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Tuesday 28th October - Saturday 28th February

Commemorating the Centenary of the First World War, Battledress explores the impact of the 1914-18 War on Women’s fashion. Drawn from the Museum’s historic fashion collection the exhibition will contrast the elaborate and restricting fashions of the Edwardian period with the more practical styles that were created as a result of the War and the revolution in fashion that followed during the 1920s.

Exhibitions – Included in the admission price located within the museum (during normal opening hours)

The Ashby Guild of Artists Exhibition in the Community Gallery

The Ashby Guild of Artists Exhibition in the Community Gallery

Tuesday 11th November - Sunday 30th November

The Guild will be exhibiting a collection of artworks by its members

The Guild was set up as a co-operative of artists, each making a contribution to the running of it.

They all support one another to achieve their aims, which are to;
•exhibit their work so that they make a positive contribution to the cultural development of art in the area and
•to raise their standards through workshops, demonstrations and discussions

(11th November to 30th November : 10am - 5pm)

Eating In Exhibition

Eating In Exhibition

Tuesday 18th November - Wednesday 18th March

Eating In Exhibition 28/10/14 to 31/3/15

The story of cooking and eating at home from prehistory to the present day, including a wide range of food packaging, recipes, kitchen gadgets and tableware from the museum collections.

Entry to the exhibition is included in the admission to the Museum

Christmas Crooners - Public Dress Rehearsal...at the Century Theatre

Christmas Crooners - Public Dress Rehearsal...at the Century Theatre

Wednesday 26th November 7:30 pm.

Returning to theatres with a brand new Show, now in its’ tenth record breaking year “Christmas Crooners” is Jam packed with festive favourites, and the Christmas hits of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra.

And this year a special guest appearance from a wonderful Christmas Belle.

This fantastic cast of West-End Singers, are backed by the superb and talented swing band: The Jazz- All-Stars, and they perform over 30 well known Christmas hits including “Baby it’s cold outside” “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”, “Little Drummer Boy”, “White Christmas” and many other swing arrangements of Christmas hymns and songs; including “God rest ye merry gentlemen”, “Deck the halls and “Silent night”, and many more festive favourites and even a surprise or two!

Staged in the warm and delightful style of the famous Andy Williams Christmas Shows, This brilliant production comes complete with stunning décor- Christmas Trees, a Rocking Chair and of course a lovely warm fireplace; just right for roasting those chestnuts, and toasting the season!
The Crooners give the audience a show full of swinging Christmas cheer, and witty banter, a perfect show for the perfect season.

” Guaranteed to get you in the festive mood, come and sing along to great songs from Christmas past” with the Christmas Crooners.

Wednesday 26th November - 7:30 PM

Free but booking advisable.

Cinderella - (4th - 7th December) at the Century Theatre...Must See

Cinderella - (4th - 7th December) at the Century Theatre...Must See

Thursday 4th December - Sunday 7th December

The Panto Company’s 2014 pantomime production of Cinderella is filled with lively characters, up to date chart songs and slapstick humour, with something to please everyone, romance and of course – a daring adventure.

Showing times:

Thursday 4th December 2014
10:00 AM, 12:30 PM

Friday 5th December 2014
10:00 AM, 12:30 PM

Saturday 6th December 2014
2:00 PM, 6:30 PM

Sunday 7th December 2014
2:00 PM

£8.50 Standard, £7.50 Groups of 10+, Schools £6.25

For further information and booking, please contact us directly on 01530 278444 or snibston@leics.gov.uk


Snibston’s Christmas Fair 6th & 7th December...Must See

Snibston’s Christmas Fair 6th & 7th December...Must See

Saturday 6th December - Sunday 7th December

A festive treat for all the family; Santa’s Grotto, live music and singing, entertainment, craft stalls and more.

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and website for more details coming soon

Donington Le Heath Manor House Paranormal Investigations

Donington Le Heath Manor House Paranormal Investigations

Saturday 6th December 8:00 pm. - 1:00 am.

Medieval manor house dating back to 1290 and has links to the Gun Powder Plot of 1605.

