Free family activities in Leicester this summer

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.

From free tennis coaching to story-telling, bike rides to an outdoor showing of a Star Wars favourite, there’s something to appeal to young children and teens.

The free activities are designed to encourage families to get out and about during the school holidays.

The first weekend of the school holidays includes free crafts and activities at the opening of New Walk Museum’s summer exhibition, The Wonderful World of the Ladybird Book Artists (from Saturday 13 July), as well as the festival of Rathayatra (Sunday 14 July), which will feature a colourful city centre procession (11.30am) and a free event in Cossington Street recreation ground.

From Monday 15 July, a four-week programme of Family Fun Days gets under way at Leicester’s libraries, with each event inspired by the Space Chase summer reading challenge. Kicking off at Highfields Library on Monday, the programme continues at St Barnabas Library on Tuesday (16 July), New Parks Library on Wednesday (17 July) and the Pork Pie Library on Thursday (18 July).

There’s also a whole summer of activities planned as part of Get Up and Go – the free city initiative that aims to encourage children, young people and their families to be more physically active.

On Wednesday (17 July), families can pick up a free Get Up and Go passport at a mini play day event in Town Hall Square (11am – 2pm) and find out about a whole host of activities and events that will keep them active this summer.

There’s a special treat for Star Wars’ fans on Friday 19 July, as Jubilee Square hosts an outdoor screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12A). Part of Bid Leicester’s One Giant Leap event, the film starts at 9.15pm.

New Walk Museum then hosts a weekend of free events, with Storytelling Saturday on 20 July (11am-1pm) and an opportunity to have fun with science on Sunday (21 July).

Football-mad girls and boys (aged 7-14) can sign up for free coaching sessions delivered by Leicester City’s community team from Monday (22 July). Each session – which take place at various parks and playing fields around the city – runs for 90 minutes.

There’s also a chance to have a go at cricket, thanks to Leicestershire County Cricket Club’s free street cricket sessions. Aimed at those aged 8-15, the sessions take place every Tuesday at Cossington Street sports centre from 4.30pm – 7.30pm.

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

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