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Bank Holiday fun at City Festival

Published on Thursday, August 25, 2016

THERE will be a buzz in the air in Leicester this Bank Holiday weekend, as the City Festival reaches its spectacular climax.

From Friday onwards, the city centre will be a hive of entertainment, with amazing street art and dance performances.

Humberstone Gate West will host a highly physical and humorous ballet about shopping trolleys, featuring lively acrobatics and street dance displays to a raucous musical backdrop.  Performances will take place on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 Aug between 2pm and 4pm.

Also taking to the streets on Friday and Saturday will be the Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie - a mixture of satirical variety acts, including live musicians, puppeteers, dance, magic and circus-style acts. The group of quirky misfits will be in Town Hall Square between noon and 4pm on both days, and performing for the crowds between 1pm and 3pm.

?Cathedral Gardens will host the premiere of a unique atmospheric show featuring music, projected images, and pyrotechnics. Light House Keeping will contain bangs, noise, strobe and fire, and will begin at 8.30pm on Friday 26 August. 

The Cosmopolitan Carnival will hit the streets on Saturday August 26 from 2pm until 9pm. The carnival will take over the city centre, with a dazzling line-up of live music, dance, art, comedy and spoken word.

The main stage will be erected in Jubilee Square, with an acoustic stage at the Clock Tower and a funky open-top bus stage on Humberstone Gate.

Anyone inspired by the GB team's amazing Olympic success can get expert advice and take part in more than 20 physical activities at the Get Active! Festival on Sunday 28 August.

A huge range of sport taster sessions, exercise demonstrations and free health checks will be on offer at the event  which will take place in Humberstone Gate West, Gallowtree Gate and the Clock Tower area from 11am until 4pm.

Sky Ride Leicester will once again be wheeling its way around the city on Sunday, from 10am until 4pm. The 8km traffic-free route is the only one in the country to run through a Premiership Champions' football stadium, linking the King Power Stadium with Leicester Castle and Richard lll Visitor centre.

And on Bank Holiday Monday, Jubilee Square will be the setting for The Old Town Festival Family Day, which will run from 11am until 5pm.

This year's festival will celebrate the 950th anniversary of The Battle of Hastings and the Norman invasion which had a significant impact upon the history of Leicester.

Visitors will be able to wander through a colourful tented village, with knights demonstrating medieval combat with battles throughout the day. Entertainment will also include jesters and jugglers, along with children's activities.

Leicester's historic Guildhall will host a Medieval Family Day as part of the Old Town Festival from 11am until 3pm.
The day will include Medieval dance and music, games, George and the dragon poetry, crafts and a costume trail. Visitors are invited to dress as a medieval princess or knight. There will be a £1 charge per person for entry.

The Summer Art Trail will also be continuing through the city over the Bank Holiday weekend.

?Leicester's City Festival, a 10-day spectacular, ran from Friday 19 August and will continue until Bank Holiday Monday (August 29).

Details can be found in a 32-page festival brochure, which is available free of charge from the Visit Leicester shop, local libraries, shops, bars and other city centre outlets. Details can also be downloaded at

The City Festival is funded by Leicester City Council with elements of the programme supported by Arts Council England and other funding organisations and partners.