LOROS Hospice announces summer programme of incredible Rocket events

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This morning, LOROS Hospice has announced a summer of fun as part of their Rocket Round Leicester art trail. Rocket Round Leicester is LOROS Hospice’s flagship fundraising event of the year and will see the city’s biggest ever public art event take to the streets this summer.

LOROS is partnering with leading producer of public art events Wild in Art to bring an unforgettable free trail to the city and raise all-important funds for the charity. Rocket Round Leicester will see 10-weeks of incredible trail, events and adventure as 40 giant Rocket sculptures weave a trail of discovery across the city. Trail-goers will navigate Leicester's streets and open spaces from 19th July in a mission to see the technicolour sculptures, designed by local and national artists.

Alongside exploring the city like never before, visitors can experience 10 different themed weeks in the heart of Leicester; from music, space, challenge and wellness to name a few. With each unique week, LOROS have organised space-tastic events and activities for the whole family to enjoy this summer holidays.

With exactly one month until the trail begins, LOROS is unveiling a host of fun, summer, city-based events such as a Bungee jump, Firewalk and 100km Space Race challenge which will make sure your staycation is more exciting than ever before.

Music Week is celebrated from 9th – 15th August and trail-goers can take in the sculptures to a soundtrack as local musicians showcase their talents in a busking trail. LOROS’ highly anticipated 10km Twilight Walk is back for its triumphant 11th year with an out-of-this-world theme to conclude the week of 14th August.

With 100km between Earth and space, LOROS are challenging the public to get sponsored to take on the trail in the Space Race Challenge. Participants can complete the 100km target their own way and in their own time; cycle it in a day or walk it throughout summer, alone or as a group - the choice is yours!

The adventure doesn’t stop there as thrill-seekers can leap for LOROS and get their heart racing with a 160-foot Bungee crane jump on 18th September. Those who want to test their resilience can walk barefoot on hot coals at a Firewalk on 15th September.

Following 10-weeks of Rocket Round Leicester exploration, there will be one final time to see the sculptures together at the Farewell Weekend from 9th – 10th October. Sponsored by University of Leicester, all 40 giant Rocket sculptures and miniature Junior Jets, designed by local schools, will congregate at the National Space Centre for a weekend of family fun.

The grand-finale will see the giant Rocket sculptures auctioned off on 13th October to raise money for LOROS Hospice.

Laura Betts, Fundraising Manager at LOROS Hospice says, “We’re thrilled to bring Rocket Round Leicester to the city and inject colour and conversation back to the streets. The trail will bring the local community together after a long time apart and raise all-important funds for LOROS Hospice too.

“Leicester is an incredible place to live, work and visit. We hope that the trail and all the exciting events with it highlights exactly this.”

Visit loros.co.uk/rocket for more information on the events and activities mentioned and purchase your tickets today for a summer of family fun.

To keep up to date with the Rocket Round Leicester trail and events, follow @RocketRoundLeicester across social media.

The charity has worked hard to ensure that all events are COVID-secure in line with official guidance and best practice health and safety measures, meaning that you can book in confidence.

For more information on how you can support LOROS Hospice through Rocket Round Leicester from fundraising to volunteering, visit rocketroundleicester.co.uk/charity.

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