November in Leicester

Memories of summer holidays lounging by the pool are long gone as we bid farewell to summer and say hello to the chillier and darker winter nights.  All you probably want to do is curl up on the sofa in the sanctuary of your own home and hibernate. Hold that thought for a few minutes…long enough for us to tell you about all the upcoming events in Leicester. We’re sure you’ll have a change of heart!

Firework Frenzy

This time of the year is one of the busiest in Leicester but even though Diwali has ended for another year, Leicester continues to shine under an umbrella of light with the forthcoming Abbey Park Bonfire and Firework Display. On Saturday 2 November you’ll enjoy all the usual fun and frolics with the addition of something extra special. Lords of Lightning will be performing on the night, shooting a million-volt bolts of lightning across the night sky alongside a high-intensity soundtrack to really get you pumped.

Why not pop along to the Fischer County Ground where you can marvel at another one of Leicester’s great venues for a spectacular Fireworks Evening, lights and laser show. Alongside the fireworks children can enjoy fairground rides, attractions, face-painting and activities in the indoor cricket centre with plenty to keep the entire family entertained, as well as food and drinks available from a range of catering outlets.

Rainbows Bonfire Night 2019 at Leicester Racecourse is always a jam-packed event and this year is no different, with fun, laughter, enjoyment and spectacular fireworks. As well as a firework frenzy you’ll be able to get a bit toasty by the bonfire.

Space Lates – Apollo 12

We told you there was plenty to experience and enjoy in November and it doesn’t end there. Come and enjoy an evening packed with guest speakers, planetarium shows, stargazing and live demos at the National Space Centre on 16 November. It’s the perfect evening if you want to learn more about astronomy, space missions and the exciting research that has happened here in the UK, around the world and out in space. This Space Lates event celebrates 50 years since Apollo 12.

Choc Fest – Melton Mowbray

Who isn’t a chocolate lover? There can’t be that many of you out there and boy do we have a treat in store for you as the ChocFest returns to Melton Mowbray on 16 & 17 November! It’s one of the UK’s most popular chocolate festivals with a chance to taste and buy from some of the UK’s best local products. Exhibitors will be offering chocolates, chocolates cakes, pies, crepes, brownies, tarts, liqeurs, doughnuts, crepes and chocolate pizzas. Other stands will be selling cakes, pies, champagne, wine and other goods in the run up to Christmas…it’s that C word again and no we don’t mean chocolate!!!

Christmas Lights Switch On

Did someone say Christmas? Yes, the most wonderful time of the year is only a few weeks away. The official Christmas Lights Switch-On kicks off Thursday 21 November. Make your way over to Humberstone Gate as the city is illuminated with over 16,000 sparkling lights and a spectacular 52-foot tree, with 2,000 twinkling pea lights and 900 baubles. That’s right, a 52-foot tree…it’s even bigger than last year! A fantastic programme of events including stage entertainment from 5pm onwards, including live music and entertainment plus mouth-watering street food at the Christmas Canteen over in New Market Square

Christmas Wheel of Light

The Wheel of Light has done a fantastic job of illuminating Belgrave Road, but from Friday 15 November-6 Jan it moves onto to its other important job to become the centrepiece of Leicester’s Christmas celebrations. Jubilee Square will be home to the Wheel of Light giving you the chance to enjoy unparalleled views as you are elevated to a dizzying 110-feet. To infinity and beyond!

Guildhall Christmas Fair

Get a head start on your Christmas shopping at the Guildhall Christmas Fair on 30 November – 1 December. It’s a popular event and gives you a chance to enjoy the atmosphere of a medieval hall as you meander through the wide range of arts and craft stalls to pick up a perfect gift for your loved ones.

100% Vegan Xmas Special

Where to Vegan have teamed up with Leicester City Council to bring the newest and most irresistible 100% vegan monthly event including music, food and drinks. It takes place in New Market Square where you can enjoy a variety of vegan food from local and national traders like Prana Café, The Loving Kebab, Huns vegan and Those Vegan Pizza.

Hopefully, that will make you want to get up off that comfy sofa and explore the unique events Leicester has to offer. Watch out for our December Highlights foe everything happening in the city in the run up to Christmas




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