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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 fortget to take along a picnic full of tasty Leicestershire goodies!)

What's on this week in the city 

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Sun 28 May 2017

We endeavour to keep the aircraft in operable condition and to help us ‘exercise’ the aircraft we usually have two open days per year where any aircraft that are serviceable will carry out full power taxi runs along our main run



Fri 26 - Sun 28 May 2017

The world's biggest & best music tribute festival!


NGS Newtown Linford

Sun 28 - Mon 29 May 2017

To mark the 90th anniversary of the National Garden Scheme several gardens on Main Street in Newtown Linford will open again during the Bank Holiday weekend.


Event Poster

Sat 25 Feb - Sat 24 Jun 2017

Harborough Museum's most recent exhibition showcases Palitoy and the toys that shaped our childhoods.

Market Harborough

Spark Festival

Mon 22 May - Sat 3 Jun 2017

The Spark Festival is the largest children's arts festival in England & Wales, taking place every May & June in Leicester.


Beth Underdown - booking signing

Thu 1 Jun 2017

To launch this year's BookFest, we're celebrating Beth's compelling debut novel with a drinks reception, talk and book-signing event.

Market Harborough

Market Harborough Farmers Market

Thu 1 Jun 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

Soul Legends

Sat 3 Jun 2017

It’s the the Feel Good Show of the Year!


Rutland – Melton International CiCLE Classic

Sun 4 Jun 2017

British Cycling Elite National A races for women and juniors. 120 riders from each category race over a 110km course around and finishing in Melton town centre.

Melton Mowbray

Last updated October 2016