It’s been a crazy 12 months. From entering into the New Year in lockdown, home schooling and taking our daily exercise when we could, through to re-opening in the summer and relative normality throughout the autumn, this year has been a wild ride. We’ve gone through our archives to remind you of the highs we saw throughout the year, so sit back, grab a mince pie and enjoy a quick look back at (the first half) of our year. Part two will follow soon!


January

It was cold! January saw the county blanketed with snow, creating a winter wonderland across the whole of Leicestershire. Some enterprising students even created an igloo on Victoria Park!

The snow provided us with a brief respite from being locked inside our houses for nearly 24 hours a day. How amazing did New Walk look covered in snow?


February

The Leicester Comedy Festival returned with a difference. For the first time in its 28 year history the festival went online, drawing on comedians from its entire history including Stewart Lee, Lucy Beaumont, Ed Byrne to create a virtual festival like no other! The festival will return in person for 2022!

The virtual festivals continued in February, with the start of ‘HOME’. Run by local promoters the Robot Needs Home Collective, the shows celebrated ten of Leicester’s best musical acts in some unique settings. The shows kicked off with local singer songwriter Grace Petrie appearing at Leicester Cathedral and you can still watch them all online.


March

The best thing about Spring is seeing all the blossom come out and there are some fantastic places to see it in Leicester. Our friend Belavie showcased some of them in this great little video.

March also saw the 10th birthday of one of Leicester’s most loved internet pages. If you don’t follow Cool As Leicester then go and do it now. They will tell you what’s happening in the city, from new places to eat and drink, great independent shops, through to following the fortunes of Leicester City. Congrats Gabby, here’s to many more!


April

The end to some lockdown measures came in April, with outside spaces being opened again. Many of our businesses were able to welcome back customers for the first time in nearly a year, and outdoor areas were filled with people keen to try a meal they hadn’t cooked themselves!

One thing that we may not have expected was the impact on the animals at Twycross Zoo. After just having their keepers for company, they were overjoyed to see the visitors again, with William the Chimpazee so excited to see crowds again that he started clapping them, which led to spontaneous round of applause breaking out.  You can read more here.


May

Was it really back in May that we watched Kasper and Wes lift the FA Cup?! So many iconic memories from the day, from Youri’s thunderbolt from 30 yards to Khun Top crying as he held the cup he promised his Dad he’d win for their club. But we have to go for the trophy lift we’d been waiting 137 years for.

May also brought the world to Leicester, almost literally. Luke Jerram’s stunning installation Gaia saw a huge replica of our planet hanging in Leicester Cathedral, alongside a programme of events


June

We were finally able to share our Uncover The Story campaign with you. Telling the stories of Leicester’s 2000 year history from the discovery of Richard III and our place as the birthplace of tourism through to some of the county’s best kept secrets, Uncover The Story is still inspiring visitors to step off the beaten track and discover what Leicestershire has to offer.

The start of the summer saw the opening of a very Leicester place to eat and drink. Right next to Fosse Park, our favourite local brewers launched Everards Meadows, which offers stunning surroundings, fantastic food, brilliant beer and tours of the brewery to boot!

…stay tuned for part two coming soon!

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