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Contents

4 News

6 WOW: Family events

8 Interview Andy Day

12 Frights & Fireworks

13 Bonfire & Firework Nights

18 Panto-tastic

20 Box Office

22 Competitions

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Dear Readers,

Welcome to our first half-term edition of the school year!

We hope that now your little ones have had some time to

settle in they’re enjoying the new experiences and positive

challenges that this academic year has brought. Plus, now that

the weather has begun to cool down, we can start looking

forward to firework displays, lovely cosy jumpers, and warm

mugs of hot chocolate.

We’ve got a huge variety of events and activities to keep

the kids entertained during October half term, and beyond!

Don’t forget to check the venue’s website to make sure you’re

getting the most up to date information (as sometimes details

are subject to change!) and book in advance when necessary

so you don’t miss out.

We’ve loved seeing all of your Christmas card entries that

you’ve sent us, they’re all so creative and beautifully done!

We hope you enjoy the upcoming weeks.

With very best wishes,

The Primary Times Team

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you have news to celebrate? We’d love to hear!

Email helen.pattinson@primarytimes.co.uk

www.primarytimes.co.uk/leicestershire

First Aid on the Curriculum

“After 10 years of campaigning by the

British Red Cross, it will be compulsory

for first aid skills to be taught in all

state schools in England from 2020.

It’s an impactful way to give young

people the confidence they need to

help someone.

As parents, Ben and I are so thrilled

our children will be able to learn these

important skills so that they never feel

completely helpless in an emergency

situation.

It’s also a relief knowing that if

anything were to happen to them in

the future, more people might be able

to help.

We support the British Red Cross’s

calls for it to become a compulsory

part of the curriculum throughout the

UK so all school children get the same

chance to learn how to save a life.”

Marina Fogle

Marina is married to British Red Cross

Ambassador and TV adventurer Ben

and mother to Ludo and Iona.

www.redcross.org.uk

Take One Giant Leap into space

- themed fun in Leicester

this half term!

From 11 – 20 October there will be a selection of

intergalactic activities for all the family

to enjoy.

Joe Wicks is

BBC Children in

Need’s first-ever

Schools

Ambassador!

As BBC Children in Need’s

Schools Ambassador, Joe Wicks

has teamed up with the charity’s

Official Education Partner,

Twinkl, to inspire and empower

thousands of schoolchildren to

get fundraising for BBC Children

in Need’s 2019 Appeal, whilst

getting active and feeling good.

Twinkl is also creating a range

of free resources to support

schools and make fundraising

easy, educational and fun.

Millions of people across the

nation will be getting together

this November to help BBC

Children in Need. To get your

free supporter kit today, visit

www.bbc.co.uk/Pudsey

New

GetOutside

App

Keep your children happily occupied

this half term with the brand new

GetOutside app from Ordnance

Survey. Your key to making half term

fun for all the family!

Packed full of inspiration for family

activities outdoors, events to attend

and things to do near you. From

accessible routes to child-friendly

cycle paths, you’ll find ideas and

information on things to do in a

location of your choice. Create a

tailored day out for your family by

filtering on popular features such as

duration, car parks and toilets. Make

your life easier and download the

GetOuside app today, available FREE

on Android and iOS.

www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk

The BRICKLIVE OUTER SPACE Trail

will bring 15 amazing models made

entirely of bricks to venues around

the city centre. See reconstructions

of the rockets that took us to the

moon and stand side-by-side

with famous astronauts! Simply

download the free LoyalFree

smartphone app to follow the trail –

scan the QR code at each location

for a chance to win prizes!

Get a close-up view of the moon

at Luke Jerram’s stunning Museum

of the Moon exhibit at Leicester

Cathedral. Measuring seven metres

wide, the internally lit sculpture

features detailed NASA imagery of

the lunar surface for a truly aweinspiring

experience.

Join in with retro-style computer

games inspired by the Moon

landing on large-scale screens

across the city – simply come along

and connect with your smartphone

to play! And look out for Overview

Effect, an out-of-this-world digital

show for all. Find out more at:

onegiantleap-leicester.co.uk

Come and join all the fun

at Frenzy Youth Theatre!

Frenzy Youth Theatre is a

dynamic theatre company

with the emphasis on

imagination and the

power of play. Their

classes allow youngsters

to explore creatively

in a non-competitive

environment whilst having

lots of fun! All lesson plans

are written by a qualified

Drama Teacher and they

have Frenzy Franchises in

Loughborough, Ashby and

Birstall. Contact Frenzy today to book your trial - they look forward to welcoming

you into the Frenzy Family! www.frenzyyouththeatre.co.uk/

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Into Film

Festival

6th – 22nd November

UK schools are once again being

offered the opportunity to attend

free cinema trips and access free

resources through the Into Film

Festival; the world’s largest free film

festival, and its many elements that

can be used across the curriculum.

With 3000 screenings and 200

special events, this year’s eclectic

programme offers something for 5 to

19-year-olds from all backgrounds

and corners of the UK. There will be

numerous special events targeted

towards Primary students including

40 simultaneous pupil premieres of

climate change documentary 2040

to launch the Festival, sing-along

screenings of The Greatest Showman

and many other collaborations with

UNICEF, UK Space Agency, Guide

Dogs UK, Anti-Bullying Alliance, Wee

Critters and Oxfam. Book online now

at: www.intofilm.org/festival

The theme for Anti-Bullying

Week 2019 is Change

Starts With Us’

Whether it is verbal, physical, online

or in-person, bullying has a significant

impact on a child’s life well in to

adulthood. The Anti-Bullying Alliance

is urging action for this year’s Anti-

Bullying Week and saying that by

making small, simple changes, we

can break this cycle and create a safe

environment for everyone.

Odd Socks Day will be held once again

to mark the first day of Anti-Bullying

Week. CBeebies star and Anti-Bullying

Alliance patron Andy Day and his

band Andy and the Odd Socks are

supporting Anti-Bullying Week 2019

and are encouraging students to wear

odd socks to school to celebrate what

makes us all unique.

National Adoption Week 2019

14th to 20th October 2019

As ever the campaign will aim to find

homes for those children who so

desperately need them.

Come along to one of our adoption

information events held across the

region if you want to find out more

about adoption. The East Midlands

currently has 68 children waiting to

be adopted and just 25 approved

adoptive families.

This means the need to find

adoptive parents is greater than

ever. Could you adopt? Why not

contact your local adoption agency

and find out more?

At the events you will learn more

“Once again Andy and the Odd Socks

are right behind Anti-Bullying Week.

On the first day of the campaign, we

are asking children to get creative

with their footwear on Odd Socks Day

and show they are celebrating what

makes us all unique. Look out for this

year’s toe tapping Change Starts With

Us song to help bring Odd Socks Day

to life.”

Anti-Bullying Week runs from 11 to 15

November 2019

Get involved at

www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk

@ABAonline #AntiBullyingWeek

#ChangeStartsWithUs #OddSocks

about the process and what to

expect when adopting. You’ll hear

about the kind of children we

have needing permanent homes,

the types of backgrounds they

come from, the challenges they

can present and where their birth

families fit in.

www.first4adoption.org.uk is the

national information service for

people interested in adopting a

child in England.

Leicester-Shire

Music

Education

Hub

Are really excited to be able to

offer new singing opportunities

for young singers. Research has

proved that singing promotes

a general sense of wellbeing,

enhances learning retention,

language development, listening

skills and concentration but

most importantly It’s fun!!!

All groups are led by vocal

specialists and will focus

on improving vocal quality

and musical skills whilst

being engaging and fun with

opportunities to perform.

For more information about

dates and times visit the

www.leicestershiremusichub.

org where you will also find

details of lots of other musical

opportunities for young people.

Primary Times Leicestershire & Rutland

Have fun

and stay

safe this

fireworks

season

With Bonfire Night and Diwali

Celebrations just around the

corner, make sure your kids are

aware of the safety issues around

fireworks. Lots of guidance is

available on the Royal Society

for the Prevention of Accidents

(ROSPA) website, including

the full firework code

www.rospa.com.

Children must be supervised

around fireworks, enjoying them

from a safe distance. Organised

displays are always the safest

option, but if you are planning to

have a fireworks party at home,

make sure only adults deal with

setting up, lighting and disposing

of the fireworks after use. Remind

children never to return to a

firework once it has been lit, and

never to put fireworks in pockets

or to throw them.

Sparklers are great fun, but burns

from sparklers can be really

serious since they burn at fierce

temperatures. Make sure children

wear gloves when holding

sparklers, and that used sparklers

are put straight into a bucket of

cold water.

Hot drinks and fireworks parties

also tend to go hand in hand.

Check hot drinks are well out of

children’s reach and away from

the edges of tables and worktops

where they could be knocked

off. A child’s skin is much more

sensitive than an adult’s and a

hot drink can still scald a child 15

minutes after being made.

NEWS

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WHAT’S ON WHERE

WOW!

Across the globe, the Kumon Maths and

English Programmes advance students

beyond their school level.

Contact your local Instructor for a free assessment.

Hinckley 01455 613733

Leicester Beaumont Leys 01509 414866

Leicester Belgrave 01162 667645

Leicester Birstall 01162 609745

Leicester Central 01162 668037

Leicester Evington 03335 777441

Leicester Forest East 01162 124711

Leicester Glenfield 01162 762033

Leicester Oadby 01162 720371

Leicester Rushey Mead 01162 766648

Leicester Stoneygate 01162 219538

Leicester Syston 01164 422348

Leicester Wigston 01162 720371

Fees vary. Please refer to your local study centre.

kumon.co.uk

We’re commited to offering a great fitting service, only fully trained staff

will measure and fit shoes at Stomp.

Station Rd, Narborough, Leicester, LE19 2HR T:0116 319 0606

From 1st walkers upto a adult size 8 facebook.com/stomp

what’s on where

8 Oct - 17 Dec

Baby & Toddler Group

New Walk Museum LE1 7EA

www.facebook.com/leicestermuseums

Calling all under 5’s…. The gallery is all yours!

Fun, sensory play and stories with our new

baby and toddler group. Every Tuesday

from 9.30am – 10.45am. £3 first child, £2 for

each additional child. Look out for plenty

of special events and activities throughout

the Autumn months leading up to our

Christmas Baby Disco!

