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Vibrant festivals, live gigs, contemporary theatre, and unusual rural events, Leicester and Leicestershire has lots to entertain you!

Leicester boasts a diverse range of entertainment. From live music and performances at De Montfort Hall to city festivals such as the Caribbean Carnival, Leicester Belgrave Mela and the Ride Leicester Festival. If you need some laughter in your life then visit the Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival held each February.

But it's not all about big festivals and performing arts productions, visit The Musician for intimate performances from live bands or, as you are walking around the city centre, look out for street performances. If you're a film buff, watch in style at Leicester's Cinema de Lux or Phoenix.

In the county you can experience quirky and traditional rural festivals and live music performances. Enjoy food festivals - such as the Melton Mowbray Food Festival, outdoor amphitheatres, concerts in castles to the bizarre Hallaton Bottle Kicking Contest and our very own GlastonBudget – ideal if you missed those essential tickets to Glastonbury! Loughborough Town Hall is the place to be if you enjoy live performances and panto's or visit Conkers or Calke Abbey for live musical performances in magnificent surroundings (and take along a picnic full of tasty Leicestershire goodies).

 

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Shakespeare's Richard III

Sat 25 Jul - Sun 9 Aug 2015

 
 
 
The Main Event

Wed 29 Jul - Sun 2 Aug 2015

 
 
 

Fri 31 Jul - Wed 5 Aug 2015

 
 
 
Leicester Caribbean Carnival

Sat 1 Aug 2015

 
 
 
 

Sun 2 - Wed 5 Aug 2015

 
 
 
 
Strawberry Fields Festival

Fri 7 - Sat 8 Aug 2015

 
 
 
Magic of Motown

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

Sat 8 Aug 2015

 
 
Last updated June 2015