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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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Victorian Christmas Fayre

Fri 4 - Sun 6 Dec 2015

A traditional Christmas experience for all the family

Melton Mowbray

Snow White

Sat 12 Dec 2015 - Mon 4 Jan 2016

Panto is back at De Montfort Hall for Christmas 2015... This year's pantomime will be the wickedly funny Snow White, starring Benidorm and Loose Women’s Sherrie Hewson.


Golden Voyage of Sinbad

Wed 23 Dec 2015

Comical Christmas Pantomime's with a 3 course meal


Golden Voyage of Sinbad

Thu 24 Dec 2015

Comical Christmas Pantomime's with a 3 course meal


Golden Voyage of Sinbad

Sun 27 Dec 2015

Comical Christmas Pantomime's with a 3 course meal


Frozen to Death

Sat 2 Jan 2016

The shivery scene is set for magical Ice Queen Ulsa’s royal banquet, with princes, princesses and the odd snowman in attendance. A sudden death points the icy finger at our far from innocent characters.



View the Leics.TV ‘What’s On Leicestershire’ guide for November

Last updated November 2015