August bank holiday weekend events to enjoy in Leicestershire

Wow, we’re at the end of August already. Summer really is flying by, isn’t it?

However, this weekend is a bank holiday weekend, which for most of us means an extra day off work. And, the forecast is looking promising – so it’s a great time to get out and enjoy the sunshine, and take part in one of the many events happening around Leicestershire.

There’s plenty to pick from – including beer festivals, a scarecrow festival and even a city centre festival featuring the UK’s largest puppet! Find out all the details below…..

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City Festival Leicester – Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28

Promising an outdoor spectacle on an epic scale, City Festival is the finale to Leicester’s Summer in the City series of events. You can enjoy a weekend of live entertainment, street theatre, dance art, music and sport, plus the pinnacle of the two days will be the journey of Storm – a folklore giant made real.

The 10-metre tall goddess of the seas is the largest puppet in the UK and her arrival at this year’s City Festival will mark her first appearance in England.

Read more about Storm in our article here.

Bikefest – Leicester Cycle Circuit, New College, New Parks, Leicester – Saturday, August 27

Grab your bicycle and head to Leicester Cycle Circuit for an afternoon of two-wheeled fun this Saturday. Bikefest runs from 1pm until 4pm and is open to all ages and abilities.

You can ride the smooth tarmac of the traffic-free loop as many times as you want. No booking is required – just turn up and ride.

British Cycling Go-Ride coaches will be on hand to help visitors improve their cycling skills, plus there’s the chance to try out specially adapted bikes for people with disabilities. Cyclone Works will also be bringing along their range of static fun bikes and popular disco bike, with a boom box mounted on the back.

If you don’t have your own bike, British Cycling have a fleet of bikes young people can use for the coaching sessions, or e-bikes will be available to try courtesy of Santander Cycles Leicester, the city’s bike share scheme.

Access to the circuit is via St Oswald’s Road.

Bank Holiday Weekend at The Engine Yard, Belvoir Castle – Saturday, August 27 – Monday, August 29

A lively bank holiday weekend is promised at The Engine Yard, where there will be live music (11.30am – 1.30pm each day) a children’s mini steam train, children’s face painting and an ice cream van.

There will be an ‘old fashioned’ sweet stall, woodfired pizza and a pop-up market with products including food, flowers, pet products, jewellery and gifts. The event will run from 10am until 4pm each day.

Bakersfest beer, cider and gin festival – The Bakers Arms, Blaby – Friday, August 26 – Monday, August 29

The annual beer, cider and gin festival is happening at The Bakers Arms pub in Blaby, with real ale, traditional cider and more than 100 gins.

There will be live music and food served all weekend. Entry is free.

Market Harborough Food and Drink Festival, Welland Park, Market Harborough – Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28

Head to Welland Park in Market Harborough for a celebration of the region’s best food and drink. There will be local, national and international cuisine available, with hot food, a drinks zone, cakes, cheese, pies, street food and more.

Entry is free. The event runs from 10am until 4.30pm each day.

Craft and Gift Fair, Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse Eaves – Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28

Take a walk round this beautiful Victorian venue and discover a wide range of local crafts and handmade gifts – and meet the talented people that make them. Refreshments will be available throughout the day, including cream teas.

The event will run from 10am until 4pm each day. Entry is £3 per person, with children under 12 years old able to attend for free.

Contactless payments only for entry and refreshments. Parking is free.

Desford Scarecrow Festival – Saturday, August 27 – Monday, August 29

Why not take a wander around Desford and see how many scarecrows you can spot? This year’s event has the royal theme of ‘The Reigning Years, 1952-2022’.

As well as the scarecrow trail, there will be live music, entertainment, a fun fair, children’s activities, a beer festival and more.

The event will run from 10am until 6pm each day.

The Gate Hangs Well in Syston
(Image: Leicester Mercury / Chris Gordon)

Scoff Food Festival – The Gate Hangs Well, Syston – Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28

Scoff Food Festival will be heading to Syston pub The Gate Hangs Well, with a selection of local street food vendors. You’ll also be able to enjoy cocktails or a beer from the Staropramen beer tent.

There will be kids activities and live entertainment. Dogs are welcome.

The event runs from 12pm until late on Saturday, and 12pm until 6pm on Sunday.

Beer, music and food festival – The Cradock Arms, Knighton – Friday, August 26 – Monday, August 29

The Cradock will be holding a beer, music and food festival over the bank holiday weekend.

There will be live music and food available on all four days, as well as 10 real ales and 10 ciders on the outside bar, in addition to the usual ales, lagers and ciders inside.

The Long Road festival returns this weekend
The Long Road festival returns this weekend
(Image: Giles Smith)

The Long Road Festival, Stanford Hall, Lutterworth – Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28

The Long Road is a festival celebrating country, Americana and roots music and promises to be an ‘unrivalled feast of a festival’, gathering together a range of alternative music fans for a joyous weekend in the great outdoors.

Artists you can see include Chris Young, The Cadillac Three and Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives.

Day tickets start at £65+fees. See the festival website for more details and to book.

Shakespeare in the Park, Stafford Orchard, Quorn – Saturday, August 27 – Monday, August 29

The New Quorndon Shakespeare Company are planning to transform a corner of Quorn into a Midsummer Night’s Dream as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary with Shakespeare’s best loved comedy.

The audience will be on tiered seating to guarantee everyone an excellent view. There will be an interval, with refreshments available from the Old School Tearooms, as well as a gin and prosecco bar.

Performances will take place at 7pm and tickets are priced at £10 each (no concessions) available from www.nqsc.co.uk

Last Friday, LCB Depot, Leicester – Friday, August 26

With street food, drinks and entertainment, Last Friday takes place on the final Friday of the month. August’s event will include vegan sausages, fried chicken, pizza and more. There will be comedy, a pop-up shop and music from a guest DJ.

The event runs from 5pm until 10pm. Entry is £2 in advance, £2.50 on the door – although graduating DMU students get in free.

Bank Holiday Monday Barbecue and Live Music – The Pumping Station, Cropston – Monday, August 29

Enjoy live music from Embers duo and a summer barbecue – with food available including beef burger, hotdog, halloumi burger and vegan chicken burger.

The event will run from 12pm until 6pm.

Emanuel Apostolic Gospel Academy (EAGA) Choir, Twycross Zoo – Monday, August 29

EAGA choir
EAGA choir

Zoo visitors will be able to enjoy a performance by this 30-strong gospel choir, which reached the semi-finals of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent in 2018. The choir will singing classic songs and family favourites, including The Lion King’s ‘The Circle of Life’.

The choir is visiting the Zoo as part of the Tiger Team RESONATE (Resilient Societies and Organisations via Nature and the Environment) project, a collaboration between Twycross Zoo and Dr Ceri Jones, a psychologist from the Clinical Psychology Unit, and Dr Moya Burns, an ecologist from the School of Biological Sciences and the Institute for Environmental Futures, at the University of Leicester. The project is focused on connecting minority groups with nature, to help enhance well-being and improve mental health.

Guests will also be able to enjoy the zoo’s final Creatures of the World parade, with costumed animal characters and interactive performers.

Usual zoo admission costs apply.

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