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FRI 28 JULY – SUN 30 JULY

Barefoot Festival, Fri 28 July – Sun 30 July

If you’re at a loose end this weekend, book tickets to this fab family event. A weekend camping, glamping, dance workshops, yoga, circus skills, children’s activities and more. The stunning Talulah Blue will be back hosting the amazing burlesque and cabaret show bringing with her all kinds of glamorous follies. Kay and her magic band tent will is also returning with some foot stomping, electrifying beats day and night and Combust UK’s huge fire spinning extravaganza, let your eyes be dazzled by the dancing flames – so what are you waiting for get your tickets now, a weekend not to be missed.

Barefoot Festival, Prestwold Hall, Prestwold Lane, Prestwold, Loughborough, Leicestershire. LE12 5SH

Canteen, Leicester, Fri 28 July

Yes it’s that time of the month when monthly pop-up Canteen comes back to the city. Expect a feast with foodie inspiration from around the world  There’s a Canteen exclusive in the form grilled octopus, Japanese fried chicken, lime, kewpie Mayo, lime, Kimchi cheese balls. The Sheffiled-based Gravy Trainwill be here serving Canadian poutine – their country’s version of cheesy chips and gravy. Local street food vendor Smoqued will be back at Canteen in their bright yellow van. Try their South American inspired dishes including tacos and burgers topped with homemade relishes.

Canteen, LCB Depot, 31 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1RE

Piefest, Melton Mowbray, Sat 29 July  – Sun 30 July 

Ever tried squirrel, zebra or crocodile pie? Well now you can at the mahossive annual Piefest. Enjoy all things pie-related including sampling, buying, eating and even learning how to make your own. PieFest will also include talks, tastings, demonstrations and workshops on how to make the perfect pie. There will also be a Pie Kitchen where visitors can eat hot pies – baked to perfection with mash, vegetables and a variety of accompaniments. The Pie Theatre programme includes talks on How to Rate a Pie, a demonstration of hand raising a Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, and a guest appearance from Leicestershire-based Frances Quinn, winner of the Great British Bake Off in 2013. There will also be cheese, beer, cakes, wine, chutneys, cider and more, plus entertainment. Admission is £4 on the door or £3 for tickets bought in advance, children under 16s free. Tickets are available online below or from Melton Theatre Booking Office

PieFest, Melton Mowbray Livestock Market, LE13 1JY

Sketching, Bradgate Park, Sat 29 July 

An informal day out and a chance to meet club members and guests, pick up some tips and enjoy some sketching & painting. Meet at 10.00am at the main carpark or if late, catch up with people drawing inside the park.

Sketch Club, Main entrance carpark on Bradgate Road, Newtown Linford. LE6 OHB

Peter Pan, Chapterhouse Theatre, Bosworth Heritage Centre, Sat 29 July

Chapterhouse Theatre Company are performing an all new production of Peter Pam. Join Wendy, Michael and JohnDarlim o their magical adventures to the island of Neverland as they encounter mermaids, fairies and of course Captain Hook. J.M.Barrie’s classic is brought to life  by award-winning writer Laura Turner, with beautifully designed costumes, music and songs.

Bosworth Heritage Centre, Ambion Ln, Sutton Cheney, Nuneaton CV13 0AD

Jim’s Tractor Run and Family Fun Day, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Sun 30 July, 2017

Enjoy free entry at this fun family day out. Expect a tractor & vintage vehicle display, fairground rides, kids quads, circus shows and workshops, climbing wall, fun dog show, trade & craft stalls, craft tent, mini beasts roadshow, food & drink plus much, much more. A great day out for the whole family.

The Bath Grounds, Ashby-de-la-Zouch. LE65 1BR

Heather Scarecrow Festival 2017, Sun 30 July -Sun 6 Aug

Visit the village of Heather and admire the hundreds of scarecrows dotted around the gardens. Some of them will be traditional, some of them will be of celebrities – many of them cheerfully daft, and all competing for the votes of the people who come from miles around to see them. Scarecrow Guides are available for £2 to help visitors find all of the scarecrows and vote for your favourite. You can also take part in the Scarecrow Treasure Hunt with the chance to win prizes!

Heathrow Scarecrow Festival

Burgley Film Festival, Wed 26 July – Sun 30 July

The Burghley Film Festival returns this year with five days and nights of fabulous films alongside a British BBQ. This year you can pick from flicks for the kids including Zootroplis, The Jungle Book, Finding Dory to those you may prefer to watch without them including Bridget Jones’s Baby, La La Land, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and many many more. Enjoy delicious food, salads and refreshing drinks. The Orangery Restaurant will be open as usual during the summer screenings. For timings and cost, check the website for more details.

The Burghley Film Festival, Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3JY

Simon Says, De Montfort Hall and Gardens, Sat 29 – Sun 30 July

This annual music event is a brilliant celebration of the city and county’s finest musical talents performing alongside more established names. This year, Public Image Ltd’s Jah Wobble, Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ Frank Benbini and Carter USM’s Jim Bob are playing at the event on July 29 and 30 at De Montfort Hall and gardens which means walking from stage to stage is a piece of cake unlike other festivals. There’ll be around 70 acts and music will range from reggae to rock so you’ll get to cover all your bases in one day. Weekend tickets cost £40 for adults, £30 for students, £5 for under 16s and under 10s are free.

Simon Says Festival, De Montfort Hall Granville Rd, Leicester LE1 7RU

Harborough by the Sea, Market Harborough, Fri 28 July – Mon 31 July

Bring your bucket and spade and enjoy watching your children building sandcastles while listening to live music and taking in the entertainment at this free event. This year’s event will have a vintage 50s and 60s theme and keep an eye out for some colourful displays as shops and businesses in the town centre take part in the Best Dressed Shop Window competition. There’ll be music all weekend and on Sunday there’s a chance to see the first Harborough Classic Car Show.

Bambino Disco vs The Native Experience, The Manor Tur Langton, Sat 29 July

Head to a chilled out summer baby disco in The Native Experience tipi paddock. Hi5Faces will be face painting with us, there will be a paid BBQ available on site and drinks will be sold from a mobile horse trailer.  All to a backdrop of super cool baby beats courtesy of Bambino Disco. 12- 4pm.

The Manor, Main Street, Tur Langton, Leicestershire LE8 0PJ

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