Leicestershire summer half-term events include street art finale and monster hunts

A man spray-painting graffiti for Leicester's Bring the Paint festival
-Credit: (Image: Devon Winters)


Leicestershire is hosting a series of family friendly events this half-term. The city’s streets are set to come alive, while monster hunts and teddy bear picnics will also be held across the coming week.

The fun gets underway in Leicester - just hours after the kids break up for half-term - in a splash of colour as the Bring the Paint street festival rounds out the weekend. The ‘legal graffiti’ event has seen areas of the city transformed with new artworks, with Saturday (May 25) seeing Jubilee Square transformed into a skate and BMX park with live DJs.

Meanwhile, on Sunday (May 26) The Mill in Frog Island is hosting a day filled with have-a-go activities including face painting. People will also have a chance to see the new artworks across the city with the aid of the Graffwalk app to follow Leicester’s new street art.

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Sunday will also see Leicester’s streets “come alive” for the Open Streets and Heritage event. The event is a celebration of cycling which allows people to explore the city’s closed off streets and take part in a series of events for all the family.

Half-term week will also see some of Leicestershire’s biggest attractions host events to give parents a much-needed rest. At Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, children can enter Knight School, don some armour and learn how to fight like a knight. Pre-booking is urged ahead of the event for 5 to 14-year-olds which takes place on Monday, May 27.

Across the whole half-term week, Bosworth Battlefield is also hosting a 'Mythical Monster Hunt’ around the grounds of the battlefield. The heritage centre will also be taken over by the Harrington Household Living History group of reenactors on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, with everyone doing their bit to bring the medieval period to life. Archery and historical board games will also be on offer. More information can be found on the Bosworth Battlefield website.

Abbey Pumping Station's Railway Day
Rides on the train are only 50p! -Credit:Leicester City Council

Elsewhere, Leicester’s Curve is hosting a “delightful” adaptation of the best-selling book Dear Zoo which is suitable for all ages, while the Abbey Pumping Station remains free of charge throughout the week. Tuesday (May 28) will see the station host a railway day where for just 50p people can travel on their narrow gauge steam train.

Foodies can also delight in a Teddy Bears’ Picnic at the 1620s House and Garden in Donington le Heath, near Coalville, on Tuesday (May 28). Said to be ideal for kids aged between three and eight, the day will also feature games, crafts and a ‘Best Bear’ competition. More information can be found online. Creativity is also on offer at Leicester’s Guildhall on Thursday (May 30) as kids can get making their own clay castles and a series of trails throughout the day. Fancy dress is encouraged.

Elsewhere, the half-term week is marked at the King Richard III Visitor Centre through a series of DNA-linked events. Available between Monday and Friday, visitors can build a DNA strand with jelly tots and even craft a wearable DNA bracelet. Activities are included in admission. More information, including prices, can be found online.

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