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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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Creative Calligraphy

Mon 23 May - Sat 27 Aug 2016

A solo exhibition by Sue Bosworth

Loughborough 01509 634913

Lifebeat at Stanford Hall

Thu 21 - Thu 28 Jul 2016

LIFEbeat summer camps offer a unique opportunity for people aged 14–18 to express themselves creatively, discover new ideas, be inspired and learn from others.

Lutterworth 020 8123 8580

Meet Rex the T-Rex

Mon 25 - Fri 29 Jul 2016

You’ve seen JURASSIC WORLD, the forth movie in the Jurassic Park series! Now meet ‘REX’ the T Rex Dinosaur!

Melton Mowbray 01664 567 777

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

An Indian Summer

Fri 29 - Sun 31 Jul 2016

Taking place at various venues in Leicester City, An Indian Summer will transform the city into a mecca for South Asian arts and culture with an outstanding line-up of live experiences to delight and thrill your senses.

Leicester 0116

Barefoot Festival

Fri 29 - Sun 31 Jul 2016

2016 is set to be such an amazing weekend, you'll find so much to do for all the family!

Loughborough 01509 880236

Field Sport UK

Fri 29 Jul 2016

Ladies its time to treat yourself! Why not book in for our new event happening each friday at the end of each month, to include Clay shooting and Lunch with the girls! Book an afternoon off, Get out the office and come join us.

Ashby-de-la-Zouch 01283 763350

John Lodge

Fri 29 Jul 2016

An English musician, best known as bass guitarist, vocalist and songwriter of the longstanding rock group, The Moody Blues, John Lodge has travelled to the four corners of the planet packing out the world’s iconic venues.

Lutterworth 01858 881939

Harborough by the Sea

Sat 30 - Sun 31 Jul 2016

The popular Harborough by the Sea event returns to Market Harborough taking place over 2 days, the free event offers something for the whole family to enjoy.

Market Harborough 01858 821270

Sister Act

Sat 30 Jul - Sat 13 Aug 2016

The habits are hitting the road! The Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy returns to the UK with a brand new production, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood.

Leicester 0116 242 3595

Last updated June 2016