Leicestershire & Rutland: Latest News

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Love trees and the environment?

12th November 2019

Love trees and the environment? There aren’t many industries planting trees these days, but the paper industry plants and grows far more than it consumes. As the most recycled product in the world paper remains one of the more environmentally friendly products due to its ability to be recycled...

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Phoenix swaps cinema tickets for donations to help the homeless this Christmas

6th December 2019

Phoenix cinema is giving away tickets to their annual charity screening of the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life on Friday 13th December in return for donations to Leicester charity Action Homeless. Donations can be anything from toiletries to non-perishable foods (pasta, tinned goods)...

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It’s a wrap! Leicester charity scoops new base at Highcross

5th December 2019

Charity offers to help Father Christmas at his busiest time of the year and wraps gifts Long-running charity Leicester Children’s Holidays has set up shop in at Highcross Leicester, just in time for Christmas. Securing the new unit, right in the heart of the city, heralds a new era for the charity...

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Wear A Funky Scarf Day 24th January 2020

2nd December 2019

Charity Link works throughout Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire to support local people in hardship and crisis.  They provide emergency support such as food and grants for utilities and also provide essential items to improve quality of life, including clothing (including winter...

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Beat the winter bugs!

2nd December 2019

Here are some simple steps to help your family stay well, and avoid spreading infection to others this winter. To minimise the spread of coughs, colds and the winter sickness bug Norovirus, children should to wash their hands regularly with soap and warm water, especially after using the toilet and...

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Leicestershire Primary School Admissions

2nd December 2019

Parents and carers of children turning five from September 2020 can start to apply for a school place from 1st June 2019, and should note that the process closes 15th January 2020. You must apply for a school place through the home Local Authority that you live in, and the best way to apply if you live...

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The perfect Christmas gift - muddy knees and time together

25th November 2019

Struggling to find a unique family gift this Christmas?  Why not give the kids an unforgettable experience - a weekend of freedom in the fresh air, outdoors fun and essential family time together? Stanford Hall in Lutterworth is hosting its first ever Elderflower Fields family festival from 29th to...

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Tigers launch multi-sport programme for schools

19th November 2019

Leicester Tigers have kicked off a new multi-sport initiative for schools across Leicester and Leicestershire to get involved with in 2020. Tiger Sports is open to youngsters from reception and Key Stage One age groups right through to college encouraging students to be active, be healthy and...

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The countdown to The Spark Festival has begun!

18th November 2019

Family Festival Fun The Spark Festival 2020 The countdown to The Spark Festival has begun. Get ready for a week of unforgettable festival fun for children aged 0 to 13 and their families from Monday 10th to Sunday 16th February.  See extraordinary theatre, music and dance shows in the city and...

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Touring East Midlands Libraries

12th November 2019

Touring November 2019: Graeae Theatre Company and The Spark Arts for Children presents The Iron Man Ted Hughes' classic modern-day fable of a giant Iron robot and the fearless courage of a young boy named Hogarth is a beautiful tale about friendship, understanding and tolerance. This new...

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Phoenix celebrates its 10th birthday with a weekend of £2 films

4th November 2019

To celebrate their 10th birthday in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter, Phoenix is screening thirteen films from the past decade with all tickets £2 each. Voted for by customers and Phoenix staff, Leicester’s favourite films from the past 10 years will screen across Friday 15th –...

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Bodie Hodges Foundation Santa Fun Run

15th October 2019

THIS ISN’T JUST ANY SANTA FUN RUN on Sunday 15th December, the Bodie Hodges Foundation are putting on an all-inclusive wheelchair friendly route fun run for all the family to enjoy at the one and only Leicester Racecourse. And that’s not all!  There will be a Christmas village, Christmas...

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Foremarke Hall, Repton Preparatory School

15th October 2019

Foremarke Hall, Repton Preparatory School, is a Co – Educational day and boarding school in Derbyshire. Children can join Foremarke’s Lower Prep in the term that they become three years old.  Lower Prep is a lively, vibrant learning environment, where lessons are taught in and outside...

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Have fun and stay safe this fireworks season

15th October 2019

With Bonfire Night and Diwali Celebrations just around the corner, make sure your kids are aware of the safety issues around fireworks. Lots of guidance is available on the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) website, including the full firework code www.rospa.com. Children must...

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Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub

15th October 2019

Are really excited to be able to offer new singing opportunities for young singers. Research has proved that singing promotes a general sense of wellbeing, enhances learning retention, language development, listening skills and concentration but most importantly It’s fun!!! All groups are led...

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Come and join all the fun at Frenzy Youth Theatre! 

