Welcome to Leicester

Leicester is a city in the East Midlands that is situated on the River Soar. With a population of over 330,000, the county town of Leicestershire is the 10th largest city in England and holds a historic association with the production of textiles, clothing and shoes. The city is close to the M1 making it easy to get to by road. You can also fly into East Midlands airport or arrive by train. This modern city is diverse in culture and religion, with a history stetching back to the Iron Age and Roman settlement.

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Upcoming Events

23 May 2015 - 31 May 2015Our Universe Live - National Space Centre

Our universe is amazing! Imagine if you could see it close up, travel round it in the blink of an eye and see what scientists see from telescopes and satellites in space. 
Well, this half term you can do exactly that! Join our Mission Commanders, as you take a journey through Our Universe Live. 
Observing Space 
Discover how the Gaia satellite over 430,000 miles from Earth is creating a 3D map of over 1 billion astronomical objects, celebrate 25 years of amazing scientific findings from Hubble and learn how the James Webb telescope will peer back over 13.5 billion years to see the first stars and galaxies forming out of the darkness of the early universe. 
12:15, 13:15 and 15:15 - FREE to Participate

27 May 2015 - 31 May 2015Ancient Egypt Week. New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

11am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm 
A week of fun activities that explore the life and afterlife of this ancient civilisation. The four sons of Horus looked after your internal organs in what was known as Canopic Jars, come and make your own jars using paper and help build our New Walk Museum pyramid. £2.50 for activities, payable at the museum shop, suitable for all ages. T: 0116 225 4900

6 Jun 2015 - 7 Jun 2015Leicester Riverside Festival

Leicester Riverside Festival is a lively weekend of activities for the whole family spread across Bede Park, Mile Straight, Western Boulevard and Castle Gardens. Sponsored by local housing provider Riverside, this popular festival offers boat trips, live music, a variety of food stalls from around the world, displays and an exciting choice of activities for all ages, making it a fun packed weekend!

13 Jun 2015 - 14 Jun 2015Belgrave Hall Vintage Festival

Belgrave Hall goes back in time to showcase vintage cars, fashion, food and music from the 1930s through to the 1950s. 
Become inspired by our vintage fashion show or browse stalls selling vintage clothes and home wares. Our make do and mend craft activities will keep the kids busy and our popular vintage tea rooms will be open both days. There will be a classic car display on Saturday at the front of the hall. Music by The Oadby & Wigston Scout & Guide band and singers with tunes from the 30s, 40s and 50s on both days. 
11am - 4pm 
£3.50 adults, £2.50 children and concessions. £8 family ticket (up to five people)

13 Jun 2015World Gin Day - National Space Centre

The National Space Centre is hosting an adults only Taste of Science evening dedicated to and celebrating gin! World Gin Day is a celebration of all things gin, giving us a legitimate excuse (not that we need one) to mix up a cocktail and learn about all of the exceptional gins from around the world and from right on our doorstep. 
Gin is the quintessential English drink and if you claim to dislike it, you're trying hard enough. This might seem like a harsh statement, but with the "gin revolution" in full swing, the diversity of gins being produced all over the globe will startle all of your senses. 
The History of Gin -Discover where gin came from, the dark history of this drink of the masses. 
The Science of Gin - How do you make gin? Can you really make it in your bathtub? 
Gin Appreciation - Join us for a tasting session to discover some new and exciting gins. 
Make your Own Tonic Water - If you are going to drink this with your gin, make sure it is good enough. 
The Botanicals Quiz - Can you tell the flavours and smells in our gins? 
Competitions and Quizzes - Win gin throughout the night. 
Taste and Buy Gin - We are joined by some great gin brands and producers. Pop over and see what they have on offer.

19 Jun 2015Robin Ince and Guests - National Space Centre

Sony Gold Award winning comedian and science enthusiast, Robin Ince (Radio 4's Infinite Monkey Cage with Prof Brian Cox) is taking over the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium for one night only and is bringing his friends. 
Join Robin and his guests (TBC) in a night of science, logic, comedy, music and madness, we just hope you can keep up.
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