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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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Votes for Women

Tue 6 Feb - Sat 24 Mar 2018

On 6th February 1918 The Royal Assent to the Representation of the People Act gave women over the age of 30 the right to vote. Come and celebrate the Centenary at this exhibition at Loughborough Library.



Mon 5 Mar - Mon 23 Apr 2018

8 week course - learn new skills and creative yourself something special.

Market Harborough


Thu 8 Mar - Thu 26 Apr 2018

8 week course - learn new skills and creative yourself something special.

Market Harborough


Mon 19 - Sat 24 Mar 2018

Based on the 1980’s movie of the same name, 9 to 5 takes the audience back to the 1970’s in this hilarious new musical comedy that centres on three office workers Violet, Dora Lee and Judy who turn the tables on their sexist boss.


Eggstreme Easter at Twinlakes

Sat 24 Mar - Sun 15 Apr 2018

The UK’s first Easter Bunny Grotto experience. Easter hunts, chocolate masterclasses and opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny.

Melton Mowbray


Sat 24 Mar 2018

Warm up those ‘February Blues’ with a Comedy Show on Saturday 10th February 8.30 pm doors open at 7.45 pm 

Market Harborough


Sat 24 Mar - Sun 15 Apr 2018

Could you have the right stuff to become the first human on Mars?



Sat 24 Mar 2018

Farmers' markets give the opportunity to buy good quality, fresh and local produce direct from the producers. The Blaby Farmers Market is held on Johns Court Precinct on the fourth Saturday of the month.


Easter fun at Twycross Zoo

Sat 24 Mar - Sun 15 Apr 2018

Follow your heart to Twycross Zoo this Easter and get involved with lots of EGGSiting fun for all the family – we’re open from 10am- 6pm! PLUS PJ Masks and Paw Patrol are with us for the Bank Holiday Weekend!


Last updated January 2018