Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Kilworth House Theatre, until Sun 7 July
Full of unforgettable songs including ‘’Those Canaan Days’, ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and ‘Close Every Door To Me’, this is a fantastic family musical filled with non-stop action, a kaleidoscope of catchy songs and colourful dance numbers, laughter and fun. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling musical brings to life the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours! With its family-friendly story, familiar themes and irresistible music, this musical is one of the most enduring shows of all time.
MELT, Melton Mowbray, Fri 7 June
Tuck into some of the tastiest street food around at this new, regular monthy foodie pop-up! This month, MELT will have Toastie the Difference, serving grilled cheese and halloumi fries, Gyro Guys, local Farmer Lou’s Hog and Lamb roast, Vausages vegan sausages (errrmmm yaaaas), Feast and the Furious; Martin Bros Pizza; Bare Bones cinnamon-dusted churros and coffee, Disco Fries and tonnes more. From 12 noon till 10pm and free entrance.
Bosworth Festival, Sat 7 – 23 June
Taking place in the grounds of Bosworth Hall, this will definitely be a grand day out for all the family, with classic and vintage cars, VW Owners Club meet, fun fair, games, militaria and collectibles, refreshments, beer tent, children’s activities and fun fair, live entertainment, trade, charity and craft stalls. The day carries through into the evening when the fun moves onto the Hall lawn for Music in the Park until 11.00pm. Bring a picnic, pull up an easy chair and relax at the end of the day to live music. Follow the Art Trial, bag a seat for Pop in the Park, there’s classical concerts, comedy, theatre and tonnes more this year at this brilliant local annual event. £5 per person – accompanied children under 16 free.
Burleighs World Gin Day Festival, Loughborough Town Hall, Sat 8 June
Back and bigger than ever, World Gin Day is a global celebration of all things gin and this year you can head to Burleighs World Gin Day Festival for an eclectic mix of Live Music, Street Food and Gin. Over 18 only, advanced tickets only.
Music in the Park, Wistow, Sat 8 June
Bring your own picnic and enjoy a wonderful evening listening to two fantastic bands, the high-energy ‘Ska-aManga’ band and award-winning ‘Kibworth Brass Band’. The evening finishes with a fabulous fireworks display in front of Wistow Hall and is raising money for “LOROS” (hospice) and the charity “Raising Health”. Free parking and entrance to the concert is from Station Road. Book tickets 0116 231 8431 in advance. £15 in advance (£20 on the night cash only). 10-16 years old £5 : Under 10’s free, gates open 5.30pm, concert starts 7.30pm and finished with a fireworks display from 10.00pm.
Wistow, Kibworth Rd, Wistow, Leics. LE8 0QF
The Harborough Carnival of Running, Sat June 8
Whether you’re a mum pushing a pram or on wheels of your own, you can take part in this annual fun run. The four races of varying difficulty will take place on Saturday June 8th. There’s the one mile run, the 5k route, the 10k route and then the big one – the half mile marathon. The event ties in with Harborough Carnival so expect a big spectacular finish with around 5,000 cheering supporters waiting for them at the Carnival Show Ground. Entry costs £2.50 for the one-mile fun run, £15 for the 5k, £20 for the 10k and £27.50 for the half marathon.
Live Concert, TAKE THAT; Greatest Hits Live, Phoenix, Leics, Sat 8 Jun
Celebrating 30 incredible years, Take That are bringing their spectacular 2019 Greatest Hits tour to cinemas for one night only! Broadcast LIVE from their last UK concert of the tour, you’ll have FROW seats and you’ll be a part of the action as Gary, Mark and Howard journey through Take That’s incredible musical history. Expect big hits and new tracks from their latest album, Odyssey. Are you ready?
Phoenix, 4 Midland St, Leicester LE1 1TG
Harborough Carnival, Sat 8 June
The very popular annual weekend of carnival fun for all the family. Don’t miss the parade of carnival floats including the Carnival Queen, bands and entertainer through the town centre, you will find a host of live events, stalls and entertainment at the carnival show ground. The Parade starts at 10:45am and move through the town on the normal route which inclueds the; Highstreet, Coventry Road, Fairfield Road, Welland Park Road, Northampton Road, St Mary’s Road and arriving at Symington’s recreation ground.
