What's On in Ashby this Bank Holiday weekend: A two-day food extravaganza and the town's Arts Festival

By Graham Hill

25th May 2023 | Local News

Ashby Food Gusto returns on Saturday and Sunday. Photo: Ashby Nub News
Ashby Food Gusto returns on Saturday and Sunday. Photo: Ashby Nub News


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

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Whether it is a gig, a comedy night, a pub quiz or maybe your monthly society meeting, just fill in the form HERE and we will list it for you in our What's On section.

The Bath Grounds is the setting for the return of Ashby Food Gusto - which is being held on Saturday and Sunday.

Make sure you come and experience some of the region's best food and drink, in the centre of Ashby de la Zouch.

Try something new and enjoy lunch out where you can choose between wood fired pizza, organic beef burgers and sausages, spicy homemade samosas, authentic Caribbean BBQ, Greek Gyros and Indian curries to name but a few.

These could all be washed down with a barista coffee, local craft ale and cider, new British cocktails or English wines grown and produced in the Midlands.

There is a fantastic line-up of producers and products from venison, pies, farmhouse cheese, preserves, olives and crepes to cakes, doughnuts, traditional sweets, local wines, beers, ciders, spirits and more.

Also, there will be great local music, children's rides and activities run by Ashby Rotary to keep the whole family entertained.

More details of the event can be found HERE.

The Lyric Rooms in Lower Church Street is hosting a Princess Vintage Afternoon Tea on Saturday.

Come along for a magical afternoon with a visit from TWO real life Princesses!

While you are enjoying a delicious afternoon tea, The Snow Queen and Belle will personally visit your table for a magical one to one experience.

Afternoon tea is served on the venue's vintage tea sets, with bunting, table linen and cutlery, in our beautiful refurbished venue.

You can find more details HERE.

The Lyric Rooms is also showing the film 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' next Wednesday.

Naomi Ackie is excellent in the title role and the film delivers all the singer's big hits. The movie's clear focus is on Whitney's talent skating over some of the more controversial parts of her life and delivers on the big songs and big moments. 

There are great supporting performances from Tamara Tunie and Clarke Peters as Whitney's gospel-singer mom Cissy and dad John and Stanley Tucci is scene-stealingly as her record boss.

You can find more details HERE.

This weekend also sees the return of Ashby Arts Festival.

As well as a number of paintings placed around the town centre, there are a series of events from Monday through to Friday

Among the events being staged are two shows at the Venture Theatre - with Southbound playing live on Friday night and the Sence Valley Band on Saturday.

You can find more details HERE.

Ashby Library has entertainment for the children on Saturday morning with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

The Chorus Theatre presents a new adaptation of the classic fairytale. Featuring songs, music, puppetry and a tea party.

This magical show is one for the whole family. Running time: 40 mins approx.

Moe details are HERE.

It will be a busy Bank Holiday at Brew with the entertainment starting early on Friday evening.

The Market Street craft beer bar has a live acoustic session from Kev Andrews to kick off the weekend.

Saturday sees more pop-up food in the shape of G Kitchen.

And Brew has more live music on Sunday with its regular Lazy Afternoon session - this week it is Mark, Dave and Issy playing live.

Conkers has a tribute to Madness and Two-Tone on Saturday night.

Mainly Madness are a group of Two Tone loving musicians that bring the Madness experience to your event.

Not only are Mainly Madness a tribute to the great band itself but also a celebration of Two Tone and Ska, which include inspirational bands as The Specials, Bad Manners and The Beat! 

More details are HERE.

Over at Calke, it is the Milking Parlour Beer Festival which lasts over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Milking Parlour is set in the heart of the National Forest, on the beautiful Calke Abbey estate.

There will be 20 casks, including 15 guests - plus live music on Friday and Saturday.

You can find more details HERE.

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