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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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George's Magnificent Medicine

Sat 9 Dec 2017 - Sat 20 Jan 2018

Join us this Christmas to see Roald Dahl’s treasured tale brought to phizz-whizzing life!



Tue 2 Jan - Wed 28 Feb 2018

Stonehurst Farm is a proper working family farm where you can meet and feed the friendly animals, collect freshly laid eggs, swing in the straw barn, enjoy tractor rides, explore our nature trail and see what you can catch "pond dipping".



Wed 17 Jan 2018

The Dean of Leicester, David Monteith, will give a talk on “Leicester Cathedral Revealed – yesterday, today & tomorrow” at the Hoby & District Local History Society on Wednesday January 17th, 7.30pm, Hoby Village Hall (LE14 3DT).

Melton Mowbray

Penguin Awareness Weekend 2018 - Twycross Zoo

Sat 20 - Sun 21 Jan 2018

Bring the whole family to Twycross Zoo for a weekend to celebrate our beautiful waddle of Humboldt penguins with lots of fun activities for all ages to enjoy. PLUS - Get discounted zoo entry if your dressed in black and white!



Sat 20 Jan 2018

An extremely entertaining Beatles tribute band. Relive the sounds and excitement of the 60's with this professional, established Beatles tribute band. They appeared at the Venture Theatre last year and were very popular so book early.



Sun 21 Jan 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.


Piano Room

Sat 27 Jan 2018

3 Comedians, a buffet and a disco. What more do you need for a great night out with friends!    Details of the Comedians on each night are shown in the comedy Club website - Lutterworth venue  


National Space Centre

Sat 27 - Sun 28 Jan 2018

Time to discover the science behind one of the world’s most popular TV franchises, if you can come out from behind the sofa for long enough of course!



Sat 27 Jan 2018

Harborough Theatre are holding an open morning. They’ll be the opportunity to see behind the scenes including the wardrobe, dressing rooms, sound and lighting box as well as going on the stage!

Market Harborough

Last updated January 2018