May Day Celebrations, Leicester Guildhall, 6 May
A folky fun day for all the family with everything you’d expect including, Maypole, Morris dancing, crafts and trails. Celebrate Mayday with an evening of energetic music and traditional English dancing! Great fun for all the family, and a unique opportunity to dosey doe the night away in the beautiful Great Hall. With Ceilidh band, 3Around3. Event start from noon until 6pm. £2 adults, £1 kids.
CULTURE: Melton Show, Melton Mowbray, 26 – 27 May
One of the longest running and best shows in the UK for the family – there will be rides and attractions a wide range of trade stands along with a selection of food and drink to keep the whole family happy. Adding to the excitement, there’s some fantastic entertainment planned including an appearance from the death defying stunts team Extreme Bike Battle.
CULTURE: Bring The Paint 2019, Leics, 20 – 26 May
This immersive event played host to an array of activities including live artworks, skateboarding, breakdancing, BMX, live music and exhibitions. Artists from all over the world came together to showcase an impressive wealth of talent which has gone on to serve as inspiration for further artistic activities within the city of Leicester. A platform of creative collaboration on a pretty impressive scale.
CULTURE: Leicester Summer Mela, Leics Racecourse, May 26
The annual cultural event brings communities together to spend a day out celebrating their rich culture and performances by various artists. Rides for the kids to enjoy. Food stalls, shopping stalls, kids fun fair, live music entertainment and lots more for the whole family to come and enjoy.
Leicester Racecourse, Oadby, Leicester Road, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4AL
MELT, Melton Mowbray, Fri 3 May
Artisan Cheese Fair, Melton Mowbray 4-5 May
Like a bit of Stilton and Brie? Happy to forgo dessert and make a beeline straight for the cheeseboard? Then you need to head straight to this annual event. One of the UK’s largest cheese fairs, with over 70 artisan cheesemakers from Britain and Ireland, showcasing over 300 cheeses to try and buy, you’ll really be spoilt for cheese and choice. There will be wine, cakes, beer, chutneys, Melton Mowbray’s famous Pork Pie and more. Entry £5, children under 16 free.
Cheese Fair, Exhibition Halls, Cattle Market, Scalford Road. Melton Mowbray. LE13 1JY
The Olive Branch Cookery Demos, Rutland 7 & 14 May
An enlightening and amusing two hour demo followed by a wonderful 3-course lunch. Chef Chris demonstrates this specially chosen seasonal menu and then prepares lunch for all guests, which is served with a complimentary glass of wine at 12.30pm. Take note of time-saving hints and tips on menu preparation, cooking and final presentation during the demonstration. From 10am. £60.
The Olive Branch, Main St, Clipsham, Oakham LE15 7SH
FOOD: Taste Harborough Food and Drink Fair, 25 May
The very best produce from across the area the Market Square will be full of mouthwatering stalls. Everything from locally produced beer, wine and cider will be available to buy along with coffee, cakes, breads, jams and much much more. Don’t miss the popular ‘Taste Trail’.
Taste Harborough, The Square, Market Harborough, LE16
Grainstore Brewery Cider & Sausage Festival, Oakham, 24 – 27 May
Enjoy a lively barbecue and live music throughout the Cider and Sausage festival, the atmosphere changes depending upon the time of day from relaxed and chilled during the day to vibrant and fun each evening as the party goers join in. Featuring 40 real ciders straight from the barrel and locally crafted sausages including our own Pork and Ale, this is another lively one full of great music and food!
Handmade 2019, Sun 5 May
Are you a keen festival goer? You’ve probably herd of Handmade then! Returning for tis 7 year on a bank holiday weekend! A fantastic event full of laughter, fun and LIVE music from bands such as; Metronomy and The Futurheads. Get that (eco-friendly) glitter on and dance like your life depends on it! Tickets £35 at various venues across the city.
A Weekend with Chesney Hawkes – Cattows Farm, Heather- Fri May 31- Mon June 3
Join in with this exclusive weekend with the one and only Chesney Hawkes. Spend a wonderful weekend of luxury in our beautiful glamping village with one of the most iconic legends of the 80’s & 90’s. Glamping packages also avail. Buy tickets here.
