Enjoy a weekend at the Timber Festival near Ashby de la Zouch

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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.  At the Timber Festival you can step into an incredible weekend of music, arts, ideas and wellbeing among the trees at Feanedock, near Ashby de la Zouch. 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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Jack and the Beanstalk, Loughborough Town Hall

Sat 23 Nov 2019 - Sun 5 Jan 2020

The villagers are under threat from a ginormous giant and poor, young Jack has his head in the clouds, but when he sells his beloved cow Pat for just a handful of beans he begins a huge adventure which takes him to new heights.


Elf on the Shelf

Sun 24 Nov - Fri 20 Dec 2019

Santa’s elves have got lost while buying presents in Loughborough and he wants you to help him find them in time for Christmas!



Thu 28 Nov - Sat 7 Dec 2019

We All Come To It In The End is written by Don Howarth initially a radio play it has been adapted for the stage. It's a fine comedy - about a youth growing up, and the people he meets on the way.


Dr Steve Swanson

Fri 6 Dec 2019

Have you ever wondered what it really takes to be an astronaut and what it's like to sit above the Earth in space? Well now's your chance to find out with former NASA astronaut Steve Swanson.



Fri 6 Dec 2019

The superb Vienna Festival Ballet presents Snow White. Seeing this classic tale come to life in the form of a ballet has to be the most enjoyable and spectacular way of viewing it.


Santa&#39;s Sleighboat

Sat 7 - Sun 8 Dec 2019

45 minute Santa’s Sleighboat trips setting off from the trust base in Loughborough; meet Santa and his elves on an enchanting journey along the grand Union Canal.


Festival Family Elf Trail Lutterworth Town Centre

Sat 7 - Sun 8 Dec 2019

Festive Family Elf Trail 7th & 8th December 2019. Lutterworth Town Centre


Breakfast with Santa 1620s House and Garden

Sat 7 Dec 2019

Come down to our festive-decorated Barn, meet Santa, enjoy a tasty breakfast and take part in some crafts. Every child booked on will experience time with Santa and receive a present. There will be opportunities to have photos with Santa



Sat 7 - Sun 8 Dec 2019

Come and see Santa in his magical winter home, there may even be some early presents! and you can even meet some of his Reindeer! There will be plenty of Christmas crafts to keep you busy, hot food and drinks available. No need to book.