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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 such as the Handmade Festival, Leicester Caribbean Carnival and Leicester Belgrave Mela. 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 UK 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! 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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Create your own Brian Wildsmith style images

Fri 20 Oct 2017

Charnwood Arts presents: Anna Michaska ‘Create Your Own Brian Wildsmith Style Images’

Loughborough

 
 
 
Chocolate Alchemy

Fri 20 Oct 2017

Taste some of our chocolates from around the world and enjoy a chocolate afternoon tea whilst learning all about Wonderland.

Loughborough

 
 
 
Loogabarooga

Fri 20 Oct 2017

Come and make your favourite bear from clay. We will help you create and paint a masterpiece. Your bear will be available to take home on the day.

Loughborough

 
 
 
Dave Shelton

Fri 20 Oct 2017

Leicester-born Dave Shelton never really set out to be an author. He only meant to draw the pictures, not write the words.

Loughborough

 
 
 
Little Howard's Big Show for Kids

Fri 20 Oct 2017

With interactive stand-up, live animation on stage and lots of jokes and songs this really is a show that all the family can enjoy.

Loughborough

 
 
 
Craft session

Fri 20 Oct 2017

Beatrix Potter is a classic children’s author. Make your own Mrs Tiggywinkle from an upcycled book to learn the popular art of book folding. Then decorate your new pet hedgehog and watch her come to life!

Loughborough

 
 
 
Spooky Space

Sat 14 - Sun 29 Oct 2017

This Halloween Half Term Holidays the Spooky Science team have taken over and we have all gone slightly batty!

Leicester

 
 
 
Loogabarooga

Sun 22 Oct 2017

Bring your four legged friend to Loughborough Market Place and you could both win a special prize.

Loughborough

 
 
 
Join Laura Sorvala and help create an illustration

Tue 24 Oct 2017

Artist Laura Sorvala invites you to join her in creating an illustration that collects and draws acts of solidarity and kindness that individuals have experienced in their everyday life, be it in the local neighbourhood, school or workplace

Loughborough

 
 
Last updated July 2017