9 Oct

Mindfulness for Children

Attenborough Arts Centre LE1 7HA

www2.le.ac.uk/hosted/attenborougharts

FREE Taster session! Little Breathers

Mindfulness course is a creative and

fun introduction to mindfulness for 7-11

year olds. Using movement, creative

activities and play we explore the basics

of mindfulness to better understand how

our minds work. Children will explore their

feelings and thoughts and develop skills

to better manage their emotions. Booking

essential.

11 Oct - 20 Nov

If you are looking for more inspiration, there

are many more events on our website

www.primarytimes.co.uk/leicestershire

BRICKLIVE® OUTER SPACE

various locations LE1

onegiantleap-leicester.co.uk

50 years ago humans raced to the moon

and this October half-term Leicester will

host its very own Space Race! Navigate

your way around the city by downloading

the free LoyalFree app on your smartphone

and following the BRICKLIVE® Outer Space

Trail – remember to stamp your space

passport by scanning the QR Code at all the

locations you visit!

Museum of the Moon

Leicester Cathedral LE1 5FQ

onegiantleap-leicester.co.uk

Luke Jerram’s stunning Museum of the

Moon returns, with each centimetre

of the internally lit spherical sculpture

representing 5km of the moon’s surface.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the

moon features detailed NASA imagery of

the lunar surface for a truly awe-inspiring

experience.

RETRO ARCADE GAMES IN SPACE

various locations LE1

onegiantleap-leicester.co.uk

Get in touch with your inner gamer and play

retro-style computer games inspired by the

Moon landing! The games will be hosted

on large-scale screens across the city.

Simply come along and connect with your

smartphone to take part. Have some fun,

challenge your friends, or try and finish the

week with the highest score on our public

leaderboard!

12 Oct

Autumnal Art & Music

Attenborough Arboretum LE2 3TQ

www.lrwt.org.uk

Make tree sprites and woodland

instruments. Wildlife Watch groups for

children aged 5 -12 years. Children aged

under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Booking essential.

12 Oct - 28 Dec

Easy Saturday

LCB Depot LE1 1RE

www.facebook.com/LCBDepot

FREE! Creative activities for toddlers to 10

year olds. This month at Easy Saturday,

Journeys Festival International Leicester are

taking over! Expect to make giant henna

patterns in the Henna Courtyard! Learn

the ancient Japanese art of paper folding,

Discover vegetables from Africa at the

Urban Farm and much more.

Saturday Art Clubs

various locations LE1 2BA

www.visitleicester.info

FREE! Come and get creative every

weekend by trying a different craft in free

sessions led by artists. Every Saturday

morning, artists and students will devise a

different art project for children to try and

make in a fun two-hour art club for all the

family. From mosaics to murals, painting

to collages, you can have fun and get as

messy as you like!

12 Oct - 27 Oct

October Half-term Trail

Belton House NG32 2LW

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house

Explore Belton on an autumn trail this

half term. Search for clues to accomplish

Belton’s quest. Adventurers that complete a

trail get a prize for all their hard work. Trails

run daily from the Estate Yard. Don’t forget

the Discovery Centre is also open every

day too

Pumpkin Carving

Manor Farm LE12 6LU

www.manorfarm.info

We’ll be carving spooky designs every day,

with a free pumpkin for every child.

12 Oct - 3 Nov

Spooky Space

National Space Centre LE4 5NS

spacecentre.co.uk

Happy Halloween half term from space,

the most dangerous place you could ever

consider visiting. Join us as we discover the

constant threat of high-speed micrometeorites,

your bodily fluids from boiling in the

hard vacuum of space and temperatures as

low as -129C (-200F) or as high as 121C (250F),

sounds like a delightful destination, right?

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Primary Times Leicestershire & Rutland

Two Family Halloween

Nights at CONKERS

Wednesday 30th &

Thursday 31st October 2019

Adult £8.00

Child £6.00

Family £24.00

(2 adults & 2 children

or 1 adult & 3 children)

Please note all children

from 2 to 15 years old will

need to purchase a ticket.

Doors open at

6.30pm and we

finish by 10:30pm

Fireworks

at CONKERS

Saturday 2nd &

Sunday 3rd November 2019

A spectacular laser show!

Adult £8.00

Child £6.00

Family £24.00

(2 adults & 2 children

or 1 adult & 3 children)

Please note all children from

0 months to 15 years old will

need to purchase a ticket.

Doors open

at 5.30pm

and show starts

at 7.30pm

Winter

WONDERLAND 2019

There are 13 dates

to choose from

30th November,

1st, 7th, 8th, 14th,

15th, 18th, 19th,

20th, 21st, 22nd,

23rd and 24th

December 2019.

Coming up at

CONKERS

A must for your Christmas calendar!

YOUR TICKET TO

WINTER WONDERLAND

INCLUDES A FULL DAYS

PASS ON THE DAY OF

YOUR VISIT TO THE

WHOLE OF CONKERS!

OPEN FROM

10AM DAILY

Discover Santa’s

Woodland Grotto through

the Enchanted Forest and the

Valley of Christmas Lights

WHAT’S ON WHERE

Book online www.visitconkers.com

or call 01283 216633

CONKERS Rawdon Road (B586), Moira

Nr Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Derbyshire DE12 6GA

13 Oct

14 Oct

16 Oct - 20 Oct

18 Oct

Apple Day

Woolsthorpe Manor NG33 5PD

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolsthorpe-manor

Join us for all things apple at the home of

Newton’s world famous tree. There’ll be

apples to taste, apple-inspired science

and crafts, tree talks, tasty apple treats and

more. Don’t forget to see the Lego® Model

Soyuz Spacecraft too!

Halloween Campfire Cook-Out

Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre LE15 8BT

www.rutlandwater.org.uk

Whittle a wand. Carve a pumpkin. Enjoy

snacks cooked over the campfire. Wildlife

Watch is the junior branch of the Wildlife

Trusts and the UK’s leading environmental

action club for kids. Wildlife Watch groups

are free to join and welcome new members.

Suitable for children aged 5 – 12. Booking

essential.

13 Oct - 27 Oct

Diwali 2019

various locations LE1

www.facebook.com/leicesterfestivals

Visit the website for the full programme of

events and how best to enjoy the Festival

of Light in the city. You can also learn about

the significance of the festival to different

faiths who celebrate it. Hindu’s celebrate

Diwali for different reasons, but all have a

common thread of celebrating the victory

of good over evil, and of light over darkness.

Early Years Eye Health

The Symington Building

LE16 7AG

www.vistablind.org.uk

Let’s get moving! is a screening tool for

Early Years practitioners to help identify

eye issues in children in their care, come

along from 6pm to 8pm to take up on a free

training session with a free pack that help

to screen for visual impairment in young

children.

Pumpkin Pots Ceramics

Katherine Fortnum Ceramics LE16 9QR

www.katherinefortnumceramics.com

“Perfect for those creative family activities,

turn up and get messy playing with clay!

Booking essential.

15 Oct

Railway Running Day & Childrens

Activities

Abbey Pumping Station LE4 5PX

www.abbeypumpingstation.org

School autumn break railway running day,

come and take a ride on Leicester’s only

narrow gauge railway and afterwards enjoy

a hot cuppa and a cake in the LMTA café, a

perfect end to a perfect day.

The Bike Jam!

Ellesmere College LE3 2FD

www.facebook.com/ChooseHowYouMove

FREE! The Bike Jam returns to Ellesmere

College, Leicester for the final date of

2019! Join us during half-term for our

inclusive and interactive cycling extravaganza!

Campfire Fun

Stoneywell LE67 9QE

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stoneywell

This half-term, book a visit to Stoneywell

and warm yourself by our campfire. You can

enjoy toasted treats, hear campfire stories

and maybe even sing a song or two! We’ll

supply the marshmallows you just bring

your appetite!

18 Oct- 31 Oct

Family Scream Park

Twinlakes Park LE14 4FF

www.twinlakespark.co.uk

Family friendly fangtastic blend of Halloween

fun! Over 20,000 FREE pumpkins for

kids to carve or paint. Children’s fancy-dress

is optional but we love it when they do! Find

the ghouls and ghosts in the mummy family

Halloween hunt. Halloween fun awaits with

these monstrously magical going on’s…!

18 Oct - 27 Oct

The Greatest Halloween Circus

Twinlakes Park LE14 4FF

www.twinlakespark.co.uk

Be prepared to be dazzled and delighted

with The Greatest Circus; INCLUDED to

all day ticket and annual pass holders. No

pre-booking required. Seats to the circus

are on a first come first served queue basis.

Performances on the picnic lawns inside

the big top at 12noon, 2pm and 4pm

Wear it PINK

Boost LE1 1QG

www.facebook.com/boosttrampolineleicester

“Supporting Breast Cancer Now. Join in for

a day of all things pink, from balloons to

cakes. All the staff will be dressed in pink

and raising money for this great cause.

19 Oct - 31 Oct

Halloween at Burghley

Burghley House PE9 3JY

www.burghley.co.uk

Be guided around by our costumed guides

and find out all the grizzly gruesome and

horrible history associated with Burghley

and the people who have lived here. Follow

Halloween Trail around the Sculpture

Garden. Tread through the crispy Autumn

leaves and find the hidden spooks to

receive a treat.

19 Oct

Diwali Storytelling

Highcross Leicester

LE1 4AN

www.highcrossleicester.com

“FREE! Partnering with Leicester Libraries to

bring you Saturday Storytelling Sessions. On

the Lower Mall, in the seating area by H&M,

from 10am - 4pm for exciting stories that’ll

expand your imagination. We have a whole

host of topics to get families enthusiastic

about reading.

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Anti-Bullying Week with…

Andy Day

Primary Times teams up with Andy Day to support Anti-Bullying Week which is

celebrated in over three quarters of schools across the country, 11 th - 15 th November

Andy Day is set to hit our screens in March

2020 with his new CBBC show Andy and the

Band, but the children’s TV star is also busy

playing a leading part in Anti-Bullying Week.

We tracked down the frontman of Andy

and the Odd Socks to find out why tackling

bullying is close to his heart.

When asked how he got involved in bullying

work, Andy explained “I wasn’t bullied at

school, but I saw others who were, and I’ve

seen the effects that bullying has had on

their personal growth into adulthood.

For some it has toughened them and for

many it has diminished their confidence

and potential”.

