MUSIC: Mike and The Mechanics, Leicester, Sat 8 Mar
The ‘Looking Back Over My Shoulder’ Tour is Mike and The Mechanics nationwide one and will include tracks from their latest album Let Me Fly. Also included will be their massive 80s hit single The Living Years and of course, the unforgettable Over My Shoulder – yes we know you’re humming it too! Tickets from £34.
De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester, UK, LE1 7RU
COOKERY: Olive Branch Cookery Demos, Rutland Tues 5, and Tues 12 March
An enlightening and amusing two hour demonstration followed by a wonderful lunch. Chris demonstrates this specially chosen seasonal menu and then prepares lunch for all guests, which is served with a complimentary glass of wine at 12.30pm. While here listen out for time-saving hints and tips. From 10am. £60 ticket included a 3 course and a glass of wine.
Olive Branch, Main St, Clipsham, Oakham LE15 7SH
FOOD: Leicester Vegan Fest Sat 23 March
Expect 80 stalls including cooked and raw foods, pies, cakes, chocolates, sandwiches salads, cheeses, jewellery, crafts and so much more. There will be free samples, nutritional advice, exciting and fresh cookery demos, talks and workshops and children’s activities. From 10.30am
Athena, Queen St, Leicester LE1 1QD
KIDS: Visit Conkers, Swadlincote, throughout March
The Leicestershire theme park has got a brilliant offer on at the moment; simply show this voucher to the admission desk and your child gets in for £1! That’s a saving of just over 7 quid! The vouchers works on a like for like basis, so one child per full paying adult.
Rawdon Rd, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Swadlincote DE12 6GA
THEATRE: Madagascar – The Musical, Haymarket Theatre, Tues 5 – Sat 9 Mar
Join Alex Marty, Melman and Gloria as they bound out of the zoo and onto the stage in this live musical spectacular. This smash hit musical follows the story of the animals as they escape their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of Madagascar. Featuring X-Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry.
Haymarket Theatre, 1 Garrick Walk, Leicester LE1 3AF
ENTERTAINMENT: Peaky Blinders Murder Mystery Night, Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse Eaves, Fri 8 Mar
The year is 1899, the notorious gang known as the ‘Peaky Blinders’ have been spreading across the slums of Birmingham for near on a decade.When one of their own is brutally murdered, how far with they go to bring the killer to justice? Are you brave enough to try and infiltrate the gang and help solve the murder? Begins 7pm. Tickets £39.95 per person. To book, call 01509 890 119.
Beaumanor Hall, Beaumanor Dr, Woodhouse, Loughborough LE12 8TX
Everything is starting to burst into life; along with all the fresh new foliage and drifts of spring flowers throughout the Gardens then pop into the tea room for a refreshment and slice of cake, lunch or afternoon tea. From 9am – 5pm
Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8AH
CULTURE: Holi Festival, Abbey Park, Sat 23 Mar
Join in with the colourful festivities. Holi marks the beginning of spring and there will be plenty of family fun to be had including throwing colourful powder, story telling, crafts, dance and even a bonfire. From 11am – 4pm.
Holi Festival, Abbey Park, Abbey Park Rd, Leicester LE4 5AQ
THEATRE: Aretha, Melton Theatre, Sat 2 Mar
Wow – this is one to watch! A sensational celebration of the life and music of one of the greatest female soul vocalist of all time. RESPECT features the awesome vocal talents of international Soul Diva Janine Johnson who has previously collaborated with the likes of George Michael, Take That and Paloma Faith. A big hands up for the Queen of Soul.
Come and join the first market of the year. Cherry picked stalls of local makers and fab gifts. Tea, refreshments and more. £1 entry and free for accompanied children. From 10am.
Village Hall, Station Road, Kirby Muxloe, LE9 2EN
CULTURE: Always and Always Facing Toward the Light, Sun 3 Mar
Alice Hawkins’ remarkable and inspiring story will be brought to life with live performance, a spectacular local choir and an incredible video projection from specialists Shared Space & Light. This free event celebrating Alice’s story is closely linked to International Women’s Day on March 8th and is not to be missed. Show times are 6.30pm, 7.45pm and 9pm. Free event wristbands will be available in advance from Visit Leicester on Gallowtree Gate.
Leicester Market, 2 – 4 Market Place South, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 5HB
SHOPPING: Rutland Indoor Craft Fair, Rutland Showground, Sun 24th Mac
The first Craft Fair of the year with some great local producers – perfect timing to buy a lovely gift or two for your special mum. Free entry. 11am – 3pm.
POETRY: Speak HER Mind, Leicester, Thur 7 Mar
The women of Leicester celebrate International Women’s Day through poetry. A place where us women can listen, relate and feel less alone with the everyday experiences women encounter. To remind ourselves that we all go through the trails of life and can overcome them together. From 7.30
Echo Lounge, 23 New Park Street, Leicester, LE3 5NH
WORKSHOP: Face Painting Workshop, Leicester, Weds 6 Mar
Learn to face paint with Livi Lollipop. Take part in a five hour face painting workshop where you can learn all about brush technique, line work as well as essential tips and tricks and more. You’ll even get to contextualise your new skills in an array of designs including butterfly, comic figures tiger, princess, unicorn, dinosaur. £25 deposit to secure your place. For more info, head to her Facebook page here.
Livi Lollipop. Leicester, LE2 2BL
SHOPPING: After Hours, Market Harborough, Thur 28 Mar
Pop over and enjoy some after hours shopping ias stores across the town stay open late. Enjoy a drink or two – free evening parking fun in store events. From 6pm.
DRINK: Gintergalactic, National Space Centre, 23 Mar
Enjoy a fully immersive event for food, drink, music and science lovers to enjoy. Learn how to pair the perfect tonic to making your own gin, whilst the workshops offer ticket holders the opportunity to make their own gin inspired scent. Featuring some of the best gin brands from the East Midlands and beyond. Don’t miss live music featuring fave modern pop songs spanning four decades of the very best music, all performed in a quintessential post-modern jukebox style. Find out how you can win tickets to the event via our Facebook page here.
SHOPPING: The Artisan Spring Fair, Bawdown Lodge, Nanpatan, Sun 30 Mar
Pick up some pretty pieces just in time for Mother’s Day at the brilliant Bawdon Lodge. With a range of handpicked stallholders who are unique in their style and expertise, the event is designed to be inspiring and exciting for likeminded foodies giving you the opportunity to gather together and taste the culinary delights as well as peruse fantastic home, gift and lifestyle stalls and of course enjoy a tipple or two. From 10am until 4pm. Free to attend and free parking.
Bawdon Lodge Farm, Nanpantan Road, Nanpantan, LE12 9YE
POP UP: Canteen, Leicester Market, Fri 8 – Sat 9 Mar
The biggest street food event ever to be held in Leicester, Canteen are celebrating their second birthday with a street food bash like no other! Expect a weekend of awesome food and drink with some excellent entertainment to match. Think Brazilian, Indian, waffles, cheesecake, Canadian Poutine and more. Entry is free before 7pm and then just £1 afterwards. Under 14s are free.