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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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Arts Festival Photography Competition

Mon 18 Mar - Fri 5 Apr 2019

Cash Prizes. Amateur or professional photographers are invited to enter. All Photographs will be exhibited during the Arts Festival. Full application details are available on the website. Closing date for entries 5th April 2019.


The Great Musicals at Concordia Theatre

Mon 18 - Sat 23 Mar 2019

A glitzy and glamorous collection of song and dance from iconic musicals old and new.



Sat 23 Mar 2019

Local artisan beer and cider plus sausages from around the world. Ticket price includes the first pint free.



Sat 23 Mar 2019

GINtergalactic… planetary… another dimension Looking for something quirky and juniper infused, then join us for a mission of discovery that heading for another dimension.



Sat 23 Mar 2019

A murder has been committed! Can you help solve the mystery?

Melton Mowbray


Sat 23 Mar 2019

The amazing vocalist Justice Beach delights us this evening, a talented and highly sought after local vocalist with the smooth silky voice of a jazz icon. Try one of our premium gins and relax the evening away in our New Gin Bar.



Sun 24 Mar 2019

The Festival of Cycling is back for a 5th year on 24th March and is 105k! If this is too far (or if the weather turns!) then there is the opportunity to shorten the ride and return back. This will reduce the distance to approximately 60k.

Market Harborough


Sun 24 Mar 2019

The organising committee extends a big welcome to the Ashby 20 road race. The race is now full but come along and support it on the day.


Historic Ghost Walks, Bradgate Park

Thu 28 Mar 2019

Ghost Walk Bradgate Park, Leicestershire. Bradgate is one Leicestershire’s most popular visitor attractions. With its herd of deer and iconic buildings, this venue is stunning by day and absolutely fascinating by night.