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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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Richard the Black Cat

Wed 9 Nov 2016 - Sat 4 Mar 2017

Richard, a beautiful black cat, walked into Liz's house one day, uninvited, and made himself at home. The event resulted in a series of acrylic on canvas paintings by Liz.


The Frog Prince

Wed 11 Jan - Sat 4 Feb 2017

The Frog Prince is an all new production for the Concordia, combining all the traditional elements of Pantomime with a new story which tells of two very different Kingdoms.


Don't Dress for Dinner

Mon 23 - Sat 28 Jan 2017

A classic French farce of marital deceit and confusion from the author of Boeing Boeing.


Field Sport UK

Fri 27 Jan 2017

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.


Il Trovatore

Tue 31 Jan 2017

International superstars Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Anita Rachvelishvili, Lianna Haroutounian and Gregory Kunde lead a superb cast of world-class singers in this Verdi classic.

Melton Mowbray

New Creations 03

Sun 5 Feb 2017

New Creations 79 is a performance production company which provides dancers with valuable and professional performance opportunities.


Leicester Comedy Festival

Wed 8 - Sun 26 Feb 2017

Our 2017 Festival will take place from 8-26 February and we are expecting the event to be the biggest ever!


Jimmy Carr

Fri 10 Feb 2017

Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. In that time he’s performed 9 sell-out tours, playing nearly 2,000 shows to over 2 million people across four continents.


An Evening of Mediumship with Tony Stockwell

Thu 23 Feb 2017

It’s NOT creepy or kooky, mysterious or spooky. It’s Psychic Medium Tony Stockwell demonstrating his belief that those who have passed can communicate with their loved ones.

Melton Mowbray

Last updated October 2016