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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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Ashby Arts Festival


Sat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015



Fri 22 - Sun 24 May 2015

Spark Festival


Mon 18 - Sat 30 May 2015

Walking Festival

Sat 16 - Thu 28 May 2015

Singin in the Rain, Kilworth Theatre

Wed 3 Jun - Sun 19 Jul 2015

Leicester Book Festival

Market Harborough

Sat 6 Jun - Wed 1 Jul 2015

Leicester Riverside Festival

Sun 7 - Mon 8 Jun 2015

Last updated May 2015