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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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Forthcoming festivals:

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Sat 24 Nov 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019

Little Wolf Entertainment returns with shimmering sets, outrageous costumes, magic, mayhem and monstrous fun for this brand new production promising to be Loughborough’s most spectacular panto yet!



Sat 24 Nov - Mon 24 Dec 2018

Make your Christmas extra special by joining Santa on this magical Santa Steam Train. Advance booking is essential.



Fri 30 Nov - Mon 24 Dec 2018

Hold on to your bobble hats, Santa's Coming!



Sat 1 - Mon 24 Dec 2018

Wrap up warm and get ready for a silly Elf adventure as you arrive at Waterside Winter Wonderland. This is your chance to tell Santa that you have been good, and fingers crossed, he may share some pre-Chrismas presents!



Thu 6 Dec 2018 - Sun 13 Jan 2019

As part of our 10th Birthday celebrations next year, join us at Christmas for the joyous festive favourite, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.



Wed 12 - Fri 21 Dec 2018

A stunning and awe-inspiring immersive experience, this event will see the Arboretum and some of its memorials ‘shown in another light’.

Burton Upon Trent


Mon 17 - Mon 24 Dec 2018

The perfect day out for all the family. Take a ride on the Polar Express, visit Santa in his Grotto, take a ride on the Running Bear Summit plummet or get lost in the winter mirror maze.

Melton Mowbray


Tue 18 - Fri 21 Dec 2018

Poultry sale and auction in Melton Town centre. Buy your Christmas turkey in the auction for thrills and a potential bargain.

Melton Mowbray


Wed 19 Dec 2018

Celebrate Christmas in style this year and join us in the run up to Christmas for our weekday Christmas lunches. This will be a waitress service meal and customers have the choice to include a starter for an extra £5.00.