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Cilla The Musical, Curve, Leicester, 9-13 Oct

Expect a lorrra lorrra laughs and tears from Cilla The Musical, on at Curve, Leicester. The story follows the life of a young teenager and amazing but rocky rise to fame. It’s a brilliant musical adaptation of the ITV mini-series about the sixties singing sensation and television darling, Cilla Black, created by BAFTA award winner, Jeff Pope (Philomena, Little Boy Blue).

Curve, Leicester, LE1

Theatre and comedy, Loughborough, 10, 12 and 13 Oct

Lots of comedy this month with Chris Ramsey (12 Oct) and Ross Noble (13 Oct). If that’s not your thing, perhaps Jason Donovan and his Amazing Midlife Crisis Tour (10 Oct) will float your boat? He’s celebrating his 50th birthday and with it, revealing some hilarious stories about  Neighbours, Kylie, Joseph, I’m A Celebrity, Strictly and much more.

Loughborough Town Hall, Market Pl, Loughborough LE11 3EB

Loogabarooga Festival, Leicestershire Thur 18 Oct – Tues 23 Oct

The much-loved Loogabarooga Festival is back and is definitely not to be missed. This year, the Festival is celebrating 80 years of the iconic comic, The Beano and is honoured to host an Exhibition of Comic Art by John Patrick Reynolds at the Charnwood Museum. There’s so much going on from cartooning workshops, an Imagination Station, Beartastic Tales, a Willy Wonka Workshop, pottery classes and gosh, so so much more, I’m sure you and the kids will love it!

Loogabarooga Festival

Uppingham Beer Festival, Fri 19 Oct – Sun 21 Oct

Three fantastic days (and nights!) of beer and live music! Of course you can expect a great selection of beers from Rutland and the surrounding area ready for you to try.

The Vaults, Market Place Uppingham, LE15 9QH

Rutland Food Festival, Sat 20 Oct – Sat 28 Oct

Celebrate the county of taste at the Rutland Food Festival during this week-long event! Free entry and you can enjoy a range of fantastic food and drink from local producers at Oakham Castle and in the Market Place.

Food Festival, Market Place, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6DX

Woodhouse Eaves Scarecrow Festival and Harvest Craft Fair, Sun 7 Oct

The bi-annual Woodhouse Eaves Scarecrow Festival with arts and crafts stalls and plenty of food and drink.

Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall, 50 Main Street, Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire LE12 8RZ

Rutland Showground Craft Fair, Sun 14 Oct

There will be a beautiful array of art, craft and handmade items at this indoor Craft Fair in the pavilion of the Rutland Showground in Oakham. Free to attend and ample parking.

Rutland Showground Way, Barleythorpe, Oakham Rutland, LE15 7TW 

Pizza and Prosecco Fest, Athena, Leicester Sat 6 Oct

Two of my fave things come together in the first ever Pizza and Prosecco festival. Enjoy some fizz with some delicious pizzas. Get your slice of fun while you sip on bubbles to a singalong sound track that’s also a little cheesy! Ticket includes entry & entertainment, a free Aperol Spritz, a prosecco bible and a slice of rustic pizza to get your taste buds going. Get your tickets asap as they’re going fast!

Athena, Queen Street, LE1 1QD

East Midlands Food Festival, Sat 6 Oct – Sun 7 Oct

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Get your foodie fix and feast on amazing flavours from around the world, from traditional local produce including Melton Mowbray Pork Pies, Stilton cheese and beer brewed by Trappist Monks in Leicestershire, through to global cuisines from Greece, India, South America, the Caribbean, South Asia and the Philippines. Tickets are priced at £6 (£5 in advance)or buy them in advance here.

The Cattle Market, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, LE13

Queen Victoria Arts Club Opening, Leicester, Thur Oct 18

The highly-anticipated opening of the newest venue in the city happens this month. Expect a restaurant and bar with the feel of an old traditional arts club combined with a modern quirky theme. All drinks and food will be table service – expect   modern British food, cocktails and champagne. We can’t wait to visit!

Queen Victoria Arts Club, 41 Rutland Street, Cultural Quarter, LE1 1RE 

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