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Rutland Food and Drink Festival, Sat 21 Oct – Sun 29 Oct

Foodie fans will be flocking to this event that highlights a variety of events and special offers around the county, including cookery demonstrations, food markets, workshops, themed menus and lots more. Stock up on local ingredients at Oakham Farmers Market on 21 Oct before concluding at the festival will Rutland Food & spills out from Oakham Castle and grounds onto the Market Place and down to The Victoria Hall. Expect to sample locally made bread, cakes, drinks, beer, cheese and much much more.

Rutland Food and Drink Fest

Gelato in the Square, Leicester, Fri 27 Oct – Sun 29 Oct 

Ice cream fans will be excited to hear about this brand spanking new festival taking place in the city. Award-winning independent gelateria, Gelato Village, St Martin’s Square is hosting a three day festival showcasing authentic artisanal gelato. The theme of the festival will be ‘Getting to know gelato’ and has an aim of educating the UK audience about authentic artisanal gelato made from the best quality, natural ingredients and will also inlude workshops, talks and tastings. This event is free.

Gelato Village, 2 St Martins Square Leicester LE1 5DF

Vegetables All the Year Round, Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland Wed 25 Oct

Run by Nick Hamilton especially for the RHS this practical course is aimed at both experienced and novice growers who want to learn how to extend their productive season. Including propagation methods, growing in beds, storage and the importance of catch crops, by the end of the day you’ll be able to plan a planting programme to give you home-grown vegetables on the dinner table every day of the year. 10am-4pm. Price: RHS members, £64, non-members, £76. Includes tea/coffee, lunch and entry to the Gardens. Pre-booking essential!

Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8AH, 01572 813200

Inside Out Festival, Curve, until Sat 28 Oct

Celebrating the work of leading and emerging East Midlands’ artists this event includes a diverse range of performances, workshops and events that showcases leading theatre makers, artists, performers and writers from the region. Expect performances from Mia and the Moon,  and productions including Tarzana, Poet In Da Corner, Major Labia, Burning Books and more.

Curve, Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

The Fancy Flower Shop Pumpkin Workshop, Quorn, Oct 25, 26, 27 and 31.

Taking place above the cosy flower shop, the ladies at The Fancy Flower Shop will talk you through how to make the best looking pumpkins in town. This intimate class shaw space for around 8 people so book early to avoid disappointment. Brings your friends or take the kids. Clases run from 1.30-3pm and cost £35 which includes the equipment and pumpkins.

The Fancy Flower Shop, 2a Station Rd, Quorn, Loughborough LE12 8BS 



Spooky Space, National Space Centre, Leicester Fri 14 Oct – Sun 29 Oct

During the half term holidays the Spooky Science team have taken over the Space Centre. Join the team every day to discover The School of Science and Magic, make your very own slime to take home, take a seat and create your very own stained glass rocket to take home and drop in for various sessions that will have you spinning.

National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NS

he Eyebrook Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland, Wed 4 Oct – Wed 1 Nov

Francesca Simpson will be displaying her first solo exhibition of her new original work at the Eyebrook Gallery which kicks off this week. Visitors and art lovers will be able to purchase limited and open edition prints of Francesca’s work. The self taught artist focuses on wildlife and landscape artist and her detailed biro and pencil drawings as well as her acrylic paintings celebrate the beauty of animals and the natural world. Francesca was a finalist in the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Artist of the Year Award in 2016 as well as being a finalist this year at The Biscuit Factory’s Open Contemporary Young Artist Award. This exhibition is free to visit.

The Eyebrook Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9PZ

Meet your (designer) maker, LCB Depot, Leicester, Thur 26 Oct

A creative boutique-style event showcasing the innovative work of Leicester designer-makers. Meet and greet and get to know the work of local designer makers ranging from fashion, glass, ceramics, bespoke furniture, millinery and more. While here enjoy a drink and canapés. Event runs from 6-9pm. Free to attend but please book your place via LCB Depot reception on 0116 261 6800 email or online via Ticketleap.

LCB Depot, 31 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1RE

Rutland’s Best Chefs in one Kitchen, Olive Branch, Clipsham, Thur 26 Oct

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