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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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Open Gardens

Tue 1 May - Tue 31 Jul 2018

88 Brook Street, Wymeswold opens its garden by arrangement with the owner May to July for the NGA. ½ acre garden set on a hillside with views across the village.



Wed 6 Jun - Wed 25 Jul 2018

Garden open for charity National Garden Scheme.

Market Harborough


Sun 22 Jul 2018

Special open day - come and explore Shepshed Watermill and its grounds.. The Machine Floor consists of a vertical pit wheel driving the horizontal line shafts, which in turn drive the stone nuts to the four sets of millstones.



Sun 22 Jul 2018

At 4.00pm Sunday 22 July 2018, Peckleton Church hosts an entertainment in words and music in which the common theme is knighthood. Tea and cakes served from 3.30pm and in the interval. Free entry.



Mon 23 Jul 2018

Bob Trubshaw looks at a selection of sculptures in Leicestershire & Rutland from early ninth to late twelfth centuries. These carvings offer insights into the life and times. Includes two of the earliest so-called ‘Green Men" in England.



Tue 24 Jul 2018

Bubble Football, Obstacle Course, Gladiator Duel, Arrows Archery, Tri-Golf, Bouncy Castle, Arts and Crafts


Smiley the Land Train

Wed 25 Jul 2018

Robbie will be visiting Hinckley for the day to ferry families up and down Castle Street’s pedestrianised area, whilst playing music and making chuff-chuff noises! Children love the little train with FREE RIDES throughout the day.



Wed 25 Jul 2018

Summer Family Fun - Weaving Day Create your own woven wonders Refreshments available



Wed 25 Jul 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


Last updated January 2018