“It starts young”, he explains. “Having worked

in kid’s TV most of my career, when I got the

chance to be involved in Anti-Bullying week,

it just chimed with me”.

Andy Day has a children’s

band, ‘Andy and the

Odd Socks’, and

together they

came up with

a simple idea for supporting Anti-Bullying

week. “Why not highlight what makes us all

unique with an Odd Socks Day? Children

could celebrate difference and diversity

simply by pulling on a pair of odd socks

and raise some money for a good cause

in the process”.

Odd Socks Day started in 2017 and has

since been a runaway success, raising

over £60,000 to support the Anti-Bullying

Alliance’s work.

Every year Andy records a song to support

the theme of Anti-Bullying and this year’s

theme is ‘Change Starts with Us’. “The

idea is to highlight the changes, the little

things each of us can do, that make

all the difference to someone on

the receiving end of bullying”, Andy explains.

For Andy, tackling bullying “could be

as simple as being there to listen to

someone who is hurting inside. To build

their confidence and support them. Or

thinking twice before posting a hurtful

post on social media. Or speaking out

when banter has crossed the line into

something more harmful.”

“Most of us will experience bullying in some

capacity throughout our lives. Young or

old, we can all do something to show that

bullying is never acceptable.” Andy is working

on the song ‘Change’ and video as we speak.

“All I can say is: think the Muppets meet

Strictly, Odd Socks style! This tune will really

get kids (and grown-ups!) up and dancing!”

In addition to working with Anti-Bullying

week, Andy and the Odd Socks have just

finished filming their new comedy for CBBC

‘Andy and the Band’ and are looking forward

to seeing that broadcast in March 2020.

On top of that, Andy explains, “we’ve had

an amazing summer touring the festival

scene – including performances at the BBC

Summer Social.”

“We’ve been fitting in visits to Odd Socks Day

schools too. Every day is an adventure at the

moment! All our focus now is on making this

year’s Odd Socks Day the biggest and best

one ever!”

Find out more

about how you can get involved at

anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week

Get involved with Odd Socks Day

for Anti-Bullying Week!

Odd Socks Day, with support from SafeToNet, takes place

on Tuesday of Anti Bullying Week – the 12th of November

– and helps raise awareness around anti-bullying.

Odd Socks Day is designed to be fun! It’s an opportunity

for children to express themselves and celebrate their

individuality and what makes us all unique!

There is no pressure on the children to wear the latest

fashion or for parents to buy expensive costumes.

All they have to do to take part is wear odd socks, it

couldn’t be simpler!

We would like to invite children to make a £1

donation - or any donation you think appropriate -

to support us in continuing the week every year.


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Music & Light

Leicester Cathedral

LE1 5PZ

www.facebook.com/sitarmusicsociety

Celebrate Diwali the classical way with

a special evening exploring divine light

through music. Enjoy the moods and

melodies of Indian classical music in the

stunning setting of Leicester Cathedral under

the special presence of Luke Jerram’s

‘Museum of the Moon’ installation.

20 Oct - 31 Oct

Curious Pumpkin Trail

The Workhouse, Southwell NG25 0PT

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-workhouse-southwell

Explore The Workhouse finding pumpkins

from the garden. Seek out the darkest

corners of The Workhouse on a special

children’s trail during half term week. £2

for trails.

20 Oct

Diwali Fair

Peepul Enterprise LE4 6DP

peepulenterprise.com

Enjoy a fun day with the whole family at

the Diwali Fair! Full of amazing stalls with

fantastic offers; expect food, gifts, crafts,

cultural performances, music, arts and

dance.

Diwali Family Extravaganza

Attenborough Arts Centre LE1 7HA

www2.le.ac.uk/hosted/attenborougharts

The annual family celebration of the

Festival of Light! With live music, dance

and puppetry, we will be bringing the

Diwali story to life with brilliant artists from

An Indian Summer. This vibrant and fun

event is packed with lots of ways for you

to get creative and take part in the story,

from crafts and prop making, to dance and

performing.

Outdoor Activity Open Day

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

www.lopc.co.uk

Come along and have a Taster Session of

some of the Activities available: for children

age 5 - 7 (and over): Climbing, Inclined

Beam, Bell Boating and Archery. Activities

for age 8 and over (inc Adults): Aerial Trekking

& Powerfan, Leap of Faith, Kayaking,

Canoeing and Air Rifle Shooting.

23 Oct

Garden Detectives

Belton House NG32 2LW

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house

Discover the untold stories of Belton’s

gardens with our interactive tour. It’s been

specially designed for families with children

aged 5 years and over in mind. There’s

limited tickets available, so pre-booking is

essential.

25 Oct - 27 Oct

Rutland Mistletoe Fair

Rutland Showground LE15 7TW

www.shopforsomethingdifferent.com

Enter An Enchanting Shopping Kingdom -

And what a way to do it, the magic starts

from the minute you enter the fair through

a giant wonderland snow globe! This is

an event for the whole family with Santa’s

phone box for a call to let him know that

you’ve been good and Santa’s post box to

send a letter!

26 Oct

Craft, Art & Food Fair

Attenborough Arts Centre LE1 7HA

www2.le.ac.uk/hosted/attenborougharts

An inspiring range of ceramics, glass,

textiles, homewares, jewellery, accessories,

woodturning, painting, photography, printmaking,

stationary, seasonal goodies, food,

drink and more. Buy for yourself or kick start

your Christmas shopping - with prices from

just £1 up to £500, there’ll be something to

suit all budgets.

Family Workshop

The Gallery DMU LE1 9BH

www.facebook.com/gallerydmu

FREE! The sessions of hands-on creative

activity, inspired by the current exhibitions,

are aimed at ages 5-10 years but younger

siblings and participants are more than

welcome! Designed to inspire imaginations,

engage, challenge and spend some creative

time making and exploring contemporary

art as a family.

Halloween Spook Shoot

Archery Legends LE11 1RW

archerylegends.co.uk

Pop-Up Cycle Ride

New College Leicester LE3 6RN

www.letsride.co.uk

A traffic-free cycle circuit that’s perfect for

little legs (and longer ones too!); pop-up

events are ideal for the whole family to

enjoy cycling together – Leicester Cycle

Circuit provides a safe and friendly

space for cyclists of all abilities to ride at a

pace they want, as many times as

they want.

Steam with the Team & Ghostly

Engineer

Abbey Pumping Station LE4 5PX

www.abbeypumpingstation.org

Day time Steam with the Team plus storytime,

and Evening ‘Ghost Stories’. Come

along to the museum and explore the unusual

surroundings of the Abbey Pumping

Station looking for that friendly ghost!

Wizard Day

The Green Place LE12 7RS

www.facebook.com/TheGreenPlaceSileby

“Wizard Day returns as a prelude to the

outdoor film screening of ‘The Prisoner of

Azkaban’ in the evening. Choose to make

from range of spooky crafts including

broomsticks, wands and lanterns then you

will by ready to take on the forces of evil.

26 Oct - 27 Oct

Halloween Fun Days

Manor Farm LE12 6LU

www.manorfarm.info

We’re planning lots of spooky fun in the

woodlands over the weekend plus a free

pumpkin for every child.

Hallowe’en Weekend Trains

The Battlefield Line CV13 6NW

www.battlefieldline.co.uk

Dare you travel on the spooky trains? Competitions

and fancy dress during the day

and evening train on Saturday.

Market Harborough October

Festival

Town Square LE16 7PA

www.facebook.com/zoomeventsuk

October Festival in the centre of town.

Food, music, beer and cider festival, together

with some special seasonal activities

and entertainment, all contribute to this

Autumnal celebration.

26 Oct - 3 Nov

Kenilworth Castles Creepy Critters

Kenilworth Castle CV8 1NG

www.english-heritage.org.uk

“A feast of frightening fun awaits! Gather

your little monsters for a ghoulishly

good day-out, with wicked crafts and a

spooktacular Halloween quest around the

castle. Little horrors can also get up-close

to a host of real life ‘beasts’! Meet some

amazing animals including snakes, spiders

and more to learn all about these creepy

crawly creatures.

WHAT’S ON WHERE

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Family fun this autumn

The October half term holidays are just around the corner. Take a look at

some of the great family fun activities taking place throughout the county.

Visit leicestershire.gov.uk/whats-on to find out more.

staurant

/bosworthbattlefield @BosworthLCC /bosworthbattlefield

bosworthbattlefield.org.uk • 01455 290429

Open 10am-5pm

Visit the 1485 Tithe Barn for refreshments on your day out at Bosworth.

Guided Walks

October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27,

11.30am and 2pm

Join one of our experienced Guides

for a 2km guided walk exploring

the Battle of Bosworth, the death

of King Richard III and the unlikely

victory of Henry Tudor. Adult £4.50,

concession £4, child £3,family tickets

available. Book in advance via the

Ticket Office on 01455 290429.

Witches & Warlocks Hunt

Saturday 12 October –

Sunday 3 November

Our site has been taken over by

Witches and Warlocks. Help us find

them all and discover the protection

spell before they cast a great curse

on all. If you choose to undertake

this mission. You will be rewarded

for your efforts. £2 per sheet.

A Knight’s Tale

Thursday 17 October,

10.30am - 4.30pm

Discover what life was like for a

knight at the time of Bosworth with

this engaging and hands-on event

inside the exhibition. There will be

displays of arming a knight in the

Preparing for Battle gallery. Included

in exhibition admission.

Bosworth Discovery Zone

Explore the Royal Camp

of Edward IV

Saturday 19 & Sunday 20

October, 10am-3.30pm

Join living history group L.E.A.D. as

they recreate the camp of the Yorkist

King Edward IV, older brother of

Richard Duke of Gloucester. Meet

some of the key Yorkist players in the

Wars of the Roses along with their

servants and military escorts. Includes

arming a knight, a fashion show and a

talk on etiquette. Join the living history

camp for cookery demonstrations,

fight training and plenty of hands-on

medieval engagement. £2 per person.

In the Footsteps of Richard III Walk

Sunday 20 October, 9.30am-1.30pm

Visit the sites King Richard III stayed

and prayed before the Battle of

Bosworth in 1485. An enjoyable

4-hour walk (approx 6km) with an

experienced guide. No dogs allowed

due to livestock along the route. Adult

£9, concession £8, child (8-16) £6.

