Things to do this weekend in Leicester and Leicestershire - (September 14, 15, 16)
Here's our choice of 10 things to do this weekend in Leicester and Leicestershire (September 14, 15 and 16). There's music, food and family fun plus, of course, a chance to see the Richard III dig site which is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday following the exciting discovery of what could be his bones. Let us know if you've got any better/alternative suggestions - add your ideas in the comments section below.
1. EVENT: Classic Car and Transport Show at Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse, near Loughborough.
A day for lovers of vintage vehicles with more than 5oo motors on show including vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, commercial and American cars plus much more. As well as the cars, inside the hall there's a craft fair, shopping stalls and if you need a sit down, tea rooms and a bar. When: Sunday, 10.30 to 4pm. Cost £6/£2.
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2. FAMILY: Waltham Charter Fair at Waltham on the Wolds.
This annual Leicestershire village fair promises to be "fun for all the family". The two-day event includes live Music, (more) vintage tractors and classic cars, stalls, kids attractions, dog show, harvest festival, charity bungee Jump and lots more. When: Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 5pm. Adult: £2 under -14s free.
See the website www.walthamcharterfair.co.uk for more details.
3. MUSIC: Bluebird Parade with support at The Donkey, Welford Road, Leicester.
Live music venue and popular pub The Donkey serves up another top gig with Midlands musicians Bluebird parade headlining. They don't want to be pigeonholed so we suggest you go and find out for yourself if there's a category for them - pop, rock, folk, blues...? Support comes from Leicester singer-songwriter Martha Bean and duo Leah and Jenny. When: Saturday.
See the website www.thedonkeybar.com for more details.
4. EVENT: Medieval Mayhem: Anarchy in England! at Donington le Heath Manor House.
A chance to discover one of England's darkest times with decades of chaotic civil war blighting the land. Historic Norman’s bring to life the dramatic era of mail clad knights and their richly attired ladies struggling for power during 'The Anarchy' - the dramatic backdrop to the Brother Cadfael novels and The Pillars of the Earth. When: Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 4pm. Free although there will be a small charge for craft activities.
5. COMEDY: Sandi Toksvig Live at De Montfort Hall, Leicester.
The comedian, novelist, actor and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig is in Leicester as part of her first major solo UK tour to celebrate the publication of her new novel Valentine Grey. When: Friday, starts at 7:30pm.
See the website www.demontforthall.co.uk for more details.
6. FOOD: Good Food Fair at Belgrave Hall and Gardens, Leicester.
Now in its sixth year, the Belgrave Hall Good Food Fair is another great event for all the family. Local food producers will be showcasing and selling their wares in the beautiful gardens of Belgrave Hall. A great opportunity to taste and buy fresh, local and organic food. Free parking at Jelsons, Loughborough Road. Disabled parking outside Belgrave Hall. When: Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Adults £1, children free.
7. FILM: Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Dog Days (U) at Phoenix Square, Leicester.
The latest installment in the 'Wimpy Kid' series, based on Jeff Kinney's best-selling children's novels. "Wimpy kid" Greg Heffley, 12, plans to spend his summer holiday sitting in his room playing video games, but his dad insists on dragging the whole family to a holiday park! A sweet, good natured comedy that captures the feeling of being young and restless. The perfect family film. When: Saturday, 1:30pm and Sunday at 2.15pm.
See the website http://phoenix.org.uk/ for more details.
8. EVENT: Richard III dig tours at the Greyfriars car park, in Leicester city centre.
Following the exciting discovery by archaeologists from the University of Leicester of human remains at the site of the Greyfriars church, where Richard III was believed to be buried, a series of tours have been arranged. The Greyfriars site will be open to the public with information leaflets and guards in armour. Entry is free. When: Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm
At The Guildhall there will be objects from the excavation, plus information panels on Richard III and the excavation. Free admission. When: Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm
There will also be guided tours around key King Richard III sites in the city, including The Magazine Gateway, Guildhall and Castle Park. When: Saturday and Sunday, September 16
See the Leicester City Council website for more details.
9. MUSIC: Leicester International Music Festival at New Walk Museum, Leicester.
This year's festival - the Art of Music - focuses on music inspired by art. Leicester plays host to the finest classical chamber music played by world class artists within the surrounds of New Walk Museum's Art gallery and a few other venues too. For full details of the festival, visit www.musicfestival.co.uk. When: Thursday to Sunday.
10. SPORT: Downs Syndrome World Gymnastics Championships at New College, Leicester.
Leicester is welcoming gymnastics teams from across the world, when the New College Gymnastics Centre hosts the Down Syndrome World Gymnastics Championships. Teams from Great Britain, Italy, Russia, Portugal, South Africa, Norway, Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil and Eire will be taking part in the event. When: Sunday, 9.30am to 3pm. More details on the event are available from Trevor Low on 0116 247 8766/07590 122 098 or by emailing: email@example.com
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