What's on this weekend in Leicestershire - Christmas fairs and fun days - plus lots more
Here's our choice of 10 things to do this weekend in Leicester and Leicestershire (November 30, December 1 and 2). The latest weather forecast here.
1. CHILDREN: Christmas Sunday Funday at Loughborough Town Centre.
Postman Pat is in town to collect your letters for Santa and make sure they reach him in time. As well as Pat and Jess the cat there are fairground rides, children’s entertainers and a giant Christmas card to fill the town. Bring your letter for Santa and make sure it's stamped and addressed to: Santa, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, SAN TA1. Pat will be at the following locations - Churchgate/The Rushes at 12.30pm, Ashby Square at 1.30pm, Wards End at 2.30pm and Market Place at 3.30pm. When: Sunday, 10 am to 4pm.
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2. THEATRE: Hello Dolly! at Curve, Rutland Street Leicester, LE1 1SB.
Hello, Dolly! opens on Friday and runs at Curve until January 12. Book your tickets to see West End star Janie Dee in a revival of Jerry Herman’s bold and brassy musical, which is directed by Paul Kerryson.
See the website www.curveonline.co.uk for details on times and ticket prices.
3. FAMILY: Christmas Toys and Steam Day at Abbey Pumping Station, Corporation Road, Leicester.
Christmas is in full swing at Abbey Pumping Station and this weekend there's a live band playing Christmas tunes in the warmth of the engine house, as the mighty beam engines work. Visitors can take a ride on the steam train and listen to the fairground organ play as well as having a look at the toys from Christmas past. Refreshments will also be available in the LMTA’s cosy café. When: Sunday 1pm to 5pm. Family £8.00, Adults £3.50 Children/Concessions £2.50.
4. EVENT: 10th Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.
It's billed as the largest Christmas tree festival in the country with over 220 organisations taking part. There were 457 magical trees in 2011 and organisers are for a record number in 2012. Refreshments will be served in the church for whole period of the Festival. Groups welcome. When: Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm Friday (Preview evening from 7.00pm). Saturday, 9.30am to 5.00pm (All age carol service at 5.30pm) and Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm (Songs of Praise at 6.30pm).
5. MUSIC: The Overtones at De Montfort Hall, Granville Road Leicester LE1 7RU.
Five-piece outfit The Overtones return to Leicester as part of their 2012 tour, after their sell-out autumn tour of 2011. An evening of complex vocal harmonies from Mark Franks, Mike Crawshaw, Darren Everest, Timmy Matley and Lachie Chapman - "One of the biggest success stories of 2011". When: Friday, 7:30pm. Tickets £19.50 £26.50 £33.50
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See the website www.demontforthall.co.uk/for more details.
6. SHOPPING: Christmas Craft Fair at The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FQ
A chance to cut out the middle man, support local artists and traders and pick up some special and unique gifts. Enjoy Christmas shopping in the beautiful surroundings of the historic 600-year-old Guildhall. When: Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 4:30pm.
See the website www.leicester.gov.uk/museums for more details.
7. FAMILY: Victorian Christmas Fayre at Melton Mowbray.
A festive market including gifts, crafts and fine local produce with every stall holder in Victorian dress whilst street urchins, stilt walkers, Punch & Judy, brass bands and many more entertain the crowds. Enjoy a slice of Dickensian Britain - just for one day. When: Sunday, 10am to 4pm.
See pictures from last year's Victorian Christmas Fayre here.
8. COMEDY: Hardeep Singh Kohli's Indian Takeaway at Curve, Rutland Street Leicester.
Broadcaster, writer and Celebrity Masterchef finalist Hardeep Singh Kohli is on a mission to find the best Indian takeaway in the UK. Hardeep will order a takeaway for delivery to the theatre and he will then race against time to cook his own feast before the takeaway arrives, sharing recipe tips, anecdotes and stories while he's cooking. The show culminates with audience members coming on stage to sample both meals. When: Saturday 7.45pm. £15. Send your curry house suggestions to: See the website hardeeplive.com for more details.
See the Curve website www.curveonline.co.uk for ticket details.
9. MUSIC: Chris Warner at The Cookie Jar, at the Crumblin Cookie, High Street, Leicester.
Leicester singer songwriter Chris Warner is releasing his latest EP Temporary Fix on Monday and you can see him live at The Cookie Jar on Friday. He's been described as "one of the most exciting artists on the indie circuit" - we suggest you come and find that out for yourself When: Friday, doors 8pm. £3 advance.
See the website www.thecookiejarleicester.co.uk for more details.
Read the Mercury's interview with Chris: See the website Chris Warner: The summer kid shows off his dark side in new EP for more details.
Championship rivals Leicester City v Derby County at the King Power Stadium. The East Midlands derby doesn't kick- off until 5.20pm on Saturday so there's time to get some Christmas shopping in then head to the King Power Stadium. We're forecasting a 2-0 win for City!
See the website www.lcfc.com for more details.