Major events and festivals

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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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Fri 18 Jan 2019

The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester. Staring Rory Kinnear and Maxine Peake, and written and directed by Mike Leigh.

Coalville

 
 
 

Sat 19 Jan 2019

An extremely entertaining Beatles tribute band. They have appeared at the Venture Theatre for the last 2 years and are very popular so book your tickets early!

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

 
 
 

Sat 26 - Sun 27 Jan 2019

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!

Leicester

 
 
 

Sun 27 Jan 2019

Take a guided tour around the grounds of one of Leicestershires finest medieval sites at Ashby Castle. Hear about Royal visits and learn about the different architecture.

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

 
 
 

Thu 31 Jan 2019

Tony demonstrates his belief that those who have passed can communicate with their loved ones with detailed messages frequently including names, dates and locations and all delivered with emotion, sensitivity and empathy.

Coalville

 
 
 

Sat 2 Feb 2019

VOODOO ROOM are an exciting Classic Power Trio, paying tribute to the incredible music of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton & Cream. Featuring some of the U.K.’s finest musician

Coalville

 
 
 

Mon 4 Feb 2019

Mrs Moira Ackers, from the Church Monuments Society, will be talking about Richard Parker and the Burton Alabaster Men. We have a fine example of his work - the Hastings Tomb - in St Helen's Church. Come along to learn more. Tea/ coffee and

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

 
 
 

Thu 7 Feb 2019

Visit the Farmers Market on the town square held on the 1st Thursday of the month. You'll find over 20 stalls offering a wide range of local produce, such as jam, bread, beer, meat, plants, flowers, pies, cakes, eggs & cheese.

Market Harborough