6 December: 8pm-1am

Strictly over 18’s, remember to bring a torch and warm clothes. For more information and to book tickets please call Snibston on 01530 278444, email snibston@leics.gov.uk or visit www.haunted-heritage.co.uk

Romesh Ranagnthan/Suzi Ruffell - Comedy Double Bill...at the Century Theatre

Romesh Ranagnthan/Suzi Ruffell - Comedy Double Bill...at the Century Theatre

Friday 12th December 8:00 pm.

Off The Kerb Productions presents a hilarious double bill of stand up comedy talent from two of its brightest stars in Romesh Ranganathan and Suzi Ruffell!

Romesh Ranganathan - Rom Wasn’t Built In A Day

Join Romesh Ranganathan as he hits the road with his eagerly anticipated brand new show ‘Rom Wasn’t Built In A Day’. The last eighteen months have been incredible for Ranganathan with him winning the prestigious ‘Leicester Mercury New Act Award 2013’ and his critically acclaimed Edinburgh Festival debut being nominated for the coveted ‘Best Newcomer Award 2013’. Culminating in his debut appearance on BBC2’s ‘Mock The Week’, BBC1’s ‘Live At The Apollo’, BBC3’s ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’, ‘Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live 2013’, a regular slot on Channel 4’s weekly topical show ‘Stand Up For The Week’, hosting BBC Radio 4 Extra’s ‘Newsjack’ and an appearance Radio 4’s long-running and beloved ‘The Now Show’.

★★★★ Sunday Times

From playing comedy clubs all over the country Ranganathan’s profile has grown as has the respect from his peers which resulted in him writing for numerous shows and supporting the likes of Seann Walsh, Bill Burr, Paul Chowdhry and one of his comedy heroes Ricky Gervais.

“… his ability to produce bitingly fresh gags marks him out from the crowd.” The Guardian

“Ranganathan's punchlines are sharper and funnier than many of his peers.” The Guardian

Suzi Ruffell - Social Chameleon

Fresh from supporting some of the UK’s top comedians on their sold out tours including Channel 4’s Chatty Man, Alan Carr, star of The Last Leg, Josh Widdicombe and Scotland’s finest, Kevin Bridges, Suzi Ruffell, hits the road with her hotly anticipated second show ‘Social Chameleon’. In it the 'stand-up gem' (The Guardian) questions why she spent 27 years trying to make anyone and everyone like her. Turns outs it takes a fat bully from Swansea, a too-honest mother and searching a Parisian graveyard for someone she has never heard of to give up trying and just be herself and yes we are all hoping she hasn't turned out to be a dickhead. **This show may contain traces of rapping.

In the short time she has been performing she has notched up several radio and TV credits including; Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live (BBC3), Live at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central), LOLz Lounge (Radio 1), as well as numerous appearances on Radio 4. Suzi has also made it to the finals of Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee and Latitude New Act of the Year finalist.

Tipped as ‘one to watch’ by Time Out it can only be a matter of time before this enchanting young performer begins to make a huge impact on the comedy world.

“A stand up gem” – The Guardian
“This is what talent look like before it hits big” – London Is Funny

“completely won over, thoroughly enjoyable” - British Comedy Guide

The Dirty Thirty documentary film followed by Christmas lunch; Presented by Brian Langtry & Len Holden.

The Dirty Thirty documentary film followed by Christmas lunch; Presented by Brian Langtry & Len Holden.

Thursday 18th December 12:00 am.

This acclaimed documentary film relates to the stories and experiences of the 30 Leicestershire who choose to remain on strike for the whole of the 1984 mining dispute. Pre - Booking essential only £11.95 per person.

Paul Jones & Dave Kelly...at the Century Theatre

Paul Jones & Dave Kelly...at the Century Theatre

Friday 16th January 7:30 pm.

These long standing co-vocalists with The Blues Band get a big buzz out of taking things down a level, simplifying the music a little, and plying their trade as a duo, thus inspiring their very own personal and individual approaches to a dynamic, rootsy and exhilarating set of Country Blues. Venues large and small have been hushed and then enraptured by the sense of ‘old times’ in the Mississippi Delta.

