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Foxton Vintage Festival, Sat 16 Sept – Sun 17 Sept 

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One of Leicestershire’s much-loved beauty spots will be bringing to life the story of what it was like to live and work along the canals during the Industrial Revolution. Visitors will get the chance to see rare heritage and vintage working boats and steam engines and enjoy the vintage fun fair, complete with steam Gallopers and Big Wheel. Tickets are £12 per car and includes parking and entry into the festival. The events runs from 10am-7pm.

Foxton Locks
 Gumley Road, Foxton, LE16 7RA

British Silent Film Festival, Phoenix, Leicester, until Sun 17 Sept 

Leicester’s independent cinema and café bar is celebrating the best in Brigit Silent Film, the festival features a fascinating programme of rare, unseen and rediscovered silent and early sound films from the world’s archives. The Festival features an Edgar Allan Poe programme at the wonderfully atmospheric St Mary de Castro Church compelte with live music played on the church organ. Britain’s most popular female star of the 1920s, Betty Balfour features in A Sister of Six and Paradise set on the Cote d’Azure. The hilarious Hand’s Up is a must see comedy set in the American Civil War featuring the fabulous comedian Raymond Griffiths.

Phoneix Cinema, 4 Midland Street, LE1 1TG

The Edible Forest Festival, Charnwood Forest Fri 15 Sept – Sun 17 Sept

Discover a weekend of scrumptious surprises, indulge in local food and drink experiences, enjoy family friendly outdoor activities and lots more in the ancient Charnwood Forest. Fancy exploring  Old John Tower at Bradgate Park? During Edible Forest you’ll get the chance whilst enjoying a traditional afternoon tea made up of tasty local produce. A genuinely unique experience. There’s also a Secret Gourmet banquet using Charnwood Forest inspired produce cooked by leading chefs, Mr Paul Leary and Mr John Duffin. Grab your tickets!

Edible Forest Festival

Western Park Beer Festival, Leicester Fri 15 Sept – Sat 16 Sept

It’s all about pints and peace signs this weekend as the Western Beer Fest comes to town. Beer lovers will get the chance to sample a range of real ales, fizz, wine and beer from local breweries. There will also be live music, face painting, a bouncy castle, and food stalls. Kids are welcome during the day on Saturday until 6pm after that it will be an adult only evening from 7pm to midnight. £5 for adults, free for kids. Money raised will go towards local charity, LOROS.

Western Park Beer Festival, St Anne’s Hall, Letchworth, LE3 6FH.

Beer Festival, Loughborough, Thur 14 Sept – Sun 17 Sept

Geez not another beer festival! Returning for its eleventh year, this event is bigger than ever. This year 70 guest beers and ciders, are on offer specially selected from different breweries. It costs just £3 to enter but best of all it’s free for anyone buying a ticket to travel on the steam trains that weekend.  With live music, hot food as well as vintage cars on show.

Great Central Railway, Great Central Road, Loughborough, LE11 1RW

Sunset Boulevard, Curve, Leicester Sat 16 Set – Sat 30 Sept

My favourite theatre in Leicester is bringing one of the all-time great musicals, Sunset Boulevard to stage. Starring Ria Jones, the show tells the story of  faded, silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond. Impoverished screen writer, Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world and becomes trapped in a claustrophobic world where he is persuaded to work on Norma’s ‘masterpiece’, a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras.

Curve, Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

Autumn Countryside Fair, Donington Le Heath, Sun 17 Sept 
A great family event which will include children’s crafts, garden games, stories and parachute play as well as willow weaving, Morris dancing and much more. Event runs from 10.30-4.30pm. You can also take apart in a garden and house tour.

Donington Le Heath, The 1620s House and Garden, Manor Road, Coalville, LE67 2FW 

South Pacific, Loughborough Town Hall, Tues 12 Sept – Sat 16 Sept

Be transported to the warm and balmy South Pacific Island in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical set during World War II in South Pacific. This beautiful production is a love story, interwoven around other plot lines and some brilliant songs. Watch it come to life on the stage.

Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3EB

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