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More free family fun in Leicester this summer!

Published on Thursday, July 25, 2019

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THERE’S lots going on in Leicester this summer to keep kids of all ages busy – and the good news for local families is that many activities are completely free of charge.

A programme co-ordinated by the city council shows dozens of free activities that will help families get out and about during the school holidays ­­– and while most of the events have been organised or funded by the council, the list also includes free activities put on by other local organisations.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Sarah Russell: “Anyone who looks after children will know how difficult it is to find things to do in the school holidays that are both fun and affordable.

“By pulling together a list of all the free activities that will be taking place in Leicester this summer, we want to help families get out and about and enjoy time together, without worrying about the cost.

“There are dozens of activities you can do in our libraries, museums, children’s centres, parks and open spaces that are completely free of charge – and that could be an organised event, like a football coaching session, or something as simple as listening to a band in a shady park.

“I hope these ideas for things to do will help keep children and young people active during the school holidays – and help make life a little bit easier for families in Leicester this summer.”

Ideas for free activities during the summer break can be found at families.leicester.gov.uk

Details of free sessions at Leicester’s adventure playgrounds and activities taking place at youth centres this summer are also available on the website.

 

 

Some of the free activities taking place in Leicester during the next week of the summer break are listed below:

Now on (until Sunday 1 September): The Wonderful World of the Ladybird Book Artists. Free summer exhibition at New Walk Museum.

Saturday 27 July: Bike Fest. New College cycle circuit. 1pm-4pm.

Sunday 28 July: Open Streets. New Market Square. From 1pm. Free heritage tours by bike and on foot – this time with a Georgian theme. Meet Daniel Lambert – Leicester’s heavyweight Georgian!

Sunday 28 July: Heritage Sundays.  Explore the Magazine, Leicester’s 15th century gateway (free to visit from 12 noon to 3pm on Heritage Sundays). Not suitable for very young children.

Sunday 28 July: Bands in Parks. Enjoy the sounds of Liquid Brass in Humberstone Park. 3pm-4pm

Monday 29 July: Family Fun Day at St Matthews Library. 12noon-4pm

Monday 29 July: Get Up and Go events: Bushey Park, St Matthews (10.30am-1pm); Thurnby Lodge children’s centre (1.30pm-4pm); Woodbridge children’s centre (1.30pm-4pm)

Monday 29 July; Tuesday 30 July: PL Kicks - free football sessions for boys and girls (7-14 years). Hockley Farm Road playing fields, LE3 1HJ. 11am-12.30pm. Bring drinks, football boots and trainers, suitable clothing and shin pads! Email trust@lcfc.co.uk or call 0116 291 5223 for more information.

Monday 29 July – Friday 2 August: PL Kicks - free football sessions for boys and girls (7-14 years). Cruyff Court, Willow Street, LE1 2HR. 1.30pm-3pm. Bring drinks, football boots and trainers, suitable clothing and shin pads! Email trust@lcfc.co.uk or call 0116 291 5223 for more information.

Monday 29 July; Wednesday 31 July; Friday 2 August: PL Kicks - free football sessions for boys and girls (7-14 years). Allexton Gardens playing fields, LE3 6LA. 4pm-5.30pm. Bring drinks, football boots and trainers, suitable clothing and shin pads! Email trust@lcfc.co.uk or call 0116 291 5223 for more information.

Monday 29 July; Tuesday 30 July; Thursday 1 August; Friday 2 August: PL Kicks - free football sessions for boys and girls (7-14 years). Sturdee Road recreation ground (grass pitches), LE2 9DB. 4pm-5.30pm. Bring drinks, football boots and trainers, suitable clothing and shin pads! Email trust@lcfc.co.uk or call 0116 291 5223 for more information.

Tuesday 30 July: Family Fun Day at Hamilton Library. 12noon-4pm

Tuesday 30 July (and every Tuesday): Chance to Shine Cricket (aged 8-15). Cossington Street sports centre.  4.30pm-7.30pm. Contact Leicestershire County Cricket Club on 07495 092679 for information.

Tuesday 30 July: Get Up and Go events: Bewcastle children’s centre (1.30pm-4pm); Saffron children’s centre (1.30pm-4pm)

Tuesday 30 July: Space Steps and Stories. Group walks for families. Highfields Library. 2pm-3.15pm.

Tuesday 30 July (and every Tuesday until 20 August): Summer Goals. Free football activities for all the family from Leicester City in the Community. Cossington Street recreation ground.  11am-3pm. Call 0116 291 5223 for more information.

Wednesday 31 July: Family Fun Day at Belgrave Library. 12 noon-4pm

Wednesday 31 July: Mini Play Day in Town Hall Square. 11am-2pm

Wednesday 31 July (and every Wednesday until 21 August): Summer Goals. Free football activities for all the family from Leicester City in the Community. Abbey Park/St Margaret’s Pastures. 11am-3pm. Call 0116 291 5223 for more information.

Thursday 1 August: Family Fun Day at Westcotes Library. 12 noon-4pm

Thursday 1 August: Get Up and Go events: Netherhall children’s centre (1.30pm-4pm); New Parks children’s centre 1.30pm-4pm); Belgrave children’s centre (1.30pm-4pm); Beaumont Leys children’s centre (1.30pm-4pm); Highfields children’s centre (1.30pm-4pm)

Thursday 1 August (and every Thursday until 22 August): Summer Goals. Free football activities for all the family from Leicester City in the Community. Abbey Park/St Margaret’s Pastures.  11am-3pm. Call 0116 291 5223 for more information.

Friday 2 August: Get Up and Go events: Braunstone children’s centre (10.30am-1pm); Eyres Monsell (1.30pm-4pm)

Friday 2 August: Space Steps and Stories. Group walks for families. 11am-12.15pm. Aylestone Library/Leisure Centre.

Friday 2 August: Free softball cricket for 4-7 year-olds. The Oval, Abbey Park.  12 noon to 1pm. Contact Leicestershire Country Cricket Club for information: 07494 323 392.

Saturday 3 August: Caribbean Carnival parade in the city centre (NB entrance fee charged to event on Victoria Park).

Saturday 3 August: Storytelling Saturday (activities, stories and crafts)
New Walk Museum from 11am to 1pm

Saturday 3 August: Railway Gala Day. Abbey Pumping Station. 11am to 4pm. Explore the museum and enjoy a display of narrow gauge locomotives.

Sunday 4 August: Croft Silver Band in Aylestone Hall Gardens. 3pm to 4pm

 

Providing free activities for children and families is one of the ways the city council is working to reduce the impact of poverty, improve lives and help children reach their potential.

This summer, the council is also funding a number of healthy holiday clubs, where children will be able to enjoy good food, as well as a range of free activities.

Details of the healthy holiday clubs and other activities are available on the city council’s website at families.leicester.gov.uk