What’s on in Leicester

Walk Leicester Festival  (1st May to 31st May)

“A MONTH-long festival to encourage more people to enjoy the great outdoors and explore their local area on foot, gets underway this week. Now in its sixth year, the Walk Leicester Festival runs from May 1 to 31 and includes a packed programme of free group walks and walking events exploring Leicester’s parks, waterways and city walks.

Themed walks will cover a range of subjects from nature through to history, architectural heritage, fitness and well-being. It is organised by the city council, with support from a wide range of other groups and organisations, as part of National Walking Month – a campaign to encourage more people to get outdoors and take some gentle exercise.

Events kick off with an introduction to the sport of cross-country Nordic walking at Evington Park on Wednesday on May 1. The taster session, which also runs on Thursday May 15, is run by the Ministry of Nordic Walks that meets regularly. Canal and River Trust will be leading a waterside wildlife walk from Castle Gardens to Limekiln Lock on Thursday (May 2). And on Friday (May 3), people can explore the 20th century architectural history of Leicester with a choice of two guided walks exploring different periods. Other walks taking place throughout the month-long festival include a tour of some of the Blue Plaque buildings in Leicester city centre, a stroll and photography tutorial capturing some of Leicester’s Victorian buildings, and a walk led by De Montfort University exploring the mediaeval heritage and buildings on its campus.

Rounding off the month-long festival is the return of the popular Funky Feet and Wacky Wheels event at Abbey Park on May 29. Along with activity trails around the park, this fun, family event for half term offers a chance to decorate bikes, scooters or shoes at the ‘bling station’ before a grand parade around The Oval.

For details of all the events, and to sign up for the walks, visit the Choose How You Move website at www.choosehowyoumove.co.uk/walkleicester

(Description & information from https://news.leicester.gov.uk/news-articles/2024/april/stroll-into-spring-with-this-year-s-walk-leicester-festival/)

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Cirque at Curve Theatre (30th May to 2nd June)

Where Musical Theatre Meets Circus

It’s time to step into the light. Escape with us for a night like no other, where we take you into a world where the very best of musical theatre showstoppers meets jaw-dropping circus spectacular. A world that explodes into colour as everyone’s favourite West End and Broadway hits combine with breathtaking, amazing performances, incredible contortionists, and thrilling feats of agility and flair.

It’s the brand-new variety spectacular everyone is talking about . . welcome to Cirque: the award-winning, smash-hit sensation that is fun for all the family.

Let the music lift you on a truly wondrous journey bursting with kaleidoscopic colour. Stars of the West End combine with incredible circus performers as the biggest hits from your favourite theatre shows are brought to the stage in unique, spellbinding style.

An all-star cast performing the big, big numbers from your favourite shows are joined by mesmerising circus stars – making for an enchanting production that is charming and astonishing in equal measure.”

(Description from: https://www.curveonline.co.uk/whats-on/shows/cirque-2/)

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Riverside Festival (1st June – 2nd June)

Less than a 10 minute walk from The Pocklington, Riverside Festival takes place at the historic Castle Gardens, right by the River Soar:

 

“One of Leicester’s biggest free festivals celebrates its 25th Anniversary, with fun on and off the water. Activities at Bede Park, Western Boulevard, Castle Gardens, the River Soar and new for this year, the De Montfort University (DMU) Campus.

Keep an eye out for highlights on the river including colourful boats from across the region and demonstrations, and boat trips.

On land, there’s plenty more to entertain the whole family and chill out to the fantastic line-up on the main stage. Food lovers can enjoy a varied choice of quality street food from around the globe and sample craft ales, lager, cocktails and much more from registered bars.

The Boulevard and Mill Lane will be lined with a market full of local, hand-crafted gifts and adorn the railings with Art on River, a gallery of local talent.

Adults and kids alike can get creative with an array of activities on the parks from arts & crafts to live theatre or sit back and enjoy the ride with the funfair. There’s much more to keep everyone busy across the weekend.”

(Description taken from https://www.visitleicester.info/whats-on/riverside-festival-p704771)

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