2019 EVENTS IN THE NATIONAL FOREST

2019 Events in the National Forest

An electric bike tour in the National Forest is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the many diverse events taking place throughout the year. 

From ancient British traditions, such as the Horn Dance in Abbots Bromley, to sampling the delicious food and drink of the Forest, there is plenty going on to suit all tastes. Enquire now about availability.   

The role of the barber surgeon in the Wars

04 Apr

Bosworth Hall Hotel, Market Bosworth

As part of English Tourism Week, this fascinating talk focuses on the role of the Barber Surgeon in the Wars of the Roses

Historic Ghost Walk

25 Apr

Bradgate Park

An evening ramble through the Park, exploring the haunted past of the park.

Twilight Walk

26 Apr

Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey sits in acres of glorious park and woodland, which is brimming with wildlife. As the sun sets, explore the grounds on this guided walk.

Drive It Day

28 Apr

National Memorial Arboretum

Enjoy our motoring heritage, with a wide range of classic vehicles.

Ashby Arts Festival

3 – 6 May

Ashby de la Zouch

A wide range of events to enjoy around Ashby de la Zouch town centre.

Breeding Birds of Bradgate Park

06 May

Bradgate Park

An early morning walk through the park, enjoying the dawn chorus and learning more about the many breeding birds of the Park.

Historic Ghost Walk

16 May

Bradgate Park

An evening ramble through the Park, exploring the haunted past of the park.

In the footsteps of King Richard III

18 May

Bosworth Battlefield

A 3 hour walk to some of the sites King Richard III stayed and prayed in before his death

Etwall Well Dressing

18 – 20 May

Etwall

The Etwall Well Dressing is one of the largest in the county. There will be up to 10 wells, together with a programme of entertainment. 

Moira Canal Festival

18 – 19 May

Moira

Celebrating the heritage of the Ashby Canal. Living history camp, horse drawn boating, flypast, music and Morris Dancers

Breeding Birds of Bradgate Park

18 May

Bradgate Park

An early morning walk through the park, enjoying the dawn chorus and learning more about the many breeding birds of the Park.

National Forest Walking Festival

18 – 30 May

Throughout the National Forest

Enjoy over 90 different walks to suit all abilities and interests. 

Bearded Theory Festival

23 – 26 May

Catton Hall

Creative arts festival

Bushcraft show

25 – 27 May

Rosliston

An event dedicated to bushcraft. Try your hand at woodland crafts and enjoy talks and demonstrations from survival experts.

Food Gusto

25 – 26 May

Ashby de la Zouch

Have fun tasting the best local food in a festival setting.

World Superbikes Championship

25 – 27 May

Donington Park, Castle Donington

Donington Park was the venue for the first ever round of World Superbikes in 1988, and has since held 25 events, with plenty of additional entertainment over the weekend.

Derbyshire Open Arts Festival

25 – 27 May

Events throughout Derbyshire

Over 200 artists and craftspeople display their work in venues across Derbyshire 

Jeff Barnhart's International Jazz Band.

25 May

Venutre Theatre Ashby de la Zouch

American musicians, Jeff and Anne Barnhart are touring the UK with British Jazz musicians John Hallam and Graham Smith

History of Bradgate Walk

01 Jun

Bradgate Park

Learn more about the history of the Upper Park including Old John, the racecourse and the War Memorial.  Visit one of the Park's Spinneys, not usually open to the public.

Haunted House

1 – 2 June

1620s House Donington le Heath

Get ready for a spooky experience as you explore the 1620s House after nightfall.

Milton Open Gardens

02 Jun

Milton

Explore the gardens of the small Derbyshire hamlet of Milton. From large cottage gardens to small courtyard designs, your're bound to be inspired.

Market Bosworth Festival

7 – 23 June

Market Bosworth

A full programme of special arts, music and theatre events at different venues throughout the town.

Young Deer

08 Jun

Bradgate Park

A guided walk during breeding season to try and spot some of the new born deer

Vintage Festival

15 – 16 June

National Brewery Centre, Burton on Trent

Celebrating the lifestyles, fashion, music and classic cars of the post war years. 

