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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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Market Bosworth Festival

Sat 10 - Sun 25 Jun 2017

Visit the Market Bosworth Festival with music of all genres, film, theatre, literature, lectures, the visual arts and crafts, and anything else that we think might be of interest!

Market Bosworth

 
 
 
Plant Fair

Sat 24 Jun 2017

Visit the Market Harborough Plant Fair on the Square and support a multitude of nurseries and growers. Perfect for gardeners and plant enthusiasts to visit and pick up tips from knowledgeable traders.

Market Harborough

 
 
 
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

 
 
 
The Oat Hill

Thu 22 - Sun 25 Jun 2017

William Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing'.

Market Harborough

 
 
 
Leicester Castle Great Hall

Sun 25 Jun 2017

On the last Sunday of the month, the Magazine Gateway and Leicester Castle Great Hall are open to the public from 11am-3pm. Guided tours are available on each opening day.

Leicester

 
 
 
Open Day at the Defence Animal Centre

Sun 25 Jun 2017

A fast-paced spectacular performance of the world-famous Musical Ride by the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is one of the highlights planned for the Defence Animal Centre Open Day.

Melton Mowbray

 
 
 
Giocoso Quartet at Peckleton

Sun 25 Jun 2017

At 4pm on Sunday 25th June the Giocoso Quartet plays Haydn's last completed string quartet and Debussy's only string quartet in the wonderful acoustic setting of Peckleton Church. Tea and cakes will be served from 3.30pm.

Hinckley

 
 
 
ELO Experience

Sat 1 Jul 2017

A group of hugely experienced guys have now come together to re-create the sounds of the fabulous Electric Light Orchestra to great acclaim.

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

 
 
 
Noye's Fludde 2017

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Jul 2017

Market Harborough

 
 
Last updated October 2016