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After School Art Club, Market Harborough Tues 20 Feb

Ideal for creative kids (7-11 yrs old) they’ll get to explore different mediums, subjects, artists and ideas each week in these relaxed tutored sessions. Past activities have included observational drawing, making cardboard sculptures, learning watercolour techniques and working with clay. All materials, guidance and inspiration included, as well as a drink and a biscuit. Contact directly for prices. Timing is 4-5.30pm.

Leicestershire Craft Centre, 10a High Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7NJ

Making the Most of Your Kitchen Garden, Barnsdale Gardens, Wed 21 Feb

Join Gardeners’ Question Time regular, author and speaker Matt Biggs for a very informative day for keen kitchen gardeners. You’ll discover how to make the best use of your plot to maximise production and, in the spirit of Barnsdale and its creator Geoff Hamilton, to grow the finest fruit and vegetables the organic way. Covering all the essential elements from soil preparation to harvest and filling the ‘hungry gap’, it will enable you to enjoy home grown produce, whatever the season. £76. Book via the website.

Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8A

Blind Wine Dinner. The Olive Branch, Rutland

Hosted by both The Olive Branch Proprietors, Sean Hope & Ben Jones enjoy a fun fun evening, trying surprise wines and enjoying great food and convivial conversation. Always great fun to find wines to match dishes so this time we you can participate in the challenge! Pick your favourite wines to enjoy with each course while Sean presents the dishes and Ben will discuss the wines. The evening starts at 7pm in the bar and an opportunity to meet and mingle with other guests.

The Olive Branch Main Street, Clipsham, Rutland, LE15 7SH

Katherine Ryan, De Montfort Hall, Leicester, Thur 22 Feb

The Canadian’s Glitter Room tour hits our shores this week and for one night only you can catch her funny lady on stage. Katherine recently garnered rave reviews as the presenter and writer of Channel 4’s critically acclaimed prime time series, How Did You Get So Rich? and also regularly appears on all the UK’s major panel shows from BBC’s QI, Have I Got News For You and Live at the Apollo to Dave’s Taskmaster Series 2 (which she won). Catch her at De Montfort Hall and enjoy plenty of LOL moments. Tickets £18.50. Doors open at 7.30pm.

De Montfort Hall, Granville Rd, Leicester LE1 7RU. Box Office: 0116 233 3111.

Made In China, LCB Depot, Leicester, until Fri 2 March

Made in China is part of Cosmopolitan Arts’ celebration of Chinese New Year and The Year of The Dog in Leicester in February 2018. The exhibition is made up of interview and research about the Chinese people of Leicester for the very first time.

LDB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE

Operation Earth, National Space Centre, Leics, until Sun 25 Feb

Join Mission Commanders, along with expert scientists, as they investigate the science of planet Earth. Become a trainee environmental scientist and help them investigate land, air and oceans, and see if together you can find solutions to some of the issues in the world today. Throughout the day the mudlets will also be able to join workshops, demonstrations and hands on science sessions.

Leicester Comedy Festival, various Leicestershire venues, until Sun 25 Feb

It it really that time of year again? Brace yourselves as a hole host of hilarious comedians make their way to the county for one of the biggest and best comedy festivals in the UK. The 2018 festival features over 830 shows in 69 venues across the city and county. Expect big names like Suggs (see more about this below), Harry Hill, Shappi Khorsandi, Katherine Ryan and tonnes more – we kid you NOT! Book tickets now because they’re selling out fast.

Leicester Comedy Festival 

Visit Conkers, half term fun, until Sun 25 Feb

Head to Conkers this weekend and beyond and let the mudlets enjoy a daily craft activities including a variety of ranger activities including bush craft, construction derby and orienteering. There will also be  live shows to enjoy such as a Punch and Judy, hilarious clowns and the chance to watching some amazing acrobats. Don’t forget there’s a 120 acres to explore along with the 4D Cinema, indoor play and 450 metre bare foot walk and CONKERCHOO train.

Visit Conkers Rawdon Road (B586), Moira, Nr Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, DE12 6GA.

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