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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 including the Leicester Caribbean Carnival. 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 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! The award-winning 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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Destination Space at National Space Centre

Sat 16 - Sun 24 Feb 2019

Discover the hidden mysteries of the Universe Take part in Destination Space and discover the latest in space exploration… Deep Space Telescopes, Martian Missions, UK Spaceports and more.

Leicester

 
 
 
Medieval Playtime

Sat 16 - Sun 24 Feb 2019

Medieval Games

Leicester

 
 
 

Thu 21 Feb - Sat 2 Mar 2019

Following the courtships and disguises of its satirical, farcical characters, London Assurance is a merry parade of wittily constructed skirmishes between love and money, town and country, nature and artifice.

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

 
 
 

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Join us for readings from poet and music teacher Georgie Lorimer. Attendance is free, but please register so we know that you'll be joining us: https://wordsmithhq.co.uk/shop/register-for-launch-of-re-living-history-by-georgie-lorimer

Coalville

 
 
 

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Listen to all the best country hits played by guest musicians Ann Duggan and Jim Kitson, and enjoy a free bowl of chilli con carne (or veggie chiili)! Have a tipple of premium bourbon from our bar for that authentic Southern night.

Coalville

 
 
 

Sun 24 Feb 2019

Throughout the area, you will have no doubt seen the various memorials and viewpoints that were of significance. Obelisk Monument, Fairfax Viewpoint, Rupert’s Viewpoint, and Cromwell Monument can all be seen along the 16.45-mile road route.

Market Harborough

 
 
 
Piano Legends

Sun 24 Feb 2019

An unforgettable evening of pop, country and of course – rock ‘n’ roll – performed in Peter’s own, inimitable style!

Lutterworth

 
 
 

Sun 24 Feb 2019

Join one of our experienced Guides for an informative 2 km guided walk exploring the Battle of Bosworth, the death of King Richard III and the unlikely victory of Henry Tudor.

Market Bosworth

 
 
 

Sun 24 Feb 2019

Join us for a 3 course traditional Sunday Carvery with all the trimmings, after dinner coffee and mints.

Loughborough