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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

Heather Scarecrow Festival 2017, Sun 30 July -Sun 6 Aug

Pic taken from Facebook page

Visit the village of Heather and admire the hundreds of scarecrows dotted around the gardens. Some of them will be traditional, some of them will be of celebrities – many of them cheerfully daft, and all competing for the votes of the people who come from miles around to see them. Scarecrow Guides are available for £2 to help visitors find all of the scarecrows and vote for your favourite. You can also take part in the Scarecrow Treasure Hunt with the chance to win prizes!

Heathrow Scarecrow Festival

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.

Wistow Maze, Kibworth Road, open until 17 Sept

To mark the 130th Anniversary since the first Sherlock Holmes novel was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Wistow Maze has been designed in the shape of Sherlock himself, with a ‘Whodunnit’ themed Quiz Trail hidden amongst the 3 miles of pathways. Set in 8 acres of living maize and sunflower crop, it’s great exercise for mind and body. With high level bridges and viewing towers giving stunning panoramic views, it’s a great experience. Stop off at the Rural Centre with its large garden centre, model village, cafe/bistro, Mediterranean deli, art gallery and wide variety of shops is a brilliant place to spend a few hours.

Wistow Maze, Kibworth Road, Leicester. LE8 0QF

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