Current and Upcoming Events
Check out our current, past and future events. If you would like to get involved or even pitch an idea for an event, tap the button at the bottom of the page.
Community Garden Arch One
The Community Garden is the crown jewel of The Braunstone Gate and West End Community.
Set in the heart of the Arches, a group of budding gardeners have transformed the area with flowers and greenery. Multiple grow boxes are stationed around the Arches, with plans to grow flowers, vegetables and herbs.
The gardens are open on:
Wednesday 10:30 am - 14:00 pm.
Saturday 10:00 am - 14:00 pm.
Having a garden is something that many take for granted and with people wishing for more green space after the summer lockdown, the Community Garden is a perfect opportunity to get outdoors and get your fingers dirty.
The space is accessible to everyone; come to simply enjoy the gardens or, if you're green-fingered, take a more active role and help us develop the space!
We hope to open for more days and longer hours, but we rely on volunteers to be able to open and close the gardens for general use. If you would like to get involved or just want to find out more information, please email:
Community Hall Arch Two
The Community Hall is built into Arch Two. This large room has held many events, such as markets and fairs, cinema nights and more!
If you are from the local community and are interested in using this space, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Any food or drink vendors must have a license and insurance.
Brightening up Braunstone Gate with the People’s Health Charity
The Braunstone Gate and West End Community have partnered with the wonderful People’s Health Charity, who have kindly provided us with funding for four troughs, which will sit on the railings lining the main road as well as some hanging baskets, which will decorate the surrounding shops.
Come along and help plant the flowers that will make the Braunstone Gate bloom.
Get to Know Your Garden at Arch One
Join us virtually for a Community Garden live-stream!
A group of volunteers will take you on a tour of Arch One, show you what has been planted, go over how to care for your plants this autumn and make plans for the winter months.
The live-stream will be featured on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Follow us to keep up to date with event times. All video footage will be uploaded onto our media page, so you can re-watch them for the latest tips and tricks!
We are currently looking for volunteers to help keep the garden blooming over the winter months. If this is something that you would be interested in, please email:
Poetry Reading Collaboration with the Fosse Road Little Library
We are very excited to announce that The Braunstone Gate and West End Community have partnered up with the Fosse Road Little Library!
Join us for live poetry readings of some of the most renowned poets of the previous and current centuries. If you love poetry or just want to expand your mind, this is a fulfilling event to get involved in.
We will be live-streaming the readings straight onto our Facebook page. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for dates and times. Don’t worry if you can’t make it, we will be posting these videos onto our media page too.
Don’t forget to tag and send us some of your poetry!
We can't wait to see what you come up with #FRLittleLibrary #BGWEC #PoetryPower
Billion Seed Challenge in Collaboration with the Royal Voluntary Service
We are very happy to be collaborating with Royal Voluntary Service to help them tackle Together Coalition Billion Seed Challenge!
On Saturday the 30th of October between 10:00am - 14:00pm, we will be teaching you how to plant and grow wildflowers - FOR FREE.
Join us in the Community Gardens on Bede Street and get your fingers dirty.
Join us this Saturday in the Community Gardens for a SEED GIVEAWAY!
We want to give you the opportunity to grow and nurture your own garden. We will be giving away FREE seeds to people in the local community.
The gardens will be open between 10:00am and 14:00pm.
Make sure to ask our wonderful volunteers for tips on how to make sure your seeds sprout
We hope to see you there!
Garden Tea Party hosted by Ninetysixdegrees
Ninetysixdegrees are hosting a late summer ‘Garden Tea Party’ in partnership with the Braunstone Gate and West End Community, this SUNDAY the 19th of September from 1:00pm - 3:00pm.
All food and beverages will be served in ninetysixdegrees coffee shop, with seating based just a 30 second walk in the Community Garden Arches, on Bede Street.
Ingredients for the food served on the day are all from local gardens or donated by lovely customers.
On the menu will be teas, coffees and a wider variety of hot drinks. Biscuits, cakes, sandwiches, homemade fresh soup and mini children’s options.
Northside Bikes Repair Shop
Northside Bikes will be hosting a pop up bike repair shop, in The Arches at the Braunstone Gate Community Gardens on:
- Saturday the 31st of July from 14:00pm - 16:00pm
Get your bike and the kids ready for the summer holidays. Northside Bikes will be offering this service completely FREE. He will also be teach us some tips and ticks on how to keep your bike running smoothly over the holidays.
Follow them on Facebook at:https://www.facebook.com/NorthsideBikes
ECO SWAP SHOP - Saturday the 26th of June 10:00am - 2:oopm
We have partnered with Food For Life - Soil Association, to promote home grown and environmentally friendly sourced produce. We have over 200+ vegetable plants for you to take home - FREE OF CHARGE.
We also have a clothes swap stall on site so pop down and take a look. If you have any clothes they you are wanting to give away bring those down too! ALL left over clothes will be donated to local charity shops.
Fosse Road Little Library will be setting up a pop up shop, we can promise you'll find an amazing collection of books to borrow.
Based in the Community Gardens on Bede Street.
Dr Bike's Big Bike Revival Pop Up Event
The wonderful Dr Bike from Northside Bikes will be hosting a bike revival event, in The Arches at the Braunstone Gate Community Gardens on:
- Saturday the 15th May from 14:00pm - 16:00pm
- Saturday the 22nd May from 14:00pm - 16:00pm
Dr Bike is offering bike checks and minor repairs for FREE. Get your bike out of storage and let us get you ready for summer bike rides in the sun or get you set up for your daily bike commute to work now the offices are reopening.
Adopt or Foster a Tree
We have collaborated with the Woodlands Trust to re-home 11 saplings!
If your garden has room for a little one, bring your wheelbarrow to the Community Gardens this weekend and pick your very own tree to grow in your very own garden.
Knit Your Way into the New Year
Learn how to knit in a fun and relaxed environment, over a glass of wine, a pint of beer or something softer (maybe stronger!), in the Black Horse on Braunstone Gate.
At the start of 2020, the team got together and knitted various assortments to decorate the railings on Braunstone Gate, bringing a smile to passersby.
Currently, gatherings are on hold but keep an eye out for upcoming dates on our Facebook and Twitter pages!
We look forward to seeing you and remember; everyone is welcome.
It's a Film Frenzy!
Get your FREE tickets for our film day and evening event.
Get a front-row seat to a family-friendly film show. A representative from the Leicester Phoenix Cinema and Arts venue will be hosting the event. There will be screenings of a variety of films, both live-action and animated.
And you can bring your own snacks, drinks and crisps!
Festive Fair and Market Stalls
Join us in Arch One for a day of festive fun!
Explore the mini-market, which will feature stalls from local food traders, picnic tables and music so you can sit, relax and enjoy festive cheer with friends and family.
There will be a wide selection of food available including a BBQ; there will also be a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Educating Gardeners of the Future with Shaftesbury Junior School
We are delighted to announce we have partnered with Shaftesbury Junior School to help inspire the young gardeners of our future.
We will be leading gardening sessions once a month, to help children develop a passion for growing fresh herbs, vegetables and beautiful flowers.
The children planted a ‘herb verge’ along Thorpe Street in 2019 so why not pop down and take a look!