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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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Field Sport UK

Fri 22 Sep 2017

Ladies its time to treat yourself! Why not book in for our new event, to include Clay shooting and Lunch with the girls! Book an afternoon off, Get out the office and come join us.


Ullesthorpe Court Hotel

Fri 22 Sep 2017

Mile High Murder - Friday 22nd September Entertainment & 3 course dinner - £28.95 per person or stay overnight for only £110.00 for 2 sharing a room bed & breakfast and including evening entertainment!


1940s Evening Swing along on the night

Sat 23 Sep 2017

1940s EVENING. An evening event at the Wycliffe rooms with the 24 member band JUNCTION 21. Junction 21 plays a variety of music including Swing, Blues, Jazz, Latin and the famous Rat-Pack.


Double Bubble Fun Run

Sat 23 Sep 2017

The Bubble Rush is not your average 5k fun run.  At every kilometre point there‚Äôll be a Bubble Station where one of our high-powered foam cannons will be blowing out 30 cubic metres a minute of frothy colourful bubbles.


Plant Fair

Sat 23 Sep 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

Leicester Castle Great Hall

Sun 24 Sep 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.



Fri 29 Sep - Sun 1 Oct 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.


Al Worden

Sat 7 Oct 2017

The National Space Centre, in collaboration with World Space Week, is delighted to welcome former Apollo astronaut, Col. Alfred Merrill Worden to the Centre for a day of inspiration, fascinating insights and science.


Melton Mowbray Food Festival

Sat 7 - Sun 8 Oct 2017

Enjoy a whole host of live demonstrations in the Aga Rangemaster Cookery Theatre and roll up your sleeves and join in the activities in our popular Family, Food and Fun Zone.

Melton Mowbray

Last updated July 2017