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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 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, Artisan Cheese Festival or the Great Food and Drink 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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Western Park Beer Festival

Beer festival

On Saturday 30th April the Western Park Beer Festival takes place at West Gate School on Glenfield Road in Leicester. As well as a good selection of beers and wines there will be live music and snacks available.


Half a Sixpence

Tue 3 - Sat 14 May 2016

A sparkling new production of the all time family favourite 'Half a Sixpence'. This new production includes well known favourites like 'Flash Bang Wallop’, ’If The Rains Got To Fall and 'Half A Sixpence', but in addition has nine new musica


Let's Dance International Festival

Fri 29 Apr - Sat 14 May 2016

In 2016, LDIF celebrates it’s sixth birthday returning with another innovative programme of dance from around the world.


Signatures 2016

Wed 4 May 2016

Signatures, in partnership with Dance4 is an exciting platform for emerging dancers and choreographers.


Just The Tonic Comedy Club

Fri 6 May 2016

This thriving monthly comedy club books the best of the established and the up-and-coming comedians on the circuit.


Children's Shooting Lessons

Sat 7 May 2016

Field Sport UK have a young shots programme which is held fortnightly, this is clay shooting lessons for children. Great for children who have never tried it before.


 Learn to meditate

Sat 7 May 2016

Saturday morning meditation workshops


Limehouse Lizzy

Sat 7 May 2016

Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide.

Melton Mowbray

Specialist Plant Fair

Sat 7 May 2016

Plant Hunters' Fair at Donington Le Heath Manor with entry of only £1.00 for the Plant Fair and Gardens.


Bardi Symphony Orchestra

Sun 8 May 2016

Darrell Davison returns to conduct and compere the annual Bardi Sunday afternoon Family Concert.


Charnwood Forest Cycle Ride

Sun 8 May 2016

Choose between a 10, 20 or 50 mile bike ride.


Last updated April 2016