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MELT Street Kitchen, Melton Mowbray, 6 Sept

Inspired by a passion for food and community, MELT Street Kitchen have teamed up with the Melton BID, crafting the very first street food festival in the heart of Britain’s rural capital of food. Eat your weight in the some of the best street food the Midlands has to offer and enjoy some of the best local alcohol connoisseurs. Quenching revellers thirsts is Brentingbys premium craft Gin bar, Round Corner Brewery Beers and ‘Jean Jean’ the little yellow wine truck on tour from The Cheese Truck London’s troop, serving bubbly Elderflower Press and Elderflower wine from Melton Mowbray based Witham Wines.

Melt Street Kitchen

The Long Road Festival, Stanford Hall, Leicestershire, 6- 8 Sept

A three-day, camping festival, celebrating the music, lifestyle and influences of Country. Five stages, over 40 artists, from outlaw, Americana and honky-tonk, to countrypolitan, western swing, chart-topping pop-country and beyond, roots grow deep at this three-day festival dedicated to celebrating the music, lifestyle and influence of country.

Long Road

Canteen Harborough, Market Harborough 6 Sept

Back in town, Canteen are bringing some of the best street food traders in the UK together with awesome drinks, entertainment and music. From 4pm expect food from The Gravy Train Poutine, That’s Mature
Platinum Pancakes and on Saturday from 12.30 expect That SmokeTruck, The Cookie Mumster plus DJs, face painters, cocktails, coffee and more.

The Square, MH, LE16 7PA

Little Miss Sunshine, Haymarket Theatre, Leics, 3 – 7 Sept

Based on the Oscar-winning film, Little Miss Sunshine (3-7 Sept) is a new musical comedy featuring Mark Moraghan (Coronation Street, Holby City), Lucy O’Byrne (Evita, Les Misérables, The Sound of Music), two-time Olivier-award nominee Paul Keating. The Hoover family has more than a few troubles, but young Olive has her heart set on winning the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest. When an invitation to compete arrives, the Hoovers pile in to their rickety yellow camper van but can it survive the 800-mile trip from New Mexico to California – and more importantly, can they?

Haymarket Theatre

Lubenham Scarecrow Festival 7 – 8 Sep 

Every September, the Scarecrows take over Lubenham village. Imaginative, funny, often daft, the scarecrows are a delight. Families come from far afield to enjoy the scarecrows, the food, the music, the stalls … the fun goes on and on. Entry is free. Parking is free and the bunting is spectacular.

Lubenham Scarecrow Festival 

The Victory Show, Cosby,  6 – 8 Sept

Held over a 100 acre site, the show provides Historical Societies and re-enactments through various forces. There will be over 60 stalls food, drink, crafts and a static WWII Aircraft, Tank Rides plus a 1940’s themed Dinner Dance on the Sat eve. Tickets are £20 for adults, £10 for kids under 16 and free for tots.

The Victory Show, Foxlands Farm, Cosby, Leicestershire, LE9 1SG 

Join local artist Sandra Peck for another really enjoyable, relaxed and informative day. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or have been painting for a while. You will have a chance to sit up close and watch detailed demonstration and then have a go yourself, at your own pace, with help as you need it throughout the day. Small is beautiful, spend a relaxing day painting whatever you fancy – a little memory of garden moments. Cost, £67.50 Price includes tea/coffee throughout the day, an afternoon cream tea, as well as entry into the Gardens. Sandra can provide all the basic materials you will require for an extra £6 (Please order when booking).

Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8AH

Belgrave Food and Garden Festival, Leics,  14 -15 Sept.

If you consider yourself a foodie, head to this popular event which showcases products from local suppliers in the beautiful setting of Belgrave Hall and Gardens and there’s plenty for kids too.

Belgrave Food and Garden Festival 

The Edible Forest, 7-15 Sept

The ancient woodland of Charnwood Forest comes alive with the best local food. Tonnes of fun foodie events from a vintage Midland Red bus and dine tour around the forest to a forest inspired menu created by Michelin star holder, Chef John Duffin in a secret undisclosed location. There’s the return of the Dining Pods, Scones on the Lawn, Tea in the Tower and more.

Edible Forest 

A Country Night In Nashville, 19 Sept

Like your music humorous and heartbreaking? This event will take you from Johnny Cash to Alan Jackson, Dolly to the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson to Little Big Townas it recreates the scene of a buzzing Honky Tonk in downtown Nashville, perfectly capturing the energy and atmosphere of an evening in the home of country music. 

Kilworth Theatre

Faith, The George Michael Legacy, Kilworth Theatre, 12 Sept

A brand new production remembering one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time. This energetic, vibrant musical journey brings to life 35 years of hits from George’s glittering career. Think everything from ‘Freedom! 90’ to ‘Club Tropicana’, ‘Outside’ to ‘Careless Whisper’, the beautiful ‘I Knew You Were Waiting’ and the show stopping ‘Somebody To Love’, all brought to life by a fantastic cast and sensational live band. 

Kilworth Theatre.