Open Farm Sunday, Sun 9 June
Open Farm Sunday offers a fantastic chance for people to discover real farming at first hand and see for themselves how their food (and much more besides) is produced. It’s more than likely that your local farm will also be taking place so check here before you visit.
Pet Fest, Leics, Sat 8 – Sun 9 June
Leicestershire’s biggest Pet Festival celebrates all that is wonderful about domestic pets and there’s a host of activities taking place over the weekend. Enter your pooch in our hugely popular ‘Dog Show’ and ‘Dog Agility Cup’ or just head long to enjoy the craft stalls, food, drinks, huge garden games and much more. All funds raised on the day will go straight back into Woodside to help rescue, rehabilitate and re home animals in need throughout Leicestershire and Rutland. Adults £2.50, children over 5 years – £1.50 and children under 5 – free
Woodside Animal Centre, 190 Scudamore Rd, Leicester LE3 1UQ
Rock of Ages – Haymarket Theatre, Leicester – Tues June 11 – Sat June 15
Pic Credit: Richard-Davenport
Rock of Ages is an LA love story including more than 25 classic rock anthems, such as Don’t Stop Believin’, We Built This City, The Final Countdown, and I Want to Know What Love Is, played loud and proud by a live band. Cast includes Strictly Come Dancing champion Kevin Clifton as Stacee Jaxx and Kevin Kennedy (Curly from Coronation Street, most recently seen as Captain Hook in Peter Pan at De Montfort Hall) as Dennis. Tickets from £27.50.
Haymarket Theatre, 1 Garrick Walk, Leicester LE1 3AF
Nevill Holt Opera, Market Harborough, from 12 June
This season catch Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (12-16 June). The story includes a lovers tiff between fairy-king Oberon and his queen Tytania leads to a night of mistaken identities, confused lovers and alarming transformations. Based on Shakespeare’s comedy, with a magical score by Benjamin Britten, this new production for NHO features a cast of young artists. Meanwhile, Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte (26, 27, 29, 30 June and 2 July) is 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.
Foxton Locks Festival – Foxton – Sat Jun 15 – Sun Jun 16
This annual festival provides a brilliant family day out, with a fun fair, arena displays, craft fair, live music, fantastic canal boats, and even a fun dog show. £8 per adult per day, accompanied children free.
Wildlife Weekend – Celebrating the Wildlife of Bradgate Park, Sat 15 – Sun 16 June
Meet the conservationists and naturalists who help support and monitor our wildlife. Head to the Deer Meadow next to the Deer Barn. Join in on walks, talks, demonstrations and tracking taking place over the weekend, as well as fun activities for all the family. Free.
Gin, Prosecco, Cider & Ale Evening , Leicester Racecourse, 15 June
Join the boozy event of the summer and enjoy an evening of horse racing, food and drink as well as live music by Oompah Band! Don your best outfit and don’t miss out on this great summer race meeting. Tickets are available at £15pp (over the phone at £17pp and under 18’s go free
Leicester Racecourse, Oadby
Gorse Hill City Farm, Summer Solstice, Leics, Fri 21 June
Fun for all the family! This year there will be a BBQ & Hog Roast, a bar, live acts, children’s entertainers, a disco, fun rides and more.
Gorse Hill City Farm, Anstey Lane, LE4 0FJ
Gin themed Afternoon Tea, Beaumanor Hall Sun 9 June
When life gives you lemons… make a G+T! Back by popular demand, join in with a fabulous gin inspired Afternoon Tea. 2pm and 4pm sitting, £21.95 per person
Tolethorpe Hall, Rutland, 11 June – 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. Shakespeare classics are Twelfth Night from June 11 and Julius Caesar, 18 June plus, 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.
Clarendon Park Summer Fair, Leics 16 June
Come soak up the summer atmosphere while supporting independent businesses and local entrepreneurs. Join the wonderful community fair with 50 stalls selling unique gifts, arts, crafts, food and live entertainment throughout that day, and fairground rides for the kids. From 11am
Queens Road, Leicester, LE2
Revive Festival, Leicester, 15 – 30 June
It’s time to head back to the sixties. Experience vintage fairs, live sixties music and events, vinyl records, street food, family fun over three weekend, with 40 events expect a real Summer of Love. Bringing the sights and sounds of bygone eras to the city streets and this year’s focus is on the Mod movement and the 1960s in various venues including DeMontfort Hall, New Walk Museum, LCB Depot, The Haymarket, Curve, Phoenix, Highcross and a host of bars, pubs, clubs and cafes to embrace the swinging sixties.
