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Leicester Museums Events

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Leicester Museums host a wide variety of family friendly workshops and events, performances and lectures. Admission is free to Leicester museums and galleries, exhibitions and events unless otherwise stated. For event bookings and enquiries, please contact the host site. November's events are listed below.

You can also see all our upcoming exhibitions and events in our What's On brochure.
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June events

Belgrave Hall Gardens are open April - September every Wednesday and on the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of each month: 11am - 4.30pm, free entry  

Comedy: Gareth Richards (plus support)
Wednesday 28 June
7.30pm (Doors 7pm)
The Guildhall

Join Gareth Richards, Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee 2010, for a new show of songs and comedy. Gareth has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3), Live at the Electric (BBC3), and has performed on Radio 1. Gareth also co-hosted Frank Skinner’s Sony Award-winning Absolute Radio show for two years and supported Frank on his 2014 Tour.

“Gorgeously low-key, faintly surreal songs played on the Omnichord” The Guardian.

“A delightful hour of comedy” The Guardian

“He’s a quietly clever craftsman with a big future” Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard

“His Material has a delicious otherworldly quality.” Chortle ****

Tickets just £5, to book please call The Guildhall on 0116 253 2569. 
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Meet the Curator: Tour and talk on Medieval Leicester
Friday 30 June
2pm
The Guildhall 

Tour the historic Guildhall and discover more about life in medieval Leicester. What did people eat, where did they live? Refreshments will be available by donation at the end of the tour and talk. £4 Pre-booking required, to book please call The Guildhall on 0116 253 2569.

Peter Barraclough – Beloved Melodies
Friday 30 June
7.30pm (doors 6.45pm)
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

A solo piano performance featuring film music and works by Brahms, Chopin, Paganini, Khachaturian and Satie to name but a few in this extensive musical tour.

Peter has had a long and distinguished international career as a concert organist, playing mainly in America and on the continent. In addition, as a composer, he has written many pieces for piano and organ.

The concert is in aid of the RSPCA.

Adults £12 / concessions £10 / under 16s £8 Interval with refreshments.

Tickets now on sale at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery shop (0116 225 4920) and from Visit Leicester on Gallowtree Gate (0116 299 4444).


July events


Festival of Archaeology 2017
Jewry Wall Museum
Join us for the annual celebration of local and national archaeology. Jewry Wall Museum will be hosting an action-packed fortnight filled with a variety of activities including talks, tours, displays, re-enactment and craft activities. Fore more details on the festival in July, visit the Festival of Archaeology webpage. 

Print and Ride Railway Day
Saturday 1 July
11am - 4pm
Abbey Pumping Station
 
Make and Print your own railway ticket then use it to ride on our narrow gauge railway and afterwards visit the ever popular LMTA café for some well deserved refreshments. Admission to museum free, a small charge for train rides. T: 0116 299 5111

Macmillan Cancer Support: Summer Tea Party
Saturday 1 July
12pm – 3pm
Jewry Wall Museum 
To raise awareness and donations for Macmillan Cancer Support, Jewry Wall Museum is hosting a summer tea party! Enjoy a freshly brewed pot of tea or coffee, delicious cupcakes, savoury treats and yummy strawberries and cream, all in sight of the second century Roman bath house. Take part in free guided tours, craft activities, garden games and more! Free admission and activities, with all donations going to Macmillan Cancer Support. 
T: 0116 225 4971 

Storytelling Skills for Adults
Saturday 1 July
12noon – 4pm
Belgrave Hall & Gardens
 
 Workshop with hints, tips & techniques for adult storytellers. Workshop led by members of Leicestershire Guild of Storytelling £3 for workshop (over 18s only). T: 0116 229 8181 

What happened at the baths?
Saturday 1 July
2pm
Jewry Wall Museum
 
 Find out what happened at the Roman Baths with a free guided tour from the Friends of Jewry Wall Museum. Children welcome. Meet at the museum entrance. No booking necessary. T: 0116 225 4971.

Leicester Creates: Family Craft Day
Sunday 2 July
12pm - 3.30pm
Newarke Houses Museum
 
To celebrate the launch of our new exhibition Changing Leicester join us to create your own version of Leicester’s famous clock tower or decorate your own t-shirt with Leicester themed designs. Refreshments available. Free, drop-in event. T: 0116 225 4980.

