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Take 3 Women, Paint, 3Dpen and Fabric exhibition, Oakham, Sat 2 June – Sat 9 June

This week is the week to catch this unique art exhibition in the centre of Oakham. 3D pen specialist Barbara Taylor-Harris, as well as fellow artists Allyson Beckford and Dorothy Sharman, have come together to showcase art and its use of different media. Prompting mindful questions and an emotional response, there is also a colourful display for you to feast your eyes on.

Allman Gallery, Victoria Hall, High Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6AH

Avenue Q, Hinckley, Mon 4 June – Sat 9 June

Aimed at an adult-only audience, this comedy musical is not for the faint hearted, but if you feel in the mood, then this might just be the musical for you. A story told by people and puppets, the production is a fresh and funny take on the ups, downs, trials, and tribulations of everyday life.

The Hinckley Concordia Theatre, Stockwell Head, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1RE

Kibworth Book Festival 2018, Kibworth Beauchamp, Tues 5 June – Wed 27 June

Muddy Award Winner two years running, The Bookshop Kibworth is hosting the annual BookFest which kicks off Kibworth’s annual book festival. On Tuesday 5th June, Kibworth Library is playing host to Client Earth, a book documenting two lawyers journey in the fight for a healthier planet. The following day, local fiction author Mahsuda Snaith talks about her first novel ‘The Things We Thought We Knew’, a gripping coming-of-age tale.

Kibworth Library, 13 High Street, Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire, LE8 OHW

James Bay, De Montfort HallLeicester, Wed 6 Jun

Hurry, there’s still a few of tickets left for internationally-renowned artist James Bay’s gig at De Montfort Hall on Wednesday night. The ‘Let it Go’ and ‘Hold Back the River’ hitmaker has come back with a bang this year, his latest album ‘Electric Light’ reaching number 2 in the UK album chart. This is shaping up to be a truly mind-blowing performance.

De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester, LE1 7RU

Open Gardens at Stoke Albany House, Market Harborough, Wed 6 Jun – Wed 25 July

Summer is truly here. In aid of the National Garden Scheme, Stoke Albany House is opening its beautiful 4-acre country garden, every Wednesday afternoon throughout June and July. A walled garden and Mediterranean garden are just a couple of features from which to draw inspiration.

Stoke Albany House, Desborough Road, Stoke Albany, Leicestershire & Rutland, LE16 8PT

20/49 Car Club,  Exeter Arms in Barrowden, Rutland, Thur 7 June
The Annual 20/49 Car Club Event is back with an outdoor bar and BBQ for the event. Celebrate the beauty of classic motoring in history. Browse the cars displayed on the village green while you enjoy a pint or a glass of wine from the rural character pub and B&B with the view of the duck pond at Exeter Arms.

Exeter Arms, Main St, Barrowden, LE15 8EQ
Fuel Café 2.0 Reopening, Ashby de la Zouch, Fri 8 June

For those of you who have been missing health café Fuel during its refurbishment, never fear, it’s back with a grand reopening on Friday. If you’re in Ashby from 11am – 1pm, you can even get yourself a free salad and shake. There’s also a new outdoor area to be enjoyed, perfect for the summer months.

7 Bakery Court, Market Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1AN

Markets Bosworth Festivals Weekend of Art, Fri 8 June – Sun 10 June

This year’s Market Bosworth Festival kicks off with a Weekend of Art, with three main events: The Photography Competition, The Art Trail – an open houses and studios around the town – follow the trail map and The Art Exhibition where you can purchase a variety of stunning pieces of art.

Bosworth Festival

Rutland National Watersports and Rutland Festival, Fri 8 June – Sun 10 June

Join in with the 12th NWF at its new home at Rutland for three days of action-packed Watersports activity including, racing for all levels and all ages in windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding, taster sessions in dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, diving and stand up paddle boarding, live music and much more.

National Watersports Festival

Leicestershire Sausage and Cider Festival, Cattows Farm, Fri 8 June – Sun 10 June

Sausage and cider…who wouldn’t enjoy a whole weekend dedicated to the two combined with a fabulous line up of music tribute acts including Badness, UB40 – Tribute Johnny 2 Bad, Foo Fighters – Tribute Foo Fighters GB and more. You can also pitch up a tent and stay the entire weekend. Ohh go on then!

Cattows Farm, Heather, Leicestershire, LE67 2TD

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