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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

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

Bosworth Hall Hotel, Market Bosworth

Historic Ghost Walk

25 Apr

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

Bradgate Park

Twilight Walk

26 Apr

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.

Calke Abbey

Drive It Day

28 Apr

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

National Memorial Arboretum

Ashby Arts Festival

3 – 6 May

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

Ashby de la Zouch

Breeding Birds of Bradgate Park

06 May

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

Bradgate Park

Historic Ghost Walk

16 May

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

Bradgate Park

In the footsteps of King Richard III

18 May

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

Bosworth Battlefield

Etwall Well Dressing

18 – 20 May

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. 

Etwall

Moira Canal Festival

18 – 19 May

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

Moira

Breeding Birds of Bradgate Park

18 May

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

Bradgate Park

National Forest Walking Festival

18 – 30 May

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

Throughout the National Forest

Bearded Theory Festival

23 – 26 May

Creative arts festival

Catton Hall

Bushcraft show

25 – 27 May

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

Rosliston

Food Gusto

25 – 26 May

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

Ashby de la Zouch

World Superbikes Championship

25 – 27 May

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.

Donington Park, Castle Donington

Derbyshire Open Arts Festival

25 – 27 May

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

Events throughout Derbyshire

Jeff Barnhart's International Jazz Band.

25 May

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

Venutre Theatre Ashby de la Zouch

History of Bradgate Walk

01 Jun

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.

Bradgate Park

Haunted House

1 – 2 June

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

1620s House Donington le Heath

Milton Open Gardens

02 Jun

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

Milton

Market Bosworth Festival

7 – 23 June

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

Market Bosworth

Young Deer

08 Jun

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

Bradgate Park

Vintage Festival

15 – 16 June

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

National Brewery Centre, Burton on Trent

Photography Walk – The park in summer

15 – 16 June

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.

Bradgate Park

Catton Park Horse Trials

15 – 16 June

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

Catton Hall

Shakespeare in the Park

19 – 21 June

Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening of theatre

Lichfield

Outdoor performance of Romeo and Juliet

20 Jun

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

Bosworth Hall Hotel, Market Bosworth

Rock for Heroes

21 Jun

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

Conkers

Summer solstice ghost hunt

21 Jun

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

Bosworth Hall Hotel, Market Bosworth

Beatles Tribute

22 Jun

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

Conkers

Ashby Steam Festival

22 – 23 June

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

Ashby de la Zouch

Real Fest

22 Jun

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

Ashby de la Zouch

Music in the Park

22 Jun

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

Coalville

Young Deer

22 Jun

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

Bradgate Park

Sausage and Cider Festival

28 – 30 June

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

Catton Hall

Formula Vintage

29 Jun

The event celebrates the best of vintage motor racing

Donington Park, Castle Donington

Armed Forces Weekend

29 – 30 June

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

National Memorial Arboretum

1940s wartime weekend

31 May - 2nd June

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

Great Central Railway

Timber Festival

5 – 7 July

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

Moira

Scooter and Music Festival

06 Jul

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

Ashby de la Zouch

Jersey Boys Tribute

06 Jul

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

Coners

Capture Calke on your camera

06 Jul

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.

Calke Abbey

Festival of Transport

07 Jul

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

Ashby de la Zouch

Queen of Bradgate

10 Jul

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

Bradgate Park

Old John Guided tour

13 Jul

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

Bradgate Park

Ashby Show

14 Jul

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

Ashby de la Zouch

Queen of Bradgate

17 Jul

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

Bradgate Park

Historic Ghost Walk

18 Jul

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

Bradgate Park

Total 80s

19 Jul

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

Conkers

Jim's tractor run

28 Jul

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

Ashby de la Zouch

Heather Scarecrow Festival

28 July – 4 August

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.

Heather

George Michael Tribute

02 Aug

An evening celebrating the music of George Michael and Wham.

Conkers

Magic of Motown

03 Aug

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

Conkers

Midsummers Night Dream

08 Aug

Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening of theatre

Bradgate Park

Mainly Madness Tribute

10 Aug

Two Tone Madness, with the Mainly Madness tribute band.

Conkers

British Truck Racing Championship and Convoy in the Park

10 – 11 Aug

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.

Donington Park, Castle Donington

Ashby Open Gardens

10 – 11 Aug

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.

Ashby de la Zouch

Moira Furnace Folk Festival

16 – 18 Aug

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.

Moira

Medieval Festival

17 – 18 August

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

Bosworth Battlefield

Talon – Best of Eagles

17 Aug

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

Conkers

Proms Spectacular

17 Aug

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

Bradgate Park

Acoustic and Folk Music Picnic

18 Aug

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

Bradgate Park

Lichfield Food Festival

24 – 26 August

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

Lichfield

Elford Scarecrow Festival

24 – 25 August

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

Elford

Last Night of the Proms

30 Aug

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

National Brewery Centre, Burton on Trent

Abba Tribute

30 Aug

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

Conkers

Shackerstone Festival

31 Aug – 1 Sept

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.

Shackerstone

Festival of Fireworks

7 Sept

An amazing display of fireworks, set to music.

Catton Hall

AC/DC Tribute

07 Sep

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

Conkers

Edible Forest

8 – 15 September

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

Charnwood Forest

Beer Festival

12 – 15 Sept

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

Great Central Railway

Melbourne Arts Festival

14 – 15 September

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.

Melbourne

Historic Ghost Walk

19 Sep

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

Bradgate Park

Hopelessly Devoted to Dirty Dancing

21 Sep

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

Conkers

Ashby's FABulous

05 Oct

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.

Ashby de la Zouch

Bavarian Oom Pah evening

05 Oct

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

Conkers

In the footsteps of King Richard III

20 Oct

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

Bosworth Battlefield

Hallowen Ghost Hunt

31 Oct

Bosworth Hall Hotel, Market Bosworth