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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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 October 2016>
British Birds

Thu 1 Sep 2016 - Sat 7 Jan 2017

A solo exhibition by Jannice Read

Loughborough 01509 634913

Enchanted Stories

Mon 24 Oct 2016

Running throughout the festival is the wonderful 'Enchanted Page Friends' exhibition from London Print Studio.

Loughborough 0116 305 2420

Family Scream & Xtreme Scream

Sat 15 - Mon 31 Oct 2016

Not one for the faint hearted - Xtreame Scream park will give you the best scares in your life!

Melton Mowbray 01664 567777


Mon 24 - Sat 29 Oct 2016

Award-winning playwright Abi Morgan’s Lovesong is the poignant story of a couple uniquely told from different points in their lives.

Leicester 0116 255 1302

Making Slime

Sat 15 - Sun 30 Oct 2016

This Halloween Half Term Holidays the Spooky Science team have taken over and we have all gone slightly batty!

Leicester 0116 261 0261

The Importance of Being Earnest

Thu 6 - Sat 29 Oct 2016

Artistic Director Nikolai Foster gives The Importance of Being Earnest the Made at Curve treatment with a fresh and contemporary spin on Oscar Wilde’s classic play in a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Leicester 0116 242 3595

The Bare Foot Walk at Conkers

Sat 15 - Sun 30 Oct 2016

Conkers, the award-winning visitor attraction at the heart of The National Forest, is offering a range of indoor and outdoor activities and adventures to keep the family entertained this half-term from 15-30 October.

Ashby-de-la-Zouch 01283 216633

Seriously Dead

Wed 26 Oct 2016

A brand new comedy play that will have you dying with laughter!!

Melton Mowbray 01664 851 111

Sileby Drawing Festival

Wed 26 - Sat 29 Oct 2016

A new festival taking place this month will celebrate the art of drawing and encourage all ages and abilities to get creative.

Loughborough 0330 223 2350

Last updated October 2016