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Mallory Mile, Kirkby Mallory, Mon 11 June

This week sees the return of National Bike Week, to promote cycling in everyday life. In honour of this, Leicestershire’s famed race track Mallory Park are bringing back the Mallory Mile for an impressive 17th year on Monday evening. It’s time to get your bikes out and enjoy a fun mile of cycling with friends and family.

Mallory Park, Church Rd, Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire, LE9 7QE

Rutland Open Studios, Oakham, until Sat 16 June

If you have a chance to get down to the Rutland County Museum in Oakham, then hurry and go there this week, as Rutland Open Studios is in its final few days. The event celebrates Rutland’s finest artists and creators, who are exhibiting their work individually across the county. However, the museum is displaying a selection of the artists’ work, so there’s a chance to admire the vast range of talent.

Rutland County Museum, Catmos Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HW

 Le nozze di Figaro, Market Harborough, Thurs 14 – Thurs 21 June

Thursday night sees the grand opening performance of Le nozze di Figaro, at the newly-instated opera theatre at Market Harborough’s Nevill Holt Hall. What better way to celebrate opera than with one of the world’s most renowned composers in a stunning location. Be warned though, there are only a few tickets left to witness this incredible addition to Leicestershire’s theatre scene, so be quick and get yours before they are all gone!

Nevill Holt Opera, Nevill Holt, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 8EG

 The Luna Cinema, Belvoir Castle, Fri 15 – Sat 16 June 

You know it must be summer when the open-air cinema events arrive! The Luna Cinema is arriving at Belvoir Castle for two nights from the 15th June. The films showing include recent hit musical The Greatest Showman and the classic Dirty Dancing. It’s time to pack a picnic and watch fantastic films in the fresh air as the sunsets against the backdrop of the stunning castle.

Belvoir Castle, Grantham, Leicestershire, NG32 1PE 

Encounters, Loughborough, Thurs 14 June – Sat 28 July

In case you didn’t know already, Loughborough Town Hall delivers not only theatre shows and gigs, but is also home to the Sock Gallery, and for the next month and a half, the work of Jose Gonzalez Iglesias will be displayed in this unmissable solo exhibition. All about life, curiosity, memories and experiences, this exhibition explores the bonds that entwines these aspects of our lives. Meanwhile on 17 June prepare to be serenaded by Russell Watson. The four-time Brit Classical Award winner will be accompanied by his pianist and a guest choir and performing songs from his new album True Stories, together with a selection of hits from his illustrious career.

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

Sherlock Holmes, Ashby de la Zouch, Tues 12 June

Chapterhouse theatre company is bringing its thrilling and suspenseful production of Sherlock Holmes to many beautiful locations across the UK, including Leicestershire’s very own Ashby Castle this Tuesday. You can book or pay on the door to witness this open-air performance in the grounds of the majestic 12th century castle. This definitely sounds worth it!

Ashby de la Zouch Castle, South Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1BR

The Wolsey Angels, Leicester, Until Sun 2 Sept

A real piece of history is currently on show at the New Walk Museum and Gallery. For the first time ever, the Wolsey Angels, four rare sculptures made for Cardinal Wolsey’s tomb in 1524 and then lost for centuries until 1994 are touring the UK and they are here right now in Leicester. Head along to find out more about the fascinating story of these statues and their role in our history.

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, 53 New Walk, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 7EA

Leicester Writes, The Exchange, Leicester, Tues 12 June – 30 June

Back for its fourth year, this is the first and only festival dedicated to showcasing regional and diverse literary talent. During the launch at The Exchange bar, six six local writers will be invited to compete for a chance to be crowned ‘Leicester Book of the Year.’  Then on the eve of National Writing Day (June 26th), you’ll hear from writers Siobhan Logan and Rod Duncan from the Writers’ Shed and on 30 June there will be workshops, author talks and more at the LCB Depot.

Leicester Writes

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