There is nothing more glorious than a summer in the British countryside.
When the sun comes out the East Midlands countryside really comes into its own. Country-life is buzzing in Leicestershire (and Northamptonshire for that matter). Glamping in Leicestershire this summer is set to be a delight. There is so much going on locally that you need not travel far from your Country Bumpkin Yurt to find something to do. Events, festivals, workshops, and attractions are aplenty. Read on for our top ‘what’s on’ picks nearby.
For the arty, there is a great Open Studios event in Market Harborough on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May.
Harborough Artists Cluster invites you to meet its artists each spring during the popular Open Studios weekend. You can take a fascinating tour of the studios found in Harborough and its nearby towns and countryside villages. Harborough Artists Cluster hosts this event every year, giving visitors the chance to meet artists, talk about their artwork and discover how it is made. You will be able to buy art directly from the person who created it, which makes for a unique and very personal gift or a special piece to enhance your home. Some of the artists offer cards and prints alongside original two or three-dimensional pieces, so there is a wide choice available to everyone. Click here for a digital brochure. What a great way to see some art and explore the town and villages.
For the foody, you can get involved in Taste’borough On The Square and the Taste Trail. This takes place on Saturday 26th May in Market Harborough.
Organised by Taste Harborough, The Taste Trail allows you to sample food & drink from nearly 20 local businesses from across the breadth of the town who, grow, rear, catch, make & serve local produce in Market Harborough & the surrounding areas. Tickets are just £3 and available from all participants (including us). Taste Trail maps will be available to collect from the Square on the day with a special gift for you!
Taste’borough On The Square will be offering the very best produce from across the area. The Market Square will be full of mouth-watering stalls. Everything from locally produced beer, wine and cider will be available to buy, along with coffee, cakes, bread, jam and much much more! There is something for everyone and a great day out for all the family. You’ll also see a few familiar Bumpkin faces on the square and on the trail… Come and say hello.
For the families, Market Harborough Carnival on 9th June promises to be a great day out.
Carnival day is A BIG day for the town. We are expecting approx. 20 parade floats with lots of music to give a great carnival atmosphere! The floats tour through the town then heads to the recreation ground where there are more activities waiting. You can expect some great food stalls, local craft & traders, a fun fair, live music until 8:00pm, and shows from local groups throughout the day. It will be a whole lot of fun.
For the festival goers, there are some wonderful festivals happening nearby.
Foxton Locks Festival 16-17th June
This is a family friendly event run totally by volunteers. The main event with craft stalls runs from 10:00 to 17:00 on Saturday 16th June and 10:00 to 18:00 on Sunday 17th June. We have over 100 craft stalls, a large food village, real ale bar, fun fair and various arena attractions alongside live music on two stages which run to 12 pm on the Saturday. visit their website here for more info.
Texfest 29th June – 1st July
Leicestershire is set to welcome a brand new major music festival this summer as Texfest lands at Market Harborough Showground from 29 June – 1 July 2018. Texfest is a 3-day music festival that will welcome a host of chart-topping acts in the setting of the Leicestershire countryside. Organisers are also keen to ensure that the festival is welcoming to the many families who are local to the event and have programmed a range of entertainment during the day with a wide variety of food and drinks stalls and a huge funfair for all ages to enjoy!
Shambala 23-26th August
Shambala takes place across four days on the August Bank Holiday Weekend at a stunning secret location in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. The variety and quality of entertainment on offer is staggering for a festival of its size. With over 200 diverse musical acts across 12 live stages, world-class cabaret, an amazing array of workshops, stand-up comedy, inspirational talks and debates, jaw dropping circus and acrobatics, interactive theatre and nationally acclaimed poetry all housed in beautifully decorated venues.
Pioneering, intimate and truly innovative, Shambala Festival has perfectly blended creativity and participation for well over a decade. Shambala is a special place where you play, revitalise, make lots of new friends and return to the world fuelled-up on the beauty of being alive. As well as being known as a “legendary party”, it is also a haven for cutting edge theatrics and performance, a think-tank of ideas and an award winning green event.
We have barely scratched the surface of what’s in Leicestershire this summer. In fact, we’ve barely gone beyond a few miles radius of Country Bumpkin Yurts. It gives you a taster of what to do when you’re visiting the area or glamping in Leicestershire with us. There is something for everyone; exhibitions, food tasting, carnivals, and festivals. That’s our summer sorted, how about yours?
To book your yurt glamping break in Leicestershire this summer, check out the availability and booking page on our website. We have yurts suitable for families, groups, and couples so you can bring whoever you like.
See you soon,
Country Bumpkins Jen & Lara