The bank holiday weekend is nearly here, and with the weather forecast looking pretty decent, you may well be thinking about enjoying a trip out.
Over the past few months, the coronavirus lockdown has meant that events have had to be cancelled or postponed, but with the easing of restrictions, we’re now able to get out and about and enjoy events again – whilst sticking to current health and safety guidelines.
Here’s a selection of events happening around the county this weekend….
Rhino and Unicorn Weekend – Twycross Zoo, Friday August 28 – Monday August 31
Twycross Zoo’s second Rhino and Unicorn weekend is taking place from Friday until Monday, and promises lots of fun for visitors.
Finders’ keepers will enable little ones to search for (and keep!) hidden rhino toys, and there will be meet and socially distanced greets with the zoo’s very own mascot, Ruby the Rhino.
Mini Michaelangelo’s can also grab a piece of chalk and draw their own rhino and unicorn masterpiece on the zoo floor.
During a visit to the zoo, families can meet one of Twycross Zoo’s most popular residents, Nandi the Eastern black rhino.
The zoo’s expert keepers will be on hand sharing amazing rhino facts and letting people know how they help preserve rhinos all over the world.
Tickets need to be booked online, and cost from £17.96 adult, £13.86 child.
For details and to book, click here to visit the website.
Concert at the Castle – Belvoir Castle, Saturday August 29
Belvoir Castle is giving you the chance to enjoy a concert at the castle, within a safe socially-distanced setting.
Pitches have been introduced, and are available for two, four or six people. Each pitch will be spaced two metres apart and cannot exceed six people to ensure social distancing.
You’ll be able to see The Element Band, The Blues Brothers Tribute, Shaney Lea Pacey, Elvis tribute band Roustabout, The Dolly Parton Experience and Country Superstars (Kenny Rogers, Shania Twain, John Denver and Johnny Cash) plus Queen tribute band Mercury.
Gates open from 2.30pm, with performances from 3.30pm. The event will close at 11.30pm.
Prices are from £45 for a pitch for two people.
Click here to visit the Belvoir Castle website.
Jousting – Belvoir Castle, Monday August 31
Step back in time at this medieval weekend at the castle.
You’ll be able to experience the excitement of jousting, taste history with an authentic hog roast, joke with jesters and see flying falcons.
Due to Covid-19, there will now be two separate performances.
Morning guests can arrive from 10am. The jousting will start at 11.30am and guests must leave at 1pm.
Afternoon guests can arrive from 2pm. The jousting will start at 3.30pm and guests must leave at 5pm.
Pitches are available for two, four or six people. Prices start at £30.
Click here to visit the Belvoir Castle website.
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Outdoor film screenings – The Green Place, Sileby, Friday August 28 – Sunday August 30
The Green Place is showing three films over the bank holiday weekend.
On Friday, August 28, Cinema Paradiso (PG) will be shown; on Saturday, August 29, you’ll be able to watch Military Wives (12A); and on Sunday, August 30, Knives Out (12A) will be shown.
You can take your own chair and picnic (no alcohol is allowed, as there will be a bar) and set up in marked spaces to allow for safe distancing.
The Green Place’s caravan bar will be open from 6pm selling a range of ales, beer, wine, snacks (cold food only), hot and cold drinks. It is hoped that there will be a supply of real ale created from surplus bread by Moonface Brewery, based in Loughborough.
Visitors are encouraged to go along early to reserve their space, listen the DJ and enjoy a few drinks before showtime.
Ticket prices are: £8.50 each if you’re buying between one and four, and £7.50 each if you are buying five or more. There is also VIP booking available for each film, for one group of up to 10 people for £75.00.
Each film will begin at 8.30pm. Tickets for each film are limited to 50 to maintain a safe social distance.
To book tickets for the outdoor film event, click here to visit The Green Place website.
Drive-through hog roast – Woodhouse Farm, Elmesthorpe, Saturday August 29
Why not treat yourself to a drive-through hog roast this weekend?
Choose from a hog roast roll, with stuffing , cracking, apple sauce (Large £5, small £4) a hog roast tray (£6) dry cured bacon roll (£3.50) speciality sausages roll (£3.50) bacon and sausage roll (£4.50) bacon sausage and egg roll (£5) or the new meat feast roll, made with pork, sausages, bacon, crispy crackling sauce, for £6.
Pork fat roast potatoes are available for £1.50 per portion.
Pre-booking is essential.
Click here to visit the Facebook event page.
Bank holiday barbecue – The Stag and Hounds, Burrough on the Hill, Monday August 31
The Stag and Hounds is holding this bank holiday barbecue on the last day of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme – which means you can eat for half price.
Enjoy a meat or veggie platter plus classic barbecue sides for £12 a head.
The event runs from 12pm until 6pm.
Pre-booking is advised. Call 01664 454250.
Classic Car Show – Stonehurst Farm, Mountsorrel, Monday August 31
This event runs on the last Monday of the month, and gives people the chance to exhibit a car or just pop along and have a look.
There will be a hog roast and bar, and the teashop and farm shop will be open.
Dogs welcome on leads in car park and farm courtyard.
There will be one-way signage and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines.
The event begins at 5pm. Entry is by donation to Rainbows Hospice.