Tea & History: Leicester in old photographs
Friday 7 July
1.30pm - 3.30pm 
Newarke Houses Museum
 
An illustrated informal talk about post World War Two Leicester and a chance to remember some Leicester landmarks. Refreshments available. Free, drop-in event. T: 0116 225 4980

Mandala Patterns
Saturday 8 July
Sessions at 10am, 11am and 12pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
 
Explore the new Splendours of the Subcontinent - A Princes Tour of India exhibition and create a beautiful mandala inspired by the objects in the exhibition. £3 per person. Pre-booking required, to book please call 0116 225 4920.

The Handlebards present: As You Like It
Saturday 8 July
6.30pm (doors open 5.30pm)
Abbey Pumping Station
Join the HandleBards’ all-female troupe in the beautiful grounds of the Abbey Pumping Station for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ like no other!  

And what’s the play about? Well – Rosalind and Orlando have been forced into exile in the Forest of Arden. As lovers, they become entangled in a bizarre game of lust, love and mistaken identity.

In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter. 

Notes on the performance, doors open at 5.30pm, so please do bring a picnic and come and enjoy the beautiful surroundings before the show. Chairs, picnics, blankets and any other low level accessories are welcome. In case of rain, please don’t bring umbrellas as they block sight-lines for other audience members. Ponchos and raincoats are just as fetching anyway, so please wear these instead!

Tickets: £11 adults; £9 concessions, to book please contact the museum on 0116 299 5111.
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Bringing Our Past to Life: Festival of Archaeology Launch Event
Sunday 9 July 
11am – 4pm 
Jewry Wall Museum
 
To launch the 2017 Festival of Archaeology this event will give you the chance to meet people from the past, see and handle recent discoveries, see and try crafts and activities from the past and find out what you can do in this years festival. Fun for all the family! Admission and activities free. For more information, please call 0116 225 4971. 

Dino Doodle Day
Sunday 9 July
11am - 4pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Come along to have a doodle in our Dino gallery! Materials will be available to create your own arty dinosaur drawings. All ages welcome, children must be supervised at all times. Drop-in, free event. T: 0116 225 4900

Lecture: Leicester – a totally uninteresting city
Sunday 9 July
2pm - 3pm
Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens
 
This lecture discusses the subtle qualities of Leicester in terms of design, education and planning. Free event, to book your place contact the museum on 0116 225 4980.

Festival of Archaeology 2017
Saturday 15 July – Sunday 30 July
11.30am – 3.30pm
Jewry Wall Museum
Join us for the annual celebration of local and national archaeology. Jewry Wall Museum will be hosting an action-packed fortnight filled with a variety of activities including talks, tours, displays, re-enactment and craft activities. Please find specific event details listed under individual dates. For more information, please call 0116 225 4971.

Feed the Bugs
Saturday 15 July
11am – 11.45am
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Get up close and personal with our live Wild Space exhibits. You can help with feeding, learn some facts and even handle some of our insects. Drop-in, free event. T: 0116 225 4900

‘Wepet Renet' - Ancient Egypt Day
Sunday 16 July
11am - 4pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Celebrate ‘Wepet Renet’ – Ancient Egyptian New Year at the museum.  Learn about life in the Land of the Pharaohs by exploring our fascinating collections. Make your own Egyptian god masks and clay pots, or simply join us for storytelling, dressing up fun and a game of senate. Museum entry is free. £3 for craft activities and tours. T: 0116 225 4920. Part of the Festival of Archaeology events.

Festival of Archaeology 2017: Industrial Buildings Guided Walk 
Sunday 16 July
11am & 2pm (please note: the 2pm tour is now fully booked)
Meeting at Jewry Wall Museum
 
The Industrial Heritage of the Newarke and Castle Gardens area. Guided walk looking at some of the important industrial buildings between Jewry Wall and Newarke Houses museum and a chance to see the Changing Leicester exhibition. Free event, advance booking only, limited to 10 spaces. Not suitable for younger children. To book, please call 0116 225 4980.

