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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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Chocolate Alchemy

Thu 19 Oct 2017

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

Loughborough

 
 
 
Loogabarooga

Thu 19 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

 
 
 
Dr Deirdree O'Byrne Talk

Thu 19 Oct 2017

Deirdre O'Byrne of Loughborough University discusses the enduring themes of Kenneth Grahame's classic The Wind in the Willows, and how it continues to appeal to adults as well as children.

Loughborough

 
 
 
Loogabarooga

Thu 19 Oct 2017

Come and join us for a lively and interactive story time. A bunch of characters A dash of mischief A sprinkling of magic A shake of laughter Story chef Nicky Rafferty is cooking them up.

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

 
 
 
The Hairy Maclary and Friends Show

Thu 19 Oct 2017

‘Out of the gate and off for a walk, went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy.’ Anyone with young children will recognise these words instantly as the opening lines of the book ‘Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy’ by Lynley Dodd.

Loughborough

 
 
 
Craft session

Thu 19 Oct 2017

Everybody knows the story of the Hungry Caterpillar! Make your own hanging caterpillar or butterfly decoration with sparkle, sequins, buttons and lots of colour.

Loughborough

 
 
 
Will Mabbett

Thu 19 Oct 2017

This book is about worms. I can only draw worms. You might think worms are boring - but you'd be wrong. These worms have INCREDIBLE adventures! I can't draw those bits, though, so you'll have to imagine them.

Loughborough

 
 
 
Loogabarooga

Sun 22 Oct 2017

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

Loughborough

 
 
Last updated July 2017