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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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An August Bank Holiday Lark

Mon 27 Jun - Sat 2 Jul 2016

An August Bank Holiday Lark is set in the idyllic summer of 1914 in rural Lancashire.

Leicester 0116 255 1302

Creative Calligraphy

Mon 23 May - Sat 27 Aug 2016

A solo exhibition by Sue Bosworth

Loughborough 01509 634913

Market Bosworth Festival

Sat 11 Jun - Sat 2 Jul 2016

Market Bosworth Festival is a series of events taking place every year in and around Market Bosworth, Leicestershire to celebrate the Arts - music of all genres, film, theatre, literature, the visual arts and crafts.

Market Bosworth

West Side Story

Wed 1 Jun - Sun 17 Jul 2016

From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time.

Lutterworth 01858 881939

Children's Shooting Lessons

Sat 2 Jul 2016

Field Sport UK have a young shots programme which is held fortnightly, this is clay shooting lessons for children. Great for children who have never tried it before.

Ashby-de-la-Zouch 01283763350


Sat 2 Jul 2016

Put the 2nd July 2016 in your diaries because it's Ladies Day here at Leicester Racecourse!

Leicester 0116 271 6515

 Learn to meditate

Sat 2 Jul 2016

Saturday morning meditation workshops

Leicester 01162620317

Much Ado About Nothing

Sat 2 Jul 2016

In the year that marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men invite you to join them this summer for Shakespeare’s sparkling, battle-of-the-sexes comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.

Coalville 0116 265 8326

The 39 Steps

Tue 5 - Sat 9 Jul 2016

Patrick Barlow’s inspiration was the Alfred Hitchcock film, a black+white classic starring Robert Donat, based on John Buchan’s novel.

Market Harborough 01858 463656

Great Bowden Music Fest

Thu 7 - Sun 10 Jul 2016

The music festival features local and international musicians, as well as showcasing young talent and local choirs.

Market Harborough 01858 469109

Last updated June 2016