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Summer is nearly here! Make the most of it with these great local outdoor events

You don’t have to stay inside this year, and Leicester is well prepared for a fantastic summer experience.

With the days getting longer and the air getting warmer, Leicester’s summer transformation is just around the corner. With it, comes a brilliant range of exciting and entertaining outdoor events.

Here’s a quick look at just a few of the things going on in Leicester during these hotter months, all outdoors so you can truly make the most of summer this year in Leicestershire.

Kicking off the month on May 2 is the annual Enderby Playdays event, a family friendly funfair with live music and plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy, as well as a licensed bar for the parents.

Show your support on May 28 by taking part in the annual LOROS Hospice Twilight Walk, this year in the theme of a royal parade around the city.

Often referred to as ‘Leicester’s biggest night out’, all the funds raised are donated towards patient care at the local hospice. Also featuring optional fancy dress!

Into the month of June, you’ll find a huge number of events celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, including the annual outdoor music event Proms in the Park on June 2, this year featuring Leicester’s own amazing Bardi Wind Orchestra.

Earlier on the same day over at the Leicester Racecourse is the Family Fun Day, with various activities for the whole family to enjoy.

On June 4 and 5 we will see the return of the much loved Riverside Festival, spreading over 4 areas around Bede Park. It's sure to be one of the greatest waterside events of the year.

With live music, food and drink, arts and craft, and tons of fun activities not just on land but on water too! Boat rides, rallies and demonstrations, it’s a one of a kind event you won’t want to miss.

One of the most jam-packed activities of the summer, Festival in the Pit is a family friendly event held on Blaby Bypass in Leicester.

Coming on June 25, you’ll be able to watch some of the top musical tribute acts in the country, with food and bars, plenty of rides and stalls, and then to top it off a fantastic firework show finale!

Right in the middle of the hottest month comes the return of the Belvoir Castle Flower & Garden Show on July 16 - 17.

A must see for any gardening guru or novice alike, this event has it all from botanical displays to top-notch gardening retailers, as well as a ‘let’s talk’ session featuring advice from professional gardeners. And all to the sound of relaxing stage artists throughout the day.

The last event on this list but far from the last event of all, an outdoor stage showing of David Walliams book ‘Awful Auntie’ is set for July 21, once more at Belvoir Castle.

Entertaining for all ages, this live adaptation is a much more relaxed version of typical theatre. Dog friendly, picnic friendly and with free parking, this is a brilliant activity for the whole family to enjoy.

With all that and more to look forward to, as well as a huge variety of wonderful indoor activities to take part in, summer in Leicester is looking to be one of the best in years.


Written by Fox Whitemore

Fox is a 23 year old Media and Communications graduate from De Montfort University and currently working as an intern for Cross Productions. He is passionate about writing both creatively and journalistically, loves working with the local community and would love to be writing as a full time job in the future.


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