As the nation celebrates the end of most COVID restrictions, the businesses and organisations of Leicester are throwing their doors wide open and welcoming local residents plus visitors from further afield back to the city.

But just what is going on in Leicester and Leicestershire this summer? Well we’ve got the ultimate guide to summer in the heart of England ready for you to explore, so read on and start planning your itinerary.


Uncover the Story

You might have seen Uncover The Story on our social media, but we can’t wait for you to be able to really start visiting our fantastic city and county attractions. Uncover the Story gives you the opportunity to discover the incredible stories behind many of our wonderful attractions and places to visit.

From some of the biggest and most famous Leicester attractions including Richard III, Twycross Zoo and the Space Centre, to some hidden gems that you may not have known about, like Armourgeddon, The National Dive Centre at Stoney Cove, or the Triumph Factory Visitor Experience.

If you’re looking for something to do this summer, then there’s no better place to start than our Uncover The Story site.


Summer in the City

Kicking off Leicester’s summer of reopening is a celebration of the city and a chance to explore the streets of the city in a new way. Summer in the City is running all the way through to August Bank holiday weekend and promises fun for all the family.

From a beach on Humberstone Gate to roller skating on Jubilee Square, art trails around the city to a range of exciting activities led by our local sports teams, there will be loads of family fun to keep you busy all summer long. There will also be a number of special one-off events, such as the Architects of Air Luminarium in Green Dragon Square, outdoor cinema and a Craft Beer Festival.

Take a look at the Summer in the City webpages to see more.


Rocket Round Leicester

It’s one small step for man, one giant leap for Leicester! Ready for blast off is the fantastic Rocket Round Leicester trail. Forty amazing 8ft rocket sculptures, with designs painted by local artists will be spread around the city for you to find.

Rocket Round Leicester is being run by LOROS Hospice, who care for elderly people and their relatives in Leicester. You can get involved by following the trail using their app, or join in one of the many related events from outdoor cinema and Firewalk to an auction of the rockets themselves to raise money for LOROS.

Join the trail at the Rocket Round Leicester page.


Festival of Archaeology

For the first time ever the Council of British Archaeology’s annual Festival of Archaeology will be hosted in Leicester. The UK’s biggest celebration of archaeology will deliver hundreds of events across the country, uncovering the stories of places and people to help people connect with the places in which they live and work.

With a launch event at Leicester Castle on 17 July, and online events including Ask an Archaeologist and a student takeover, it’s your chance to get involved. While we Uncover the Stories of Leicester, the organisers of the Festival of Archaeology will help put them into historical context.

Take a look at their webpage to discover more.


Dine in the Square

All this summer, take advantage of the great weather by grabbing a seat at one of the three city centre locations and using the app to order food. No reservations required! Dine in the Square has already been a great success and is the perfect way to take a pitstop while you explore the city.

Take a look at the page now.


Liberty Festival

The Liberty UK Festival returns to Leicester from 10 July - 15 August! The festival explores themes of freedom and democracy with an exciting series of exhibitions and three colourful art trails across the city centre which feature local, national and international artists.

Explore solidarity and connection at their website.

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