Pre-booking essential 01455 290429.

Knight School

Saturday 26 October, 11am-12noon

Enrol on our Knight School and

become a squire. Learn to sword fight,

handle a bow and take part in battle

role-play. Suitable for 5-14 years.

Pre-booking essential. £6.50 per child.

Must be accompanied by an adult.

Come and explore our new family area, for children 0-8 years

and their families. Join in and take part in a range of

exciting activities to create memorable experiences.

Please see our website events pages for dates and time

of opening www.bosworthbattlefield.org.uk/whats-on/

Crafty Corner in the Barn

Saturday 12 - Sunday 20

October

Come along to our beautiful Barn

during half term and join in our

fun crafts and activities. Included

in admission. Donations for crafts

welcome. During opening hours

The Pumpkin Plotters Hunt

Saturday 12 October -

Sunday 3 November

Pumpkin Catesby and friends have

taken up residence in our Gardens...

we’re worried they may be plotting

an explosive scheme. Help us

find them all and discover what it

is. Your efforts will be rewarded.

Normal admission plus £2 per

sheet. During opening hours.

The Adventures of Doctor Doolittle

Saturday 19 October,

11am and 2.30pm

When Dr John Doolittle of Puddlebyon-the-Marsh

is taught by his wise old

parrot Polynesia how to talk to animals,

news of his skills spread far and wide.

Soon animals across the world send

messages asking for his help. A funny,

much-loved and exciting adventure for

the whole family, with a strong message

about responsibility towards animals and the

environment.

£7.50 per ticket or £27 for a family of four.

CenturyTheatre.co.uk

@thecenturytheatre @century_theatre

/DoningtonleHeath

@DoningtonLCC

doningtonleheath.org.uk

01455 290429

Open Thursday - Sunday

10.30am - 3pm

Friends Jacobean Craft Group

Saturday 12 October, 11am-3pm

See the costumed members of the

Friends Jacobean Craft Group

undertaking their needlework

projects inside the House. Included

in admission price.

Monster’s Mash

Children’s Disco & Fun

Tuesday 29 October,

4.30-6.30pm

Come and get your ghoulish

groove on in our Barn for our

Halloween disco and spooktacular

crafts. There’ll be a fancy dress

competition too. Children must be

accompanied by an adult. £3.50

per child. Pre-booking essential.

To book tickets

01530 278444

Open 7 days a week, 10am-4pm

Keep an eye on our

website for news of

all our exciting shows

throughout the year!


01509 890119

www.beaumanor.co.uk

Homemade Craft Fair

Sunday 27 October, 10am-3pm

Come along to our Homemade

Craft Fair and browse locallymade

goods. Enjoy a drink at our

on-site coffee shop and relax in the

beautiful grounds of Beaumanor

Hall. £1 admission.

Visit our website for our latest events

A Day at the Races:

Steeplechasing in and around

Melton from 1820 to 1939

Until Saturday 14 December

Exhibition about the history of

steeplechasing in and around Melton,

and at Burton Lazars, a racecourse

that has now disappeared. Free.

Visit our website for our latest events

Well Loved Tales: Stories

from a Ladybird Childhood

Until Saturday 16 November

Exhibition about the Ladybird Books

series. See the books, trip trap over

the troll’s bridge and ask the mirror

who is the fairest of them all. Free

Vampires & Werewolves

Saturday 12 October – Saturday

2 November, 10am-3pm

There are spooky happenings at the

Museum. Hunt the vampires and

werewolves in our gallery game. Free.

Visit our website for our latest events

Wriggly Readers

Thursday 10, 17,

24, 31 October,

10.30-11am

Story and rhyme time

for under-fives. Free.

Leicestershire’s Great Outdoors!

Our country parks offer a wide range of facilities

and features for visitors to explore and enjoy.

www.leicscountryparks.org.uk

Beaumanor

Holiday

Activities Club

Monday 14 - Friday 18

October, 8.30am-5pm

From swinging like a monkey on the

high ropes to learning how to abseil

– we have some fantastic days over

the half term for the kids! £35 per

day. For more details visit www.

beaumanorhall.co.uk/youth-groups/

0116 305 3860

meltonmuseum.org

/meltonmuseum

Open 10am-4.30pm, Tuesday-Saturday

Pumpkin Patch!

Tuesday 15 – Saturday 19

October, during open hours

Make your own scarecrow to take

home (£2.50) and enjoy the other

free activities including making

a paper plate pumpkin and an

autumnal trail around the museum.

01509 233754

charnwood.gov.uk/charnwood_museum

/charnwoodmuseum

Open 10am-3pm, Tuesday-Saturday

2-5pm Sunday

Tiny Tuesday Special:

Spot the Ladybird

Tuesday 15 October, during

museum opening hours

Can you find the ladybirds that

have landed here at Charnwood

Museum? They’re everywhere! Free.

Wednesday Wotsits!

Wednesday 16 & 23 October,

10am-12noon

Come and make a wotsit with us!

Will it be a badge or a keyring? £1

per child/item made.

0116 305 3627

harboroughmuseum.org.uk

/harboroughmuseum

Open 10am-6pm Tuesday-Friday

10am-4pm Saturday.

Ghastly Goings-on in Harborough

Thursday 15 October, 2-3pm

Join us in the Story Place to learn about Ghastly

Goings-on in Harborough, including the cursed

shoes of Papillon Hall or our Witch Bottles! There

will be a special trail and crafts. £2 per child.

/leicscountryparks

The Beacon Hill Café offers the perfect spot for

refreshments during a great day out in

the countryside. Open daily 9am – 4pm.

/beaconhillcafe

@leicsmuseums

@leicslibraries

The Gruffalo

Stories, crafts and picture hunt celebrating 20 years of the well-loved children’s

tale. £2 per child, at Birstall, Shepshed, Syston and Loughborough Libraries.

Splendiferous Roald Dahl Fun

Hinckley Library Monday 14 October 10.30am-12noon

Coalville Library Wednesday 16 October 10.30am-12noon

Come along for a fizz-whizzing event celebrating Roald Dahl and enjoy

themed activities and crafts. All ages welcome, drop-in event, £1 per child.

Lion Learners: Meet the Animals

Creepy crawlies, slithering snakes & furry friends! Meet, stroke and hold

them and find out how to care for these fantastic creatures and help protect

them in the wild. £3 per child. At Melton, Wigston, Blaby, Lutterworth,

Harborough and Oadby libraries.

Dogs Trust Activity Afternoon

Find out about dogs and their care with fun activities. No dogs will be

present. Free. For 7-12 years, at Broughton Astley and Glenfield libraries.

Oadby Library

Stories After School

Tuesday 8 October, 4-5pm

Stories for over-fives, tips about

reading with your child and internet

safety advice. Free.

Hour of Code

Friday 11 October, 4-5pm

Make your own amazing animations

in Scratch. For 8-12 years. Free.

Pre-booking recommended.

Happy in my Skin

Saturday 12 October, 11am-12noon

Parent and child communication

workshop, activities include creating

‘vegetable people’ and relaxation for

families to support mental health.

£3 per person. To book, email

BuddhiByM@outlook.com

Harborough Library

Spooktacular Fun

Tuesday 8 October, 3.45-4.45pm

Spooky books and wicked reads

to haunted bones and witches’

bottles! Trails, stories and activities

in the library and museum. Free,

drop in event for 4-11 year olds.

Hinckley Library

Toddler Tea Morning

Tuesday 8 October,

11.15am-12.30pm

Join the Family Learning team with

your child and make something

different each week – Playdough,

puppets, lunch, books plus much

more. Free drinks & snacks, free

activities, giveaways. To book call

Juliette on 0116 305 0515. Free.

Hogwarts Comes to Hinckley

Monday 28 October, 3.30-4.30pm

Join us for magical Harry Potter

themed crafts and activities! Come

dressed as your favourite character.

Drop-in event for witches and

wizards of all ages! £1 per child.

leicestershire.gov.uk/libraries

/yourlibrary

Melton Library

Cardboard Creatives

Tuesday 15 October, 10.30am-

12.30pm

Enter a world of cardboard where

and construction a cardboard city.

Create whatever you like; a football

stadium, a cinema, a skyscraper?

For children 7-13 years.

Diddy Signers

Friday 18 October, 10.30am

Learn Makaton through games,

rhymes and story. For children

under 7. Booking advised. Free.

Earl Shilton Library

Enid Blyton-Themed

Create & Make

Friday 18 October,

10.30am-12noon

Join us for themed crafts to make

and take home. Drop-in session,

all ages welcome. £1 per child.

Spooky Crafts

& Halloween Fun

Saturday 26 October,

10.30am-12 noon

Join us for creepy crafts and activities

to celebrate Halloween. Lots to make

and do, prizes up for grabs! Drop-in

session, all ages welcome. £1 per child.

Coalville Library

Code Club

Starts Thursday 24 October

for six weeks, 3.45-4.30pm

Would you like to learn about

coding? At Code Club you can

learn to code with cool games, and

animations! Nationwide network of

free volunteer-led after school coding

clubs for children. For 8-13 years

old. Pre-booking essential for this

FREE club. Runs every Thursday

for six weeks starting 24 October.


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FRIGHTS & FIREWORKS

FRIGHTS & FIREWORKS

National Space Centre

Happy Halloween half term

from space, the most dangerous

place you could ever consider

visiting. Join us as we discover

the constant threat of high-speed

micrometeorites, your bodily fluids

from boiling in the hard vacuum

of space and temperatures as low

as -129C (-200F) or as high as 121C

(250F), sounds like a delightful

destination, right?

Discover the darker side of science

this half term at the National

Space Centre with our Spooky

Science Talk, take home some

space slime, and watch the experts

demonstrate What Will Kill You First

In Space.

www.spacecentre.co.uk

Abbey Park Bonfire

& Firework Display

Saturday 2 November

5pm – 9pm

Abbey Park, Leicester

The lighting of the bonfire and main

display is always a spectacular sight –

with a quieter fireworks show perfect

for the younger audience. Watch the

skies light up at this annual family

event, with a programme of live

entertainment, funfair and plenty of

warming food stalls.

