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Mon Amie, Leather Dog Collar Workshop, Wed 16 May
With a selection of different coloured leathers, threads and edge finishes to choose from, you can really customise your doggie project.  Learn how to prepare the leather for stitching, wax the linen thread, and stitch your work, you can even personalise your project with letter stamps to make it unique. Age 16+ £49. 9.30am – 1.30pm

Mon Amie, The Barn, 29 High St, Kibworth Beauchamp, LE8 0HS

Market Harborough, Food Fair, Thur 17 May

Already home to an impressive range of outlets for locally sourced produce the town also hosts this artisanal and street foodie event where you  expect a large selection of mouth wateringly delicious street food from around the world alongside locally sourced and produced hot ready to eat and ambient produce.

Harborough Market

Outdoor Gallery at Ashby Arts Festival, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Mon 14 May
Ashby Arts Festival is back for another summer starting this week featuring local artists, musicians, song writers, poets, performers and story tellers. The festival also features an infamous giant outdoor gallery where huge paintings are displayed on many buildings around the town centre by local professional and amateur artists. Pop along and discover paintings while you shop.
Tourist Information Centre, Ashby-de-la-zouch Museum, North Street, Leicestershire, LE65 1HU
National Garden Scheme – Open Garden, Bluebell Arboretum & Nursery, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Wed 16 May
As part of the National Garden Scheme, this private beautiful nine acre woodland garden is open for public viewing. Despite the name, this garden has more than just bluebells – it boasts a large collection of rare trees, shrubs and a range of spring flowers. Suitable footwear is recommended, especially during and after wet weather. Visit the National Garden Scheme website for more details.
Bluebell Arboretum and Nursery, Annwell Lane, Smisby, Ashby de la Zouch, LE65 2TA
FAME, Loughborough Town Hall, Tue 15 – Sat 19 May
A sensational show that will take you on a rollercoaster ride of dizzy heights and rock bottom lows encountered by a group of New York students chasing stardom. Follow their journey of struggles, fears, prejudice, identity, substance abuse and ultimate triumph. It’s a show not to be missed!
Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, LE11 3EB
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella and Live Q&A, Showcase Cinema de Lux, Leicester, Tue 15 May
Watch a complete alternative interpretation of Cinderella by Matthew Bourne – the internationally acclaimed choreographer, who transforms the classic fairy tale into a thrilling and evocative love story. Set in London during the Second World War, Cinderella meets her dashing young RAF pilot but the Blitz soon ends their magical encounter and separates them. Catch the performance to see if it’s a happy ending and quiz the choreographer himself in a live Q&A session after.
Showcase Cinema de Lux, 7 Highcross Lane, Leicester, LE1 4SD
Watercolour Painting Day: Garden Views, Rutland, Thu 17 May
Join local artist, Sandra Peck, for a relaxed, enjoyable and informative workshop, watching detailed demonstrations and trying your hand at creating a picturesque painting with the lovely Barnsdale Gardens for inspiration. Pre-booking essential and price includes cream tea/ coffee and entry to the gardens.
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8AH
The Bohemians, The Core at Corby Cube, Corby, Fri 18 May
Let The Bohemians take you on a high energy electrifying concert! The internationally renowned Queen tribute band will bring you those timeless hits from the early piano and harmony heavy masterpieces, to the catchy pop of the eighties and Rock anthems of the early nineties. Get ready to rock n’ roll!
The Core at Corby Cube, George Street, Corby NN17 1QG

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