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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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 October 2017>

Forthcoming festivals:

Edible Forest Festival

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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!


Kimberley Burrows

Tue 24 Oct 2017

Kimberley Burrows will be giving a reading of her completed poem, The Gingerbread Man, as well as sharing exclusive sneak peek illustrations and revealing what the process has been like so far.


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


Talk - The Princes in the Tower

Tue 24 Oct 2017

Author Harry J Tomkinson is a historic author working with the Missing Princes Project & Phillippa Langley. His talk will be about the Princes in the Tower myths & facts and the links with the Grey family.



Fri 27 - Sun 29 Oct 2017

Come and experience a two day hands on hedge laying weekend on the organic farmland here in Cotesbach, tutored by a professional HLA accredited hedge layer. Learn to lay hedges, both young and old using traditional Midlands methods & tools.


Leicester Castle Great Hall

Sun 29 Oct 2017

On the last Sunday of the month, the Magazine Gateway and Leicester Castle Great Hall are open to the public from 11am-3pm. Guided tours are available on each opening day.


Market Harborough Farmers Market

Thu 2 Nov 2017

Support local farmers, producers and makers selling everything from fresh, local meats, cheeses, pies, and cakes to vegan food, local beer, plants and flowers.

Market Harborough

Ullesthorpe Court Hotel

Fri 3 Nov 2017

Comedy Dining Evening - Friday 3rd November Entertainment & 3 course dinner - £38.00 per person for 2 people with event plus bed and breakfast - £145.00


Pennies for the Guy

Sat 4 Nov 2017

Remember, remember…the fourth of November, as this is when Rainbows will be hosting the annual family-friendly bonfire night at Leicester Racecourse (LE2 4AL).


Last updated July 2017