Miss Saigon, Curve, Leicester, 1 -22 July
Winner of a record-breaking nine Whats On Stage Awards 2015 including Best Show, this epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI called Chris – but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. Watch the story and this spectacular musical unfold on stage.
Curve Rutland St, Leicester, LE1
Chapterhouse Theatre Company, Jane Eyre, Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Sun 2 July
Performed under the summer sky at the ruins of the castle, Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents the retelling of this classic Charlotte Bronte tale. Young governess Jane Eyre arrives at the mysterious Thornfield Hall and meets the enigmatic Mr Rochester, but can their love survive the forces that threaten to pull them apart?
Ashby Castle, South Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1BR
Grab your Lederhosen and head to the city’s biggest German Bierfest. Enjoy a choice of three types of beers including Weißbier, which has been specially brewed in a 200-year-old brewery in Bavaria. There’s lots to keep the kids busy too including a large activity area and lots of food and drink including bratwurst, Hugo and Aperol. As evening falls, head into the 300-seater bier tent with table service and an exciting DJ show.
BierFest, Victoria Park, Leicester LE1 7RY
Music in the Yard, Cotesbach Estate, Lutterworth 8 July
A brilliant way to spend the day with friends or the family. The line-up has not been revealed yet but there’s plenty of other fun stuff to enjoy. From food stalls, crafts, workshops, circus skills and storytelling there’ll be plenty to keep you and the Muddy tribe entertained.
The Stable Yard, Cotesbach, Lutterworth LE17 4HX
Ladies Day, Leicester Race Course, 8 July
Who wants to trek to Ascot when you can grab your gal pals and head to the races right here on your doorstep. As well as the races, enjoy food from local vendors and music from hit 90s girl group All Saints, 80s British R&B star Jaki Graham and a DJ set from Mark Wright. Competitions will be held for the best dressed lady. So get your hats ready ladies. Tickets from £30 or take advantage of one of the hospitality packages where you can ensure a glass of Prosecco will be available to quench your thirst.
Ladies Day at the Races, Leicester Road, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4AL
Hobson’s Choice, Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, 4 July – 26 August
The Stamford Shakespeare Company present the hilarious trials and tribulations of bombastic boot-shop owner Henry Horatio Hobson and his three uppity daughters in 1880’s Salford. When Hobson teases his eldest, and most headstrong, daughter Maggie about being past the marrying age, she promptly retaliates by marrying his best boot-hand, Willie Mossop, and setting up a rival shop. Hobson’s future looks uncertain. As a battle of wills ensues between father and daughter, can the hapless Willie triumph?
Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 4BH
Battle Proms Picnic Concerts, Burghley House, Sat 8th July
Celebrate 20 years of Britain’s premier classical open-airconcert serieswith music, Spitfire, cannons, cavalry & fireworks. Pack the hampers and don’t forget the champers and join the crowd at the annual Battle Proms Concert. The full 2 hour orchestral concert from the 60 piece New English Concert Orchestra, led by Douglas Coombes MBE and compered by much-loved BBC presenter Pam Rhodes, will include a host of well-known classical pieces and conclude with a ‘last night of the proms’ sing-along with favourites such asJerusalem,Land of Hope and Glory and more.
Burghley House, Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3JY
Flashpoint Music Festival, Rockingham Castle, Fri 14 July – Sun 16 July
A fantastic weekend of music offering a line up packed full of artists from across the decades, and all set in the picturesque grounds of Rockingham Castle. This is must for music enthusiasts and acts include RnB veteran DJ Trevor Nelson who will be hosting an opening party for the festival on the Friday night. On the main stage expect to see KT Tunstall, Deacon Blue, Sophie Ellis Bexter and the atmosphere caters for everyone. Expect music, themed bars, and lots of food. There’s also a camping option if one day here is just not enough. Bring the kids they’ll be kept busy within the kids area and there will also be a vintage style fun fair for all ages. Festival goers who want to party into the early hours can book tickets for the Silent Disco which kicks off at 11pm and goes on until 2am. Whooop whoop!.
Flashpoint Festival, Rockingham Castle, Main St, Market Harborough LE16 8TH
Wistow Maze, Kibworth Road, Wed 19 July
To mark the 130th Anniversary since the first Sherlock Holmes novel was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Wistow Maze has been designed in the shape of Sherlock himself, with a ‘Whodunnit’ themed Quiz Trail hidden amongst the 3 miles of pathways. Set in 8 acres of living maize and sunflower crop, it’s great exercise for mind and body. With high level bridges and viewing towers giving stunning panoramic views, it’s a great experience. Stop off at the Rural Centre with its large garden centre, model village, cafe/bistro, Mediterranean deli, art gallery and wide variety of shops is a brilliant place to spend a few hours.
Wistow Maze, Kibworth Road, Leicester. LE8 0QF
Whitney, Queen of the Night, Kilworth House Theatre, Mon 24 July
Who doesn’t love a bit of Whitney Houston? Whether you’re a fan of her early stuff or her later work, you can sing and dance along to the music of her life in this award-winning production in the gorgeous wooded glade of Kilworth House Theatre. Travel through three decades of the late singer’s classic hits including, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, ‘One Moment In Time’, ‘I’m Every Woman’, ‘My Love is Your Love’, ‘So Emotional Baby’, ‘Run to You’, ‘Saving All My Love’ and of course, ‘I Will Always Love You’.
Kilworth House Theatre, Lutterworth Hotel, North Kilworth LE 17 6JE
Simon Says, De Montfort Hall and Gardens, 29 – 30 July
This annual music event is a brilliant celebration of the city and county’s finest musical talents performing alongside more established names. This year, Public Image Ltd’s Jah Wobble, Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ Frank Benbini and Carter USM’s Jim Bob are playing at the event on July 29 and 30 at De Montfort Hall and gardens which means walking from stage to stage is a piece of cake unlike other festivals. There’ll be around 70 acts and music will range from reggae to rock so you’ll get to cover all your bases in one day. Weekend tickets cost £40 for adults, £30 for students, £5 for under 16s and under 10s are free.
Simon Says Festival, De Montfort Hall Granville Rd, Leicester LE1 7RU