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More Things to See and Do in Leicester

More things to see and do in Leicester
Find out more about Leicester and some great ideas for things to do and places to visit.

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Abbey Pumping Station: Leicester's Museum of Science and Technology, displaying industrial, technological and scientific heritage. Situated adjacent to the National Space Centre: > www.leicester.gov.uk/museums

Arts: Arts in Leicestershire -webzine: arts, music and entertainment:
> www.artsinleicestershire.co.uk  

Arts centre at the University of Leicester's Richard Attenborough Centre: 180-seater performance area, two galleries, a bright foyer space and two art studios, year-round programme of concerts, shows, exhibitions, informal short courses, talks and one-off workshops:  > www.le.ac.uk/racentre

Arts in Education: Learning opportunities in music, dance and drama:
> www.leicestershire.gov.uk/artsined



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Belgrave Hall & Gardens: Explore the beautiful gardens and and the period hall, open for special event days only: > www.leicester.gov.uk/museums

Bonfire Night
: Various locations with the main event at Abbey Park: with over 10,000 people attending the city’s official celebrations, prepare to be dazzled by Leicester’s biggest and most spectacular bonfire and fireworks display. A fantastic family event with a funfair, live entertainment and other activities:
> www.leicester.gov.uk/festivals



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Caribbean Carnival: One of the biggest carnival parades outside of London:                                                     > www.leicester.gov.uk/festivals

City Festival: A fun-packed August bank holiday incorporating many festivals and events in the city:                 > www.leicester.gov.uk/festivals

Children's Centres: Bright, modern centres which have been purpose-built with the under-fives in mind:
> Children's Centres in Leicester 

Christmas Celebrations: Various events and activities in and around the city, including the lights switch-on ceremony: > www.visitleicester.info/Christmas

Cinemas: > Details about cinemas in Leicester

Comedy Festival: Side-splitting performances, activities, workshops and even more comedy showcasing local, regional and national talent. Not to be missed! > www.comedy-festival.co.uk



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De Montfort Hall: A multi-purpose arts and entertainment venue, with a particular focus on music, including classical, jazz, blues, world, folk, rock and pop. Leicester's main venue for concerts which also hosts a wide range of events including stand-up comedy, musicals and opera: > www.demontforthall.co.uk

Diwali Celebrations: One of the biggest outside of India: > www.leicester.gov.uk/festivals 

Dock: Dock is a new workspace and business development centre for knowledge economy businesses, offering a range of workspaces and with a business development team on hand to support your business growth needs.
> www.dockleicester.co.uk




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Farm - Gorse Hill City Farm: A family-friendly community farm in the heart of Leicester, practising small-scale humane farming and organic horticulture: > www.gorsehillcityfarm.org.uk

Festivals: For a list of Leicester's major festivals see:> www.leicester.gov.uk/festivals

Fitness Facilities (Leicester City Council): Want to join a gym or fancy taking up a new activity? Find out what sports and fitness facilities Leicester City Council has to offer: > www.leicester.gov.uk/sports

Food (Food, Drink & Nightlife): Taste-bud tingling cuisine from around the world: > Food in Leicester

From Dusk 2 Dawn: A community for people interested in arts, culture, music, fashion and design:
> www.fd2d.com



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Guildhall: One of the best-preserved timber framed halls in England, situated next to Leicester Cathedral. The Guildhall is reputedly Leicester's most haunted buildings - five ghosts have been reported in total. The Guildhall hosts events, ghost nights, talks, performances and is also available for private hire and civil marriage ceremonies: > www.leicester.gov.uk/museums

Gyms (Leicester City Council fitness facilities): > www.leicester.gov.uk/sports



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Jewry Wall Museum: Placed in the wonderful setting of the remains of the Roman town's public baths. One of Leicester's most famous landmarks and a rare example of Roman walling which has survived for nearly 2000 years: > www.leicester.gov.uk/museums



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Leisure Centres (Leicester City Council): > > www.leicester.gov.uk/sports

Libraries: Free and easy for anyone to join. Join at any library in the city and borrow items immediately. There are no age limits on joining so parents, join your baby! > www.leicester.gov.uk/libraries

Little Theatre: One of the UK's leading amateur theatres based in Leicester city centre:
> www.thelittletheatre.net



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MARKETS

Beaumont Leys Market:
A popular local market with over 60 stalls, open from Wednesday - Saturday and a Sunday car boot sale from March to November: > Beumont Leys Market

