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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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<August 2018>

Forthcoming festivals:

Edible Forest Festival

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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.



Wed 6 Jun - Wed 25 Jul 2018

Garden open for charity National Garden Scheme.

Market Harborough

Some Mothers do &#39;ave &#39;em

Tue 17 - Sat 21 Jul 2018

Everyone’s favourite 1970s classic TV comedy, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em is back with Joe Pasquale starring as the loveable accident-prone Frank Spencer, Sarah Earnshaw as his wife Betty and Susie Blake as his disapproving Mother-in-Law, Mrs


Join in the fun at the Lighthouse

Wed 18 Jul 2018

Come along and join in the fun at the lighthouse and watch some animated films about the Lighthouse Keeper’s adventures. You even get to meet the Lighthouse Keeper and explore his cosy cottage!



Wed 18 Jul 2018

Summer Family Fun - Family Archaeology Day Archaeological dig boxes. Help create a massive mammoth. Guess the artefact ?Refreshments available



Wed 18 Jul 2018

Join Peter Liddle and Betty Cawte to explore the fabulous Breedon church, which started life as an Anglo-Saxon monastery in the 7th century, became an Augustinian Priory and is now a parish church.

Castle Donington


Wed 18 Jul 2018

Peter Liddle will talk about the current archaeological investigations being carried out by the University of Leicester in Bradgate Park with news of the latest discoveries from the 2018 excavation. Part of The Festival of Archaeology



Thu 19 Jul 2018

Why not come along and sample some of the gastronomic delights that the local area has to offer? Producers at the market offer free tastings and can give some great cookery tips.



Fri 20 Jul 2018

World Renowned Classical Cross Over Group Il Divo are heading out on their Castles and Country tour and will be live at Belvoir Castle on 20th July 2018.

Melton Mowbray

Last updated January 2018