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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 Handmade Festival, Leicester Caribbean Carnival and Leicester Belgrave Mela. If you need some laughter in your life, visit the Leicester Comedy Festival held each February. 

But it's not all about big festivals and performing art 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 major 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 the many food festivals taking place all year round such as the Melton Mowbray Food Festival, Artisan Cheese Fair, ChocFest or UK PieFest. Outdoor ampitheatres, concerts in castles to the bizarre Hallaton Hare Pie Scramble & Bottle Kicking 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 (don't fortget to take along a picnic full of tasty Leicestershire goodies!)

What's on this week in the city 

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Rhapsody in Blue

Sun 26 Feb 2017

The Harborough Collective was formed in 2010 by David Le Page, one of the UK’s most sought-after violinists and a former pupil of the Yehudi Menuhin School.

Market Harborough

The Magazine Gateway

Sun 26 Feb 2017

The Magazine is a 15th century entrance gateway to the former Newarke religious precinct that was later used to store the weaponry and gunpowder of the town’s militia during the English Civil War.


Leicester Comedy Festival

Wed 8 - Sun 26 Feb 2017

Our 2017 Festival will take place from 8-26 February and we are expecting the event to be the biggest ever!


Event Poster

Sat 25 Feb - Sat 24 Jun 2017

Harborough Museum's most recent exhibition showcases Palitoy and the toys that shaped our childhoods.

Market Harborough

Richard the Black Cat

Wed 9 Nov 2016 - Sat 4 Mar 2017

Richard, a beautiful black cat, walked into Liz's house one day, uninvited, and made himself at home. The event resulted in a series of acrylic on canvas paintings by Liz.


Two One Act Plays

Tue 28 Feb - Sat 4 Mar 2017

Tickets on sale 21st January 2017, £10, concessions £8, (online booking fee applies) or at the theatre Tuesdays and Saturdays 9.30 – 11.30 am

Market Harborough

80s Invasion Tour

Fri 3 Mar 2017

The ‘80’s Invasion’ tour is back with a new line up.


Corby Mardi Gras

Sat 4 Mar 2017

Be a part of a spectacular illuminated walk through East Carlton Park by twilight…

Market Harborough

British Pie Awards

Wed 8 Mar 2017

Our annual event sees hundreds of pie-makers gather for a celebration and competition of this British culinary favourite.

Melton Mowbray

Last updated October 2016