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The Melton Folk Festival and Craft Fair is being staged in Melton from Friday to Sunday, 3-5 August from midday to 10 pm. There will be music sessions at venues throughout the town centre, plus workshops, Morris dancing and stalls with arts and crafts. Details on Melton 852449.
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Cream teas are being served at Long Clawson Church on Saturday, 4 August from 2.30 pm in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
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The Honeytrees Tropical Garden at 85 Grantham Road in Bottesford is open on Sunday, 5 August from 10 am until 5 pm under the National Gardens Scheme which supports several national charities. Admission is £3, accompanied children go in free. See www.ngs.org.uk for full details  or phone 01949 842120.
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Melton Mowbray Town Estate presents its summer series of free concerts at the bandstand in the New Park. The Ratby Midland Band will perform on 5 August from 2.45 pm. Some seating is available but you can bring your own and refreshments will be on sale.
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Circus Shenanigans is a holiday club for children aged five to eleven years being staged by the Melton Mowbray Team Parish at St Mary’s Church from Monday to Friday, 6-10 August from 9.30 am to 12 noon. There will be bible-based activities plus songs, crafts and games. The cost is £5 per child. To register phone Melton 503530 or see www.melton.leicester.anglican.org
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Melton By The Sea transforms Melton Market Place into a sandy beach with funfair rides, face painting, crafts, a seaside trail and competitions for children. It’s being staged from Wednesday to Friday, 8-10 August from 10 am to 4 pm each day. Details on 07954 817505.
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The Hamilton Fun Run and Family Fun Day is taking place at Melton’s Hamilton Tennis Club on Sunday, 12 August from 11 am. There will be family entertainment including music, a tug of war, barbeque and face painting. To enter the run phone 07940 279165. Proceeds will go to the charity Parkinsons UK.
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Cream teas will be served at Ash Grove, Little Dalby, on Sunday, 12 August from 2 until 5 pm in aid of St James Church, Little Dalby.
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Melton Mowbray Town Estate presents its summer series of free concerts at the bandstand in the New Park. Nottingham Concert Band will perform on 12 August from 2.45 pm. Some seating is available but you can bring your own and refreshments will be on sale.
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Melton Ramblers have a five mile circular evening walk around Grimston on Wednesday, 15 August. They’re meeting at the Wilton Road car park in Melton, ready to drive out at 6.30 pm. Newcomers are welcome. Phone 07969 669230 for details, or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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The Vale of Belvoir Ramblers have an eight mile walk around Granby and Belvoir on Wednesday, 15 August at 10 am. Newcomers are welcome. For full details, including meeting place, phone 01949 836042 or see www.vbramblers.co.uk
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The 30th anniversary British Birdwatching Fair is at Rutland Water from Friday to Sunday, 17-19 August from 9 am each day. For full details of exhibitors, events, facilities and tickets see www.birdfair.org.uk
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Enjoy an evening of badger watching organised by Melton Group of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust at the Holwell Nature Reserves on Friday, 17 August at 8 pm. The reserves are three miles north of Melton and the cost is £5 per person. Booking is essential on 0116 271 9203. 
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The 25th Eastwell Fete is being staged on Saturday, 18 August from 11 am until 5 pm with all day family entertainment. Attractions include a street market, craft fair, dog show, live music, vintage tractors, a barbeque and the Mr Bones Sideshow. Admission is £2.50 per person, with a family ticket costing £5. For full details see www.eastwellfete.co.uk or phone 01949 861256. Proceeds for St Michael and All Angels Church, Eastwell.
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Cream teas are being served at Long Clawson Church on Saturday, 18 August from 2.30 pm in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
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Bingham Ramblers have a six mile walk south of Grantham on Sunday, 19 August. They’re meeting in the main car park in Bingham, ready to drive out at 10 am. Newcomers are welcome. Phone 01949 877833 or 01949 838698.
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Melton Mowbray Lions Club is holding its 25th anniversary golf tournament  at Melton Mowbray Golf Club, Thorpe Arnold, on Sunday, 19 August. Entry is £15. To book a place and a starting time phone Melton 562118. Following the tournament, there will be an auction at 8 pm. All proceeds to Lions charities.
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Cream teas will be served at Ash Grove, Little Dalby, on Sunday, 19 August from 2 until 5 pm in aid of St James Church, Little Dalby.
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Melton Mowbray Town Estate presents its summer series of free concerts at the bandstand in the New Park. The Enderby Band will perform on 19 August from 2.45 pm. Some seating is available but you can bring your own and refreshments will be on sale.