Festival of Archaeology: Roman Bath House and Treasures of the Museum
Sunday 16 – Sunday 30 July
Daily 2.15pm
Jewry Wall Museum
 
Join the Friends of Jewry Wall Museum for a free guided tour of Leicester’s Roman Bath House and their favourite treasures. Free (donations to Friends of Jewry Wall Museum). Meet at the museum entrance. No booking necessary. For more information, please call 0116 225 4971.

A Walk around Historic Leicester 
Monday 17 July 
11am - 1pm 
Meet at Jewry Wall Museum
 
Join archaeologist Peter Liddle for a walk round the historic core of Leicester looking at the remains of Roman and Medieval Leicester, including Leicester Castle. Please note, there will not be time to enter most of the buildings en route. Adults £4, children free. No booking required. For more information, please call 0116 221 4508.

Festival of Archaeology: Little-known Leicestershire and Rutland 
Monday 17 July 
2.30pm – 4pm (doors open at 2.15pm)  
Jewry Wall Museum
 
Bob Trubshaw explores the legends and stories associated with standing stones, medieval crosses, holy wells and other unexpected survivals of days gone by which can be discovered in various places in Leicestershire and Rutland. 

Bob Trubshaw has been researching and writing about local medieval carvings for over twenty years.  He is the author of numerous books and articles about local history, folklore and archaeology.

Advance booking recommended, free. Light refreshments available for donations. To book, please call 0116 225 4971.

Splendiferous Sun Dials
Monday 17 July
Sessions at 10am, 11am and 12pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Explore the Splendours of the Subcontinent exhibition and create your own 19th century inspired sun dial. £3 per person.  Pre-booking essential. Tel: 0116 225 4920

Stories from South Asia
Monday 17 July
2pm – 2.45pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Delve into historical tales of South Asia with professional storyteller Ruth Fraser. Free activity in support of the Splendours of the Subcontinent exhibition. T: 0116 225 4900

Royal Portrait Drawing Activity
Monday 17 July
3pm – 4pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Pick up sketching materials from our friendly staff and draw your own royal portrait! Drop-in, free activity in support of Splendours of the Subcontinent exhibition. T: 0116 225 4900

All the fun of the fair
Tuesday 18 July 
11am - 3pm
Abbey Pumping Station
Come along and make your own model of a moving fairground ride. Refreshments available. The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to availability. Admission to museum free (small charge for train rides). T: 0116 299 5111.

Mad Hatters Tea Party
Tuesday 18 July
11am - 3.30pm
Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens
 
Tumble down the rabbit hole and join us for our Mad Hatters Tea Party at the museum. You can create your own traditional style tea cup, make your own pocket watch so that you will never be late, fashion together a hat in the style of Mad Hatter or create your very own rabbit ears. Why not create your own door hanger too?  Follow the white rabbit trail, enjoy outdoor games and take a selfie in our photo booth area. Refreshments available but please bring along you own picnic. In the event of bad weather, picnic will be held indoors. £3 for activities. T: 0116 225 4980

Wild Gardens (part 1)
Wednesday 19 July
11am – 4pm
Belgrave Hall & Gardens
 
Games, trails and crafts. Organised by The Wildlife Trust. £3 for activities. Free car park. T: 0116 229 8181

Festival of Archaeology 2017 - From Civitas to Civil War: Recent archaeological discoveries in Leicester
Wednesday 19 July
5.30pm – 7pm (doors open at 5pm)
Jewry Wall Museum
 
Leicester is an ancient city which has been continuously occupied for more than 2,000 years. Mathew Morris from University of Leicester Archaeological Services will reveal some of the latest discoveries made in and around Leicester’s historic core. From Roman cemeteries and mosaics, to medieval castles, friaries and hospitals, and 17th century Civil War defences, ten sites will showcase Leicester’s rich and fascinating history.

Advanced booking recommended, £4.50. Light refreshments included. To book, please call 0116 225 4971.

William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor
Thursday 20 July
7.30pm – 10pm (doors open at 7pm) 
Jewry Wall Museum
 
The bard comes to Leicester for a superb outdoor production performed in the atmospheric surroundings of the second century Roman bath house. 