Leicester International Music Festival, New Walk Museum, 19 – 21 Sept

Before you think that’s a little too dull or high-brow for your liking – thing again! The combination of live music, played by the world’s best in an intimate setting can actually prove to be quite an amazing experience! The theme this year is ‘Finding Your Soul’, inspired by Oprah Winfrey, who once wrote that your 20s were all about ‘finding your soul’.  So the music for the festival features gorgeous pieces, evening concerts (7.30pm) on all three days and lunchtime concerts (1- 2pm) on Thursday and Friday, as well as a free ‘Family Fun Event’ on Saturday from 12 -1pm.

100% Vegan Event, New Market Sq, Leics, 14 Sept

Vegan lovers unite! A new, free and irresistible monthly vegan event kicking off from 10am. There will be a range of incredible local and national traders selling everything from vegan make up to food including vegan kebabs, cakes and more ohh plus, it’s free to attend. See you there!

New Market Square, Leicester LE1 5HB

The Outdoor Sports Festival, Leics Sun 8 Sept

The free event will encourage attendees to take part in, or observe, taster sessions of walking sports, boxercise and other fitness training suitable for the whole family. Representatives of Leicester City, Leicester Tigers and Leicestershire County Cricket Club will be attending, along with officials from a local boxing gym and fitness academy.

Leicester Caribbean Cricket Ground, Ethel Road

D-Day Darlings Afternoon Tea, Beaumanor Hall, 15 Sept

Join the D-Day darlings as seen on BGT for a WWII themed afternoon tea, homemade sandwiches, and cakes with a pot of tea and historical entertainment. Performances at 2.15pm & 4.15pm and tea slots available are 2 and 4 pm. Cost £28.50 per person. Pre-booking is essential – please call us on 01509 890 119 to reserve a table.

Beaumanor Hall

Brush Lettering for Beginners, Kibworth 18 Sept

Join in with an evening of brush lettering for beginners at Mon Amie. Improve your lettering skills under the guidance of local sign writer Lorna Dunn from Lesser Than Three. Previous experience isn’t necessary in this workshop as you will practise basic brush strokes, how to form letters and words to make a frameable final piece or design your own cards and stationery etc. All materials including brush, ink, practice pad and card stock are yours to take home. £40 pp.

Mon Amie, Kibworth

Grease the Musical – Curve, Leicester – Tue Sept 3 – Sat Sept 14

Who doesn’t know the story of Danny and cute girl-next-door Sandy who are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to his school for senior year? But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life in an American high school? You know the songs – Summer NightsGreased Lightnin’Hopelessly Devoted to You and You’re the One That I Want. This new version is bought to life by a fresh young cast who bring energy, vitality and passion to this ultimate musical classic. Directed by Curves’ Nikolai Foster and starring very special guest artist –Peter Andre  (10 -14 Sept only) as Teen Angel so pick up your Pink Ladies and re-discover why Grease really is the word! Watch out for the Muddy review coming soon.

Curve, Leicester

Arts Fresco, Market Harborough, Sun 15 Sept

One of the UK’s largest street theatre festivals comes back to Market Harborough. Catch The Bubble Wizard who will be making ingenious bubble hats for passers by, watch Gran Turismo race up and down the High Street on top of their motorised scooters, encouraging spectators to join in with their spectacular routines.
and listen to music from King Brasstards, who will be taking their New Orleans-inspired versions of well-known songs around the town. Lots more open air entertainment, plus it’s all free. Can’t wait!

Arts Fresco

Food & Drink Fair and Cookery Demonstrations, Market Harborough, 21 Sept

Taste Harborough are hosting a Food & Drink Fair with Cookery Demonstrations from 9am to 4pm. Expect seasonal produce from some brilliant local brands and suppliers.

The Square, Market Harborough

Hinckley BID Motorshow, Hinckley, 15 Sept

Growing in popularity every year and probably the biggest town centre motorshow in the country welcomes classic vehicles and vehicles of special interest. They’re expecting more than 800 vehicle owners from all over the Midlands to fill the town centre and show off their beautiful machines to a crowd of thousands. Free event and starts from 10am.


Fleckney Festival, Leics, 14 Sept 

This community event is a free one for the entire fam with live entertainment, fun fair rides, Jurassic era with ginormous replica dinosaurs, archery, kids land train, stalls, family dog show, outdoor laser tag, fireworks and lots more. From 12 noon.

Fleckney Sports Centre, Leicester Rd, LE8 8BG Leicester

Dine in the Dark, National Space Centre, 28 Sept

Working with local producers and makers, enjoy a carefully created five-course tasting menu that will challenge your senses while you dine in the dark. The menu will remain a surprise, however will cater to dietary requirements. Tickets cost £70 per adult (18+ only) and include wine tasting, five course tasting menu, and entry to the National Space Centre (including galleries). Book here.

Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Y Theatre, Leics, 28 Sept

An eccentric professor, a faithful nephew and their fearless guide embark upon a fantastic journey of peril and wonder, through the mouth of an Icelandic volcano and down into the unexplored regions deep below our feet…  Encountering mysteries, monsters and even giant mushrooms along the way, these explorers’ will need all their strength and ingenuity to find a way home again and into the history books!

The Y Theatre

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