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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.


Beyond the Barricade

Sun 4 - Fri 23 Mar 2018

Beyond The Barricade has thrilled audiences at our theatre for many years and this exciting portrayal of the greatest songs in musical theatre is now firmly established as the nation’s favourite musical theatre.



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


Sun 18 Mar 2018

Ashby Farmers Market operates on the third Sunday of every month on North Street Car Park, Ashby de la zouch, LE65 1HU. From 9am until 1.30pm.



Mon 19 - Fri 23 Mar 2018

A retreat just for you! A time to be still and a time to reflect; a time to listen and a time to be listened to; a time for you and a time for God. Led by : Glenn Martin



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.



Tue 20 Mar 2018

Every Tuesday sees a packed ringside of buyers wanting all qualities and weights of cattle being bought for some of the countries leading supermarkets and also many independent local butchers, guaranteeing excellent results.

Melton Mowbray


Tue 20 Mar 2018

Anything can be picked up for a bargain from genuine antiques to future classic designs.

Melton Mowbray

Last updated January 2018