Save up to 40% by purchasing your

tickets in advance. Advance tickets:

Adult £6. Concessions and Under

16’s £4. Family £16 (two adults, two

children) Under 4s free. On the gate:

Adults £8. Concessions and Under

16’s £6. (no family tickets available on

the gate). Tickets are available from

the Visit Leicester (Gallowtree Gate),

De Montfort Hall Box office or you can

book online. W: visitleicester.info

It’s time for

CONKERS!

The award winning attraction at

the heart of the National Forest.

A unique mix of indoor and

outdoor experiences to keep

your family engaged for hours!

A day of entertainment for all in

pursuit of adventure when you

visit the Waterside & Discovery

Centres with the 4D Cinema,

Enchanted Play Zone, Indoor

Play and Exhibits.

Explore the 120 acres of

woodland and lakes, Barefoot

Walk and Adventure Play areas.

Jump aboard the Conkerchoo

Train or head below the surface

of the earth with The Warrens

before tiring out when heading

through 2019’s newest attraction,

the Activity Trail Obstacle

Course. Event season is upon us

with Family Halloween Nights,

Firework Displays and the sellout

event Winter Wonderland!

info@visitconkers.com

01283 216 633

Megazone Leicester

DISCOVER THE DARKER SIDE OF

SCIENCE THIS HALF TERM

Book online

spacecentre.co.uk

Date

12 October - 03 November 2019

It’s getting cooler but the kids will

love letting off some steam in the

Megazone Leicester laser tag arena.

Be it for birthdays, Christmas or a

club outing, the staff will make sure

everyone has a blast! On weekend

mornings and after school,Megazone

runs open sessions especially

for children, giving parents the

opportunity to relax with a coffee on

one of the cafe’s sofas and watch the

action on screen. While children’s

snacks are included in the laser

session fee, the menu has been

revamped in recent weeks and has

a range of freshly prepared options.

SEN sessions launched in October

and run the first Sunday of the

month. All Megazone’s sessions and

parties can be booked online.

See www.megazoneleicester.co.uk

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FRIGHTS & FIREWORKS

19 Oct

End of Season Spectacular

Bosworth Water Park CV13 6PD

www.bosworthwatertrust.co.uk

Come and celebrate the end of the season

with the family. A stunning firework display,

full fairground, food stalls and more.

Camping is also available.

2 Nov

360 Fireworks Display

Cattows Farm LE67 2TD

www.facebook.com/

UKs-Biggest-360-Degree-Display. Gates

Open at 4pm, Fireworks start between

7.30pm & 8pm. Please arrive early. Live

Bands Stage, Spectacular Fireworks

Display, Fairground Rides, Licensed Bar,

Various Food Stalls, Coffee, Tea & Hot

Drinks, Free Parking, Children Under 6 Free.

No Sparklers.

Abbey Park Bonfire & Firework

Display

Abbey Park LE4 5AQ

www.facebook.com/leicesterfestivals

Be dazzled by Leicester’s biggest bonfire

and firework display at the city’s official

celebration. The lighting of the bonfire and

main display is always a spectacular sight

– with a quieter fireworks show perfect for

the younger audience. Watch the skies light

up, with a programme of live entertainment,

funfair and plenty of warming food stalls.

Free bike parks on site. For walking/

cycling routes and car shares visit www.

choosehowyoumove.co.uk

BONFIRE & FIREWORKS

Belvoir’s Bonfire & Fireworks

The Engine Yard at Belvoir Castle

NG32 1PA

www.engineyardbelvoir.com

A great selection of food outlets including

the Fuel Tank and external Street Food

Vendors. Performances from brilliant bands

and fireworks to blow your socks off from

MLE Pyrotechnics.

Bonfire Night at Battlefield

The Battlefield Line CV13 6NW

www.battlefieldline.co.uk

“Giant Bonfire and Firework display at

Market Bosworth Station, travel by train

from Shackerstone Station to enjoy the

festivities.

Fireworks Evening at LCCC

Fischer County Ground LE2 8EB

www.facebook.com/leicsccc

Spectacular fireworks, light and laser

show! So much more than just fireworks;

with fairground rides and attractions,

face painting and activities in the indoor

cricket centre, there will be plenty to

keep the whole family entertained. We

are delighted to have the fantastic Alex’s

Wish - Conquering Duchenne as the event

charity partner

Hathern Fireworks & Bonfire

Loughborough LE11 5SA

www.facebook.com/hathernfest

Wicked Hathern Fireworks & Bonfire

is back for it’s 9th Year! Charnwoods

Biggest Bonfire with TWO huge displays,

Childrens No-Noise Fireworks, The Greatest

Showman Fireworks Spectacular! Huge

200ft marquee, food and drink, stay

late into the evening for live music from

Hathernfest favourites The Zufflers!

Long Whatton Bonfire Night &

Fireworks Display

Long Whatton Cricket Club LE12 5DF

www.facebook.com/longwhattoncc

The ever growing firework display never

disappoints. Join the whole village event

in celebration of bonfire night at the club.

We have a bonfire which is lit at 18:30 and

then a fantastic firework display starting at

18:45. Following this we have live music in

the clubhouse also. Alongside this we have

two bars and a BBQ. The inside bar accepts

card, while outside is cash.

Rainbows Firework Spectacular

Leicester Racecourse LE2 4AL

www.rainbows.co.uk

Bring the family together and enjoy a

fantastic night of fireworks, fairground riders

and live music. Enjoy a fairground on site

and indulge in food and drink including

candy floss, burgers; enjoy live music from

the amazing Atomic Pig (plus other acts to

be announced) and much more.

Twinlakes Fireworks

Twinlakes Park LE14 4FF

www.twinlakespark.co.uk

A full day of theme park fun ended with a

magical firework display. This year themed

to ‘The Greatest Showman’ – It’s their first

ever musical synced firework display with

music, fireworks, flames and more!

2 Nov - 3 Nov

Conkers Fireworks

Conkers DE12 6GA

www.visitconkers.com

The best fireworks display and laser show

in The National Forest! Doors will open

at 5.30pm and the show starts at 7.30pm.

In addition to the spectacular fireworks

show, there will be: A Laser Show Disco,

Fairground Amusements, Sparkler Sales

& Safety Zone, Face Painting, Balloon

Modelling, Tombola, Craft activities for

children!

5 Nov

Bonfire Night

Great Central Railway LE11 1RW

www.gcrailway.co.uk

A fantastic fire, a huge firework display,

refreshments and children’s rides. It’s a

magical night out for all the family. You can

arrive at the gate - or even better, travel in

heritage style by train from Loughborough,

Rothley or Leicester North stations.

Combine the magic of a train ride at night

with a sensational fire work display.

Illston Charity Bonfire

Illston on the Hill LE7 9

www.facebook.com/illstonbonfirenight

Not long to go until the annual Ilston Charity

Bonfire 2019! All we ask for is a donation on

the gate, expect Food, Entertainment, Kids

fair stall. You will not want to miss it this year

all in aid for Wishes 4 Kids.

9 Nov

Broomleys Cricket Club Fireworks

Broomleys Cricket Club LE67 4RF

www.facebook.com/Broomleys-Cricket-

Club

Broomleys’ biggest and most spectacular

Fireworks Night. Gates open at 5pm,

Fireworks at 7:30pm, Hot Food, Bouncy

Castle, Face Painting, Sweets, And many

more stalls.

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WHAT’S ON WHERE

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Kip McGrath Education Centres

Where students really learn.

(Ofsted registered Centres offer

payment through childcare vouchers

and you may be eligible for working

tax credits.)

www.kipmcgrath.co.uk

Rutland Food & Drink Week

at various locations LE15

www.discover-rutland.co.uk

Discover Rutland Food & Drink Week

highlights a variety of events and special

promotions around the county, including

food markets, beers festival, themed menus

and a chance to meet some of the local

food & drink producers.

Spooks & Creepy Critters

Bolsover Castle S44 6PR

www.english-heritage.org.uk

Grab your broomsticks for a bewitchingly

brilliant day out. Get hands-on with creepy

crafts and a wicked witch-themed quest.

There’s a fancy dress competition every day

- come in your best witch and wizard outfits

to be in with a chance of winning.

27 Oct

Barnsdale’s Scary Spooktacular

Barnsdale Gardens LE15 8AH

www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk

Come for a walk in the Weird Woods where

you can take part in a spot of spooky apple

bobbing. You can carve your own petrifying

pumpkin to take home - it’s frightening

fun for all the family, and kids in costume

visit free!

Diwali Day

Belgrave Road & Cossington Street Recreation

Ground LE4 6JD

www.facebook.com/leicesterfestivals

The Golden Mile will be bathed in light

throughout the festive period until Diwali

Day, when the celebrations continue at

Cossington Street Recreation Ground with

entertainment, children’s funfair, food and

craft stalls. There will also be an aerial

firework display over Belgrave Road.

Family Rides

Loughborough Leisure Centre LE11 3HE

www.b-buddies.com

FREE! Get out there on your bike with the

family and enjoy a morning of freedom,

with a guided and risk assessed route that’s

friendly for adults and children.

Family Yoga

Wilbarston Village Hall LE16 8QE

Are you new to yoga or wanting to give it

a go with your child? Come along and join

our family friendly Sunday session. You

will learn breathing techniques to use at

home and explore yoga poses and games.

Booking essential.

Greyfriars Open Streets

various locations LE1

www.facebook.com/LeicesterOpenStreets

FREE! Victorian Leicester: A guided ride

around Leicester to discover more about

the city in the medieval period; a walking

tour of key buildings and stories; a guided

walk to explore the history and recent

regeneration of the Greyfriars Townscape

Heritage area.

28 Oct - 31 Oct

Halloween at Belvoir

Belvoir Castle

www.belvoircastle.com

“Enjoy a fantastic family-fun frightfest as

the Castle opens its doors to those brave

enough to enter! Dare to climb the haunted

hill to the Castle? Cuddle around a crone’s

cauldron in Belvoir Castle’s Dooms, hear

how the real Witches of Belvoir came to a

sticky end!

You’ll meet guides dressed in spectacular

Halloween costumes, carve pumpkins in

the Castle’s kitchens and enjoy Halloween-themed

refreshments.”

29 Oct - 1 Nov

The Witches of Rockingham

Rockingham Castle LE16 8TH

www.rockinghamcastle.com

Help the Witches celebrate Halloween

during the half term holidays. With lots of

activities to keep the children busy, including

pumpkin rollings, biscuit decorating,

quizzes & trails in the Gardens and Castle;

it’s a spooktacular day for all the family to

enjoy!

