What's on this weekend in Leicester and Leicestershire - (July 28, 29, 30)
Here's our choice of 10 things to do this weekend in Leicester and Leicestershire (September 28, 29 and 30). Fundraising and food dominate the choices this weekend as food fortnight reaches the half-way stage and coffee and cakes are being served up at scores of venues in Leicestershire as part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning.
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1. EVENT: MacMillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning at The Y Theatre, East Street, Leicester.
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The Y in East Street, Leicester, is just one of many venues hosting a World's Biggest Coffee Morning! Cake and refreshments will be available with all proceeds going to MacMillan Cancer Support. When: Friday: 10am to 1pm. If you want to find a venue near you that's serving up coffee and cakes for a good cause see the website:
See the website http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/Home.aspx for more details.
2. MUSIC: Jersey Budd and Friends at Loros & Coping with Cancer fundraiser The Soundhouse, Southampton Street, Leicester.
A slightly different charity fundraiser but the aim is still the same. Enjoy yourself and help raise cash at the same time. This time it's music and a pint at The Soundhouse. The evening will feature Jersey Budd and Martha Bean from Leicester, Dlugokecki from Southampton and Rob Vincent from Liverpool. When: Saturday, at 7pm.
See the website www.soundhouseleicester.co.uk for more details.
3. THEATRE: Bright in the Corner at Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester.
Bright in the Corner is a brand new musical dance theatre piece created through collaboration between artists from the Black township of Mamelodi, South Africa and from Derbyshire, UK. It's being premiered in the East Midlands as the concluding performances of the region’s Cultural Olympiad programme. If you want an uplifting show - this promises to be that. When: Friday 7:30pm to 9pm.
See the website www.embracearts.co.uk for more details.
4. EVENT: Family Festival at Western Park.
Another rescheduled event which was postponed due to our rather wet summer. The day will include lots of stalls, live music, the kidzone, real ale and cocktails, food stalls, have a go at a workshop - self defence class, yoga class, African drums, zumba, smoothie making with Tesco and belly dancers dance groups. When: Saturday , 11am to 6pm. See the website www.friendsofwesternpark/ for more details.
5. MUSIC: The Sounds Of Simon at Snibston Century Theatre, Ashby Road, Coalville.
This evening is a must for lovers of classics such as Mrs Robinson, The Only Living Boy In New York, The Sounds of Silence and Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard, and many more of Paul Simon's tracks. The Sounds of Simon are billed as one the UK's leading tributes to Simon and Garfunkel. When: Friday at 8pm to 10.30pm.
See the website www.centurytheatre.co.uk for more details.
6. FILM: Untouchable (15) at Phoenix Square, Leicester.
A feel-good comedy drama about the friendship between Philippe - a wealthy Quadriplegic and Driss - a man from the ghetto hired as his live-in carer, is a sensation. It's been smashing box-office records in its native France and picking up numerous festival awards on the way to becoming officially the most successful foreign-language film of all time. When: Friday, 3:30pm, 6:15pm, 8:45pm; Saturday 1pm, 3.45pm, 6.15pm, 8.45pm; Sunday, 1pm, 3.30pm and 6.30pm.
See the website www.phoenix.org.uk for more details.
7. FOOD: Farmers' Market Bar at The Orange Tree, High Street, Leicester.
Local farmers and food and drink producers from Leicestershire will be running their own stalls to showcase the best seasonal produce from around the region. Local companies include March House Farm (Great Dalby), Brucciannis Bakery (Leicester), Nicky's Cheese Stall (Leicester Market) and The Bottle Kicking Cider Company (Hallaton). When: Saturday, noon to 7.30pm. It's part of the Food Fortnight - see the website www.goleicestershire.com for more details on other events taking place.
8. COMEDY: Dara O Briain at De Montfort Hall, Leicester.
Irish funnyman Dara O Briain hits the road again with a brand new show for 2012. Dara is one of the most recognisable faces of British TV, hosting Mock The Week, The Apprentice - You're Fired, Stargazing Live and starring in 3 Men in a Boat. When: Thursday and Friday at 8pm.
See the website www.demontforthall.co.uk for more details.
9. MUSIC: Neil Innes: Short Songs and Tall Stories at The Guildhall, Leicester.
Neil Innes brings his unique musical style to his solo show - wry, poignant and humorous, spiced with anecdotes of Neil's life and times in the world of media and show business. When: Sunday, 7.30pm.
10. SPORT: Leicester Riders v Cheshire Jets at Loughborough University.
Leicester Riders host Cheshire Jets at Loughborough University on Saturday (7.30) for their first BBL home outing of the season. It could also be a landmark match for coach Rob Paternostro as victory would be the team's 100th competitive success under his leadership.
See the website www.leicesterriders.co.uk for more details.
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