Farmers' Market (Leicestershire Food Links): Buy scrumptious locally produced goods on the 1st Thursday of the month, 10am - 4pm on Humberstone Gate: > www.leicestermarket.co.uk

Leicester Market (Leicester City Centre): Crowned ‘Britain’s Favourite Market’:
> www.leicestermarket.co.uk

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Museums
: Discover all of Leicester's museums: > www.leicester.gov.uk/museums  

Museum Tours: A new way to explore Leicester's museums and their collections - the museum volunteers now run five tours of our sites across the city. Find out about the amazing collections at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery and Newarke Houses, the fascinating history of The Guildhall and the Newarke area or explore the amazing Roman ruins at Jewry Wall. > www.leicester.gov.uk/museumtours

 



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Navratri: Nine nights of music and dance celebrating the Hindu festival of Navratri:
> www.leicester.gov.uk/festivals

Netmums: A unique local network with information on what’s on, places to go and things to do:
> www.netmums.com/leicester

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery: Displays include Egyptians, Dinosaurs, Natural History, World Arts and Leicester’s Fine Art collection, plus many changing exhibitions: > www.leicester.gov.uk/museums

Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens: Experience the history and stories of 20th century Leicester. Find out about Leicester’s famous son Daniel Lambert and visit the Jolly Angler public house and pawnbrokers in the 1950s street scene: > www.leicester.gov.uk/museums



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Parks & Green Spaces: There are many beautiful parks and open spaces in Leicester, many with large open spaces, trees and wonderful flower displays, as well as play areas, cafes, lakes, wildlife areas and historical sites - there really is something for everyone. > www.leicester.gov.uk/parks

Pedestrian Arts: Workshop delivery in a diverse range of arts: Urban Arts Training, Turntablism, DJing, Music Production, Street Sports Training, Parkour, Street Dance, Breakdance, Media Training, Graphic Design, Radio, Film. Also gallery exhibition space and meeting rooms: > www.pedestrian.info

Pineapster: At the heart of Leicester's music scene: discussion forums, band profiles, events guides and more: > www.pineapster.com

Playschemes: There are dozens of playschemes across the city offering a range of indoor and outdoor activities for school-age children during the holidays. For details telephone 0116 225 4890. (1.30pm - 5pm Mon, 9am – 5pm Tue, Wed & Thur, 9.30am - 4.30pm Friday - timings subject to change).



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(The) Richard Attenborough Centre: The University of Leicester's arts centre is a 180-seater performance area with two galleries, a bright foyer space and two art studios. It has a busy year-round programme of concerts, shows, exhibitions, informal short courses, talks and one-off workshops: www.le.ac.uk/racentre 



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Shopping in Leicester: Leicester boasts many high street brands as well as boutiques, markets and specialist stores, offering a unique shopping experience: > Shopping in Leicester

Space Centre: The UK's largest, award-winning attraction dedicated to space. From the moment you catch sight of the Space Centre's futuristic Rocket Tower, you'll be treated to hours of breathtaking discovery and interactive fun: > www.spacecentre.co.uk

Spark Children's Arts Festival: A two-week summer festival of the performing and visual arts for children in Leicester and Leicestershire, takes place every year in May and June: www.sparkfestival.co.uk

Summer Sundae Weekender: A major three-day event, providing a unique opportunity to see many up and coming acts, this is the perfect event for all the family: > www.summersundae.com

Swimming (Leicester City Council pools): > www.leicester.gov.uk/sports  



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THEATRES

Curve: Leicester's state of the art theatre, based in the heart of the exciting Cultural Quarter on Rutland Street:
> www.curveonline.co.uk

De Montfort Hall: A multi-purpose arts and entertainment venue, with a particular focus on music including classical, jazz, blues, world, folk, rock and pop. Leicester's main venue for concerts which also hosts a wide range of events including stand-up comedy, musicals and opera: > www.demontforthall.co.uk

Little Theatre: One of the UK's leading amateur theatres based in Leicester city centre:
> www.thelittletheatre.net

Y Theatre: A bustling live performance venue based in Leicester city centre. Programmes include music, comedy, theatre, dance and spoken word: > www.leicesterymca.co.uk/y-theatre.php

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Tigers - Junior Tigers Club: If you are aged under 16, the Junior Tigers Club is THE place to celebrate your support of Leicester Tigers!  > www.leicestertigers.com

ToddlerTimes: Weekly drop-in sessions held at local libraries where you and your under-5s can play with toys and puppets, enjoy storytelling time, create with crafts, join-in with rhymes and singing:
> www.leicester.gov.uk/toddlertime



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