Halloween Family Nights

Conkers DE12 6GA

www.visitconkers.com

Are you prepared to come along and follow

footsteps into the haunted woods? With all

the ghostly ghouls, witches and trolls…will

you make it out alive? Will you take a trip on

the runaway train too? Don’t forget all are

welcome to the “Ugly Bugs Disco” and we

will be holding a fancy dress competition

with creepy prizes for the winners!

31 Oct

Halloween Steam & Scream

Great Central Railway LE11 1RW

www.gcrailway.co.uk

Dare you ride our after dark ghost trains?

Who knows what ghastly or ghoulish

creatures you’ll meet on board! Trains

depart from Loughborough and Rothley

for a fun night out for all the family. Take a

ride into the unknown, with our Ghost Trains

that go shunt in the night! We want to see

lots of little witches, ghosts and ghouls, so

don your best costume and join us for a

THRILLING ride!

Pumpkin Party

Calke Abbey DE73 7JF

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke-abbey

Get in the spooky spirit at Calke’s pumpkin

party in the walled garden. Buy a homegrown

pumpkin from Calke’s gardens, or

bring one with you. Decorate it in your own

spooky style, then add it to our fabulous

display.

31 Oct - 2 Nov

Haunted Heritage Halloween Tour

Welford Road Cemetery LE2 6BF

www.facebook.com/EnterEdem

Join on the nights of October 31st and the

1st and 2nd of November for a spooky

event that mixes some of the Cemetery’s

most grizzly stories with the wondrous theatrical

talent of Enter Edem. Family friendly

1 Nov - 3 Nov

Pesky Pests Trail

The Workhouse, Southwell NG25 0PT

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-workhouse-southwell

Explore The Workhouse and learn about

pesky pests on this children’s trail. Discover

the impact pesky pests have on The

Workhouse and how the conservation team

work to combat this via an informative

children’s trail.

2 Nov

Family Forest Adventure Day

Glen Parva Spinney LE2 9JD

mymuddyboots.org.uk

Bring your family to the woods to reconnect

with each other and nature. A fun filled

day of seasonal activities, natural crafts,

exploring the woods, wildlife spotting, den

making, hot chocolate and home-made

lunch cooked on the campfire!

Wildlife Watch Group - Halloween

Hicks Lodge Visitor Centre LE65 2UP

www.lrwt.org.uk

Bones, Skeletons and Games! Wildlife

Watch groups for children aged 5 -12 years.

Children aged under 8 must be accompanied

by an adult. Booking essential.

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Bodie Hodges

Foundation

Santa Fun Run

THIS ISN’T JUST ANY SANTA FUN

RUN on Sunday 15th December, the

Bodie Hodges Foundation are putting

on an all-inclusive wheelchair friendly

route fun run for all the family to enjoy

at the one and only Leicester Racecourse.

And that’s not all! There will

be a Christmas village, Christmas food

(and mulled wine!) stalls, live on-stage

entertainment and the best bit every

paying participant will receive a Santa

suit to wear on the day!

Registration is from 1pm, fun run is

at 2pm. The cost is £10 per adults,

£5 per child and under 3 go free. To

purchase your tickets, email paul@

bodiehodgesfoundation.co.uk

www.bodiehodgesfoundation.co.uk

Make your move in

Leicestershire.

Centurion Place, LE8 0UT

Harcourt Grange, LE8 0HH

2-5 bedroom homes from £208,000

Family homes are available now at Centurion Place &

Harcourt Grove, in the desirable village of Kibworth.

Visit our showhomes to find out more about our

offers, or call us on 03301 626 733

Supporting Families Bereaved Of A Child

Foremarke Hall, Repton

Preparatory School

Foremarke Hall, Repton Preparatory

School, is a Co – Educational day

and boarding school in Derbyshire.

Children can join Foremarke’s Lower

Prep in the term that they become

three years old.

Lower Prep is a lively, vibrant learning

environment, where lessons are

taught in and outside of the classroom.

We have created a warm, open

and stimulating atmosphere, where

the children are at the heart of our

teaching and learning.

Children at Foremarke Hall are happy,

confident learners, who thrive on the

challenges presented. Experienced,

enthusiastic Teachers and Learning

Enhancement Assistants ensure that

children have a positive, enjoyable and

memorable experience.

Our Lower Prep Open Morning is an

opportunity to experience Foremarke

Hall’s younger year groups during a

normal school day. After being greeted

on arrival at 9am you will have a tailor

made tour around the Lower Prep year

groups, from Nursery to Year 4. There

will be plenty of time to meet Miss

Kellee Cavill, Assistant Head Lower

Prep and the team.

For further information or to register

you attendance please contact the

Registrar on: 01283 707112 email

Registrar@foremarke.org.uk or visit

foremarke.org.uk

millerhomes.co.uk

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Carpets and floor coverings are not included in our homes as standard.

“Excellent across

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MOST RECENT ISI INSPECTION

LOWER PREP OPEN MORNING

3 - 9 YEAR OLDS

FRIDAY 15 TH NOVEMBER 2019

9.00am until 11.00am

For further information or to register your attendance

please contact the Registrar on: 01283 707112 email

Registrar@foremarke.org.uk or visit foremarke.org.uk

www.foremarke.org.uk

@foremarkehall

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WHAT’S ON WHERE

School admissions: First time and

infant to junior school transfers

If your child will be four years old before

1st September 2020 and starting school

for the first time the closing

date for applications is

15th January 2020.

If your child is transferring

from infant to junior school

the closing date for applications

is also 15th January 2020.

APPLY ONLINE

IT’S EASY & SECURE

Closing Date: 15th January 2020

www.leicestershire.gov.uk/admissions

To apply for your child’s place,

apply online at: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/admissions

For more information, contact School Admissions

on 0116 305 6684 or email: admissions@leics.gov.uk

School admissions:

Secondary transfer

If your child is due to transfer to high,

upper or secondary school in Autumn 2020,

the closing date for applications

is 31st October 2019.

ALL parents MUST apply

for a school place.

Places will not be offered

without an application.

Applications can be made at:

www.leicestershire.gov.uk/admissions

APPLY ONLINE

IT’S EASY & SECURE

Closing Date: 31st October 2019

www.leicestershire.gov.uk/admissions

For more information, contact School Admissions on

0116 305 6684 or email: admissions@leics.gov.uk

2 Nov - 3 Nov

Uppingham Food & Drink Festival

Market Place LE15 9QH

www.marketsquaregroup.co.uk

A brand new event for Uppingham to end the

Discover Rutland Food and Drink Week. With

hot and cold food stalls available to buy and

browse, this is one you won’t want to miss!

3 Nov

Baby Disco - Jungle

Attenborough Arts Centre LE1 7HA

www2.le.ac.uk/hosted/attenborougharts

Make some shapes at our multi-sensory discos,

perfect for children aged 6 and under.

Fantastic Feathers

Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre

LE15 8BT

www.rutlandwater.org.uk

Learn all about feathers and pay a visit

to one of the bird-watching hides on the

nature reserve. Wildlife Watch is the junior

branch of the Wildlife Trust and the UK’s

leading environmental action club for kids.

Wildlife Watch groups are free to join

and welcome new members. Suitable for

children aged 5 – 12. Booking essential.

Little Monsters Halloween Party

Venom Nightclub LE1 3GR

www.facebook.com/Mini-Ravers-Leicester

A friendly, family fun rave! Little Monsters

Halloween Party. From Ages 0+. Take the

kids clubbing, have you ever experienced

that? No? Well now you can!! Fancy dress

welcome - including mums and dads!!

5 Nov

Fires & Fairy Tales

Sudbury Hall & National Trust Museum

of Childhood DE6 5HT

This bonfire night join us at Sudbury Hall

for a magical evening of warming fire pits

and fairy tale storytelling. Visit one of our

food and drink stalls for sweet and savoury

treats. Share precious time with your family

as you gather around the fire pits and toast

your own gooey marshmallows or get

creative in our craft area.

9 Nov

Wildlife Watch Group - Terrific

Trees

Attenborough Arboretum LE2 3TQ

www.lrwt.org.uk

Identify trees in Winter. Measure a tree. What

makes a tree special and so important?

Wildlife Watch groups for children aged 5

-12 years. Children aged under 8 must be

accompanied by an adult. Booking essential.

12 Nov

Bang! Pop! Whoosh!

Charnwood Museum LE11 3DU

www.facebook.com/CharnwoodMuseum

Bonfire night is the inspiration for this art

and craft workshop just for under-fives.

£2.50 per child, under-fives only – suitable

from 12 months upwards. Booking essential.

13 Nov - 16 Nov

Loughborough Fair

Market Place LE11 3EA

www.facebook.com/loughfair

Loughborough’s historic fair is back in the

Market Place with old favourites and new

rides for all the thrill seekers. Come along

for the ride of your life or simply to walk

round and take in the atmosphere.

16 Nov - 17 Nov

ChocFest

Melton Market LE13 1JY

www.facebook.com/ChocFestUK

ChocFest is one of the UK’s most popular chocolate

festivals and at this year’s event, there will

be some of the finest chocolate and associated

food and drink products to taste and buy from

some of the UK’s best local producers.

16 Nov - 7 Jan

Christmas in Leicester

various locations LE1

www.christmasinleicester.co.uk

Jubilee Square will be home to a huge ice

rink, marvel at the city’s giant Christmas

tree, enjoy all the fun of the fair on Humberstone

Gate West, see the Alice in Wonderland

themed tableau with a traditional

nativity scene, the Christmas Wheel of Light

beckons, and maybe visit Father Christmas.

22 Nov

Christmas Lights Switch On

Town Centre LE16 7DP

www.visitharborough.com

Join us on the town square in Market

Harborough for the Christmas lights switch

on. Visit the retailers at the After Hours

shopping event and discover the delicious

treats on offer at the Winter Food and Drink

Festival taking place on the square and the

commons car park.

Winter Food & Drink Festival

Town Centre LE16 7DP

www.visitharborough.com

Get into the Christmas spirit and kick-start

the festive season with the first Winter Market

Harborough Food and Drink Festival!

There will be local, national and international

cuisine on offer, bars, a covered, central,

seating zone and loads of stalls featuring

cakes, cheese, pies, street food, crafts and

gifts. There may even be some Christmassy

surprises to keep you entertained.

