Brickish Weekend, National Space Centre, Leicester - March 11-12
The National Space Centre is once again hosting a weekend dedicated to the little plastic brick that makes imagination reality. You'll be able to explore the galleries, which will be packed with amazing creations, thanks to The Brickish Association.
You'll be able to see spacecraft, iconic movie scenes, huge magical train lay outs, amazing mathematical machines, and LEGO sets from past, present and future. Ticket sales have not yet gone live on the website.
Funtopia, Leicester Racecourse - April 8 and August 28
Designed especially for under 10s, Funtopia has high energy inflatables, role play areas, shows and competitions, character meet and greets, giant games, huge water fights, a tasty food court and more.
There will be autism friendly sessions at the start of each day, with limited numbers, no music, sensory games and activities. Tickets for these sessions are £5 for children with adults free. Main event sessions are £2.50 adults, £10 children over 90cm, under 90cm free.
Glastonbudget, Wymeswold, May 26-28
Tribute band festival Glastonbudget is returning in May, over the bank holiday weekend. There are two main stages, and additional five stages where you can check out some great new acts. Early bird adult day tickets are available for £56.
Download, Donington Park - June 8-11
Metal festival Download will have three headliners over four days, for the first time in its 20 years. Sure to delight rock fans, the festival will feature headliners Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon and Metallica, who will deliver two 'no-repeat' performances. A four day arena ticket costs £300.
Music in the Park, Wistow - June 10
Enjoy an evening of music and fireworks in front of Wistow Hall. The concert raises money for LOROS, FOCUS Charity and other good causes. Tickets are £20
Open Farm Sunday, farms around Leicestershire - June 11
This annual event takes place across the country, and sees farms openings their gates for a national celebration of farming and all it delivers. Members of the public are invited to go along and discover where their food comes from.
Farmers often host activities such as guided farm walks and nature trails, tractor and trailer rides, displays of modern, high tech farm machinery and more. Participating farms will be revealed closer to the date.
Beyond Festival, Abbey Park, Leicester - June 24
Leicester's dance music festival is returning to Abbey Park, following a successful debut in 2022. Deposit scheme tickets are now available for £5 plus booking fee.
Hairspray, Kilworth House Theatre, Kilworth June 27 - August 6
Hairspray is described as a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. It will be performed in Kilworth House Hotel's wonderful outdoor theatre this summer.
Tickets are available from £42.
Timber Festival, Feanedock, The National Forest - July 7-9
Promising three days of music, forests, art and ideas, Timber returns in July. You're invited to gather with artists, musicians and writers, as they respond and react to the forest in bold and exhilarating ways.
The event will include music and dance, theatre and live performance, art and installations, talks and workshops, comedy and cabaret and film screenings. Tickets are now on sale for the 2023 event, with prices for adult tickets from £48.15 for one day.
Ladies Day, Leicester Racecourse - July 8
Sister Sledge and Bjorn Again will be performing at the 2023 Ladies Day at Leicester Racecourse. Tickets are now on sale, for £35.
Firework Champions, Belvoir Castle - August 19
Enjoy a spectacular evening of fireworks as three teams fire against each other. The audience have the chance to text vote for the winning display and the result is announced after the final display by organisers MLE Pyrotechnics.
Adult tickets cost £23.
The Victory Show, Foxlands Farm, Cosby - September 1- 3
Billed as the largest WWII re-enactment weekend of its kind in the UK, The Victory Show returns in September.
You can see military vehicles, what is described as the largest collection of 1940s living history displays in the UK and the UK’s largest WWII battle re-enactment. The air show is also an incredible sight, and in 2022 included WWII classic warbirds including B-17 Flying Fortress – Sally B, Douglas Dakota CD3 – Drag ‘Em Oot’ Hispano HA-1112-M4L Buchon (white), and North American TF-51D Mustang.
Tickets are now available, with advance prices from £27.50 for an adult.