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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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Another Fine Mess

Sat 23 Jul 2016

Market Harborough 01858 463656

Archaeology Day

Sat 23 Jul 2016

The Archaeology Dig with Mike Southall and the Lutterworth Fieldworks Lutterworth Museum Gilmorton Road, Lutterworth, LE17 4DY. Wendy Warren 01455 698076

Lutterworth Stuart 07712 349758

Creative Calligraphy

Mon 23 May - Sat 27 Aug 2016

A solo exhibition by Sue Bosworth

Loughborough 01509 634913

Lifebeat at Stanford Hall

Thu 21 - Thu 28 Jul 2016

LIFEbeat summer camps offer a unique opportunity for people aged 14–18 to express themselves creatively, discover new ideas, be inspired and learn from others.

Lutterworth 020 8123 8580

Simons Says... Weekend 2016

Sat 23 Jul 2016

We are pleased to announce after a record year Simon Says... festival will be returning in 2016.

Leicester 0116 233 3111

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

Farmers Market

Sun 24 Jul 2016

The Farmers Market is a fun way to buy locally grown and produced goods.

Market Bosworth

Meet Rex the T-Rex

Mon 25 - Fri 29 Jul 2016

You’ve seen JURASSIC WORLD, the forth movie in the Jurassic Park series! Now meet ‘REX’ the T Rex Dinosaur!

Melton Mowbray 01664 567 777

An Indian Summer

Fri 29 - Sun 31 Jul 2016

Taking place at various venues in Leicester City, An Indian Summer will transform the city into a mecca for South Asian arts and culture with an outstanding line-up of live experiences to delight and thrill your senses.

Leicester 0116

Barefoot Festival

Fri 29 - Sun 31 Jul 2016

2016 is set to be such an amazing weekend, you'll find so much to do for all the family!

Loughborough 01509 880236

Last updated June 2016