Are you ready for Summer in the City? As the summer holidays roll around, we know that you’re looking for things to do with the kids (or without them). There’s so much going on in Leicester over the next couple of months and we’re here to let you know all about some of the highlights.

Starting the summer with a bang

The city’s festivities kick off on Saturday 9 July as the Billy Bates funfair comes to Abbey Park, and will be there all summer long! Then on the 14 July, we're bringing the seaside to you, so grab a bucket and spade and an ice cream as you head to Humberstone Gate's City Beach

On Sunday 10 July we’ll be celebrating the Commonwealth Games as the Queen’s Baton Relay comes through the city on its way to Birmingham. There will be lots of free sporting activities for the whole family and you can also grab a meat-free treat from the Leicester Vegan Market. Then on Monday 11 July, the Baton Relay will also be passing through Loughborough, starting from the University and ending up at the Market Square with stage entertainment from 1pm.

Flying high

The following weekend there’s a unique opportunity to have your picture taken in a real-life Spitfire. The iconic WWII aircraft will be in Jubilee Square on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July as part of the Midlands RAF Museum’s tour of the region. And on the same day, the Festival of Archaeology comes to Leicestershire, with two weeks of events and lots of activities for people who love to explore the history of our city and county.

Our museums also have some fantastic exhibitions for the summer months. At Leicester Museum & Art Gallery it’s an 80s extravaganza as the upstairs gallery looks at the Stranger Things decade with I Grew Up 80s. Throughout July the Phoenix cinema will be showcasing some of the most loved cult classic films as they host their Back to the 80s season. Featuring much loved films like Back to the Future, The Goonies, Pretty In Pink and many more!

A festival city

We all know that Leicester is a city that loves to celebrate, and this summer is no different. We have some fantastic festivals going on in the city, from the return of the flamboyant Caribbean Carnival and its colourful parade through the city on 6 August, right through to the equally flamboyant and no less exciting Leicester Pride on 3 September. Both of these conclude with a big celebration in Victoria Park and we can’t wait to see the city light up for them.

It’s going to be a summer full of cultural events too! On 7 August we’ll be celebrating Rathayatra, the Hare Krishna Festival of Chariots, then on 21 August, the city centre will be rocking as the Belgrave Mela takes over and serves up a day filled with scintillating entertainment, dazzling street performances, mouth-watering cuisine, arts and Indian culture. Then the Indian Summer continues with the festival of the same name, taking over Curve Theatre and Orton Square on 20 August. Expect outdoor music, dance, workshops, culture, art and food!

On 13 August in Victoria Park, the Fake Festival sees some of the best tribute acts around perform in a huge marquee. Then finally, as the summer comes to its conclusion, over the August bank holiday weekend, the City Festival will see three days of celebration, fun and performances. Keep an eye on our pages for more info as we get it!

A summer of amazing journeys

Remember how cool last year’s Rocket Round Leicester was? Amazing artworks on a range of rockets that you could follow around the city? Well this year we have something very similar. The World Reimagined is a nationally recognised art trail, taking place in cities across the UK and will see large globes, decorated by established and undiscovered artists placed around Leicester. Running from August until October, The World Reimagined aims to use public artwork to bring to life the reality and impact of the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans.

On a similar theme, Journeys Festival International is celebrating its tenth year. The festival creates a platform for asylum seekers, refugees and other sanctuary seekers to display and share their art, performances and community cultural exchanges. Journeys runs from12-14 August.

Amazing exhibitions

Throughout the summer, at Leicester Museum, there’s a chance to discover the history of migration to our city with two exhibitions looking at the positive impact that immigration from Asia has made to Leicester. Where is Home is part of An Indian Summer and is a national exhibition looking at the global story of Indian migration to the UK. Leicester has a long history as a destination for migration, and Rebuilding Lives celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first Ugandan Asian refugees to the city and the impact they have made. There’s also a fantastic exhibition at Attenborough Arts Centre from leading contemporary artist Bruce McClean




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