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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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 October 2016>
And Then There Were None

Wed 19 - Sat 22 Oct 2016

Agatha Christie’s most popular whodunit!

Hinckley 01455 447483

British Birds

Thu 1 Sep 2016 - Sat 7 Jan 2017

A solo exhibition by Jannice Read

Loughborough 01509 634913

Daisy Hirst 'Alphonse, that is not OK to do!'

Fri 21 Oct 2016

From the remarkable new talent behind ‘The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head’ comes a story about two monster siblings, Natalie and Alphonse.

Loughborough 0116 305 2420

E H Shepard 'Pictures of Pooh Bear'

Fri 21 Oct 2016

The Winnie the Pooh stories have been loved by generations of children since Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Rabbit, Own, Kanga, Roo and Eeyore first made their appearance in 1926.

Loughborough 01509 233754

Family Scream & Xtreme Scream

Sat 15 - Mon 31 Oct 2016

Not one for the faint hearted - Xtreame Scream park will give you the best scares in your life!

Melton Mowbray 01664 567777

Fantastic Creatures

Wed 19 - Sat 22 Oct 2016

ArtsHouse presents: An exhibition of Anime work by the Open Media and Arts Group, 'Fantastic Creatures'.

Loughborough 01509 233754

SmARTsy Arts and Crafts

Wed 19 - Sun 23 Oct 2016

smARTsy is a new venture through which Ali Groschl shares her skills, experience, passion and love of all things arty! Aimed at all ages and abilities.

Loughborough 01509

Making Slime

Sat 15 - Sun 30 Oct 2016

This Halloween Half Term Holidays the Spooky Science team have taken over and we have all gone slightly batty!

Leicester 0116 261 0261

The Importance of Being Earnest

Thu 6 - Sat 29 Oct 2016

Artistic Director Nikolai Foster gives The Importance of Being Earnest the Made at Curve treatment with a fresh and contemporary spin on Oscar Wilde’s classic play in a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Leicester 0116 242 3595

Last updated October 2016