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Swim Rutland, Night Swim, Rutland, Sat 1 Sept

The course will be in complete darkness with the moon and the stars lighting the way. Each swimmer will be issued with glow sticks, a NightSwim swim hat, safety wristbands and an emergency whistle. Start time 8pm.

Swim Rutland

Leicester Pride, Sat 1 Sept

The event is free to attend and celebrates equality and diversity in our community. Leicester Pride is a family event with entertainment and attractions suitable for all ages. The event starts at 12 noon with a parade through the city centre leading to the festival site on Victoria Park. Expect food and drink, market stalls and fair ground rides.

Victoria Park, Leicester

Knighton Park Festival, Sun 2 Sept

A whole day of activities and entertainment is planned for all the family. This year, enjoy dog shows, live music, food and drink, musicians, stalls, games and more. 11-5pm

Knighton Park, Ring Rd, Leicester LE2 3RT

Skylight, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Ashby Venture Theatre, until Sat 8 Sept

The West End and Broadway Hit Drama by David Hare. Contains occasional use of strong language. The show is all about a school teacher, Kyra Hollis who receives an unexpected visit from her former lover Tom Sergeant, a successful and charismatic restauranteur whose wife has recently died. The two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship but find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires. Tickets £9!

Venture Theatre, North Street, Ashby De La Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1 HU

NT Live: Julie, Harborough Theatre, Thu 6 Sept

An adaptation of August Strindberg’s classic play Miss Julie which was written in 1882 has been adapted  and set in present day London and remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting. BAFTA Award-winning actress Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast. Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival. Tickets on sale 11th August,  from Quinns Bookshop, Three Crowns Yard, The High Street, Market Harborough or via

Show + Tell – A Creative Talk Night,  Modern Painters, New Decorators, Loughborough Thu 6 Sept

Enjoy an evening of talks by creatives based within the East Midlands who work on a national and international scale. Guests will talk us through their recent projects and how they’ve found the opportunities to thrive in the area. Booking essential and can be done here

Modern Painters, New Decorators, Unit 33, Carillon Court, Loughborough LE11 3XA

Bawdon Lodge Artisan Food Fair, Bawdon Lodge, Loughborough, Sat 8 Sept 

Join in with the third Artisan Food, Drink, Gift & Lifestyle Fair bringing you the very best in local talent. As always there will be some fab local stallholders as well as popular retailers. Win a Luxury Hamper filled with goodies from all the retailers. Just book your free tickets here and you will automatically be entered to win if you attend.

Bawdon Lodge Farm, Nanpantan Road, Loughborough, LE12 9YE

Classic Motorshow, Hinckley, Sun 16 Sept

Pic Credit: Artyangel

Hinckley BID’s 8th annual Classic Motorshow will feature 600 classic vehicle from all over the Midlands and will fill the town centre to show off these wonderfully restored beauties.

Burleighs Gin Picnic in the Gardens, Beaumanor Hall, Sat 15 Sept

Burleighs Gin invite you to join them for an afternoon of alfresco dining, drinking and entertainment hosted in the idyllic grounds of this Victorian country house. Set to be a quintessentially British affair, gather your gals pals and  settle down to enjoy your Burleighs picnic banquet, encompassing the best of Leicestershire food and drink, whilst taking in the picturesque surroundings. As the sun begins to set, the party will begin with live music, entertainment and an array of Burleighs Gin cocktails. Over 18s only. £95.00 per package (2 persons)

Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse, Leicestershire, LE12 8TX

The Grand Burleighs Express, Loughborough, Tues 25 Sept

A brilliant and unique event, The Grand Burleighs Express is set to depart from Loughborough Great Central Railway and once onboard you can expect a unique fine dining and gin experience aboard a luxury steam train. Choo choo! Get your tickets here. 

GC Railway, Great Central Road, Loughborough, LE11 1RW

Guys and Dolls, Loughborough Town Hall, Tues 11 Sept -Sat 15 Sep 

This romantic and funny musical story is all about gambling men and the women who want to tame them. Set in New York City, the show is filled with larger than life gangsters and gamblers, missionary dolls and showgirls. Hit songs include: “Luck be a Lady”, “I’ve Never Been In Love Before”, the irrepressible “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat”, and many more. Don’t put your faith in Lady Luck or take a chance on the roll of the dice, instead join in for an evening of odds-on entertainment! Tickets from £16. 7.30pm and sat matinee 2.30pm

Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3EB

Colour Run, Coalville, Sun 16 Sept

Expect Coalville to be covered in colour for the second successful Coalville Colour Run. Make sure you get your place this year – 1,000 places are now available. And now it’s back. Get the date in your diary. This colourful event also helps to raise valuable money for charity. Event kicks off from 10.30am.

Town Centre, LE67 3FJ

Leicester Vegan Market, Sun 9 Sept

Leicester Vegan Community hosts another popular vegan market in the heart of the City Centre. Head to the free event where you can browse for vegan food, gifts, crafts, clothes, cosmetics and more. 11-3pm.

Leicester Market, Leicester, LE1 5HQ

Edible Forest Fest, Charnwood, Sun 9 Sept – Sun 16 Sept 

Charnwood’s woodland-themed food festival includes the Secret Gourmet – a forest-inspired menu created by local chefs. Enjoy amazing food and drink experiences in unique locations across Charnwood Forest as well the Forest Food Adventures, take afternoon tea in the iconic Old John Tower at Bradgate Park, experience the unique Forest Pods, savour a forest inspired gourmet dining experience at Mount St Bernard Abbey and much, much more.

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