Kibworth Book Fest, June
Book worms and budding authors should head to the annual Book Fest taking place around Kibworth this month. Celebrating books and their creators, Debbie from The Bookshop Kibworth has organised some wonderful events throughout the month including the chance to meet and greet authors Kate Hammer, Rosie Garland, Anthony Cartwrights there’s even an opportunity to join the grandson of the founder of Faber & Faber to hear about the fascinating history of the publishing house. Check website for a list of events.
Party in the Piazza, Leicester, Sat 10 June
Leicester is hosting the first ever Gin Festival to celebrate World Gin Day with Party in the Piazza in conjunction with Burleigh’s Gin (distilled here) at the newly renovated Market Place. You’ll get the chance to meet the distillers, sample some gin-based cocktails, great food and live music from local bands and legendary DJ, Norman Jay MBE who will bring an eclectic mix of disco, house, funk and soul. The event will run from 7pm to 12am. Tickets are £30 and include a Burleighs copa glass, entry to a World Gin Day giveaway and your first drink.
Party in the Piazza, Market Square, Market Place, Leicester LE1 5HQ
World Gin Day, National Space Centre, Leicester, Sat 10 June
If that wasn’t enough the National Space Centre are hosting an adults only Taste of Science evening dedicated to and celebrating gin in all it’s lovely liquid glory. Mix up a cocktail and learn about all of the exceptional gins from around the world. You’ll also get to pop into some gin tastings, meet the best gin producers, enjoy live entertainment and even a walk through gin experience. This really is an evening like no other. Come and join us for a Taste of Science with a hint of juniper.
National Space Centre, Exploration Dr, Leicester LE4 5NS
Leicester Riverside Festival, Western Boulevard & Castle Gardens Sat 3 – Sun 4 June
This year celebrates the 20th year of Leicester Riverside Festival, one of Leicester’s biggest free festivals and a lively weekend for the whole family spread across Bede Park, Mile Straight, Western Boulevard and Castle Gardens. This popular festival offers boat trips, live music, a variety of food stalls from around the world, displays and an exciting choice of activities for all ages, making it a fun packed weekend so let’s hope the wether behaves. Starts 12 noon.
Riverside Festival, Bede Park, Mile Straight, Western Boulevard & Castle Gardens
National Picnic Week, Leicester Fri 16 – Sun 25 June
Grab your blankets and hampers and head outside to enjoy a good old fashioned picnic. Where will you head during the week? Abbey Park? Bradgate Park? Or perhaps you’ll just gather your friends over for your own garden picnic. Whatever you decide just make sure you’ve got plenty of food and some chilled wine to cool you down in the summer sun.
Clarendon Park Summer Fair, Leicester, Sun 18th June
A great day out soaking up the lovely Clarendon Park Community atmosphere, while supporting independent business, local entrepreneurs and all the great shops, restaurants and bars on Queens Road and Clarendon Park Road. There’ll be plenty of coffee, cocktails and food to enjoy. 11am – 5pm.
Leicester’s Bier Fest, Victoria Park, 29 June – 2 July
Grab your Lederhosen because a new bierfest is coming to Leicester this summer. Tuck into a bratwurst at the German Village Festival washed down There will be a choice of three beers, including the famous Weißbier, specially brewed in a 200-year-old brewery in Bavaria. A highlight to the festival will be the 300-seater bier tent with table service and a spectacular DJ show which opens later in the evening. Entrance into the Beer Garden and German Village is free and promises to be ‘the biggest beer garden ever’ with 1,200 seats.
Bier Fest Victoria Park
Foxton Locks Festival, Sat 18 – Sun 18 June
A great day out with the family, the festival features trading boats selling food and crafts, dog shoes, live entertainment including local bands, an ale bar and food village, If you’d rather stay for the entire weekend pitch up a tent or bring along your caravan. Entrance is £7 for adults and free for children. Starts at 10am
Foxton Locks, Gumley Road, Foxton, near Market Harborough, LE16 7RA
Rutland Open Air Theatre, June – August
One of Europe’s finest open air theatres will be showing The Stamford Shakespeare Company Midsummer’s Night Dream and my favourite Much Ado Abut Nothing during their summer season. Held in the historic grounds of Tolethorpe Hall, the theatre will also show Harold Brighouse’s classic comedy Hobson’s Choice in July and August. Pack a picnic to enjoy in the pretty grounds or buy a ready prepared one via the website. Performances take place on an open air stage set within an enchanting woodland glade facing a 600-seat auditorium. Evening performances start at 7.45pm and matinées from 1.30pm .
Rutland Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 4BH
Rutland Open Studios
This annual event sees local artists open up their studios (and in some case their homes) to view their work and where they work. Each weekend in June the public can can talk to the artists and find out about their techniques and passions. Expect a variety of artwork including paintings, printmaking, pottery, ceramics, textiles, photography, decoupage, glass and jewellery. Check website for more details.