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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!)

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Sat 25 Feb - Sat 24 Jun 2017

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

Market Harborough

Handmade Festival

Fri 28 - Sun 30 Apr 2017

Our aim is to find the best new and forward thinking music, comedy, art, film, performance and photography and bring it all together for one weekend.


Italian Market comes to Harborough

Fri 28 - Sat 29 Apr 2017

On 28th & 29th April Italia in Piazza will be returning to the Square in Market Harborough for the first time in 4 years, offering fresh I

Market Harborough

Marillion Weekend 2017

Fri 28 - Sun 30 Apr 2017

The Marillion Weekend 2017 – UK will take place over 3 nights at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester.


Artisan Cheese Fair

Sat 29 - Sun 30 Apr 2017

The UK’s largest Cheese Fair. Over 50 cheese makers who produce 250+ cheeses. These include some of the UK’s rarest cheeses.

Melton Mowbray

Alfresco - All Day and Night Festival

Sun 30 Apr 2017

A day and night of live music, DJs, fresh BBQ food, outside rum bar & drinks offers galore, 3pm til 1am!


The Magazine Gateway

Sun 30 Apr 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.


Bradgate Drama Society

Thu 4 - Sat 6 May 2017

Bradgate Drama Society present: "Sharks in the Custard" by Tony Layton and "Two Sisters" by Caroline Harding


Paul Field in concert @ Hall Lane Methodist Church

Sat 6 May 2017

Come and see Christian singer songwriter Paul Field in concert and hear him talk about the inspiration behind his music and songs.


Last updated October 2016