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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!)

What's on this week in the city 

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Legally Blonde: The Musical

Tue 28 - Fri 31 Mar 2017

Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat story of self-discovery.

Melton Mowbray

Event Poster

Sat 25 Feb - Sat 24 Jun 2017

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

Market Harborough

Jewish Life

Fri 31 Mar 2017

The Harborough Collective was formed in 2010 by David Le Page, one of the UK’s most sought-after violinists and a former pupil of the Yehudi Menuhin School.



Tue 4 Apr 2017

Talk Tuesdays at the Schoolhouse, Cotesbach Cotesbach Rebels: A series of talks on the subject of the Enclosures Riots of 1607


Market Harborough Farmers Market

Thu 6 Apr 2017

Support local farmers, producers and makers selling everything from fresh, local meats, cheeses, pies, and cakes to vegan food, local beer, plants and flowers.

Market Harborough

Big Railway Day

Sat 8 Apr 2017

Saturday 8th April 2017 BIG RAILWAY DAY  - AT LUTTERWORTH & DISTRICT MUSEUM New layout and display from Lutterworth Railway Society: Large Trams display: Open 10am to 4pm


See Peppa Pig at Twinlakes

Sun 9 Apr 2017

Peppa Pig will be here at Twinlakes Park on 9th April 2017! Come and see the cheeky little piggy at intervals between 12pm – 4.30pm!

Melton Mowbray

Hallaton Hare Pie Scramble & Bottle Kicking

Mon 17 Apr 2017

Enjoy this 18th century tradition of Hallaton and Medbourne villagers as they battle for the cask of ale.

Market Harborough

Rutland – Melton International CiCLE Classic

Sun 23 Apr 2017

Ten additional kilometres of racing over hard terrain will face the competitors in the 13th Rutland – Melton International CiCLE Classic on Sunday 23rd April.

Melton Mowbray

Last updated October 2016