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MON 7 AUG – FRI 11 AUG

RSC Live Titus Andronicus, Harborough Theatre, Wed 9 Aug

Coming live from the RSC Stratford Upon Avon, Blanche McIntyre directs Shakespeare’s brutal and bloody revenge tragedy.  Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power, but leaves Rome in disorder.  As the decay of Rome reaches violent depths, murder becomes entertainment.  Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void. Tickets available from Quinns Bookshop, Three Crowns Yard, High Street, Market Harborough, or here. Performance starts at 7pm.

Harborough Theatre, Church Square, Market Harborough LE16 7NB

The Secret Garden, Belgrave Hall, Thur 10 Aug

Orphaned and newly arrived from India, Mary is placed under the care of her grief-stricken uncle in the middle of the Yorkshire Moors. Discovering a locked secret garden left to grow wild, Mary is determined to gain access but will she uncover more than an over-grown patch of land and where are those mysterious cries coming from and why is the garden locked? Entry price (public): £16 Adult; £10 Child; £48 Family. Tickets available here 

Belgrave Hall, Church Rd, Leicester LE4 5PE

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

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

Alice Through the Looking Glass, Bradgate Park, Fri 11 Aug

Enjoy some out foot theatre in the ruins of Bradgate House. Follow Alice’s fantastical adventures in the strange world she enters through the mirror above her drawing-room fireplace. What she finds there is a world laid out in the form of a giant chess board and before long Alice finds herself entering the game as a white pawn. The story follows her travels across the board until she reaches the eighth square and is finally crowned a queen. The performance is packed full of Carroll’s most memorable and enduring characters as well as many of his finest nonsense poems and songs and Michael Whitmore’s delightful adaptation captures all the quirky charm of the original in a fanciful and fabulous treat for all the family. Tickets £12 for adults,
children (under 16) £8, under 2 free. Tickets on sale from the conservatory tearoom and shop; visitor centre and online here

Bradgate Park, Bradgate Park, Newtown Linford, LE6 0HB

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