23 Nov

Junior Snooker Academy

The Winchester LE18 2AA

www.facebook.com/TheWinchesterSC.

co.uk

Coaching and organised competition by

Rory McLeod, an ex professional snooker

player and the winner of Ruhr Open in 2015.

Open to 18 and under and any standard

from a complete beginner to advanced

players. Booking essential.

Tennis Club Coaching Sessions

Westfields Tennis Club LE3 6FE

www.facebook.com/GsmLeisure

Tennis coaching for all ages and abilities,

free taster sessions available.

23 Nov - 24 Nov

Steampunks in Space

National Space Centre LE4 5NS

spacecentre.co.uk

The Steampunks are back! Or maybe they

never left… who knows with time travel?

A weekend dedicated to the “history

that never was”. Time to get out your ray

guns, strap on your goggles, jump in your

spaceship and head to the National Space

Centre for an alternative weekend of steam

powered science.

24 Nov

Messy Play

Cosby Village Hall LE91 RN

www.facebook.com/littlemesssouthleicester

Messy Play ‘Circus’ theme, 6 months to 5

years (or sitting unaided), Crafts corner for

6-10 years. A variety of wet, soft and dry

messy play materials. It’s a great opportunity

for your little one to explore a variety

of textures and materials that may not be

easily accessible at home.

Sock Christmas Art & Craft Fair

Loughborough Town Hall LE11 3EB

www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk

Loughborough Town Hall is hosting its

third SOCK Christmas Art and Craft Fair. Its

also the annual Loughborough Christmas

Lights Switch On, when footfall in the town

is significantly increased by up to 20,000

people!

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www2.le.ac.uk/hosted/attenborougharts

16 Oct

Kids Court

The award-nominated show that puts

kids in charge is back! With a Judge,

Prosecution and Defence played by local

comedians, children get the chance

to put their parents or older siblings on

trial and decide a suitable penalty for

their misdemeanours.

The Extraordinary Time-

Travelling Adventures of Baron

Von Munchausen!

A hit during Leicester Comedy Festival,

the Baron returns! Adventure with us

through extravagant stories of swords,

duels, elephants, and castles made of

cheese - and all of it completely and

irrefutably true!

19 Oct

“Dig out your snowshoes for an Arctic

Adventure with live music and songs,

3D and shadow puppets, creative

captioning, integrated sign language and

song, plus the cosmic brilliance of the

Northern Lights. Set somewhere north

of the Arctic Circle, Soonchild is the

story of John, his wife and their baby, the

Soonchild. So big-hearted, this show will

melt an Iceberg!

27 Oct

Fafunia: Snoozy Stories

Spend time in the magical land of

Fafunia, in an interactive puppetry and

storytelling experience where anything

is possible. Explore a forest of fairies

during Autumn, or come and play in a

Winter wonderland of snowflakes and

stars.

10 Nov

Emily Rising

Emily wakes up one bright autumn

morning to find that her feet can’t touch

the ground, and no one can understand

why. From sleeping upside-down

on her ceiling and flying above her

school playground, to soaring over a

starry-skied London; Emily’s adventure

is just beginning...

Belgrade Theatre

www.belgrade.co.uk

23 Oct-26 Oct

Horrible Histories - Awful

Egyptians

We all want to meet people from history.

The trouble is everyone is dead! So

it’s time to prepare yourselves for two

amazing shows with Horrible Histories

live on stage!

25 Oct-26 Oct

Zoo Co Theatre presents MessyMeet

Daisy. She’s got a messy brain and a

messy bedroom. No matter what she

does, ‘The Mess’ just seems to follow

her about! Which makes it very difficult

to look for stuff. Important stuff. Like Mr

Twiggy!

centurytheatre.co.uk

centurytheatre.co.uk

19 Oct

The Adventures of Dr Dolittle

When Doctor John Dolittle of Puddlebyon-the-Marsh

is taught by his wise old

parrot Polynesia how to talk to animals,

news of his skills spread far and wide.

Soon animals across the world send

messages asking for his help.

Curve Theatre

www.curveonline.co.uk

19 Oct

Hanuman Moves a Mountain &

Attempts to Eat the Sun

“The baby bundle of mischief, Hanuman,

wanted to eat everything! To him the

sun appeared as a bright, ripe, orange

fruit. Leaping high into the air, Hanuman

attempts to eat the sun.

19 Oct

Ramayana

“Hanuman, the honourable Monkey King,

tells this exciting epic with your help;

following Prince Rama and his beautiful

wife Sita, through an interactive story

of love conquering evil. Experience this

thrilling journey and celebrate light defeating

darkness. Stay on for Deity finger

puppet making after the show.

19 Oct

Yuva Nartan Utsav

Yuva Nartan Utsav showcases

high-quality Indian classical dance &

music work by several emerging artists

around the country.

9 Nov

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The simple story of three hungry goats

and a grumpy old troll, told with a gentle

ecological message. Watch out for the

dance of the goats, the flying troll and

loads and loads of rubbish.

19 - 24 Nov

The Gruffalo

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets

the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl

and the high-spirited Snake. Will the story

of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse

from ending up as dinner for these

hungry woodland creatures?

De Montfort Hall

www.demontforthall.co.uk

15 Oct

Rutland in Concert!

Featuring over 500 young performers

and a world premiere, Rutland Music

is proud to present Rutland in Concert!

An evening of music played and sung

exclusively by the young musicians of

Rutland, including Pied Piper!

Autumn Activities

Free arts activities for children and families

Saturday Gallery Workshops

Saturdays 1 - 3pm

Drop in to our galleries during exhibitions and enjoy

creative activities for the whole family.

Diwali Family Extravaganza

Saturday 20 October, 11am - 1pm

Join us for our annual family celebration of the Festival

of Light! With live music, dance, crafts and puppetry,

we will be bringing the Diwali story to life with brilliant

artists from An Indian Summer.

Spaces supported for children with complex needs

through our Inclusive Youth Arts Programme,

generously supported by BBC Children in Need. Please

email Hannah - hmpp1@leicester.ac.uk

www.attenborougharts.com

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PANTO-TASTIC!

Panto-TASTIC

Fee Fi Fo Fum…Loughborough Town Hall

is in for some fun...

Dame Trott and her family have

been selling ice creams at the

Luffbra fair for as long as anyone

can remember. But when the giant

puts the rent up the family are

forced to sell their beloved cow Pat

for just a handful of beans.

Can Jack get his head out of the

clouds long enough to save the

day? Will this huge adventure take

them to new heights?

Can Dame Trott stop life at the fun

fair from being so unfair?

The team behind the 2018 five star

smash-hit Beauty and the Beast

Fafunia - Snoozy Stories

Sunday 27 October,

11am - 12.30pm &

1.30pm - 3pm

As the Great Oak goes to sleep and

the autumn brings in all kinds of

magical changes, come explore and

play in Fafunia! An interactive puppetry

and storytelling experience by Enter

Edem. Part theatre part interactive

play, the Fafunia experience gives

children the freedom to explore,

collaborate and create through a

fully immersive live experience.

The beautiful and engaging set is a

bespoke creation in collaboration with

The New Factory, and the ethically

are back with the BIGGEST panto

of them all with marvellous

moosic, cow-ntless costumes

and an udderly ridiculous dame!

23rd November 2019 to 5th

January 2020 visit www.

loughboroughtownhall.co.uk

sourced dress up costumes and

detailed characters are all designed to

give a multi-sensory environment that

uses shapes, textures and colours to

enhance open ended play.

To book tickets visit

www.attenborougharts.com

A tale as old

as time –

Beauty &

the Beast!

People of Leicestershire – a brand

new Christmas pantomime is coming

to The MMC! Sometimes inner beauty

is hard to find…when a horrible, selfish

Prince is cursed by The Enchantress

to a life as a Beast, everything

changes for him, and he must earn

the true love of another in order for

the curse to be broken. But who could

love a Beast…? A magical pantomime

with fun and laughs for the whole

family! 19th to 21st December with

shows at 2pm and 7pm.

To book tickets:

www.ticketsource.co.uk/

mountsorrel-memorial-centre

www.mountsorrelmemorialcentre.co.uk

Come and

join us at

the Peepul

Centre

For the Christmas pantomime

‘Beauty and the Beast’.

Show dates are Monday 9th

December 2019 to Thursday

26th December 2019.

Following on from last year’s

acclaimed production of

Snow White and the Seven

Dwarfs, this year promises to

be even more fun filled and

with a talented line-up, toe

tapping music and superb

choreography, a family show

which has something for

everyone.

Come and enjoy the magic

this festive season for a family

pantomime with fun for all.

Tickets are now on sale for

‘Beauty and the Beast’

www.peepulenterprise.com

or call the Box Office on 0116

2616000

Aladdin

Saturday 14 December to

Sunday 5 January

De Montfort Hall,

Leicester

demontforthall.co.uk

0116 233 3111

Jump aboard our magic carpet as

we travel to ancient China to meet

our hero, young Aladdin.

This traditional family pantomime

full of songs, laughter, fun, baddies

and silliness – and lots of custard

pies!

Starring X Factor winner Sam

Bailey and popstar Antony Costa

from Blue, as well as Channel

5 Milkshake! presenter Nathan

Connor, BBC Radio Leicester’s

Martin Ballard, Paul Burling from

Britain’s Got Talent and magicians

Matthew Pomeroy and Natasha

Lamb.

Dick Whittington at the

Century Theatre, Coalville

Tickets currently on sale for 14

and 15 December 2019

The wonderful Five Star Theatre

are back and proudly present Dick

Whittington, the magical pantomime

paved with gold! Written, directed &

produced by Ethan J Smith this is an

original, laugh-a-minute script with

lots of audience participation – in fact

everything you could ask for on the

pantomime wish list!

Featuring an array of great songs,

stunning choreography, sparkly

scenery and fabulous costumes,

Dick Whittington is jam packed with

goodies, baddies and plenty of singing

and dancing. A fantastic panto that’s

sure to be a full-on 2 hours of fun and

entertainment!

To book visit www.centurytheatre.

co.uk or call 01530 278444 (lines

open Mon to Fri 9-4)

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BOX OFFICE

21 Oct

The Next Step - Absolute Dance

Live on Stage

Featuring nine of the cast this is a brandnew

show that offers fans a chance to

get up close and personal with cast

members from the global hit TV series.