Photography Walk – The park in summer

15 – 16 June

Bradgate Park

As part of wildlife Weekend, members of Leicester Photographic Society will lead these walks through the park and offer tips along the way to help you improve your photography skills.

Catton Park Horse Trials

15 – 16 June

Catton Hall

Watch some of the country's top riders in action in dressage, show jumping and cross country stages.

Shakespeare in the Park

19 – 21 June

Lichfield

Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening of theatre

Outdoor performance of Romeo and Juliet

20 Jun

Bosworth Hall Hotel, Market Bosworth

As part of the Bosworth Festival, enjoy an evening of theatre in the stunning grounds of Bosworth Hall Hotel.

Rock for Heroes

21 Jun

Conkers

Music from the Rock Greats, in aid of Help the Heroes.

Summer solstice ghost hunt

21 Jun

Bosworth Hall Hotel, Market Bosworth

Grade 1 listed Bosworth Hall Hotel is full of history. Join the summer solstice ghost hunt to find out more about its haunted past.

Beatles Tribute

22 Jun

Conkers

Enjoy an evening singing along to the Beatles greatest hits with tribute band Like … The Beatles.

Ashby Steam Festival

22 – 23 June

Ashby de la Zouch

Step back in time and enjoy a collection of steam engines and vintage vehicles, as well as craft stalls.

Real Fest

22 Jun

Ashby de la Zouch

A fun packed afternoon and evening of live bands, local food and entertainment

Music in the Park

22 Jun

Coalville

Bring along a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of music and entertainment.

Young Deer

22 Jun

Bradgate Park

A guided walk during breeding season to try and spot some of the new born deer

Sausage and Cider Festival

28 – 30 June

Catton Hall

Sausages, cider and music in a festival setting. What's not to like?

Formula Vintage

29 Jun

Donington Park, Castle Donington

The event celebrates the best of vintage motor racing

Armed Forces Weekend

29 – 30 June

National Memorial Arboretum

A weekend of activities to celebrate the UK's armed forces

1940s wartime weekend

31 May - 2nd June

Great Central Railway

The 1940s will be brought back to life. Expect flypasts, steam, music and mock battles.

Timber Festival

5 – 7 July

Moira

Celebrate and explore the woodland at this laid back music and arts Festival

Scooter and Music Festival

06 Jul

Ashby de la Zouch

A new event for 2019. Scooters will parade into the town for a day of competition and live music.

Jersey Boys Tribute

06 Jul

Coners

Dance and sing the night away to these 50's greatest hits.

Capture Calke on your camera

06 Jul

Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey sits in acres of glorious park and woodland, just perfect for fine tuning your photography skills. This walk is designed for budding photographers, who are looking for creative inspiration.

Festival of Transport

07 Jul

Ashby de la Zouch

Ashby town centre will be filled with classic, modified, and commercial vehicles of all ages during this festival of Transport.

Queen of Bradgate

10 Jul

Bradgate Park

This walk is part of a week's activities to remember Lady Jane Grey. Learn more about her life and enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the ruins of the house

Old John Guided tour

13 Jul

Bradgate Park

A rare chance to tour the Old John Tower, escorted by knowledgeable rangers

Ashby Show

14 Jul

Ashby de la Zouch

Experience a typical country show, with show animals, main ring entertainment and lots of stalls. 

Queen of Bradgate

17 Jul

Bradgate Park

This walk is part of a week's activities to remember Lady Jane Grey. Learn more about her life and enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the ruins of the house

Historic Ghost Walk

18 Jul

Bradgate Park

An evening ramble through the Park, exploring the haunted past of the park.

Total 80s

19 Jul

Conkers

A 7 piece band will take you back to the 80's, playing all the greatest hits.

Jim's tractor run

28 Jul

Ashby de la Zouch

Tractor & vintage vehicle display, fairground rides, trade & craft stalls, food & drink plus much more. 

Heather Scarecrow Festival

28 July – 4 August

Heather

Once a year the little village of Heather buzzes with life as visitors enjoy a tour of the many scarecrows dotted around this country village.

George Michael Tribute

02 Aug

Conkers

An evening celebrating the music of George Michael and Wham.

