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40s, 00s and 20s. What’s happening in Melton Mowbray this weekend

From the 1940s weekend in the park to a festival made for dog lovers, here's your comprehensive guide to what's on this weekend put together by Kelly Davies from My Melton.

Friday 12th May

Magic The Gathering fans need to head on the Black Dragon website ASAP. The popular games shop is hosting a March Of The Machine Plane Chase night from 6:30pm to 11pm. Tickets to the event are £6 per person.

Those who fancy jammin' on a Friday night, should head to The Welby. They are hosting a reggae night from 7:30pm. Burgers at this popular pub are also buy one, get one free should you fancy a bite to eat. Those of you who are super hungry should try their Quadzilla. It has a bacon double cheeseburger topped with two chicken burgers and nacho cheese sauce.

The Fur and Feather host DJ Morgs. Expect good vibes and all night drink specials. Oh and I almost forgot to mention the double happy hour. Arrive in good time to take advantage of the special deals available.

The Half Moon, host Tiny Tony for day 1 of his weekly residency. Enjoy one of Melton’s most well known after-dark figures accompanied by the Half Moon’s signature pitchers and bombs. Entry is free and seating is on a first come, first self. AKA, get here in advance because this place is popular.

Should you wish to keep the cocktails a flowing, head to Cutting Room for 2 for 1 cocktails and a DJ until 2am. It’s free entry all night and special offers.

The White Lion have their weekly Decadance night. Expect the best dance, pop and party tunes from 70s-00s. WKDs and VKs are also four for a tenner. The Lion has free entry all night and is open until 4am should you wish to dance into the early hours.

In the villages Blues A-Go Go will be hosting an open mic night at The Berkeley Arms. Enjoy listening to the band play the blues or bring your own instrument to join in.

Alternatively, you can head to Hose Church for an evening of Irish/Celtic music. The Church hosts Kelly’s Heroes (great band name by the way) from 7pm-11pm. Tickets are £12 in advance and £15 on the door. Advanced tickets can be brought at Hose and Harby shops, Squirrel Stores in Long Clawson or online via Eventbrite.

Saturday 13th May

Melton is home to some interesting professional tournaments. Including the Pork Pie Classic disc golf tournament. It starts at 9am and is free for spectators. So if you fancy watching professionals yeet (that’s slang for throw, for those of you who have never heard that word before) a frisbee in a skillful manner. There is also the chance to try the sport yourself, for a small cost.

Dog lovers can head to Belvoir Castle for Dogfest. This two day festival is dedicated to your pawsome furry friend. The event features Have-A-Go activities, demonstrations, over 100 stalls for doggy shopping and a dog school. Tickets are £21.40 for adults, £16.05 for concessions (students and seniors, bring proof with you) and £13.91 for kids aged 5-16. Locals can get 20% all tickets when they use the code LOCAL20 on the Dogfest website. Former One Show favourite and Blue Peter legend Matt Baker will also be appearing at the event.

One of the big draws in Melton Mowbray this weekend is the 40s weekend. This event will be taking place in Play Close park from 10am to 4pm and allows visitors to travel back in time to the days of world war 2. Visitors can expect live reenactors, vintage stalls, iconic cars and sets and tons more. Keep an eye in the sky for a potential fly-by (weather permitting) in the afternoon. The event is free.

The 1940s weekend is back this weekend in Melton Play Close. Photo: NEMM

Speaking of professionals, the best of the best (and people like me who just want to have fun) are invited to Black Dragon at 2pm. They are hosting their first ever Pokemon league challenge tournament. Fans of the popular trading card game are invited to put their standard decks (that’s decks using cards from the E, F and G series) to the ultimate test to earn points which all count towards the journey to worlds. All entrants get a Play! Prize pack of cards with the top 3 also gaining Scarlet and Violet booster packs. Entry £6pp and can be booked via the website. The popular game shop will also be hosting their Yu Gi Oh club at the same time for those of you who prefer Blue Eyes White Dragon to Charizard.

At the rugby club, the annual BLT rugby match will be taking place. This event sees BLT Rugby play The Melton Rugby club as a memory to Liam Tasker. Liam was a former rugby club player who was killed in action during an operation tour in 2011 with his work dog dying not long after.

The bar will be open for refreshments before and after the game and there will also be fundraising with money going to Rugby For Heroes. A charity that supports servicemen and women transitioning from the military to civilian life using the sport of rugby. As the daughter of 2 military veterans, one of whom was on the same operational tour as Liam, this event is definitely one to get behind.

It’s eyes down at The Stute for their family prize bingo. Tickets are £1 a book and 25p per flyer. The event promises a variety of amazing prizes that lucky winners can choose themselves. Alternatively, one can head to the British Legion for their weekly bingo slot.

It’s the annual slot that Australia becomes part of Europe. That’s right, I’m talking Eurovision. For those of you who LOVE the camp and crazy, head to The Berkely Arms. They are showing the song contest live at the pub. Which means, yes, you can stan Croatia and cheer on the UK whilst drinking everytime we get a nil point. The fun kicks off at 8pm.

Cutting Room will be a space to go to should you wish to watch the KSI vs Fourneir fight. The showing begins live at 9pm. Beer lovers should enquire about the pub’s beer towers. Cocktail lovers are pleased to know the beverages are also two for one all night.

Code 44 is back in Melton. This popular rock and pop cover band always have a great response when performing in Melton and you can catch them at The Black Swan from 9pm. There are also some drinks deals available, ask at the bar for more information.

Pete The Beat is doing a free stand-up comedy set at Asfordby Football Club on Saturday.

The gig starts at 7:30pm and it's free entry

The Inspired meanwhile will be performing at The White Lion. These guys play a mix of indie and rock songs from the 60s to present. Name ring a bell? Chances are that it’s because they played at the Lion last Halloween. They will be on the outdoor stage (weather permitting) from 9pm. This will be followed by a DJ until 4am with last entry being 3am. Like Friday, The Lion will also have free entry all night.

Sunday 14th May.

Belvior Castle hosts the second day of DogFest. Pooch lovers can mingle amongst celebrities, pamper their doggos by buying something from the over 100 stalls or see how far their dog can leap into a swimming pool. Locals get 20% off tickets when they use the code Local20 online.

Belvoir Castle will be home to hundreds of pooches this weekend. Photo: NEMM File Photo.

Within the town centre, the park hosts the second day of the 40s weekend. The full programme of entertainment can be brought at St Mary’s Church for £1.Families are invited to take park in the event’s first ever box derby. Categories for this will be 5-8 and 9-12 so if you have some boxes hidden away, why not get creative.

Miss Sunday Funday in the town centre? Head to The Geese and Fountain from 6pm to hear music from Lil Jim. This award winning artist will be bringing his guitar and accordion to play headbanging tunes. The pub will also be serving their traditional Sunday lunch from 1pm-7pm, so if you want beef with your bangers, make sure to book your table by calling 01664870350.

Words: Kelly Davies from My Melton

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