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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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 December 2017>

Forthcoming festivals:

Edible Forest Festival

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Costa Kissmas

Thu 14 Dec 2017

Costa Coffee, is on a mission to bring back a much loved Christmas tradition with an attempt to achieve the Guinness World Records title for ‘Most couples kissing under the mistletoe


Ullesthorpe Court Hotel

Thu 14 Dec 2017

Christmas Special - Thursday 7th, Friday 8th & 14th December 2017 Comedy Dining are pleased to bring you the Christmas special of Only Fools and 3 courses - a completely different dining experience!


Santa Trains on Great Central Railway

Sat 25 Nov - Sun 24 Dec 2017

Climb aboard a heritage train and meet Santa and his helpers. Travel from Loughborough to Leicester North and back on the steam hauled Santa Special train.


Winter Wonderland

Fri 15 - Sat 16 Dec 2017

Christmas Winter Wonderland 2017 There are 13 dates to choose from 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th & 16th 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December 2017.


Christmas at Manor Farm

Sat 16 - Sun 17 Dec 2017

Meet Santa in his wooden cabin, join in woodland fun and cook toast on our campfire.


Christmas at Twycross Zoo

Sat 16 - Sun 17 Dec 2017

Get Closer to the Magic this Christmas at Twycross Zoo! We are against the 2-minute Santa visit - join us with the whole family for lots of opportunities to meet and see Santa throughout your trip to the zoo!



Sat 16 - Sun 17 Dec 2017

Join the Canal & River Trust for an afternoon and evening of festive fun at Foxton Locks illuminated boat festival.

Market Harborough

Boxing Day Guided Walk

Tue 26 Dec 2017

Walk off your Christmas excesses and join our entertaining and knowledgeable guide Eddie on this walk You’ll be able to carry the flags of the participants and relive the Battle of Bosworth which took place on 22nd August 1485

Market Bosworth


Sun 31 Dec 2017

Welcome in 2018 with Friends & Family at our glamorous New Year's Eve Gala Dinner. Our black tie event begins at 7.15pm with a glass of fizz on arrival & set 6-course tasting menu. Join us for an unforgettable evening, not one to be miss

Market Harborough

Last updated July 2017