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Phoenix Cinema, Leicester, Phoenix Film Camp, Mon 24 July – Fri 28 July

Point, shoot and tell a story. This one week will take students on a brilliant filming course. Armed with enthusiasm and a willingness to produce a film, students will get to write a story for a film, rehearse and assign the roles within a week. Then towards the latter end of the week, it’s lights, camera, action as you’ll go out on set to make the film a reality. The film will then be edited by the course tutor ready for a screening. This course is for children aged 7-11.

Phoenix Cinema, 4 Midland St, Leicester LE1 1TG

Twycross Zoo, Mon 24 July – Fri 1 Sept

The Summer Zoo Club offers multiple exciting activities for children between the ages of 8-14.  Children will get the chance to take part in arts and crafts, animal health checks and animal toy building. They’ll also get the chance to learn about the importance of wildlife conservation, zoo ethics and world habitats. Children can either drop in just for a day, or spend the week at the zoo. Alternatively, enjoy a visit the zoo and don’t miss the new female twin snow leopard cubs, born earlier this week.

Twycross Zoo, East Midland Zoological Society, Burton Rd, Atherstone CV9 3PX

Burgley Film Festival, Wed 26 July – Sun 30 July

The Burghley Film Festival returns this year with five days and nights of fabulous films alongside a British BBQ. This year you can pick from flicks for the kids including Zootroplis, The Jungle Book, Finding Dory to those you may prefer to watch without them including Bridget Jones’s Baby, La La Land, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and many many more. Enjoy delicious food, salads and refreshing drinks. The Orangery Restaurant will be open as usual during the summer screenings. For timings and cost, check the website for more details.

The Burghley Film Festival, Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3JY

Phoenix Cinema, Leicester, National Theatre Live: Angels in America Part 2, Thur 27 July

Part 2 of the National Theatre’s new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning play can be seen live via satellite from the Phoenix. Starring Andrew Garfield (The incredible Spiderman) and directed by Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Angels in America is set in the mid-1980s and in the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration. Watch as New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Starts at 7pm. Tickets from £13.50

Phoenix Cinema, 4 Midland St, Leicester LE1 1TG

Make a Cardboard Castle, Leicestershire Craft Centre, Wed 26 & Thur 27 July

Get creative with the kids this week and take them down to the craft centre to make a cardboard castle The class will be run by Meg Bonser and costs £8. The workshop on Thur is for 10+ years and the Thur class is is best suited for children 5 years and over and runs from 10am-11.30am.

Leicestershire Craft Centre, High Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7NJ

Harborough by the Sea, Market Harborough, Fri 28 July – Mon 31 July

Bring your bucket and spade and enjoy watching your children building sandcastles while listening to live music and taking in the entertainment at this free event. This year’s event will have a vintage 50s and 60s theme and keep an eye out for some colourful displays as shops and businesses in the town centre take part in the Best Dressed Shop Window competition. There’ll be music all weekend and on Sunday there’s a chance to see the first Harborough Classic Car Show.

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