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Everybody’s Reading Festival, 30 Sept – 8 Oct 

Everybody’s Reading is a festival of all things reading, taking place across Leicester city in schools, libraries and other venues including cafes and coffee shops. The festival will bring together the spoken word of artists, poets, authors and community writers. Expect Healthy eating storytelling workshops, riddles and rhymes storymaking with puppets, live readings and so so much morel

Everybody’s Reading Festival 

Belgrave Food and Garden Festival, Leicester, 30 Sept – 1 Oct 

A showcase for local food providers, the Food and Garden fair offer tastes from around the world and closer to home. This year, the event is an extension of the popular Good Food Fair weekend to include gardening-related stalls to complement the gorgeous gardens. Opening times 11am – 4pm.

Food and Garden Festival, Belgrave Hall, Church Road, Leicester, LE4 5PE

Art Fresco, Market Harborough, 10 Sept 

Often described as a ‘mini Fringe festival’, the free street theatre festival, will for one day transform the town centre into the biggest street arts festival in the Midlands. Every year thousands of people flock to Market Harborough to wander the streets, mingling with roaming dinosaurs, mad chefs and wheelie bins that drive themselves. Performers from all over Europe take part, from big names in the world of street theatre to unknown artists looking to build their careers, with many of them coming back again and again. This year expect performances from Garaghty and Thom Dr Palfi, a festival favourite consultant laughologist makes a long-awaited return to the town, an all-day circus school where you can try your hand, or foot, at learning some of the tricks of the trade: unicycling, juggling, diabolo, plate spinning and so much more.

Art Fresco, Smyth Cl, Market Harborough LE16 7NS

Raucous Races, Sat 9 Sept 
Victoria Park sees the return of a family fun day race event with a twist! To mark the end of the Heritage Park projects, The Victorian ‘Raucous Races’ will see all sorts of games and frollicks! Featuring Horsey Hopper racing, Magic, photo booths, giant board games, live music, face painting, Victorian tearooms, Richard III himself and much more.

Victoria Park, Leicester LE1 7RY

Twycross Zoo Outdoor Cinema, Sat 2 Sept

Spend an evening enjoying outdoor cinema at Twycross Zoo with a showing of Disney’s The Jungle book (2016 version). Put on your PJs & onesies, bring your pillows, blankets and chairs, then settle down for a truly amazing night at the zoovies here at Twycross Zoo. Hot and cold food will be available, the Fish bar will also be open and there will be ice cream and pop corn on sale.

Twycross Zoo, Burton Road, Atherstone, Leicestershire, CV9 3PX

Charity Link’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge, Sun 24 Sept 

Join the local charity for 16 challenging miles taking in the peaks of Beacon Hill, Bardon Hill and Old John Tower in Bradgate Park, where the challenge starts and finishes. Challengers can choose to walk with the main group or for those looking for an extra challenge, runners are welcome to see if they can beat the Charity Link Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge record. There is a welcome pit stop at Bawdon Lodge Farm, Nanpanton, and other support around the route. Registration costs £15 and challengers also raise extra funds. Due to the unique way in which Charity Link works, for every £10 raised it can provide £50 worth of essential items – so by taking part you really will be helping to improve the lives of the most vulnerable local people.

Charity Link, Leicester Charity Link, 20a Millstone Lane, Leicester  LE1 5JN 

The Edible Forest Festival, Charnwood Forest Fri 15 Sept – Sun 17 Sept 

Discover a weekend of scrumptious surprises, indulge in local food and drink experiences, enjoy family friendly outdoor activities and lots more in the ancient Charnwood Forest. Fancy exploring  Old John Tower at Bradgate Park? During Edible Forest you’ll get the chance whilst enjoying a traditional afternoon tea made up of tasty local produce. A genuinely unique experience. There’s also a Secret Gourmet banquet using Charnwood Forest inspired produce cooked by leading chefs, Mr Paul Leary and Mr John Duffin. Grab your tickets!

Edible Forest Festival

Sarah King exhibition, Sock Gallery, Loughborough, until 4 Nov

Sock Gallery, Market Pl, Loughborough LE11 3EB

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