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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 Handmade Festival, Leicester Caribbean Carnival and Leicester Belgrave Mela. If you need some laughter in your life, visit the Leicester Comedy Festival held each February. 

But it's not all about big festivals and performing art 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 major 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 the many food festivals taking place all year round such as the Melton Mowbray Food Festival, Artisan Cheese Fair, ChocFest or UK PieFest. Outdoor ampitheatres, concerts in castles to the bizarre Hallaton Hare Pie Scramble & Bottle Kicking 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 (don't forget to take along a picnic full of tasty Leicestershire goodies!)

What's on this week in the city 

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 August 2017 

Browse our selection of events:

Ullesthorpe Court

Fri 25 Aug 2017

Comedy Dining Evening - Friday 25th August Enterainment & 3 course dinner - £38.00 per person for 2 people with event plus bed & breakfast - £145.00


Plant Fair

Sat 26 Aug 2017

Visit the Market Harborough Plant Fair on the Square and support a multitude of nurseries and growers. Perfect for gardeners and plant enthusiasts to visit and pick up tips from knowledgeable traders.

Market Harborough

The County Show

Sat 26 - Sun 27 Aug 2017

To make sure visitors can make the most of their visit and get the opportunity to visit all the stalls they want to visit, organisers have extended the event for over 2 days, on the August bank holiday from the 26th to the 27th.

Market Harborough

Leicester Castle Great Hall

Sun 27 Aug 2017

On the last Sunday of the month, the Magazine Gateway and Leicester Castle Great Hall are open to the public from 11am-3pm. Guided tours are available on each opening day.


Heavy horse demonstration

Mon 28 Aug 2017

Enjoy a great day out in the countryside. Children's activities, sheep roadshow, extreme mountain bike show, tree climbing, local food and ales and lots more.


Total 80s

Sat 2 Sep 2017

TOTAL 80'S" A CELEBRATION OF A GENERATION "No other era has had such a colourful and diverse influence than the eighties, the eighties generation are back and "Total 80'S" are here to deliver!!!


Arts Fresco

Sun 10 Sep 2017

Often described as a 'mini Fringe festival', Market Harborough's Arts Fresco is a free street theatre festival, that for one day every September, transforms the town centre into the biggest street arts festival in the Midlands.

Market Harborough

Edible Forest Festival - Cocktails and Canapes

Fri 15 Sep 2017

Indulge in forest-inspired cocktails & canapés and get in to the festival spirit in a secret garden hidden away in ancient woodland.



Fri 15 - Sun 17 Sep 2017

Come and experience a two day hands on hedge laying weekend on the organic farmland here in Cotesbach, tutored by a professional HLA accredited hedge layer. Learn to lay hedges, both young and old using traditional Midlands methods & tools.


Last updated October 2016