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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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 August 2016>
City Festival

Sat 20 - Mon 29 Aug 2016

City Festival celebrates Leicester in the heart of the city. For ten days the city will be buzzing with activity as streets and venues are filled with entertainment, street arts, sports, culture, music, heritage and more.

Leicester 0116 454 3600

Loose Ends

Wed 6 Jul - Sat 5 Nov 2016

A solo exhibition by Alessia Giangrande

Loughborough 01509 634913

Market Harborough Food Festival

Sun 28 - Mon 29 Aug 2016

The annual two-day festival, which will be held in Welland Park, is aiming to showcase the very best of the region's producers.

Market Harborough 01858 465 206

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

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Tue 16 Aug - Sun 11 Sep 2016

It's 1922, and small-town girl MIllie Dillmount has just arrived in New York City, ready to make her dreams come true.

Lutterworth 01858 881939

Titan The Robot

Mon 29 Aug 2016

Appearing at various intervals throughout the day.

Melton Mowbray 01664 567 777

Vikings of Middle England

Sun 28 - Mon 29 Aug 2016

Be prepared for Battles, Horses, Pageant, Living History Camp and much more.

Market Harborough 01536 770240

50 Years since Great Central Railway Closed

Sat 3 Sep 2016

50 Years since GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY at Lutterworth Museum Gilmorton Road, Lutterworth, LE17 4DY. Wendy Warren 01455 698076 Stuart Hammond 07712 349758

Lutterworth Stuart 07712 349758

Donington Live

Sun 4 Sep 2016

Castle Donington 01332 810048

Last updated June 2016