Top four winter events in Leicester

We’ve had some glorious sunshine over the past few days, but the nights are drawing in at a pace now. We all know what’s coming, and it isn’t great. Icicles on the nose, jacket blown off in the gale, and drenched from head to toe, yes, it’s the Great British Summertime. No, wait, winter, that’s the next one isn’t it?

Well, there’s no need to stay abed moping! I’ve found some great things happening this chilly season so you can look forward to the next few months instead of dreading them. Don’t pin all your hopes and dreams on the big day in December, do some fun stuff in the meantime. You’re welcome!

Friday 30th October
Alex’s Wish Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
St Martin’s House

Support a fabulous local charity and get yourself a lovely excuse to have a champagne afternoon tea, all in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. Tickets are just £20 and you can buy them online. 100% of all proceeds goes to continuing the search for new treatments or even a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a serious life-limiting muscle wasting condition.

As well as the afternoon tea, there will be a charity raffle with some great local prizes and also a Mad Hatter competition with prizes for the best hat. What’s not to like about that?

Sunday 1st November – Light switch on
Wednesday 11th November – Diwali Day
Cossington Street and Belgrave ROad

As the mantra goes, Diwali in Leicester is the biggest outside of India. It’s the biggest event in the city’s calendar and it’s all freeeeee! Watch fantastic fireworks, a stage of live entertainment, the light display on Belgrave Road and this year an even bigger programme of arts and cultural events that are taking place all over the city.

Saturday 21st November
Cocktail Xchange presents Reyka Vodka
The Parcel Yard

A very special evening of cocktails and entertainment is available, currently with earlybird prices at £20 per ticket. You’ll get to enjoy three specially crafted Reyka vodka cocktails as well as a vodka tasting and bar snacks. There will also be entertainment on the night, including music and interesting talks… about vodka! A great night out with your mates and tickets are limited to just 50 available, so don’t miss out!

STOP PRESS: Earlybird tickets have had an extra special reduction, now only £15!

Saturday 5th December
Bossa’s 23rd Birthday Party
Bossa Cafe Bar

It’s Bossa’s 23rd birthday and to celebrate they’re having a party! Head down to celebrate with them and you can enjoy prices straight from the 1990s. Brilliant.(Said in the style of the Fast Show, obviously.)

And if you can’t wait that long, don’t forget the Tapas Trail is running until Sunday 18th October. Drop in to any of the participating venues, whenever you feel like it, to enjoy a drink and a dish for £3. We’ve been enjoying the excellent street food menu at Roxy’s Kitchen in Bossa Bar, a real treat! No sign up, no vouchers, no messing – just pop in and ask for their Tapas Trail dish.


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