Major events and festivals
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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Thu 1 Sep 2016 - Sat 7 Jan 2017
A solo exhibition by Jannice Read
Loughborough 01509 634913
Sat 26 Nov 2016 - Sat 14 Jan 2017
Grease is the word this Christmas as Nikolai Foster directs Curve’s brand new production of the electrifying, smash hit musical.
Leicester 0116 242 3595
Thu 8 Dec 2016
Join us for a lunchtime lecture exploring great writers, their lives and works.
Leicester 0116 233 3111
Thu 8 Dec 2016
The Royal Ballet's glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite.
Melton Mowbray 01664 500642
Fri 25 Nov - Fri 30 Dec 2016
Due to overwhelming demand Kilworth are delighted to welcome back some of the world’s finest interpreters of FRANK SINATRA, DEAN MARTIN and SAMMY DAVIS JR. to swing you back to a time when ‘The Rat Pack’ ruled Las Vegas and Hollywood.
Lutterworth 01858 881939
Sat 19 Nov - Sat 24 Dec 2016
The perfect day out for all the family.
Melton Mowbray 01664 567777
Thu 8 Dec 2016
Our Grove suite will be transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland this year, with food and atmosphere to match. Enjoy the delights of our expertly prepared two* or three course menu - then hit the dance floor for a night to remember.
Fri 9 Dec 2016
You and your child will be greeted by one of Santa’s helpers, shown to your table and given an activity pack.
Ibstock 01530 263418
Mon 12 - Sat 17 Dec 2016
One of the most popular films of all time comes to the Concordia stage in this dazzling production of Miracle on 34th Street The Musical.
Hinckley 01455 847676