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Maypole dancing, willow weaving and pottery sessions make for a fun weekend don’t you think? There’s also free books up for grabs! The county has got its fair share of fun on offer over the next few days…

Makers Yard Open Studio Day, Leicester Sat 22 Apr

Step inside Makers Yard, the magnificently restored, Grade II-listed hosiery factory and warehouse for their open studio day and get face to face with some of the best creative talent in the city. Giulia Mio, an Italian couture milliner will be demonstrating how she makes her hats and headpieces and Jo Keogh will be offering pottery taster sessions. You’ll also get the chance to buy beautiful one-off handmade pieces including ceramics, glass, jewellery and more. Free entry.

Makers Yard  84 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1SB

St Georges Festival, Leicester Sat 22 Apr

Celebrate St. George’s Day with free activities on Orton Square and at venues around the Cultural Quarter, St. George’s area and Leicester Market. The event starts at midday and will be launched by the Lord Mayor with traditional dances from Leicester Morris Men, there will also be story telling, Maypole dancing, and a knights & princesses parade with Sylvesta the Jester and other family activities and workshops. 12 noon – 5 pm

St George’s Festival

Leicester Vegan Festival, Leicester Sat 22 Apr

You don’t need to be vegan to appreciate the healthy variety of food on offer at the Vegan Festival. Sample a variety of vegan treats, watch cookery demos and pick up some expert tips and nutritional advice form a variety of people including chefs and health professionals. There’ll also be free samples and children’s activities, yoga, racing and live music to keep you on your toes. The event runs from 11am – 5pm. £3 entry on the door (under 16’s free)

Athena, Queen St, Leicester LE1 1QD

Willow Garden Sculptures, Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Sun 22 Apr
Create a beautiful set of garden sculptures at this willow weaving workshop. During the course of the day you will be shown how to weave your own snail, dragonfly and flower to add interest to your garden or conservatory. £50 includes material and lunch. Suitable for anyone aged 8 or over.

Anglian Water Birdwatching CentreRutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8BT 

Leicester’s World Book Night Celebrations, The Donkey, Sun 23 Apr

World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books so expect lots of live readings from local poetry anthologies put together by writer Ambrose Musiyiwa plus live music from The Marrakesh Express, blasting us back to the sounds of The Byrds and Crosby Stills and Nash. Starts 7.30pm and entrance is free. Over 300 books will be given away throughout the course of the night! Free books! I’m there!

The Donkey, 203 Welford Rd, Leicester LE2 6BH

That’ll Be The Day, Loughborough Town Hall, Sun 23 Apr

Returning with a brand new show, this year’s That’ll Be The Day production features a fresh new line-up of sensational classic gold hits, spanning the 50’s right through to the 70’s & 80’s, mixed as always, with even more hilarious comedy. Complete with stunning costumes and live music performances, you’ll be on your feet dancing before you know it.

Loughborough Town Hall Market Pl, Loughborough LE11 3EB

The Stilton Cheese Classic Vehicle Run, Uppingham, Sun 23 Apr

Uppingham will host the start of this event from 9.30am where over 350 classic vehicles will take to the road to retrace the original route taken by horse drawn carriage to deliver Stilton cheese from Quenby Hall to the Bell Inn at Stilton.

Uppingham Market Place

Graffiti Classics, Quorn Village, Sun 23 Apr

Graffiti Classics is comedy cabaret entertainment featuring 16 strings, 8 dancing feet and 4 voices with 1 aim: to make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating. Graffiti Classics bursts the elitist boundaries of the traditional String Quartet with its hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy cabaret show.  It’s a classical concert, a gypsy-folk romp, an opera, a stand-up comedy set and a brilliant dance show all rolled into one. Expect everything from Beethoven to Bluegrass, Baroque to Pop, Mozart or Offenbach to Elvis, Strauss to Saturday Night Fever and more. Tickets £10 are available from Terry Stirling on 01509-414287 e:

Quorn Village, Leicester Rd, Quorn, Loughborough LE12 8BB

Hamlet, The Little Theatre, 24-29 Apr

To be, or not to be: that is the question. One of my favourite Shakespeare plays, this tragic masterpiece comes to The Little Theatre in a highly charged reimagining. The King is dead, the Queen remarried, the court moves on. But for young Hamlet, something is rotten – blood and madness will come. Tickets £14.50. Evening performances 7.30pm, Saturday matinees 2.30pm

The Little Theatre, Dover Street, Leicester, LE1 6PW

Shalamar, 02 Academy, Tues 25 Apr

Famed for soul-infused disco hits like ‘A Night to Remember’, ‘There It Is’ and many other classics. Shalamar will be in town making you move and jig to some of their classic hits. Tickets from £30.93. Performance starts at 7pm.

02 Academy Percy Gee Building, University Rd, Leicester LE1 7RH

Billy Ocean, De Montfort Hall, Thur 27 Apr

The Caribbean Queen star will be performing his greatest hits from the new album and favourite tracks. The tour comes after the release of his latest album Here You Are: The Best Of Billy Ocean soared to number four.  Tickets starts from £22 and he will be supported by YolanDa Brown. Doors open at 7pm.

De Montfort Hall, Granville Rd, Leicester LE1 7RU

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