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Melton Ramblers have a five mile circular evening walk around Watermead Country Park on Wednesday, 22 August. They’re meeting at the Wilton Road car park in Melton, ready to drive out at 6.30 pm. Newcomers are welcome. Phone 07969 669230 for details, or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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A Bavarian market takes place in Melton Town  Centre on Friday and Saturday, 24 and 25 August from 12 noon with food, drink and craft stalls and themed activities. There’s live music from 7 pm both days. This event is organised by the Melton BID.
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Enjoy an evening of badger watching organised by Melton Group of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust at the Holwell Nature Reserves on Friday, 24 August at 8 pm. The reserves are three miles north of Melton and the cost is £5 per person. Booking is essential on 0116 271 9203. 
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The Stapleford Miniature Railway will be open over the Bank Holiday Weekend Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 25-27 August. As well as the famous railway itself, there will be traction engines, fairground organs, vintage vehicles, trade stands and catering. Camping and caravanning facilities are available. Or full details see www.fsmr.org.uk or phone Melton 851614. Proceeds will go to LOROS, the Leicestershire Hospice.
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The Leicestershire County Show is at the County Showground, Leicester Road, Market Harborough on Saturday and Sunday, 25-26 August. Arena attractions include the Knights Of Nottingham, The Kangeroo Kid and mounted games. There are equine and livestock classes, a fun fair, trade stands, craft marquees and vintage vehicle displays. For full details see www.leicestershirecountyshow.co.uk
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Melton Ramblers have a nine mile walk around Lyddington on Saturday, 25 August. They’re meeting at the Wilton Road car park in Melton, ready to drive out at 8.30 am. Newcomers are welcome. Phone 07969 669230 for details, or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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The Melton Aurora Rotary Club is holding the Scalford Olympecks Family Fun Day at Scalford Village Hall on Sunday, 26 August from 11 am until 3 pm. It will feature hen racing, craft stalls, cream teas, a barbeque and entertainment by the 103 The Eye Roadshow. For full details phone Melton 565616. Proceeds will help support local charities in Melton and surrounding villages.
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Tresillian House, 67 Dalby Road in Melton is open on Sunday, 26 August from 11 am until 4 pm under the National Gardens Scheme which supports several national charities. Admission is £3, accompanied children go in free. See www.ngs.org.uk for full details  or phone 01664 481197
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Pablos Horse Sanctuary at Waltham Lane, Long Clawson has an open day on Sunday, 26 August from 12 noon until 4 pm. You can meet the rescued horses and ponies, and there will be stalls, games, hot food, home made cakes and other refreshments. Entry is £2, accompanied children under 14 go in free. For full details phone 07745 628684.
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Melton Mowbray Town Estate presents its summer series of free concerts at the bandstand in the New Park. The Springfield Jazz Ensemble Quartet will perform on 26 August from 2.45 pm. Some seating is available but you can bring your own and refreshments will be on sale.
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The Countryside Show takes place at Beacon Hill Country Park, near Woodhouse Eaves, on Bank Holiday Monday, 27 August from 9.30 am to 5 pm. There will be demonstrations of countryside skills, live music, dog agility, children’s activities, arts and crafts and local foods. For admission charges and other details see www.leicscountryparks.org.uk
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Old Dalby Day takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, 27 August from 11 am onwards. There will be entertainment all day, a street market with more than 90 stalls, plus arts and crafts, a horticultural show, a dog show, and classic and vintage vehicles. Admission is £5 per car including all occupants and proceeds will go to local charities. Details on www.olddalbyday.org
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Melton Ramblers have a five mile circular evening walk around Long Clawson on Wednesday, 29 August. They’re meeting at the Wilton Road car park in Melton, ready to drive out at 6.30 pm. Newcomers are welcome. Phone 07969 669230 for details, or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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A vintage and classic vehicle meet is taking place in Melton Town Centre on Friday, 31 August from 5 pm. There is no admission charge and refreshments will be on sale. Details on Melton 480234.
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Melton Ramblers have a nine mile circular walk around Perry and Grafham Water  in Cambridgeshire on Saturday, 1 September. They’re meeting at the Wilton Road car park in Melton, ready to drive out at 8.30 am. Newcomers are welcome. Phone 07969 669230 for details, or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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A quiz night for teams of up to six people is being held at Burton Lazars Village Hall on Saturday, 1 September at 7 pm. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Entry is £4 per person and proceeds will go to St James’ Church. To book, phone Melton 668095.