The roguish and foolish Knight, Falstaff, schemes to woo two married women to get his hands on their husbands' money, but the wiley Wives of Windsor are more than a match for him.

The Festival Players Theatre Company brings you this hilarious and colourful comedy in an all-male, fast paced, costumed production (2 hours + interval). A summer feast of farce.

 

Grounds open for picnics at 6.30pm. 
Advanced booking recommended, £13.50 / £12 concessions. 
Light refreshments and bar available. To book, please call 0116 225 4971.

Handtied Bouquet Workshop
Saturday 22 July
1pm - 4pm
Newarke Houses Museum
 
Using a gorgeous selection of seasonal flowers we will teach you the mystery of the spiralled stem technique. We’ll show you how to place your flowers so your bouquet will stand up when tied. Then you can choose from ribbons and tissue to complete your design. You will go home with a fabulous handtied bouquet that you have made yourself. No matter what your skill level we’ll make sure you have all the help you need to create your perfect bouquet. To book your place, please call the museum on 0116 225 4980. £40 per person. Refreshments available.

Historic Churches of Leicester
Saturday 22 July
2pm – 4pm
Meet at Jewry Wall Museum
 
Join Michael Hawkes for a walk round two of the most historic churches of Leicester. St Nicholas Church is the only church in Leicester with Saxon fabric and has an intriguing relationship with the adjacent Roman Jewry Wall, while All Saints Church has some excellent Norman and later work as well as a collection of war memorials saved from around the area. No booking required, adults £4 / children free. 

Festival of Archaeology: Ancient Egypt - Archaeological Illustration Workshop
Sunday 23 July
11.30am - 1.30pm and 2pm - 4pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
 
Join Leicester University's Debbie Miles for an introduction to archaeological illustration. Discover how to accurately sketch and record archaeological findings and explore our Ancient Egyptian gallery. Includes an Ancient Egyptian object handling session and clay session. Pre-booking essential. £4 per person, to book, please call 0116 225 4920. Part of the Festival of Archaeology events.

Jungle Fun!
Monday 24 July
11am, 1pm and 3pm
The Guildhall 
Hot in the city? Then why not come along on a jungle walk with performer Lindsey Warnes Carroll and join in with some fabulous stories and rhymes. Jungle and animal themed arts and crafts activities to follow. Recommended for ages 3-8 years but all ages welcome. £4 per child, accompanying adult free. To book, please contact The Guildhall on 0116 253 2569.

Clay Play: Indian Pots
Monday 24 July
Sessions at 10am, 11am and 12pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery 
Be inspired by the Splendours of the Subcontinent exhibition and create beautiful South Asian pots to treasure and keep.  Pre-booking essential.  Tel: 0116 225 4920

Stories from South Asia 
Monday 24 July
2pm – 2.45pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Delve into historical tales of South Asia with professional storyteller Ruth Fraser. Free activity in support of the Splendours of the Subcontinent exhibition. T: 0116 225 4900

Festival of Archaeology: Medieval carvings in Leicestershire and Rutland 
Monday 24 July 
2.30pm – 4pm (doors open at 2.15pm)  
Jewry Wall Museum
 
Leicestershire’s churches contain a wealth of ignored medieval sculpture in both stone and wood depicting a wide variety of subjects including grotesque beasties, so-called 'Green Men’ and even rather rude exhibitionists. In 2009 Leicestershire County Council instigated a project to photograph and record all the medieval carvings inside and outside the churches of Leicestershire and Rutland. So far about six thousand carvings have been recorded, offering significant insights into this neglected aspect of life in the centuries before the Battle of Bosworth.

Bob Trubshaw has been researching and writing about local medieval carvings for over twenty years.  He is the author of numerous books and articles about local history, folklore and archaeology.

Advance booking recommended, free. Light refreshments available for donations. To book, please call 0116 225 4971.

