How on earth is August bank holiday weekend here already?! The weather looks set to be gorgeous and there’s absolutely loads going on, so we’ve picked out our top places to be this weekend.

Crafty x Tonne Street Party

Yes, two of our absolute favourites have teamed up for a street party. Tonne with the biggest beer selection in Leicester and their neighbours, Crafty, with their banging burgers! Throw in the sunshine, outdoor space, live music and a creative pop-up from Realms of Rummage featuring some of Leicester’s best independent crafty people, it’s going to be a whole heap of fun! On Sunday 25 August from 3pm – 8pm (then afterparty at Tonne).

Head to City Festival

You’ve all seen the dome on Jubilee Square by now, right? City Festival is on until Sunday with plenty of fun for the whole family. Head down anytime from midday – late to enjoy some awesome food from Canteen and their selection of top traders. They’re also serving up beers, cocktails and shakes (try the Biscoff shake!) from their bar, as well as a special little Japanese pop-up gin bar. Over in the dome you can enjoy free family activities during the day or why not head down to see live stand-up comedy on Saturday night headlined by Dane Baptiste, or the close of the festival with live music from The Urban Voodoo Machine on Sunday night. Tickets available from Gigantic.

Visit East Street Lanes

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Leicester’s brand new boutique bowling alley is opening just in time for the bank holiday! Make sure you swing by and take a look inside. Whether you’re bowling or just popping in for a drink we’re certain that you’ll be mightily impressed. With a wonderful interior, 8 Brunswick bowling lanes, full cocktail bar with menu created in collaboration with the brilliant Campfire team, it’s sure to be a hit! Find out more and book your lane on the East Street Lanes website.

Cider & Cheese Festival at The Blue Boar

Yes, one of the city centre’s best pubs is throwing a cider and cheese festival all weekend! From Friday – Monday head down to The Blue Boar on Millstone Lane to discover some new ciders and see which cheese they pair well with. Prepare to try some brand new flavour combinations.

Chairmain’s Mai Tai Street Kitchen & Bar Takeover

Extending the fun in St Martin’s Square on Sunday is 33 Cank Street with their outdoor tiki bar, Caribbean food pop-up and DJ sets from City Fly records. From 3pm on Sunday 25 August.

Phoenix Beer Festival

From Saturday – Monday head down to Phoenix to soak up their beer festival. There’ll be cask and keg ales, craft beers and guest ciders from around the UK, a delicious BBQ and tasty specials on their Café Bar menu (with vegan options). They’ve also got outdoor games, a DJ set from Alan Morton on Saturday night (as part of the Short Cinema film festival), and fantastic live music on Sunday evening and Monday afternoon courtesy of Leicester musician Les Hayden. View the full beer listings on the Phoenix website.

24 Hour Party with DJ Fitz

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Get ready to dance your socks off this August Bank Holiday when the Cultural Quarter comes alive for 24 hours with 24 Hour Party People, as DJ Fitz celebrates 25 years on the scene. He’s one of the city’s best loved DJs, and to celebrate almost 25 years in the game, he is taking on a challenge – to DJ non-stop for 24 hours for charity at 24 Hour Party People. Don’t miss the 24 hour non-stop dance-a-thon on Sunday 25 August, with different themed music each hour. Throughout the day there’ll be plenty of family fun and kids activities, so head down to The Exchange and support DJ Fitz raising funds for both Big Difference Company and Soft Touch Arts.


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