Cattows Farm, Normanton Lane, Heather, LE67 2TD
Mrs Kapoor’s Daughter’s Wedding, Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, 5-6 May
Mrs Kapoor cordially invites you to her daughter’s wedding. Being the mother of five daughters, she is overly keen and excited for this big fat Indian wedding. Enter into the hilarious world of their life and the build up to a typical Indian wedding. With Bollywood dancing, live singing and comedy sketches, this production guarantees to leave you in stitches of laughter!
Haymarket Theatre, 1 Garrick Walk, Leicester LE1 3AF
Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet, Curve, 13 – 18 May
Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne‘s trademark storytelling, Leicester’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company, with direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies played live by the New Adventures Orchestra.
Curve, Rutland Street, Leics, LE1
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Kilworth House Theatre, 28 May – 17 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. Tickets from £34. Book a spot for afternoon tea on Mon 27 and enjoy an amazing array of multi-coloured cakes and sandwiches plus plenty of options for the kids too.
Kilworth Theatre, Lutterworth Rd, Lutterworth LE17 6JE
Live from the National Theatre, All My Sons Market Harborough, 30 May
From The Old Vic Theatre comes Arthur Miller’s blistering drama, starring Sally Field and Bill Pullman, Jenna Coleman and Colin Morgan, directed by Jeremy Herrin. Joe and Kate Keller are a success story; they have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business but, nothing lasts forever. Shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare. Starring Sally Field and Bill Pullman. From 7pm. Tickets on sale from 24th April from Quinns Bookshop, Three Crowns Yard, The High Street, Market Harborough.
Church Square, Market Harborough LE16 7NB
The National Forest Walking Festival, 18 – 30 May
Now in it’s 12th year, this is a great opportunity to lace up your boots and join some knowledgeable bods as they help you to explore in and around 200 square miles of the National Forest. Discover historic towns and villages, enjoy wonderful countryside and learn more about the area’s rich and varied history. This year we have nearly 100 walks for you to choose from, plus a whole range of walking-related activities to keep you striding out in the Forest all year round.
Rutland Walking and Cycling Festival, 18 – 31 May
Get fit and enjoy the local scenery during this festival. With a full programme of different led walks and cycle rides, the festival includes a range of walks and paces from a leisurely stroll admiring the views to fast paced walks that will improve your fitness. 18th – 24th May offers a part of the epic Rutland Round 65 mile circular route and from 25th – 31st expect various walking and cycling routes that will showcase the beautiful countryside of Rutland. The festival will host led cycle rides to suit all ages and abilities. Call 01572 720936 for more info.
Burbage Common Open Day, 12 May
The annual countryside open day is a fab family event giving visitors the opportunity to make the most of the natural environment. There will be plenty of fun things to see and do, including, workshops, demonstrations, Morris dancers, maypole dancing, crafts, animals, farmers market, falconry, den building, pond dipping, outdoor activities and refreshments. 10.30 am – 4.30pm.
The Team Who Got Us to the Moon, National Space Centre, Leics, 18 – 19 May
In the 50th anniversary year of the first Moon landing, the National Space Centre is reuniting some of the team behind this historic achievement. Twelve humans stood on the lunar surface, but it took many thousands of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, makers, creators and thinkers to get them there. Visitors can join the special guests for a Q&A in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium, the UK’s largest planetarium, as well as an informal Apollo brunch on Sunday morning, suitable for families and fans. Meanwhile earlier on in the month, specifically on the 5 May they are also celebrating Revenge of the Fifth – a very special ‘adult only’ evening of music, art, science, fashion and food, that will be dedicated to celebrating the Dark Side of the Force, with maybe a hint of Rebellion!
Nat Space Centre, Exploration Dr, Leicester LE4 5NS
Peter Rabbit Outdoor Cinema, Hollycroft Park, Hinckley 11 May
A great one of the family with an onsite BBQ and bar, so make the most of it. Picnics are welcome onsite, but you can’t bring your own booze! From 12pm Tickets are now on sale via website here.
Aqua Park, Rutland, May 25
Splashing down for its fourth season, Aqua Park Rutland will feature a new park layout, and for the first time, children from the age of six will be able to enjoy this super-soaking summer activity with their family. Open from May 25, the Aqua Park at Rutland Water measures 100m by 80m, creating more space for thrill-seeking families, students, sports teams and fitness groups.
Aqua Park, Bull Brig Ln, Whitwell, Oakham LE15 8BL