What’s on: Bank Holiday Weekend

Leicester bank holiday

It’s the Bank Holiday weekend and the weather looks beautiful! Whether you want to chill in the garden or get out and about, make sure you have a great weekend! If you do want to head out and aren’t sure what’s on for everyone in Leicester this weekend then have a butchers at this…

CANTEEN
Of course Bank Holiday kicks off on Friday night with Canteen at LCB Depot. Leicester’s best street food event returns from 5pm to 10pm with a whole host of fantastic foodie traders. Don’t miss the afterparty at Chutney Ivy as they launch the Cultural Quarter Social Club. It kicks off at 9pm and there’ll be a free cocktail on entry. Read the full menus here.

SUMMER ART THREAD
As part of City Festival this year, local creatives are coming together with Leicester locals for a day-long extravaganza of music, art, performance and of course – great food from our favourites at Grays. The Summer Art Thread will feature a huge array of local artists, performers and musicians; combining and collaborating to bring a day of brand new performances, music, artwork and art stalls to LCB Depot, running until 11pm. Get the full event info here.

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PUGSTOCK
Head over to The Pug & Greyhound in Great Glen for Pugstock on Saturday 26 August. They have a great day lined up with live music from a bunch of fab local singers and bands, 3 bars, beer festival, face painting, bouncy castle & slide, kids rides & activities, stalls, all day BBQ and more! They even have donkeys and goats in their beer garden you know!

JOURNEYS FESTIVAL
Join Journeys Festival for a free festival weekend, that celebrating talent from around the world. Jubilee Square will be transformed and everyone is welcome! From music, to workshops, to delicious food and drinks, there’s plenty to do! There’ll also be more street food as Canteen are providing the food traders, so you know you won’t be disappointed! If you can’t make Canteen on Friday then make sure you head down to this! 12-5pm on Saturday at Jubilee Square.

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RUTLAND BEER FESTIVAL
The 18th Rutland Beer Festival is being held this weekend at The Grainstore Brewery in Oakham. Just jump on the train from Leicester to Oakham and the brewery is just 10 steps from the platform as you get off! They’ve got over 80 difference beers, ales and ciders available as well as live music and BBQs all weekend! What’s more they’re open until 1.30am on Saturday and Sunday and until midnight on Monday. Don’t miss your last train home though!

MANCHESTER UNITED v LEICESTER CITY
City head back up to Old Trafford for the next Premier League game on Saturday. It’s live on BT Sport at 5.30pm and showing at various pubs and bars around town. Our picks are The Old Horse on London Road, Broood on King Street or The Rutland & Derby.

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THE SHORT CINEMA
Enjoy the red carpet closing event of this year’s Short Cinema Festival on Saturday night at Phoenix. The closing gala is The main competition red carpet screening. The programme focuses on the work of Midlands based film makers, offering audiences not only the chance to see their work on the big screen where it belongs but also witness the awarding of our coveted “Best in Festival” prize. Doors are at 7.30 for the screening at 8pm with after party to follow. Entry is £6. Book in advance via the Phoenix website.

BLUR v PULP
Still love your 90s music? Don’t miss Blur v Pulp at The Shed on Yeoman Street as two of the best tribute acts go head to head. Which one’s your favourite? Playing all of the classics! Tickets are £8 in advance and £10 on the door.

MAYWEATHER v MCGREGOR
The fight everyone has been talking about is happening in Las Vegas on Saturday night. With the time difference you’re going to need to be up very late or very early for this but you can still catch the action in the middle of the night at a few places in Leicester. For screenings head to Vue Cinema at Meridian, Loaded Dog on London Road, Rileys, Duffy’s Bar, The Locker Room on Belvoir Street and Blues Bar & Grill near the King Power Stadium (they’re even doing middle of the night burgers and hot dogs too). The fight is expected to start at about 4am, but get to the venues early to get a seat.leicestershire county show

LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY SHOW
Want to celebrate everything that’s fabulous about Leicestershire’s countryside? Well get down to the Leicestershire County Show at Market Harborough Showground this weekend (Saturday and Sunday). The event brings together all there is to celebrate about rural life, there’ll be horse shows, dog competitions, livestock classes and competitions, plus plenty of family fun. This year they’ve really added to the activities on offer with a spectacular motocross freestyle stunt team, a classic car and tractor rally, tractor pulling plus a traditional fun fair which includes dodgems and a Ferris wheel. View the full event timings and buy tickets online HERE.

SUMMER ACOUSTIC SESSIONS
Head down to The Soundhouse on Southampton Street on Sunday afternoon for their summer acoustic sessions outside on their garden stage. It’s free admission and there’ll be live music right through the afternoon.

BIG RUM WEEKEND
Like your rum? Get down to The Orange Tree over the weekend for their Big Rum Weekend. They’ll be supplying plenty of fine concoctions in collaboration with Koko Kanu, Appletons & Wray & Nephews, plus some great Afrobeat music on Saturday from 3.30pm – 8.30pm and The Promised Land will be there on Sunday with their mix of funk, soul and Motown.

FIREBUG BANK HOLIDAY SUNDAY
Firebug have something on for everything this Sunday with live music from 5pm to midnight, plus, for the kids they’ve got a screening of Moana upstairs at 1.30pm and Sing at 3.30pm. Moving into the evening you can enjoy the Plug silent disco right through until 4am.

BIG CARIBBEAN COOK OUT
Free on Monday? Then head to the new Market Square in town where they’ll be welcoming Leicester’s biggest outdoor barbecue festival, bringing you the finest Caribbean, cajun and creole cuisine. Experience the West Indian Archie’s Ole Rum Shack and the Tropical Cocktail/Mocktail bar. Expect kids activities plus live music with calypso, ska, soca and reggae played by top DJ’s and live bands. From 11am right through the day and evening.

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