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Melton events confirmed for 2023 with new events guide

Melton Bid has issued a new events guide for 2023 which confirms some of Melton's favourites will return this year.

The Melton Bid (Business Improvement District) annually publish an events guide for residents and visitors to plan their year ahead.

A Business Improvement District or BID is an arrangement whereby businesses collaborate to decide what services and improvements (in addition to those already provided) they wish to make in their location, how they are going to manage and deliver those improvements and what they are prepared to pay to make them happen. This information forms a business plan that will be voted upon by all prospective levy payers.

Many events are already planned for 2023 with some new ones in the pipeline.

Some of Melton's well-known events are returning for 2023. Photo: NEMM File Photo

The British Pie Awards are coming back to St. Mary's Church on Wednesday 8th March. The awards have become an institution for pastry lovers across the country. The annual event sees hundreds of professional pie-makers come from across the UK to be judged by a variety of judges who are well known in their field. The event runs from 11am until 3pm. More information at

The British Pie Awards will be at St. Mary's Church in March. Photo: NEMM

The 7th women's and 9th juniors CiCLE classic will come back to Melton on Sunday 26th March. It was confirmed at the end of last year that the event is now secure until 2025 following a new sponsorship deal.

Over 120 riders will compete in each category in the events which will start and finish in Melton Town Centre. More information is available at

British Cyclist Dame Laura Kenny was a guest at last year's Women's race pictured with Stephen Hallam of Dickinson & Morris. Photo: NEMM

Staying with cycling the Men's annual event (Rutland & Melton CiCle Classic) is back in the town on Sunday 23rd April. It's the UK's only single day International professional men's race which starts in Oakham and finishes in Melton town centre. The website for more information is the same as above

The Artisan Cheese Fair is on the 29th and 30th April 2023 at Melton Mowbray Market in Scalford Road which will see around 70 producers of cheese showcase their products. There will also be talks and demonstrations by experts. Entry is £5 and the event will run from 10am to 4pm on both days.

The 1940s weekend is back for 2023. Photo: NEMM

The much anticipated 1940s weekend will be back this year too on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May in Melton's Play Close.

It's a jam packed weekend with demonstrations, re-enactors and vintage vehicles from the time period. There will also be live singers and entertainment from the era as well as a fair and food and drink.

The highly successful event is free for the whole family and will run in Melton's play close on both days.

The 1940s event is free and takes place in May. Photo: NEMM

Stapleford Minature Railway's open weekend is on Satuday 10th and Sunday 11th June 2023. It is one of three open events this year and features the incredible 10 1/4 miniature gauge railway. While on board you can enjoy the incredible views around the Stapleford Park estate.

Entry is £5 for adults and £3 for children - under 5s get in free. There is also camping and caravan parking available. For more details visit

The Defence Animal Training Regiment in Asfordby Road will be hosting an open day again this year which was a much missed event from the 2022 events diary.

The day is a rare chance to see behind the scenes of the day to day operations of the regiment which delivers animal handling training for more than 400 personnel and role specific training for hundreds of Military Working Animals per year. The unit is a joint service establishment with serving personnel from several Army regiments and the RAF Police. The event is free and is taking place on Saturday 29th July 2023. There is also free parking at the event.

The DATR open day is a very rare occasion and is a must visit day out. Photo: NEMM

Other events returning this year include the Annual Beer Festival on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th September at Melton's Stockyard.

The East Midlands Food & Drink Festival at the same venue on October 7th and 8th.

In December the Melton Mowbray Christmas Light Switch on is back on Friday 1st December after returning last year for the first time since the Covid 19 pandemic.

The Christmas Tree Festival is returning once again on Friday 1st - Tuesday 5th December. It's an amazing chance to see more than 200 Christmas Trees decorated by local schools, businesses and organisations.

The East Midlands Food & Drink Festival is back in October. Photo: NEMM

The Melton Bid events diary will be distributed throughout homes in the Melton area in the coming weeks and you can also pick up a copy from Dickinson & Morris.

To view an online version please click here.

NEMM will continue to bring you coverage from these events and advertise upcoming events to keep you posted on what's happening in our area. If you have an event you'd like publicsing please email

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