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Open Streets teams up with Let’s Ride Leicester for summer fun

Published on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Image: Open Streets promotional poster showing Leicester's KRIII statue

OPEN Streets and Let’s Ride Leicester are joining forces to offer visitors to the city centre an array of free, family-friendly activities this weekend.

On Sunday 25 August, Open Streets – a regular monthly street festival in Leicester’s Old Town and Greyfriars area – will see roads closed to traffic and opened up for people to enjoy around new Market Square, St Martins, Hotel Street, Friar Lane and Millstone Lane.

Part of this area is incorporated into the route for Let’s Ride Leicester this Sunday – a mass-participation bike ride that gives people the chance to ride a 6km traffic-free loop of the city.

Riders will be able to stop off at the Open Streets event and enjoy free guided walks, tours, art and games, all with a King Richard III theme. Activities run from 1-4pm.

Watch street art being created with artists’ collective Graffwerk in the new Market Square, or join a King Richard III-themed bike tour, departing from the square at 1pm. There’s also a group walk around the Greyfriars conservation area, led by a local historian, starting at the same time.

Cyclone Works will be bringing their punk-art bikes to Open Streets, with the chance to use pedal power to create artwork - or a smoothie! And in St Martins Square, local shops and businesses will be throwing a bank holiday street party, with beer and cocktails, burgers, live music and a mobile tap-room for ale aficionados.

There will be sensory play and fun art activities for young children in St Martins, and a whole host of activities taking place at the King Richard III visitor centre ­- including talks about the King’s life and legacy, plus the chance to meet a real knight!

Open Streets is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and is linked to the Greyfriars Townscape Heritage Initiative – more than £10m of street scene improvements funded by the city council, property owners and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.