The Secret Garden, Beaumanor Hall, Sat 16 June
This summer, join young Mary Lennox on a journey of discovery as she is sent to her uncle’s house in the countryside, where mysteries and secrets lurk round every corner… As she makes new friends and encounters magical creatures, Mary has one burning question: where is the location of her uncle’s secret garden, and where has he hidden the key? Relive this enchanting tale of secrecy and curiosity in what will be one of the highlights of the summer. Entry from 6pm, theatre show to start ay 7pm.Tickets, adults £16, children £11, family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £46. Picnic hampers will also be available to buy.
Jousting and Medieval Village History, Rockingham Castle, Sun 16 June
The Knights of Nottingham and the Oxford Household make a thrilling return to Rockingham Castle. With banners streaming, the glint of sun on steel bladed swords and axes, the armoured knights will fight it out on Horseback and on foot. The Black Knight has come to do battle and intends to win at any cost. Out in the arena there will be displays by armour clad warriors of sword and pike drills, skill at arms and combat prior to the jousters taking to the field. A fire-eating display, jester in the grounds and story telling for the children and adult are all set to entertain you. Can good triumph?
Rockingham Castle, Market Harborough
Uppingham Feast Day, Sun 16 June
This year’s theme is Mexican Fiesta! Get the summer into full swing with the annual Uppingham Feast Day, it promises to be fun packed day for all the family to enjoy. The Market Square, Town Hall and High Street will be full of family entertainment for young and old alike, with many activities including street entertainers, live music, food, a craft fayre, children’s entertainment, and a street market – plus, much, much more. From 12 noon.
Market Place, Uppingham, Rutland
Shrek, The Musical, Haymarket Theatre, 20 – 23 June
Based on the story and characters from the DreamWorks film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy. Join Shrek, our unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages!
Groby Street Fair, Leics, 23 June
The local street fair is a great time out for the family Expect live music, fair rides, food , drink and lots of entertainment. From 11am – 4pm.
Groby Street Fair, Markfield Road, Leicester, LE6
Oakham Festival, 23 – 30 June
Come and enjoy a festival full of laughter, music and dance. The Oakham Festival has been celebrating and promoting the arts including music, theatre, art, dance, and comedy since 1989. Past musicians include Antonio Forcione, Toploader, Showaddywaddy and The Houndogs. Comedy performers have included Jimmy Carr, Jo Caulfield and Jeremy Hardy. We are delighted to be represented nationally by our patron and former Oakham School student, Miles Jupp. This year expect old favourites like the Proms in the Park, lunchtime recitals, art exhibitions and dance showcases.
Festival, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6AA
RSC Taming of the Shrew, Harborough Theatre, 26 June
hakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism is turned on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power. Directed by Justin Audibert, starring Hanna Azuonye, Charlotte Arrowsmith and Joseph Arkley. In a re-imagined 1590, England is a matriarchy. Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son, Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story. Tickets on sale from Quinns Bookshop, Three Crowns Yard, The High Street, Market Harborough, or here.
Harborough Theatre, Church Square, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 7NB
Big Fish Little Fish, Leics 29 June
The multi award winning family rave is returning to Leicester for a June summer party with a difference. It will be held 2Funky Music Cafe from 12noon – 3pm. Total Drum and Bass legend DJ SS will be playing a banging set of Drum and Bass to a crowd of around 800 parents and their children. The family raves include a multi-sensory dance floor with top DJs playing club classics. Club visuals, bubble machines, glitter cannons and a giant parachute dance help to create the atmosphere of a real rave. As well as a play and chill out area for babies, the events have a high quality themed craft area with a colouring mural and a play dough table.
Paint the Town Red, Melton Mowbray, 30 June
A celebration of all things Melton, this event looks back at the history and heritage of the town and the surrounding villages and the countryside as well as showcasing everything they have to offer now. Expect interactive experiences and fun learning opportunities as well as great local produce, hand-crafted items, street food, entertainment and performances. From 10am and free!
Steam on Rutland Water, Sat 29 – Sun 30 June
Come along and enjoy this family events where the kids can gawp at the steam powered and vintage vehicles, you can enjoy music while they jump around on the bouncy castle and enjoy the funfair . There will also be plenty of food and drink to tuck into.
Steam, Sykes Lane, Empingham, Rutland, LE15 8QL