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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 fortget to take along a picnic full of tasty Leicestershire goodies!)

What's on this week in the city 

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British Birds

Thu 1 Sep 2016 - Sat 7 Jan 2017

A solo exhibition by Jannice Read

Loughborough 01509 634913


Sat 26 Nov 2016 - Sat 14 Jan 2017

Grease is the word this Christmas as Nikolai Foster directs Curve’s brand new production of the electrifying, smash hit musical.

Leicester 0116 242 3595

Literature at Lunchtime

Thu 8 Dec 2016

Join us for a lunchtime lecture exploring great writers, their lives and works.

Leicester 0116 233 3111

The Nutcracker

Thu 8 Dec 2016

The Royal Ballet's glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite.

Melton Mowbray 01664 500642

Image taken from Kilworth Theatre

Fri 25 Nov - Fri 30 Dec 2016

Due to overwhelming demand Kilworth are delighted to welcome back some of the world’s finest interpreters of FRANK SINATRA, DEAN MARTIN and SAMMY DAVIS JR. to swing you back to a time when ‘The Rat Pack’ ruled Las Vegas and Hollywood.

Lutterworth 01858 881939

Twinlakes Magical Winter Wonderland

Sat 19 Nov - Sat 24 Dec 2016

The perfect day out for all the family.

Melton Mowbray 01664 567777


Thu 8 Dec 2016

Our Grove suite will be transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland this year, with food and atmosphere to match. Enjoy the delights of our expertly prepared two* or three course menu - then hit the dance floor for a night to remember.

Hinckley 01455251133

Afternoon Tea Santa Experience

Fri 9 Dec 2016

You and your child will be greeted by one of Santa’s helpers, shown to your table and given an activity pack.

Ibstock 01530 263418

Miracle on 34th Street

Mon 12 - Sat 17 Dec 2016

One of the most popular films of all time comes to the Concordia stage in this dazzling production of Miracle on 34th Street The Musical.

Hinckley 01455 847676

Last updated October 2016