There are plenty of things to do for all the family in Leicestershire this Easter weekend (April 6, 7, 8 and 9). Our choices are all heavily weighted towards Easter fun and celebrations, of course, but we’ve thrown a couple of alternative suggestions in
1. EVENT: Christ in the Centre at Leicester city centre
A stunning dramatisation of the Easter story is brought to the streets of Leicester city centre on Friday. The performance, which is in its 10th year, brings to life Christ’s teaching, trial, passion, crucifixion and resurrection. See it in Leicester city centre from 10am till noon – in Humberstone Gate.
See the Christ in the Centre website for more details.
Read all about Friday’s event here: Crowd flocks to see Easter story brought to life in Leicester city centre
2. FAMILY: Easter Egg Hunt at Bosworth Battlefield
Can you rise to the challenge? King Richard III’s soldiers have lost their weapons around the site – find all 10 to win an Easter Egg. The Easter Egg Hunts are on Saturday and Sunday and are suitable for children aged three and over. See the Bosworth Battlefield website for more details.
3. STAGE: Footloose at Uppingham Theatre
Toe-tapping musical Footloose is at Uppingham Theatre, until Saturday, April 7. Tickets for the Rutland Musical Theatre production are available on 01572 822 702.
More details on the Rutland Musical Theatre website.
4. CHILDREN: Easter Bonnet Competition at Leicester Market
Children can head down to Leicester Market on Saturday for the Easter Bonnet Parade where they can display their headgear on the catwalk and be in with a chance of winning a bike.
The free event is split into two age groups – 0 to six year olds and seven to 12. The bonnets will be judged on the day by a panel and all entrants will receive an Easter egg. Three winners from each age group will get a bike as their prize. Bonnets should be made at home and then brought to the market on the day. Bookings are from 10.30am – 10.45am and entry is free. The parade is from 11am. See the Leicester Market website here Leicester Market website.
5. MUSIC: Indian Vibes, Celebrating Tabla at Curve Theatre Leicester
A debut concert at Curve for two of Europe’s finest sitar players. Dharambir Singh and Roopa Panesar. They are followed by tabla maestro Sukhwinder Singh. The music starts at 7pm. See the Curve websitefor more details.
6. FAMILY: Easter Sunday events at Brocks Hill Country Park & Visitor Centre
The country park in Oadby has loads of great Easter activities lined up for the kids including an Egg Rolling competition where you can decorate your own speedy egg then race against others in three races: 11am, 12pm and 1pm. Plus a Fantastic Hat Parade – make your hat at home or join one of our sessions before parading around the Country Park at 2pm. Hat sessions – 11am to 12pm and 1pm to 2pm.
7. FILM: Into the Abyss (12A) at Phoenix Square
Werner Herzog’s documentary looks at all those affected by the crime and capital punishment system as a whole – and why people and the state kill. It includes a series of interviews with two inmates sentenced to death for a triple homicide. It’s on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. See the times at the Phoenx Square website
8. DAY OUT: Easter at Calke Calke Abbey
April is a great time to visit Calke Abbey as lambing is in full swing. Visitors can see the young lambs close-up and meet the wardens as they care for the flock. Plus there’s the Calke Easter Trail for children, which leads to an Easter prize. Cost: £3 per child. From Friday to Sunday.
9. FESTIVAL: Easter Vintage Festival at Great Central Railway
Throughout the weekend from Friday to Monday the Easter Vintage Festival – Road & Rail Steam promises to be “a real treat for all this Easter with traction engines galore!” There will be vintage fairground rides, trade stalls, a beer tent, live music as well as lots of action on the double track!
Meet the Easter bunny on the Easter Bunny Express – who will have sweets and treats for the younger visitors.
10. SPORT: LV=County Championship Fixture vs Glamorgan at
LCCC’s first game of the season and a great chance to see our cricketing stars in action. Show your support, enjoy the action and be prepared – whatever the weather. Starts Thursday and finishes Sunday. Play is from 11am – 6pm. Price £10 – Kids £1
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