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Family Day, LCB Depot, Sat 8 July

A great way to spend a few hours with the family. Enjoy artwork and exhibitions and tuck into a delciisus kids menu prepared fresh from the guys at Gray’s Kitchen. Join an exploration and capture spaces through playful adventures. For the little ones. there’s even a Bambino Disco featuring chilled out funk, hip-hop and disco beats. This event is free.

LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE

Kids Rock, Twin Lakes, Melton Mowbray, Sat 8 July

Twinlakes Park is presenting their first tribute music festival called Kids Rock! We have put together a great line-up of  cover bands to entertain you throughout the day! Warning it may get very noisy! Tribute acts include one for Ed Sheeran, Little Mix, Ellie Goulding and more to follow.

Twin Lakes, Melton Spinney Rd, Melton Mowbray LE14 4SB

The King at the Castle Concert, Belvoir Castle Sat 8 July 

To commemorate 40 years since Elvis’ death and celebrate his musical career an exclusive concert is being held in the stunning grounds of Belvoir Castle. Nick Pacey and his talented live band will perform a selection of Elvis’ biggest hits taking you on a musical journey charting his extraordinary career. You have the opportunity to listen to one of the most authentic performers of Elvis’ music in the spectacular surroundings of Belvoir Castle, one of the premier stately homes in England and home to the Duke and Duchess of Rutland. Tickets cost £60 and include exclusive access to Belvoir Castle, reception drink and a gourmet buffet

Picnic in the Park 2017, Lutterworth, Sun 9 July. 

Following the success last year, Picnic in the Park is back and will include all sorts of stage entertainment, stalls, traditional fairground rides, catering and much more. Bring your friend and family and a picnic! For more information, please call Lutterworth Town Council on 01455 550225 or email

Coventry Recreational Ground, Lutterworth

Handle Bards, Abbey Pumping Station,  Sat 8 July

The award-winning HandleBards are proudly billed as the world’s first cycling theatre company. They cycle from venue to venue with all the props, set and costumes needed to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare around the world. The bike-powered all-female troupe (one half of the HandleBards) will be bringing its unique take on ‘As You Like It’ to the beautiful grounds of Abbey Pumping Station. Doors open at 5.30pm and picnics are welcome. Tickets cost £11 (£9 concessions) and can be booked by calling Leicester City Council museums service on 0116 299 5111.

Abbey Pumping Station, Corporation Rd, Leicester LE4 5PX

The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Curve, Leicester, until Fri 7 July

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger. The tea-guzzling tiger promises to give a brilliant performance and the show is packed with oodles of magic, singalong songs and clumsy chaos. This stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem is for children age 3+. Tickets £14.

Curve, 60 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 

Explosive Art, Antidote Art and Paul Oz at Syston Lamborghini, Sat 8 July

Winning art gallery in the Muddy Stiletto Awards 2017, Antidote Art is hosting a one-off art event at Lamborghini, Syston. With a special appearance by Paul Oz sitting alongside a brand new Lamborghini Huracan Performante, this event is a must for art-lovers as well as petrol heads. It’s not often you get the chance to see brilliant art alongside one of the world’s fastest and most luxurious cars so make the most of it. This event is strictly guest list only – email

Watermead Business Park Rayns Way, Syston, Leicester LE7 1PF

Western Park Festival, Leicester Sat 8 July

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Returning for it’s sixth year, this family-friendly event showcases over 20 local bands and acoustic acts across three stages. Of course there’ll be lots of activities including sorbing, face painting, workshops, street food, and variety of craft stalls and lots of musical acts. Event kicks off at 11am. Adults £2 kids go free.

Western Park, Leicester, Western Park LE3 6HX

Glass Fusion Workshop, The Green Place, Sileby, Sat 8 July

Grab the kids and head to the lovely Green Place and let them try their hand at creating a colourful round bowl. Ali’s excellent workshops always sell out, please book early as only 10 places available. £20 per person.
Booking also can be made in person at The Green Place in advance.

The Green Place, 6 Cossington Road, Sileby, LE12 7RS Sileby

Ladies Day, Leicester Race Course, 8 July

Who wants to trek to Ascot when you can grab your gal pals and head to the races right here on your doorstep. As well as the races, enjoy food from local vendors and music from hit 90s girl group All Saints, 80s British R&B star Jaki Graham and a DJ set from Mark Wright. Competitions will be held for the best dressed lady. So get your hats ready ladies. Tickets from £30 or take advantage of one of the hospitality packages where you can ensure a glass of Prosecco will be available to quench your thirst.

Ladies Day at the Races, Leicester Road, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4AL

Hobson’s Choice, Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, 4 July – 26 August

The Stamford Shakespeare Company present the hilarious trials and tribulations of bombastic boot-shop owner Henry Horatio Hobson and his three uppity daughters in 1880’s Salford. When Hobson teases his eldest, and most headstrong, daughter Maggie about being past the marrying age, she promptly retaliates by marrying his best boot-hand, Willie Mossop, and setting up a rival shop. Hobson’s future looks uncertain. As a battle of wills ensues between father and daughter, can the hapless Willie triumph?

Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 4BH

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