Magic of Motown

03 Aug

Conkers

Party away as the Magic of Motown show brings you all the greatest Motown hits.

Midsummers Night Dream

08 Aug

Bradgate Park

Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening of theatre

Mainly Madness Tribute

10 Aug

Conkers

Two Tone Madness, with the Mainly Madness tribute band.

British Truck Racing Championship and Convoy in the Park

10 – 11 Aug

Donington Park, Castle Donington

A A celebration of British truck racing and the UK trucking world. A huge range of entertainment and display of show trucks supports the action packed activity on the track.

Ashby Open Gardens

10 – 11 Aug

Ashby de la Zouch

Ebikes are a perfect mode of transport to visit the diverse gardens open as part of Ashby Open Gardens. From tiny terraces to large country gardens, you're guaranteed to find plenty inspiration.

Moira Furnace Folk Festival

16 – 18 Aug

Moira

Set alongside the Ashby Canal, at Moira Furnace, this friendly Folk Festival features both local and national artists, together with a wide range of workshops.

Medieval Festival

17 – 18 August

Bosworth Battlefield

An action packed weekend of battle reenactments, jousting, living history demonstrations and a medieval market.

Talon – Best of Eagles

17 Aug

Conkers

All the classic Eagles hits from renowned tribute band, Talon.

Proms Spectacular

17 Aug

Bradgate Park

Pack a picnic and sit back and enjoy an evening of classical musical, brought to you by the Bardi Wind Orchestra

Acoustic and Folk Music Picnic

18 Aug

Bradgate Park

Enjoy a day of leading folk and acoustic performances in the lovely Bradgate Park.

Lichfield Food Festival

24 – 26 August

Lichfield

Voted the best Food Festival in the Midlands, expect over 300 stalls offering the finest of local food.

Elford Scarecrow Festival

24 – 25 August

Elford

Enjoy a walk around this lovely village and admire around 100 scarecrows

Last Night of the Proms

30 Aug

National Brewery Centre, Burton on Trent

Derby Concert Band recreate the Last Night of the Proms and bring you an evening of all the classic greats.

Abba Tribute

30 Aug

Conkers

Waterloo, the ultimate tribute to Abba will have you singing and dancing in the aisles.

Shackerstone Festival

31 Aug – 1 Sept

Shackerstone

A fun Festival in a sleepy little village. Expect a full programme of events, focussed around the canal and steam railway. The event attracts a large gathering of vintage vehicles, barges and steam engines.

Festival of Fireworks

7 Sept

Catton Hall

An amazing display of fireworks, set to music.

AC/DC Tribute

07 Sep

Conkers

Rock the night away at this AC/DC and Thin Lizzy tribute evening.

Edible Forest

8 – 15 September

Charnwood Forest

A celebration of food in a range of unique locations throughout the National Forest

Beer Festival

12 – 15 Sept

Great Central Railway

This is the 12th year of the Great Central Railway's annual beer festival. What could be better than beer and steam?

Melbourne Arts Festival

14 – 15 September

Melbourne

The lovely market town of Melbourne hosts a wide variety of crafts people for the Arts Trail Weekend. Many of the artists are hosted in private houses around the village, meaning that this is also the perfect opportunity to explore the architecture of the town. The trail is complemented by food markets and many live music performances.

Historic Ghost Walk

19 Sep

Bradgate Park

An evening ramble through the Park, exploring the haunted past of the park.

Hopelessly Devoted to Dirty Dancing

21 Sep

Conkers

All the best hits from Grease and Dirty Dancing, brought together in one show. What could be better!

Ashby's FABulous

05 Oct

Ashby de la Zouch

The shop windows of Ashby de la Zouch come to life with live models. Expect plenty of laughs as you tour the many independent shops in this lovely market town.

Bavarian Oom Pah evening

05 Oct

Conkers

Dust off the Lederhosen, fill your Stein and get ready for an evening of singing and drinking to this traditional Oom Pah band. Prost!

In the footsteps of King Richard III

20 Oct

Bosworth Battlefield

A 3 hour walk to some of the sites King Richard III stayed and prayed in before his death

Hallowen Ghost Hunt

31 Oct

Bosworth Hall Hotel, Market Bosworth

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