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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 fortget to take along a picnic full of tasty Leicestershire goodies!)

What's on this week in the city 

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Sat 25 Feb - Sat 24 Jun 2017

Harborough Museum's most recent exhibition showcases Palitoy and the toys that shaped our childhoods.

Market Harborough

Spark Festival

Mon 22 May - Sat 3 Jun 2017

The Spark Festival is the largest children's arts festival in England & Wales, taking place every May & June in Leicester.


Ashby Arts Festival

Fri 26 - Sat 27 May 2017

Every summer Ashby de la Zouch hosts an Arts Festival which features local artists, musicians, song writers, poets, performers and story tellers.



Fri 26 - Sun 28 May 2017

The world's biggest & best music tribute festival!


Plant Fair

Sat 27 May 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

Dingley Races

Sat 27 May 2017

The Fitzwilliam Point-to-Point Meeting on Saturday 27th May includes seven races with the two feature races being the Mens and Ladies Open Races.

Market Harborough


Sun 28 May 2017

We endeavour to keep the aircraft in operable condition and to help us ‘exercise’ the aircraft we usually have two open days per year where any aircraft that are serviceable will carry out full power taxi runs along our main run


Leicester Castle Great Hall

Sun 28 May 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.


NGS Newtown Linford

Sun 28 - Mon 29 May 2017

To mark the 90th anniversary of the National Garden Scheme several gardens on Main Street in Newtown Linford will open again during the Bank Holiday weekend.


Last updated October 2016