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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!)

What's on this week in the city 

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Ullesthorpe Court

Fri 28 Jul 2017

Join us for the dinner event of the year which combines a sumptuous three course meal and classic comedy action as Basil, Sybil and Manuel do their very best to look after you in their typical crazy style.


Magic of Motown

Sat 29 Jul 2017

A full production show that brings back one of the best music eras. Now seen by over 1 million people worldwide, music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town


Leicester Castle Great Hall

Sun 30 Jul 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 3 Aug 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

Leicester Caribbean Carnival

Sat 5 Aug 2017

Leicester Caribbean Carnival is a hugely popular multi-cultural event, celebrating the diverse cultures in Leicester while keeping the cultural traditions of the Caribbean Alive.


Firework Championship 2017

Sat 12 Aug 2017

Come to this stunning venue and be amazed by 4 spectacular displays precisely set to music. 3 teams compete against each other, the audience have the chance to text vote for the team they enjoyed the most.

Melton Mowbray

Kia Super League Ladies Cricket Family Fun Day

Fri 18 Aug 2017

Loughborough Lightning v Yorkshire Diamonds Family fun day with free children's zone, climbing wall, giant jenga, connect 4, twister, face painting and cricket activation zone. Food stalls and licensed bar.


Bradgate Proms 2017

Sat 19 Aug 2017

Conducted by David Calow - Guest Compère & Soloists. An evening of music with the Bardi Wind Orchestra plus lights and spectacular finale.


Big Bike Ride - Lutterworth

Sun 20 Aug 2017

Have fun, enjoy the exercise, raise money for good causes. Start and finish at Misterton Hall with 4 routes available, 11,23,39,62 miles.


Last updated October 2016