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Melton Mowbray Rotary Club will hold its vintage and classic car and motorcycle show and fun day in Melton Market Place on Sunday, 2 September from 10 am until 2pm. There will be competitions with prizes, stalls and attractions, plus entertainment from the 103 The Eye Roadshow. Donations for charities supported by Rotary are welcome. For full details see www.meltonvehiclefestival.org.uk or phone Melton 575517.
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Enjoy an evening of badger watching organised by Melton Group of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust at the Holwell Nature Reserves on Fridays 7, 14, 21 and 28 September at 8 pm. The reserves are three miles north of Melton and the cost is £5 per person. Booking is essential on 0116 271 9203. 
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The Teenage Market is taking place in Melton Market Place on Saturday, 8 September from 10 am until 4 pm. It’s a free platform for young people to showcase their creative talents. There will be live music and performances, food and drink, and stalls run by young people selling items they have made. Young people wanting to take part can sign up on www.theteenagemarket.co.uk
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Get On Yer Bike is the theme for the Saturday activities morning at St Mary’s Church in Melton on 8 September, starting at 10.30 am. There will be trips up the tower (weather permitting), plus family activities including arts and crafts, games on a cycling theme, face painting and refreshments. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. There is a short act of worship at 11.45 am.
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Ride and stride is an opportunity to visit Christian churches, chapels and meeting places in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland which will be open on Saturday, 8 September between 10 am and 6 pm. You can cycle, walk, horse ride, jog, run or drive your mobility scooter, while raising sponsorship money for your church. Many of the churches will be serving refreshments. For full details see www.rideandstrideuk.org
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Hickling Scarecrow festival is on Saturday and Sunday, 8-9 September and the theme is Space.
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The Radcliffe-on-Trent Village Show is in the grounds of The Grange on Sunday, 9 September and will officially be opened at 12 noon by BBC TV’s Mark Shardlow. Classes include horticulture and flowers, art, photography, home produce, crafts, cookery and a children’s section. Registration for competitors is on the Saturday morning. Details on www.rotpc.com or phone 0115 9335808. There’s also live music, a dog show, various stalls and other attractions.
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Dr David Fox will give an illustrated talk about the wildlife of Nottinghamshire at a meeting of Bingham Garden Club in the WI Hall, Station Street on Tuesday, 11 September at 7.30 pm. New members are welcome. Phone 01949 838782.
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The Melton Space community workshop at the Melton Country Park Café has  open days on Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, November 25 from 10 am until 4 pm. There will be woodwork, electronics, 3D printing and work with textiles. Bring a broken item and see if it can be repaired. Details on Melton 562112 or see www.meltonspace.org.uk
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This year’s Battle Of Britain parade through Melton on Sunday, 16 September will commemorate the centenary of the Royal Air Force. It will start out from Chapel Street at 10 am and march through the town to St Mary’s Church for a service led by the Reverend Kevin Ashby. A wreath-laying ceremony will take place afterwards.
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The third annual Angrave charity quiz for teams of four people will be held at the Holwell Institute, Asfordby Hill, on Saturday, 22 September at 7.30 pm. The quiz-master is Richard Angrave. Entry is £7.50 per person including a light supper. To book phone Melton 569493. This event is in aid of Vista, the charity which helps people with sight loss.
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The ninth annual Vale’s Got Talent competition organised by the Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club is holding auditions on September 29 and 30 at Radcliffe-on-Trent Royal British Legion Club. The semi-finals are at Candleby Lane School in Cotgrave on October 17 and November 17 and the grand final is at Cotgrave Welfare on 15 December. Prizes total £700. Entry details from 0115 933 4004 or 01949 861770.
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The 24th Viking Challenge off-road cycling event across the Vale of Belvoir takes place on Sunday, 7 October. Entrants can ride 30 or 55 kilometres through the Vale of Belvoir, starting from Redmile School. For entry details see www.vikingchallenge.org.uk  Proceeds of this year’s event will go to the charity Reach which supports people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire.
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The 36th annual Upper Broughton Art Show takes place at the village hall on Saturday and Sunday, 13-14 October. Artists  producing paintings, ceramics, sculptures, textiles and other media are welcome to showcase their work. There’s a preview evening with refreshments on Friday, 12 October at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £7.50. Full details on www.upperbroughtonartshow.org.uk
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Melton Musical Theatre Company are staging the musical thriller Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Melton Theatre from Wednesday to Saturday, 24-27 October with performances at 7.30 pm. There's also a 2.30 pm Saturday matinee. For tickets phone Melton 851111 or see www.meltontheatre.co.uk
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The Enchanted Faery Ball 2018 will be held at Melton Market Tavern on Saturday, 3 November from 7.30 pm. Proceeds will go to charity. Details on
www.enchantedfaeryball.co.uk
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