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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 forget to take along a picnic full of tasty Leicestershire goodies!)

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Everything for Everyone

Fri 24 Nov 2017

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR WYCLIFFE ROOMS, GEORGE ST, LUTTERWORTH. LE17 4ED. This year we have more stalls than ever before. We have some 30 stalls selling all of those nice things on your wish list.



Fri 24 - Sun 26 Nov 2017

Come and experience a two day hands on hedge laying weekend on the organic farmland here in Cotesbach, tutored by a professional HLA accredited hedge layer. Learn to lay hedges, both young and old using traditional Midlands methods & tools.


Santa Trains on Great Central Railway

Sat 25 Nov - Sun 24 Dec 2017

Climb aboard a heritage train and meet Santa and his helpers. Travel from Loughborough to Leicester North and back on the steam hauled Santa Special train.


Leicester Castle Great Hall

Sun 26 Nov 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.


Winter Wonderland

Fri 1 - Sat 2 Dec 2017

Christmas Winter Wonderland 2017 There are 13 dates to choose from 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th & 16th 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December 2017.


Christmas at Twycross Zoo

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Dec 2017

Get Closer to the Magic this Christmas at Twycross Zoo! We are against the 2-minute Santa visit - join us with the whole family for lots of opportunities to meet and see Santa throughout your trip to the zoo!


Christmas In Coalville 2017

Sat 2 Dec 2017

Christmas in Coalville Live music, Santas Grotto with real reindeer on the Market Hall Car Park. Justice Beech, Belvoirdale school choir, The Steps Show, Strife of Riley and more. Leicester Co-op Band in Memorial Square and Belvoir Centre


Market Harborough Farmers Market

Thu 7 Dec 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

Ullesthorpe Court Hotel

Thu 7 Dec 2017

Christmas Special - Thursday 7th, Friday 8th & 14th December 2017 Comedy Dining are pleased to bring you the Christmas special of Only Fools and 3 courses - a completely different dining experience!


Last updated July 2017