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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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Edible Forest Festival

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Sat 6 - Sun 28 Apr 2019

This Easter our egg will be Apollo shaped with a BRAND-NEW Planetarium show!



Sat 13 - Sun 28 Apr 2019

Join us over the Easter holidays to find out about Heraldry.


Historic Ghost Walks, Bradgate Park

Thu 25 Apr 2019

Ghost Walk Bradgate Park, Leicestershire. Bradgate is one Leicestershire’s most popular visitor attractions. With its herd of deer and iconic buildings, this venue is stunning by day and absolutely fascinating by night.



Fri 26 Apr 2019

Bye Bye Baby are a jaw­-dropping tribute to the musical phenomenon ‘Jersey Boys’ and the timeless, iconic music of ‘Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons’. Incredible four part harmonies, roof raising falsetto complete with energetic dancing.



Sat 27 Apr 2019

We have plenty of racing throughout the day as well as live music from 'From the Jam'! So come and enjoy the great music which will be performed after racing.



Sat 27 Apr 2019

The most dangerous mission in history


Ghost Walk, Bosworth Battlefield

Tue 30 Apr 2019

When we first researched this area for the ghost walk we were surprised just how many ghost stories and sightings had been reported. There’s no smoke with out fire..

Market Bosworth


Thu 2 - Sat 11 May 2019

A dark comedy - a battle of wits and arms staged on an allotment, and tells the hilarious story of three pensioners, all former soldiers who meet a wild young woman who turns up to claim a vacant plot, but she hasn't a clue about gardening.



Thu 2 May 2019

Visit the Farmers Market on the town square held on the 1st Thursday of the month. You'll find over 20 stalls offering a wide range of local produce, such as jam, bread, beer, meat, plants, flowers, pies, cakes, eggs & cheese.

Market Harborough