10 things to do this weekend in Leicester and Leicestershire - (October 12,13 & 14)
Here's our choice of 10 things to do this weekend in Leicester and Leicestershire (October 12, 13 and 14.)
If the weather is likely to affect your fun then do check the latest five-day weather forecast here.
1. EVENT: Leicester Marathon at Victoria Park and Abbey Park.
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This weekend's Leicester Marathon includes five races on the day – the full/half marathon, The Loros Maza Fun Run, Freeth Cartwright Relay and Ted Toft Mile. The full marathon will be starting at 9am from Victoria Park. The new 5k Maza Fun Run will take place from Abbey Park at 1pm. When: Sunday - all day.
See the Leicester Marathon website www.leicestermarathon.org.uk for more details.
2. MUSIC: Ian McNabb at The Musician, Clyde Street, Leicester.
A musician with a rich past - from heading The Icicle Works in the 1980s, McNabb was a critically-acclaimed solo artist in the 1990s and has worked with Ringo Starr, Crazy Horse, Danny Thompson of Pentangle and Mike Scott of The Waterboys. His ninth studio album hit the shelves this year. When: Saturday, 8pm to 11:30pm, with support, £10.
See the website www.themusicianpub.co.uk for more details.
3. OUTDOOR: Meet The Birds at Bosworth Battlefield.
An opportunity to meet and handle two of the centre's birds of prey and fly them to your fist. Plenty of photo opportunities. It's an opportunity both adults and children can take up - adults £2.50, children £1.50. Pay on gate. When: Saturday and Sunday with sessions throughout the day.
See the website www.bosworthbattlefield.com for more details.
4. FAMILY: Community Open Day at Billesdon Fire and Rescue Station.
Firefighters from Billesdon Fire and Rescue Station are holding a community open day and are inviting families to come along and enjoy a day out with lots of things to see, do and the opportunity to learn about the work of the Fire and Rescue Service. Younger visitors can have fun with painting, play on a bouncy castle or take part in one of the games hosted throughout the day including a hook a duck competition and the fire crew's mascot Lester the Lion is due to make an appearance. When: Saturday, from 11am until 4pm.
See the website www.leicestershire-fire.gov.uk/firestations for more details.
5. MUSIC: Leicester Philharmonic Choir at De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester.
This promises to be "an exciting programme of Russian music" the audience will be treated to Prokofiev's powerful work Alexander Nevsky, Rachmaninov's 2nd piano concerto and Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances. When: Saturday, starts at 7:30pm. Tickets: £10 £15 £20 £24 £27. And if you want more classical music action then the following evening the Hall welcomes the Philharmonia Orchestra. See the website www.demontforthall.co.uk for more details.
6. FILM: The Queen of Versailles (PG) at Phoenix Square, Leicester.
This documentary follows the fascinating riches to rags tale of the billionaire Siegel family from America, who made their fortune in the timeshare business, lose almost everything as the 2008 financial crisis hits which leaves them struggling to make ends meet. When: Friday at 4pm, Saturday at 6:15pm, Sunday at 5pm.
See the website www.phoenix.org.uk for more details.
7. CHILDREN: Spooky Arts & Crafts with the Monkey Bunch at Twycross Zoo.
Take the kids to Twycross this weekend (and every weekend in October) and they can join in the Monkey Bunch art and craft sessions to make some spooky stuff! Be prepared as Halloween isn't far away! When: Saturday & Sunday, 2pm to 3pm. Free
8. THEATRE: Calendar Girls at Loughborough Town Hall.
The Festival Players bring the classic play to the Loughborough stage for the first time. Based on the true story of eleven members of the WI who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research, Calendar Girls has since become the fastest-selling play in British theatre history. When: Friday 7.30pm and Saturday 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Matinee £11. Evening £12.
See the website www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk for more details.
9. EVENT: Ibstock Beer Festival and Local Produce Event at the Palace Community Centre, Ibstock.
Ale and food lovers should head for Ibstock this weekend. Come along and support the beer festival over three days and choose from over 30 real ales plus traditional ciders, perries and fruit wine. The Local Produce Event will be showcasing locally made produce from 'artisan' bread-makers, handcrafted cheese, delicious pickles and preserves to succulent sausages and meats and butter, yoghurt, cream and milk, plus much more. When: Beer Festival: Friday 6pm to 11pm, Saturday 12pm to 11pm, Sunday 12pm to 10.30pm. The Local Produce Event is on Saturday from 12pm to 5pm.
10. SPORT: Leicester Riders v London Lions at John Sandford Centre, DMU University, Leicester.
Leicester Riders take on London Lions in the first game to be held at the Riders’ home venue this season. Anyone who knows about the BBL will know there is a long-standing rivalry between these two teams and Riders go into the game off the back of a 80-72 win over Cheshire Jets Riders so expectations are high. When: Saturday, 7:30pm tip-off. Everyone coming to the game is reminded that there will be a moment of celebration ahead of tip-off in tribute to Leicester Riders’ strength and conditioning coach Kris Ledgard, who died this week, aged 22.
See the website www.leicesterriders.co.uk for more details.
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