Royal Portrait Drawing Activity
Monday 24 July
3pm – 4pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Pick up sketching materials from our friendly staff and draw your own royal portrait! Drop in, free activity in support of Splendours of the Subcontinent exhibition. T: 0116 225 4900

Victorian Faeries
Tuesday 25 July
11am - 3pm
Abbey Pumping Station
Come along to the Abbey Pumping Station for faerie craft, games and trails. Refreshments available. The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to availability. Admission to museum free (£2.50 for Activities & small charge for train rides.) T: 0116 299 5111

Fairies & Superheroes
Wednesday 26 July
11am – 4pm
Belgrave Hall & Gardens
Come dressed as your favourite character. Craft activities, trail and storytelling. Free car park. £3 for activities. T: 0116 229 8181

Festival of Archaeology: Castle Hill – In search of the Knight Hospitallers 
Wednesday 26 July 
5.30pm – 7pm (doors open at 5pm)  
Jewry Wall Museum
 
After a successful excavation in September last year of the suspected Knight Hospitallers site on Castle Hill Country Park, Mathew Morris from the University of Leicester Archaeology Services will provide an update on what was found during the dig. Hear about a second excavation happening this year to build on current findings, and how you can get involved! Advance booking recommended, free. Light refreshments available for donations. To book, please call 0116 225 4971.

Myth and Magic
Thursday 27 July
Time: tbc
The Guildhall
 
A fun crafty day for all ages. Discover the medieval world of real and imaginary creatures. Make a unicorn hobby horse, a book of beasts and decorate our giant dragon. Face painting and trails all day! Drop-in event. £3. T: 0116 253 2569

Blunderbus - The Magic of Children's Theatre Presents: Dotty The Dragon
Saturday 29 July
Performances at 2pm and 4.30pm
Abbey Pumping Station
A funny little dragon in a big scary world! Dotty is a baby Fire Dragon. She lives in a dusty old castle with her grumpy dad, Mr Dragon. She loves to watch the children playing in the village below, and wishes she could play with them, too! 

One day Dotty has a brilliant idea - she will fly down to the village and say hello! After all, everybody loves surprises, don’t they? But will Dotty make new friends, or will the village folk chase her back home again?

Brought to life by acclaimed Blunderbus Theatre, this big-hearted adventure is told with magical songs, enchanting music and exquisite puppetry. 

With lots of laughs and plenty of surprises, this is the perfect treat for 3 - 7 year olds and their grown-ups. There’s even a lifesized fire-breathing dragon! 

“Magical Children’s theatre” British Theatre Guild

“Excellent stuff!” The Guardian

“Packs charm in bucket loads” The Stage

Tickets: Adults £11, Under 16s £9, Under 2s Free. To book, please call 0116 299 5111.

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Heritage Sundays: Tours and Open Days 2017
Last Sunday of the month: Sunday 30 July 
11am - 3pm
 
 Clustered around The Newarke and De Montfort University campus, just minutes from the city centre, are remarkable buildings that tell the story of Leicester from its medieval origins to its manufacturing heyday.

During the last Sunday of the month visitors can explore some of these historic places free of charge. The area also has lovely outdoor spaces to discover including Castle Gardens and the tranquillity of some of the city’s beautiful secret gardens.

Blue Badge guided tours of the Magazine and Castle Great Hall can also be booked for a small fee. For more details visit the Heritage Sundays webpage. 

Festival of Archaeology - The Romans: Heroes or Villains
Sunday 30 July
11.30am – 3.30pm
Jewry Wall Museum
Join the Friends of Jewry Wall Museum for a day of Roman themed activities including: Vote for ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’. Boudicca vs the Romans! What have Romans done for us?

Introduction of various foods to Britain, Roman pub delicacies and more. Fun for all the family. A Friends of Jewry Wall Museum event. Free admission and activities. For more information, please call 0116 225 4971.

Beautiful Barges and Charming Carriages
Monday 31 July
Sessions at 10am, 11am and 12pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Explore the Splendours of the Subcontinent exhibition  and create your own royal barges and carriages.  Pre-booking required, to book please contact the museum on 0116 225 4920. 

Stories from South Asia 
Monday 31 July
2pm – 2.45pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Delve into historical tales of South Asia with professional storyteller Ruth Fraser. Free activity in support of the Splendours of the Subcontinent exhibition. T: 0116 225 4900

 

Royal Portrait Drawing Activity
Monday 31 July
3pm – 4pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Pick up sketching materials from our friendly staff and draw your own royal portrait! Drop-in, free activity in support of Splendours of the Subcontinent exhibition. T: 0116 225 4900