What's On in the Ashby de la Zouch area this weekend

By Graham Hill

16th May 2024 | Local News

Home made vehicles like these will be taking part in the Ashby Soap Box Derby on Sunday. Photo: Ashby BID
Home made vehicles like these will be taking part in the Ashby Soap Box Derby on Sunday. Photo: Ashby BID


This weekend's Ashby events cover a wide range of entertainment and activities hopefully there is something for everyone.

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Sunday sees the first Ashby Soap Box Derby in Market Street.

Organised by Ashby BID, this promises to be a fun event for all the family.

Described as an exhilarating and FREE event, over 30 homemade karts are ready to go racing.

See the karts navigated a jump and chicane in order to win the fastest time down Market Street.

Ashby BID says: "Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a bumpy ride! One of the biggest races of the year is coming to Ashby.

"Lots of hard work has gone into making the soapbox carts and we can't wait to see how creative the teams have been. Over 30 teams in both junior and senior categories will be competing to see who will get the fastest overall time. We aim to get three runs down the course each if time permits."

The event starts at 10am.

More details are HERE.

Saturday and Sunday sees the return of the Moira Canal Festival after it was cancelled last year due to bad weather.

The Moira Canal Festival is a family event held on the restored section of the Ashby Canal, at the historic Moira Furnace Museum. 

It aims to raise awareness of, and money for, the restoration, extension and maintenance of the Ashby Canal.

This year, the Military Wives Choirs will be there to celebrate the 21st annual festival 

Whether it's a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast, Morris dancing, children's crafts, local bands and singers, historical re-enactment or the many traders and food vendors - there's something to entertain the whole family at the Moira Canal Festival.

More details are HERE.

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Next week, Charnwood Forest Alpacas will be holding its Own A Pony Day for May Half Term.

On May 28-29, you will be able to visit the site at Boundary and experience the joys of pony ownership as your little ones immerse themselves in a day filled with fun and learning. 

A comprehensive programme covers everything from pony care essentials to an exhilarating 60-minute riding lesson plus ridden games.

Here's what's in store:

• Bringing in and turning out

• Grooming sessions

• Tacking up

• A full 60-minute riding lesson and ridden games

• Tack cleaning

• Mucking out

• Field checks

Please ensure your child brings a packed lunch and a drinks bottle to stay refreshed throughout the day.

More details are HERE.

Brew's Lazy Sunday Afternoon Session features Warren Stanford at the Market Street craft beer bar.

You can see some live music after watching the Ashby Soapbox Derby which will be right outside.

On Saturday, Brew has another Pop Up Food guest in the shape of Punjabi Kitchen.


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