Leicester Loves Late Summer!

Well this week we’ve seen the hottest September temperatures for over 50 years and I am loving it. Perhaps you’ve been catching up on some of my Staycation posts and taking the opportunity to visit some of our top local gems in the unexpected sunshine?

If not, you might be looking for some new ideas of fun stuff to do in and around Leicester for the next couple of weeks. Summer’s not over, if you don’t want it to be!

Thursday 15th – Saturday 17th September
The Atkins Building, Lower Bond Street Hinckley

Starting right now, it’s the 9th annual Hinckley CAMRA Beer Festival! There will be over 70 cask ales to choose from, plenty of live entertainment and you can even pick up some delicious tapas from Cafe Espanol. It’s £3 for entry and £2 (refundable) for your glass. Stellar.

LGBT/Leicester Community
Monday 26th September
Leicester LGBT Centre, Wellington Street

Our very own LGBT Centre will be 40 years old and they’re celebrating with coffee and cake – so civilised! The LGBT Centre is a fabulous voluntary organisation that does amazing work in the city. They were the first LGBT helpline to receive public funding in 1981, have recently completed a superb oral history archive called Untold Stories and provide an incredible level of support to the LGBT communities as well as battling tirelessly against homophobia.

So get over to their Facebook event, click attending and then make sure you head over to cheer on the Centre (and have some nice cake).

Kid Friendly
Saturday 1st October
The Y Theatre, Leicester

As part of Everybody’s Reading week, you can Ask the Laureate with Chris Riddell, the UK Children’s Laureate. Chris wants to show everyone how much fun you can have with a pencil and will be live drawing the answers to your questions – so you might get a chance to take a doodle-answer home! Tickets are just £5.

Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd October
Melton Mowbray Cattle Market

The Melton Mowbray Food Festival is back for 2016, one of the oldest and biggest regional food fairs in the country. Tickets are £5 in advance, or £6 on the gate. This year will see a full programme of talks and lectures in the dedicated Food Theatre, the Stilton and the Melton Mowbray Pork Pies will of course be flowing, as well as local producers and a variety of local and international street food. What’s not to like?

Thursday 6th – Saturday 29th October
Curve Theatre, Leicester

The Importance of Being Earnest is one of Oscar Wilde’s most famous plays, and it’s being given a contemporary spin by Curve‘s artistic director, Nikolai Foster. Think high society courtship, mistaken identity and an all round barrel of entertainment. This is sure to be yet another in a long line of hit Curve productions. Regular tickets cost £14-£24, so get yours before they go.


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