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GARDENS: Belvoir Flower and Garden Festival, 13 – 14 July


A quintessential British day out with beautiful garden inspiration and ideas. Think picnic in the park meets Chelsea Flower Show, enjoy a picnic with Pimms, music, strawberries and cream! Tickets include entrance to the Belvoir Castle gardens too. Adult tickets, £15 per person and family tickets (2 adults and 2 children aged 5 to 16) £35.

Belvoir Castle

FOOD: Pizza Pop-up, Wigston Fields News & Deli, Sat 13 July

Did someone say pizza? Yes we did! This local community business is holding their pizza day showcasing some of Leicester’s best Neapolitan pizza alongside and yes, before you ask, there will also be plenty of vegan, veggie and gluten free options available. Get your elasticated trousers on and get ready to feast!

Wigston Fields News & Deli, 29 Carlton Drive, LE18 1DF Wigston Magna

COMMUNITY: Ashby Show, Cattows Farm, Sat 14 July 

Head to the 105th annual Ashby Show held in the family-run Cattows Farm who have been farming in the village of Heather since 1899. This year’s event will be filled with children’s entertainment inc huge inflatables, donkey rides, climbing wall, a Punch and Judy show, archery, giant tortoises and more. There will also be dog show, show jumping, and you buy traditional crafts such as, coracle boat and basket making or stone carving in the Village Green area.

Ashby Show

THEATRE: Amelie, Haymarket, Leicester, until 13 July

A story of an astonishing young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She secretly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness that bring happiness to those around her.  Amelie, played by the delightful Audrey Brisson (The Elephantom, Pinocchio and Pericles (National Theatre), The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic) and more) is a new musical based on the much loved five-time Oscar-nominated film.

FOOD: Rockingham Castle Food and Drink Fair, Sat 13 – Sun 14 July

A brand new foodie event featuring a fantastic selection of local food and drink in a historic location. Visitors to Rockingham Castle Food and Drink Fair will have the opportunity to sample and purchase many delicious products made by independent producers and suppliers from the surrounding areas. This event takes place inside the beautiful rooms and courtyard of Rockingham Castle. Advance tickets £4 (on the gate £5) and children free.

Rockingham Castle Estate, Market Harborough LE16 8TH

CULTURE: The Great Rempstone Steam and Country Show, Wymeswold, Sat 13 – Sun 14 July

The Rempstone Steam Rally officially began in 1956 and is still running today making this the oldest surviving steam rally in the country. It now hosts around 600 individual exhibits including about 50 steam engines at Turn Post Farm. There will also be a Champion Dog show, a heritage fairground with all the old classic rides, a beer tent and of course live music.

Rempstone County Show

NT Live, Small Islands, Harborough Theatre, Sat 13 – Sun 21 July 

One of my fav books has been turned into a new adaption for the theatre. Experience the play, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday celebration. The play follows three intricately connected stories involving Hortense, Gilbert and Queenie. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.

Harborough Theatre

KIDS: Roman Hunt: Bosworth, Sat 13 July

Those pesky Romans have taken up camp on our site and have left all their equipment just lying around. We’re willing to give a handsome reward to anyone who can find all the Roman objects they’ve left. £2.00 per child, for children of ages up to 12 years of age just turn up and pick up a sheet from the ticket office and explore the Heritage Centre’s grounds between 10am – 5pm. This event is part of the Festival of Archaeology 2019.

Bosworth Battlefield, Ambion Lane, Sutton Cheney, Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, CV13 0AD

GARDENS: Summer Sundays: Flower Arranging Day

Meet members of Rutland Flower Club and learn tips and tricks for creating your very own artistic arrangement for your own garden. Garden admission: adult £9, concession £8, child £5, family (2 adults + 3 children) £28.
Just want to come for a spot of retail therapy and a great lunch or afternoon tea? Entry to the Barnsdale Gardens Gift Shop, Nursery and Tea Room is free.

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

MUSIC: Bands in the Bandstand, Oakham, every Sunday until 18 Aug

Every Sunday throughout Summer, enjoy a wonderful atmosphere in Cutts Close Park with live music in the bandstand between 2.30pm & 4.30pm and an ice cream van all afternoon. July 14th enjoy music from Claire & Co.

Cutts Close Park, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6AA

ART: Glitch, Sock Gallery, Loughborough, until 27 July 

Pic Credit: Matthieu Leger

Finding inspiration in the digital and the natural world, Matthieu Leger presents us with oil paintings that collide and merge both environments together. In doing so, he creates a new realm where the digital and the natural co-exist in figurative representations, broken digital abstractions and explosions of colour.

Sock Gallery, Market Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3EB

ART:  ALPHA male by Tim Fowler, Leics, until 21 July

Tim Fowler’s first major solo exhibition focuses on family, fatherhood and a mans role in the contemporary household. The exhibition will consist of several paintings, some scaling over 6ft tall, depicting intimate family scenes, stolen moments alone and the adorable bond between the artists’ twin daughters. 

Studioname 2 Brougham Street, Leicester LE1 2BA

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