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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 including the Leicester Caribbean Carnival. 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 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! The award-winning 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 forget to take along a picnic full of tasty Leicestershire goodies!)

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Open Garden

Wed 4 Apr - Sun 1 Jul 2018

Open Gardens. 5 acres of spring bulbs, rhododendrons, azaleas, camelias, magnolias, many rare shrubs, mature trees, lily ponds; terraced lawns, herbaceous borders, potager in walled kitchen garden, wildflower meadow walk.

Loughborough

 
 
 
Open Gardens

Tue 1 May - Tue 31 Jul 2018

88 Brook Street, Wymeswold opens its garden by arrangement with the owner May to July for the NGA. ½ acre garden set on a hillside with views across the village.

Loughborough

 
 
 
Open Gardens

Tue 1 May - Sat 30 Jun 2018

109 Brook Street, Wymeswold. Garden open by arrangement only for NGS. South facing gently sloping garden with views to open country. Mature garden with roses and clematis. Mixed borders, vegetable garden, orchard and woodland garden.

Loughborough

 
 
 

Mon 7 May - Mon 25 Jun 2018

8 week course - learn new skills and creative yourself something special.

Market Harborough

 
 
 

Thu 10 May - Thu 28 Jun 2018

8 week course - learn new skills and creative yourself something special.

Market Harborough

 
 
 

Mon 14 May - Wed 11 Jul 2018

Ashby Arts festival is famous for its giant outdoor gallery! Each year many businesses around the town centre display huge paintings done by local professional and amateur artists. Get an Art around Town leaflet from Ashby TIC

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

 
 
 

Wed 6 Jun - Wed 25 Jul 2018

Garden open for charity National Garden Scheme.

Market Harborough

 
 
 

Thu 28 Jun 2018

A darkly comic opera, written by one of the UK’s most celebrated composers. Inspired by the sensational life of the ‘Dirty Duchess’ of Argyll, this production dazzles and entertains in equal measure.

Market Harborough

 
 
 
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Fri 29 Jun - Sun 1 Jul 2018

Leicestershire is set to welcome a brand new major music festival next summer as Texfest lands at Market Harborough Showground from 29 June – 1 July 2018.

Market Harborough

 
 
Last updated January 2018