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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:

Edible Forest Festival

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Secret World of Gases

Wed 1 Aug - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Science with a BANG!



Thu 9 Aug - Sun 2 Sep 2018

The Bug Hunt will run when the 1620s House & Garden in open – Thursday to Sunday and Bank Holidays from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. Collect a sheet from our Ticket Office, explore the 1620s Gardens to find the bugs.


Hinckley Bid Event

Wed 22 Aug 2018

Robbie the land train will be providing free rides from Market Place. There is also crazy golf at The Crescent.


Vintage Classic Car Meet

Fri 24 Aug 2018

Vintage Classic Car Meet

Melton Mowbray


Fri 24 Aug 2018

Direct from London’s West End, the UK’s biggest George Michael tribute show.



Sat 25 Aug 2018

If you have nothing to do and you have the itch to dance the Tango, then you are warmly invited to join us in the seductive embrace of the dance. Allow yourself to be taken away from your troubles by the music.



Sat 25 - Sun 26 Aug 2018

Some of the itinerary will cover a variety of outdoor survival skills - from lighting a fire using various methods, techniques and materials, to building a protective shelter. You'll explore the psychology of survival.


Leicestershire County Show

Sat 25 - Sun 26 Aug 2018

The Leicestershire County show is a 2-day annual event, organised by the Leicestershire Agricultural Society. The event celebrates rural life with livestock and equine classes and a range of family-friendly entertainment.

Market Harborough

Open weekend

Sat 25 - Mon 27 Aug 2018

Public running of the railway. Lots of attractions including vintage and classic vehicles and tractors, craft and other traders, club displays and much more as well as as our resident Berkshire steam loco and diesel.

Melton Mowbray

Last updated January 2018