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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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 September 2016>

Thu 8 Sep - Wed 5 Oct 2016

A collaborative exhibition by Anna Michalska and Jo Sheppard

Loughborough 01509 634913

Sci-fi Weekend

Sat 24 Sep - Sun 25 Dec 2016

Great Central Railway Sci-fi Weekend 2016

Loughborough 01509 632323

Killed in Action

Sat 30 Apr - Sun 2 Oct 2016

This exhibition tells the fascinating, unusual and surprising stories of Hallaton men and women in very different theatres of war.

Market Harborough 07834 324352

Elizabeth I

Fri 30 Sep 2016

Lakeside performance in a marquee by the Schedule Ancient Monument

Leicester 0116 236 2713

Field Sport UK

Fri 30 Sep 2016

Ladies its time to treat yourself! Why not book in for our new event happening each friday at the end of each month, to include Clay shooting and Lunch with the girls! Book an afternoon off, Get out the office and come join us.

Ashby-de-la-Zouch 01283 763350

The Thinking Drinkers

Sat 1 Oct 2016

Laughter and learning abound in a new show from award-winning alcohol aficionados The Thinking Drinkers.

Melton Mowbray 01664 851 111

Fashion Show

Mon 3 Oct 2016

Monday 3rd October 7.30pm. Exhibition of latest Fashion and Cloths on Show. Purchase Cloths on show on the day at Half the High Street prices

Lutterworth 01455 698076

Yes, Prime Minister

Mon 3 - Sat 8 Oct 2016

Can the PM and his trusted advisors salvage the situation for the benefit of the country and, more importantly, themselves?

Leicester 0116 255 1302

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

Last updated June 2016