The 90-minute stage show features

solos, duets, trios, and group numbers.

31 Oct

Diversity - Born Ready

2019 marks 10 years since Diversity took

the nation by storm when they won the

third series of Britain’s Got Talent, beating

Susan Boyle in front of a television

audience of over 20 million.

Haymarket Theatre

www.haytheatre.com

12 Oct -13 Oct

In the Night Garden Live

Join Igglepiggle as he looks for his

friends in the Night Garden by following

their funny sounds until he finds them all!

You’ll see all your favourite characters

beautifully brought to life with full-size

costumes, magical puppets.

Lighthouse Theatre

lighthousetheatre.co.uk

29 Oct

Mr. Men & Little Miss On Stage

Join your favourite Mr. Men and Little

Miss characters as they leap off the page

and onto the stage in this beautifully

crafted and hilarious live stage show!

Featuring Mr. Bump, Little Miss Sunshine,

Mr. Tickle, Little Miss Inventor and

many more, Happyland bursts to life.

3 Nov

Once Upon A Princess

This smash-hit glittering production

features all your favourite fairytale princesses

plus a soundtrack of top pop hits

and movie musical classics that will have

the whole audience singing and dancing.

Loughborough Town Hall

www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk

08 Oct - 12 Oct

The Addams Family

Wednesday Addams, the ultimate

princess of darkness, is all grown up and

has a shocking secret that only Gomez

knows. She’s fallen in love with a sweet

young man from a respectable family.

With his cherished Morticia in the dark

will Gomez manage to keep his daughter’s

secret?

19 Oct

There Was An Old Lady That

Swallowed A Fly

This magical show has been written

especially for grown ups to enjoy with

their children, so come and relive the

delights of this most charming of tales

complete with a feast of sing along

songs, colourful animal characters and

heart warming family fun.

10 Nov

The Nutcracker

After the sell-out performances of

Nutcracker last year, Russian National

Ballet returns to the UK to enchant you

with the delightful production of The

Nutcracker. The Nutcracker - a charming

and kindly fairy tale is one of the jewels

of Tchaikovsky’s repertoire.

23 Nov - 05 Jan

Jack & The Beanstalk

Fee Fi Fo Fum…Loughborough Town

Hall is in for some fun... Dame Trott and

her family have been selling Ice Creams

at the annual Luffbra fair for as long as

anyone can remember. But when the

ginormous giant puts the rent up the

family are forced to sell their beloved

cow Pat for just a handful of beans. Can

Jack get his head out of the clouds long

enough to save the day?

Melton Theatre

www.meltontheatre.co.uk

8 Nov

Returning by popular demand, Vienna

Festival Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker

promises to delight audiences

of all ages with its festive setting and

light-hearted story. With its combination

of enchanting choreography and unforgettable

music, this fabulous ballet is a

Christmas treat like no other.

Mountsorrel Memorial Centre

www.mountsorrelmemorialcentre.co.uk

18 Oct

Little Frankenstein

Puppet master Frank Stein is rehearsing

his new show George the Dragon Slayer,

but his badly made puppets keep falling

apart. Inspired by his infamous relative

Dr Frankenstein, and with the help of

the audience, he creates a real living,

breathing puppet.

20 Oct

Nightmare on Panto Street

This panto-crime is spookable for the

whole family! Join our Hero Buttons as

he tries to save the day and ensure any

Panto Villains are sent back to jail! Helping

Buttons along the way are Aladdin,

Peter Pan, Snow White, Prince Valiant

& Simple Simon…. Can Buttons save the

day? Will things go bump in the night?

The Little Theatre

www.thelittletheatre.net

7 Oct - 12 Oct 2019

Oliver!

Produced for the Broadway stage by

David Merrick and Donald Albery. This

amateur production is presented by arrangement

with MusicScope and Stage

Musicals Limited of New York.

30 Oct

The Nutcracker

Returning by popular demand, Vienna

Festival Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker

promises to delight audiences

of all ages with its festive setting and

light-hearted story. With its combination

of enchanting choreography and unforgettable

music, this fabulous ballet is a

Christmas treat like no other.

Uppingham Theatre

www.facebook.com/HonaleeMedia

25 Oct

Marty MacDonald’s Toy Machine

Featuring the voice of children’s TV’s

Justin Fletcher as Pongo the Pig!

Everyone at Marty MacDonald’s Farm is

delighted with the special delivery that’s

arrived – the Toy Machine that makes all

of the toys in the world! But then they

realise that Crafty the Crow has been

up to mischief and it shouldn’t really be

there at all…

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed

A Fly

Saturday 19th October 2019 – 2pm

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed

A Fly. I don’t know why she swallowed a

fly...but The People’s Theatre Company

do!

And now you can too as they bring one

of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes

to the stage. This magical show has been

written especially for grown-ups to enjoy

with their children, so come and relive

the delights of this most charming of

tales complete with a feast of sing along

songs, colourful animal characters and

heart-warming family fun.

Tickets: £13.50 Standard/£11.50

Conc/£46 Family of 4

Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever!

30th/31st May 2020 – Times Vary

Peppa Pig is excited to be going on a

special day out with George, Mummy Pig

and Daddy Pig - it’s going to be her best

day ever!

Get ready for a road-trip full of fun

adventures. From castles to caves,

dragons to dinosaurs and ice-creams to

muddy puddles – there is something for all

of the family and their friends to enjoy,

including Miss Rabbit, Mr Bull, Suzy Sheep,

Gerald Giraffe and more!

Tickets: £18.50 Standard/£16.50 u.16s,

£66 Family of 4

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Free trial available

office@frenzyyouththeatre.co.uk

Loughborough, ashby

& birstall

Do you

love to sing?

Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub is

offering exciting new opportunities for you

to come and find your inner diva!

Drama classes ages 2-18

www.frenzyyouththeatre.co.uk

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Leicester-Shire

Junior Voices

If you are aged 7 -11 and

enjoy singing, why not come

along to the Junior Voices.

Meeting once every half term;

learning a wide range of music,

making friends and having

fun this group will also have

performance opportunities.

Leicester-Shire

Junior Show Choir

If you are aged 7 – 11 and love

musical theatre and performing,

this is the group for you.

Meeting for one weekend each

term the group will learn and

stage a selection of songs from

musicals. Each session includes

movement and stage craft with

a focus on part singing and

vocal quality.

Leicester-Shire

Show Choir

This is for singers at secondary

school or college with an interest in

musical theatre. A dynamic choir that

meets for a weekend workshop once a

term and stages medleys from musical

theatre with a focus on vocal quality.

Musicals to be looked at this year are:

West Side Story, Little Shop of Horrors

and a weekend working on choruses

from some of the classic MGM musicals.

Lux A Capella –

Youth Choir

This exciting new group will give

singers aged 12 and over the

opportunity to explore A Capella and

Barbershop singing – meeting once a

month, members will be challenged to

sing in close harmony developing their

vocal and musical skills in a fun and

informal setting.

Please visit www.leicestershiremusichub.org

for full details and to register your interest

Leicestershire

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COMPETITION TIME

Win!

WIN!

To enter these competitions please go to...

www.primarytimes.co.uk/leicestershire/competitions or

via Facebook at www.facebook.com/primarytimesleicestershire

WIN!

A family ticket to Aladdin

Jump aboard the magic carpet and travel to ancient China

to meet the hero, young Aladdin. Join in with this traditional

family pantomime full of songs, laughter, fun, baddies, silliness

– and lots of custard pies! Starring X Factor winner Sam Bailey

and popstar Antony Costa from Blue, as well as Channel 5

Milkshake! presenter Nathan Connor, BBC Radio Leicester’s

Martin Ballard, Paul Burling from Britain’s Got Talent and

magicians Matthew Pomeroy and Natasha Lamb!

For you chance to win, answer this question.

What is Aladdin’s mother called?

Prize T&Cs. Family ticket of four, at least one adult or child per party. Valid for 14th December, 5pm

performance only. Tickets can’t be resold or transferred. Full terms and conditions available at

www.demontforthall.co.uk

Closing date – 25/10/19

A ticket to Abbey Park Bonfire &

Firework Display!

The fantastic fun takes place on Saturday 2 November from

5pm – 9pm on Leicester’s Abbey Park with a quieter firework

show for a younger audience.

For you chance to win, answer this question.

Abbey Park is Leicester’s premier park and lies

approximately one mile north of the city centre, what is the

postcode?

FIND OUT THE ANSWER BY VISITING THE ABBEY PARK BONFIRE PAGE AT

VISITLEICESTER.INFO

Closing date – 25/10/19

WIN!

WIN!

CONKERS Competition Time!

CONKERS, in the heart of The National Forest with a plethora

of great family activities and events throughout the year!

2019 has included a major update to the Activity Trail Obstacle

Course and an introduction of a new family activity, E Scooters,

where families head out together on an easy to use electric

scooter through the ‘CONKERS Safari Trail’ on a Ranger led

expedition.

For your chance to win, answer this question:

CONKERS holds an event over the Christmas period, what is it called?

A) WINTER WONDERLAND B) REINDEER RETREAT

C) CHRISTMAS LAND

Closing date – 25/10/19

A family ticket to see Jack

and the Beanstalk at

Loughborough Town Hall

Fee Fi Fo Fum…Loughborough Town Hall is in for

some fun...The team behind 2018’s five star smash-hit Beauty

and the Beast are back with the BIGGEST panto of them all

with marvellous moosic, cow-ntless costumes and an udderly

ridiculous dame with giant-sized jokes!

For your chance to win, answer this question:

What does Jack use to grow the giant beanstalk?

A) MAGIC PEAS B) MAGIC WHEAT C) MAGIC BEANS

Closing date – 25/10/19

22

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11 TH - 20 TH OCTOBER

LEICESTER CITY CENTRE

Enjoy an out-of-this-world half term in Leicester

Take an expedition to the moon, play retro arcade games in space

and discover astronauts, rockets and aliens –

all to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing!

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Museum of the Moon photo © James Billing. Brick Live Group Limited. All rights reserved. Brick Live Group Limited is an independent producer of BRICKLIVE

and is not associated with The LEGO Group. LEGO® is a trademark of LEGO Juris A/S.

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