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Everybody’s Reading Festival, 30 Sept – 8 Oct 

Everybody’s Reading is a festival of all things reading, taking place across Leicester city in schools, libraries and other venues including cafes and coffee shops. The festival will bring together the spoken word of artists, poets, authors and community writers. Expect Healthy eating storytelling workshops, riddles and rhymes storymaking with puppets, live readings and so so much morel

Everybody’s Reading Festival 

The Eyebrook Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland, Wed 4 Oct – Wed 1 Nov

Francesca Simpson will be displaying her first solo exhibition of her new original work at the Eyebrook Gallery which kicks off this week. Visitors and art lovers will be able to purchase limited and open edition prints of Francesca’s work. The self taught artist focuses on wildlife and landscape artist and her detailed biro and pencil drawings as well as her acrylic paintings celebrate the beauty of animals and the natural world. Francesca was a finalist in the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Artist of the Year Award in 2016 as well as being a finalist this year at The Biscuit Factory’s Open Contemporary Young Artist Award. This exhibition is free to visit.

The Eyebrook Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9PZ

Gelato in the Square, Leicester, Fri 27 Oct – Sun 29 Oct 

Ice cream fans will be excited to hear about this brand spanking new festival taking place in the city. Award-winning independent gelateria, Gelato Village, St Martin’s Square is hosting a three day festival showcasing authentic artisanal gelato. The theme of the festival will be ‘Getting to know gelato’ and has an aim of educating the UK audience about authentic artisanal gelato made from the best quality, natural ingredients and will also inlude workshops, talks and tastings. This event is free.

Gelato Village, 2 St Martins Square Leicester LE1 5DF

Spooky Space, National Space Centre, Leicester Fri 14 Oct – Sun 29 Oct 

Pic credit: National Space Centre

During the half term holidays the Spooky Science team have taken over the Space Centre. Join the team every day to discover The School of Science and Magic, make your very own slime to take home, take a seat and create your very own stained glass rocket to take home and drop in for various sessions that will have you spinning.

National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NS

Rutland Food and Drink Festival, Sat 21 Oct – Sun 29 Oct 

Foodie fans will be flocking to this event that highlights a variety of events and special offers around the county, including cookery demonstrations, food markets, workshops, themed menus and lots more. Stock up on local ingredients at Oakham Farmers Market on 21 Oct before concluding at the festival will Rutland Food & spills out from Oakham Castle and grounds onto the Market Place and down to The Victoria Hall. Expect to sample locally made bread, cakes, drinks, beer, cheese and much much more.

Rutland Food and Drink Fest

Melton Mowbray Food festival, Sat 7 Oct – Sun 8 Oct 

Now in its 14th year, this food festival takes place in Melton’s covered historic livestock market. Expect around 200 stands showcasing some of the UK’s best locally-produced food and drink, complemented by a street food arena serving hot food from around the world such as South Africa, France, India, Spain, Sri Lanka and more, as well as the traditional English Hog Roast, roast beef and bison burgers. There’ll also be live demonstrations from professional chefs such as Rachel Green and Jo Pratt in the Food Theatre, expert butchers showing people how to carve and cook the best joints of meat, entertainment with a gospel choir and ukulele band and a new, enlarged Kids Food Zone. Tickets are priced at £6 (£5 in advance). Children under 16 enter free.

Melton Mowbray Food Festival

Diwali Lights Switch-on, Leicester, 8 October

Join in the festivities as the annual light swich-on event takes place along The Golden Mile, also known as Belgrave Road. Enjoy traditional music, dance, food, shopping and a light and fire show. The spectacular firework display will be seen above Leicester’s Golden Mile and the surrounding area and after last year’s success the wonderful Diwali Village returns to Cossington Street Recreation Ground. The Village will feature children’s fun-fair rides, entertainment and a wide range of stalls, including food.

Visit Leicester 

Halloween, Twycross Zoo, Thur 26 –  Tues 31 October 

Head over to Twycross Zoo this month for some spooky goings-ons. Kids can dress up in their fave fancy dress costumes and follow trick or treat trail, take part in pumpkin carving or grab some popcorn and enjoy a spooky cinema and lots more. Wold down some ghostly grub in the on-site cafes and tuck into pumpkin load, eyeball pop cakes, monster burgers, and bloody ice cream.

Twycross, Zoo, East Midland Zoological Society, Burton Rd, Leicestershire, Atherstone CV9 3PX


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