10 things to do this weekend in Leicester and Leicestershire - (October 19,20 & 21)
Here's our choice of 10 things to do this weekend in Leicester and Leicestershire (October 19, 20 and 21).
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1. MUSIC: Oxjam Takeover Leicester at Cultural Quarter, Leicester.
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Leicester's Oxjam music festival and fundraiser returns to the city this weekend. Organsiers say that since the first event in 2006 the annual bands showcase has raised more than £1 million in total for Oxfam's work.
More than 200 bands and artists will perform at 20 venues – including an outdoor stage next to Curve, in Orton Square. When: Saturday, 1pm to 11pm. £10 Box Office/£8 NUS/£8 Early
See the website oxjamleicester.co.uk for more details.
2. FAMILY: Knights, Dragons and Damsels at Jewry Wall Museum .
Come dressed up as a noble knight, a dangerous dragon or a delightful damsel. Try the dragon treasure trail and have fun with craft activities. £2.50 for activities (light refreshments available). When: Sunday, 11am to 3.30pm. See the website www.leicester.gov.uk for more details.
3. THEATRE: Obama the Mamba - President of the slums at Curve Theatre, Leicester.
Curve Leicester is presenting yet another high-profile premiere. Obama the Mamba is the extraordinary tale of George Hussein Obama, Nairobi slum gangster and half brother of the US President. The Mamba, means crocodile in Swahili. It is George's gang name - he was always the first to snap. Barack Hussein Obama Snr was the father the two boys never really knew. It's a true life story of fate, power and destiny. When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Daily Matinees 2.30pm. From £7 to £16. See the website www.curveonline.co.uk for more details.
4. MUSIC: Secret Affair at O2 Academy, University Road, Leicester.
The debut single Time For Action sold over 200,000 copies and put Secret Affair at the forefront of the mod revival movement. The band split in 1982 but then joined forces again in 2002. Last month Secret Affair released their first studio album, Soho Dreams, after an absence of 30 years and Leicester features on their 13-date UK tour. When: Friday at 7pm finishes at
10:30pm. Cost £15
See the website www.o2academyleicester for more details.
5. FAMILY: Family Scream Park at Twinlakes Park, Melton.
Twinlakes Park and Scream Park Productions have 13 Nights of Fright with Xtreme Fright Nights featuring scare zones, live horror mazes and street performers with wicked workshops, creepy competitions, trick & treat and frightening face painting. One of the fright nights is this weekend on Saturday. For details on prices and times see the website: www.twinlakespark.co.uk for more details.
6. CHILDREN: Spooky Science at the National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester.
A team of mad scientists has decided to join in the fun that starts this weekend and runs throughout half-term at the Space Centre. See exploding pumpkins, make slime and discover the frightening side of space. When: Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Normal admission prices
See the website www.spacecentre.co.uk/ for more details.
7. COMEDY: Bottle Rocket presents Gary Delaney at The Y Theatre, East Street, Leicester.
Gary Delaney is a razor sharp one-liner comedian, who is widely regarded as being the most quotable comic on the circuit. Support comes from Sarah Kendall (Perrier Award nominee, and Time Out London Comedy Award nominee), Lloyd Griffith (“The Next Big Thing” FHM) and Mark Simmons (“Fantastic” Tim Vine). When: Saturday at 8pm. £10/£8 conc.
See the website www.leicesterymca.co.uk for more details.
8. MUSIC: Mercury at the Century Theatre, Snibston Discovery Park, Coalville.
Mercury are billed as "one of the world’s most authentic tributes to the legend that is Freddie Mercury and Queen". Now you can see for yourself without having to leave the county. The Snibston gig is part of the band's 10th anniversary tour. When: Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 7pm; Performance at 7:30pm. Tickets: Friday: On the door £17; advance £15. Saturday: £18; £16.
See the website www.centurytheatre.co.uk for more details.
9. FILM : Double bill: Sweet Smell of Success & All the President's Men at Phoenix Square, Leicester.
Two classic films about journalism. First up Burt Lancaster is a powerful showbiz columnist J.J. Hunsecker boasting 60 million loyal readers. Press agent Sidney (Tony Curtis) craves J.J’s success, but will he abandon his principles to get it? All the President's Men stars Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford as two Washington Post journalists who uncover the Watergate scandal. When: Sunday, 3:30pm. £10
See the website www.phoenix.org.uk for more details.
10. SPORT: Colin Babb, West Indies cricket writer at Highfields Library, Melbourne Road, Leicester.
BBC journalist and author Colin Babb is in Leicester as part of Black History Season to talk about his latest book ‘They Gave The Crowd Plenty Fun’ which explores the link between Caribbean cricket, migration and the challenges cricket has faced in Britain. When: Friday, 7.15pm to 9pm. Free admission, booking is essential. To book call (0116) 299 5494
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