind and body! Perfect for all ages, with staff outings even more popular than school trips! This year, to mark the 50th Anniversary of the ‘First Man on the Moon’, the maze has been designed in the shape of an Astronaut, and the quiz trail hidden amongst the 3 miles of pathways, will be themed on other Historic First Achievements. Follow the fun Quiz Trail, and see if you can find all 12 quiz boards hidden amongst the 3 miles of paths, with high level bridges and viewing towers giving stunning panoramic views.
DRINK: The Gin and Rum Festival, Leicester, Sat 20 Jul
Whet your whistle with over 60 different gins and 60 different rums some of the best from around the UK as well as some international brands. Taste samples from gin and rum producers and learn more about the spirits in the scheduled talks and masterclasses throughout the event. Plus there will be seven different themed bars which will each serve different gin or rum for you to drink throughout your time at the festival. Lots of food too when hunger calls, including gourmet burgers, pizza, vegan dishes and much more. Live entertainment and live music from local bands and skilled bartenders showing off their cocktail making skills.
Leicester Athena, Queen St, LE1 1QD
Thurmaston Carnival, 21 July
The Carnival is coming to Thurmaston once again in 2019! The Carnival will take place and will be jam-packed with lots of fun activities to take part in for all ages. If you are interested in holding a stall on the day then please get in touch with Elizabeth Park Centre on 0116 260 2519 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. From midday.
Elizabeth Park Centre, Leicester
Market Harborough Summer Fayre, Sun 21 July
The Summer Fayre will be a traditional event for all the family with music, stalls, inflatables, dinosaurs, trade stands, games and food. There will be a little of everything from food, drink, live music stage, stilt walkers, children’s picnic, a circus workshop, miniature vintage bus rides and more. £3.00 each and kids under 10 free. 10.30am – 6pm.
Summer Fayre, Welland Park Academy
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jubilee Square, Leics, Fri 19 July
Get comfy under the stars in the city for an out-of-this-world outdoor cinema experience! You’ll be transported to a galaxy far far away with this space-themed movie night. Star Wars fans will be elated too. Free event – just turn up and bag a spot.
Jubilee Square, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 5LB
Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Abbey Pumping Station, 25 July
An adaptation by award-winning writer Laura Turner, is set to entrance audiences for an evening of theatre beneath the stars. Can Catherine and Heathcliffe’s love endure, or will the forces of nature tear them apart? Tickets are adult £16, child £11, family £46. 10% discount for parties of 10 or more. Tickets available from Abbey Pumping Station Museum on 0116 299 5111 or online here.
The HandleBards, The Tempest, Leicester, July 24
They’re back, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe. Join their all-female troupe at Leicester Guildhall for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ’The Tempest’. A shipwreck washes the court of Milan up onto a mysterious desert island, inhabited by magicians, sprites and monsters, where nothing is as it seems. There’s magic, musicality and mystery a plenty! Catch it at Leicester’s Guildhall on July 24. In usual HandleBards style, expect energy, chaos, and a great deal of laughter.
OPERA: Nevill Holt Opera, Market Harborough, until 2 July
Catch Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte – a high energy tale of love, temptation and partner-swapping, this year, Mozart’s popular opera delights in this elegant art-deco staging and wonderful production.
THEATRE: Tolethorpe Hall, Rutland, until 31 Aug
A stage set in an enchanting glade, a company of fine actors, stunning sets and gorgeous costumes. Take a seat in one of Europe’s finest open air theatres. Sprawled under a permanent all-weather canopy, it’s the perfect setting to enjoy the works of the world’s greatest playwright. The Stamford Shakespeare Company take the stage for their 51st year at Tolethorpe Hall and you can watch Noel Coward’s, Blithe Spirit from 9 July. Enjoy your own picnic in the beautiful gardens or enjoy a pre-performance buffet meal in the dining rooms.
CULTURE: The Leicestershire and Rutland Festival of Archaeology, until 28 July
Explore the archaeology of our local area, watch experts at work and experience the excitement of archaeology with events you can actually participate in. The UK’s biggest archaeology festival with over 80 events planned over four weeks and promises to be a bigger and better event than ever before. Lots going on from family friendly activities at museums, guided walks of historic sites, expert talks, displays, exhibitions and chances to get your hands dirty with a bit of excavation, explore local tunnels, learn about Roman crafts, hunt for buried artefacts and even rebuild Leicester in Minecraft. Now that’s something kids will absolutely love. The event is in partnership with the University of Leicester and takes place at the LCB Depot on Rutland Street.