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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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 August 2018>

Forthcoming festivals:

Edible Forest Festival

Browse our selection of events:

Secret World of Gases

Wed 1 Aug - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Science with a BANG!



Thu 9 Aug - Sun 2 Sep 2018

The Bug Hunt will run when the 1620s House & Garden in open – Thursday to Sunday and Bank Holidays from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. Collect a sheet from our Ticket Office, explore the 1620s Gardens to find the bugs.



Fri 10 - Sun 19 Aug 2018

Journey to the small village of Anatevka, Russia this Summer as our latest Made At Curve production, Joseph Stein's Fiddler on the Roof, is brought to life on our stage.


Make Great Savings This Summer!

Mon 13 - Sun 19 Aug 2018

Make great savings on your family day out this Summer at Twycross Zoo! Hurry! Limited time left!



Thu 16 Aug 2018

Why not come along and sample some of the gastronomic delights that the local area has to offer? Producers at the market offer free tastings and can give some great cookery tips.


Hinckley BID Classic Vehicle Meet

Thu 16 Aug 2018

Anyone with a classic vehicle or any vehicle of special interest who would like to pop along would be most welcome. Entrance will be from Station Road. FREE TO ENTER AND FREE TO VISIT



Fri 17 - Sun 19 Aug 2018

The Moira Furnace Folk Festival at the heart of the National Forest takes place at Moira Furnace located on the Leicestershire / Derbyshire border, one of the most picturesque settings in the industrial midlands.



Sat 18 - Sun 19 Aug 2018

This is a great full day family event, with not just the battle re-enactment, but jousting, a medieval market, children’s games, large living history encampment, entry to the award-winning Exhibition, FREE car parking and lots more too.

Market Bosworth

Music in the Mead

Sat 18 Aug 2018

Fern and Lisa perform ‘Musicals in the Mead’ with a selection of songs from stage and screen.


Last updated January 2018