Friday 16th January 2015 - 7.30pm

Tickets: £19
Advanced: £18

Talon - The Acoustic Collection 2015...at the Century Theatre

Talon - The Acoustic Collection 2015...at the Century Theatre

Friday 23rd January 7:30 pm.

On the back of the incredible success of their award winning ‘Talon – The Best of Eagles’ show; Jonny Miller, Chris Lloyd, Peter Anderson and Keith Buck began a labour of love. ‘Talon - The Acoustic Collection’, has to their amazement, taken on a life of its own and 2014 saw the release of their critically acclaimed acoustic album.

In 2015 the show will be touring the UK from January – March followed on July 3rd by a week long cruise on board Fred Olsen’s flagship ‘Balmoral’. If you have not seen ‘The Acoustic Collection’ before then you are in for a real treat. Sat on bar stools and armed with no more than their trademark four part vocal harmony, acoustic instruments and laid back banter, Talon will simply leave you spellbound. Come and experience the other side of Talon as they perform a selection of their favourite contemporary acoustic classics from such artists as James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel, CS&N, The Everly Bothers, Michael Jackson, The Eagles and many more…

Colin Fry - Inspired By Spirit...at the Century Theatre

Colin Fry - Inspired By Spirit...at the Century Theatre

Saturday 31st January 12:00 am.

Being one of the World’s most recognised Spiritualist Mediums and Healers, Colin’s TV series “ 6ixth Sense” has now been broadcast worldwide for 10 years making his public performances an International demand.

This year’s tour will once again see Colin Fry bring his own unique form of comfort and upliftment to ordinary people living ordinary lives, proving once
again he IS very much the Peoples Medium.

Evenings of Mediumship are not scientifically proven and are presented for education and entertainment purposes.


Saturday 31st January 2015 - 2:30pm and 7:30pm

An Evening with Henry VIII...at the Century Theatre

An Evening with Henry VIII...at the Century Theatre

Saturday 28th February 7:30 pm.

Undoubtedly our country’s most colourful monarch, the King aged in his early 50s, appears in the most splendid bejewelled and golden costume; a near replica of the famous Holbein portrait.

This portrayal of the King in the later years of his life is based upon the most detailed research. He recounts his life, telling of his wives, children, and the events of his long reign in a most forceful fashion. He is ill and is greatly pained by his badly infected leg and, although recently married to his sixth wife, he appears an angry and vengeful man. This is a highly acclaimed and powerful presentation that is offered in the form of an ‘audience’ with the King, during the course of which, the public may question and petition their Monarch.

Performed by John White, the holder of an Honours Degree (History and War Studies), a Masters Degree (Heritage Management), a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, a Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society and Fulbright Fellow at the University of South Carolina. He is a ‘Performance Historian’, serving clients across the UK and overseas at venues such as the V&A, the National Army Museum, Birmingham University and the British Army.

John specialises in the military and social history of the late Georgian and Regency period. He was Honorary Secretary of ‘The Waterloo Committee’ and was appointed a Vice President by The Duke of Wellington. He is also an established book reviewer for various publishing houses. Engagements as a technical consultant has lead to involvement and often appearances in a wide variety of Film, TV, and Radio productions and regularly at Tutbury Castle.

Mary Queen of Scots...at the Century Theatre

Mary Queen of Scots...at the Century Theatre

Friday 29th May 7:30 pm.

Presented by Lesley Smith (Curator of Tutbury Castle and Elizabethan Historian).

Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner at Tutbury Castle on four occasions and it was her first English prison. She left Tutbury for the last time in 1585 when she was moved to Chartley. From there she was sent to Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire where she was executed in 1586.

Here is a chance to meet Mary Queen of Scots in full authentic costume during her imprisonment at Tutbury where she spent a lot of time reading, writing letters and doing embroidery.

Learn about Mary's three marriages and about life in general in Tudor times in this fascinating and emotive presentation and Q&A.

29 May 2015, 7:30 pm. Tickets: £9 Advanced: £7.50

For further information, please visit - http://www.centurytheatre.co.uk/diary/show/mary-queen-of-scots or call us on 01530 278444.