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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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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

Open Garden

Wed 4 Apr - Sun 1 Jul 2018

Open Gardens. 5 acres of spring bulbs, rhododendrons, azaleas, camelias, magnolias, many rare shrubs, mature trees, lily ponds; terraced lawns, herbaceous borders, potager in walled kitchen garden, wildflower meadow walk.



Tue 10 Apr - Mon 14 May 2018

Amateur or professional artists (age 16+) are invited to exhibit and sell their artwork in our Open Exhibition. Prizes: Best in Show £100, Runners-up Prize £50.00, judged by a panel of professional artists. People’s Prize £50,



Tue 10 - Fri 27 Apr 2018

Enter up to 3 of your photos in our open photography competition and you could win one of our prizes. Prizes: 1ST £50, 2ND £25, 3RD £10,



Fri 13 - Sat 21 Apr 2018

Stanley Opera bring the most romantic story of them all to the Concordia with the Hinckley premiere of Rossini’s gorgeous ‘La Cenerentola’, otherwise known as Cinderella. The perfect show for the whole family. This Opera is sung in English



Thu 19 - Sat 28 Apr 2018

The Importance of Being Earnest is the most renowned of Oscar Wilde's comedies. It's the story of two bachelors, John 'Jack' Worthing and Algernon 'Algy' Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives.



Sat 21 Apr 2018

Enjoy a night out surrounded by the very best food available to try and buy. An evening dedicated to eating, drinking, learning and discovering something new and exciting around every corner.



Sun 22 Apr 2018

Britain’s longest running single day international cycle road race which takes the competitors just over 4 and a half hours to complete, and its final 20 km of racing played out in and around Melton with its finish right in the town centre.

Melton Mowbray

Last updated January 2018