15th October 2019

Frenzy Youth Theatre is a dynamic theatre company with the emphasis on imagination and the power of play.  Their classes allow youngsters to explore creatively in a non-competitive environment whilst having lots of fun! All lesson plans are written by a qualified Drama Teacher and they have Frenzy...

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Take One Giant Leap into space - themed fun in Leicester this half term!

15th October 2019

From 11 – 20 October there will be a selection of intergalactic activities for all the family to enjoy. The BRICKLIVE OUTER SPACE Trail will bring 15 amazing models made entirely of bricks to venues around the city centre. See reconstructions of the rockets that took us to the moon and stand...

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Trick or Treat!

15th October 2019

Three Tips for a frighteningly fun Halloween… without breaking the bank! Whether it’s trick or treating, carving pumpkins, apple bobbing or lighting a bonfire, Halloween season can quickly become an expensive time of year for families. Following America’s lead, Halloween in the...

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Anti-Bullying Week with… Andy Day

15th October 2019

Andy Day is set to hit our screens in March 2020 with his new CBBC show Andy and the Band, but the children’s TV star is also busy playing a leading part in Anti-Bullying Week. We tracked down the frontman of Andy and the Odd Socks to find out why tackling bullying is close to his heart. When...

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Sing! Dance! Act!

11th October 2019

Primary Times explores how the performing arts benefits our children, and how parents can get involved at home The performing arts are a fantastic way to help children to develop their creative skills. There are no wrong answers, and everyone is actively encouraged to explore new and alternatives...

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Spooky Half Term Bike Trail in aid of Sue Ryder

9th October 2019

Come along and cycle the spooky bike trail between our Whitwell and Normanton stores. Pick up a trail leaflet from store and start the hunt for clues and collect your prize at the end! A family friendly cycle route starting from either store. Bike hire available at Whitwell and Normanton from October...

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FAMILY LIFE WITH A DIFFERENCE AT MILLER HOMES

2nd October 2019

FAMILY LIFE WITH A DIFFERENCE AT MILLER HOMES Miller Homes is no stranger to creating warm, welcoming family-friendly communities and its latest developments in the highly sought-after village of Kibworth, are no exception. Featuring a stunning selection of two to five-bedroom homes, those...

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YOUR ROAD TO SUCCESS STARTS HERE!

23rd September 2019

A new centre offering maths and English tuition aimed at ages 5-15 has opened in Rothley. The First Class Learning programme is aligned with the National Curriculum and encourages enjoyment in learning. Centre Manager Debbie Wolfe-Kinch said 'Our aim is for every child to have the confidence to...

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Physical activity starts at home!

19th September 2019

by Teresa Hames, Director of https://coach-unlimited.co.uk After a long summer, spent away from work and predominantly with my children it has occurred to me that I need a rest. Not a rest from them (although that would be welcome) but a physical rest. For 8 weeks I have taken part in almost every...

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The biggest and best free family event is back! LOROS Big Day Out

5th September 2019

LOROS is holding its annual free, family fun day, the Big Day Out, on Saturday 5th October and there will be something to entertain everyone. The day-long event promises to be bigger and better with more games and entertainment than ever before. Outdoor games include a bouncy castle, inflatable...

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Bigger and better sandpit to provide fun all year long

16th July 2019

Children can enjoy the fun of the ‘beach’, all year round, with the introduction of a newly extended and enhanced sandpit in Welland Park. Harborough District Council officially opened the sandpit in Welland Park in Market Harborough on Saturday (13 July 2019) in time for the school...

Roadshow for deaf young people arrives in Leicestershire

10th July 2019

Deaf young people in Leicestershire have spent a day trying out flashing doorbells and vibrating alarm clocks as they learnt about all aspects of deafness. The event, held on Tuesday 9 July, was organised by the National Deaf Children’s Society as part of its Roadshow, an eight ton purple...

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Goodbye and thank you Judith!

24th June 2019

Primary Times celebrates the life and works of Judith Kerr OBE, author and illustrator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea “A brilliantly talented artist and storyteller who gave the world an extraordinary body of work” – a sentiment shared by Judith Kerr’s publisher and echoed with...

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Music in the Park 8th June 2019

21st May 2019

Bring your own picnic and enjoy a wonderful evening listening to two fantastic bands, the high-energy 'Ska-aManga' band and the award-winning 'Kibworth Brass Band'. The evening finishes with a fabulous fireworks display in front of Wistow Hall. All ages welcome. The concert is raising...

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Get your teeth into National Smile Month!

21st May 2019

This year’s National Smile Month starts on 13 May, and our public health (school) nurses are inviting you as parents and carers to make a pledge that will encourage kids to develop good dental health habits. For example, you could pledge to: Take your child to see the dentist every six...

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