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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Forthcoming festivals:

Edible Forest Festival

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Mon 13 May - Thu 31 Oct 2019

Measham Museum are holding an exhibition of former footballer David Nish's memorabilia. Ex Leicester City and Derby County player David also won 5 caps for England.


Roman Hunt

Sat 13 - Wed 31 Jul 2019

Those pesky Romans have taken up camp on our site and have left all their equipment just lying around. We’re willing to give a reward to anyone who can find all the Roman objects they’ve left.. Pick up a sheet from the ticket office.

Market Bosworth


Sat 13 - Wed 31 Jul 2019

17th century diseases have plagued our site, help us to find the secret cure that can save us all. Those who find a cure will be rewarded. Part of the Festival of Archaeology, Leicestershire and Rutland,



Sun 14 Jul - Sun 8 Sep 2019

Walk through the ancient Grace Dieu Woods, under the Charnwood Forest Railway and along the Charnwood Forest Canal to the picturesque ruins of Grace Dieu Nunnery which was later a Tudor mansion. A Friends of Grace Dieu event.


Well Love Tales

Mon 15 Jul - Tue 27 Aug 2019

Charnwood Museum has created a wonderful exhibition based on 15 of those evocative titles, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, The Elves & the Shoemaker, Jack & the Beanstalk and Billy Goats Gruff.


Dig It

Sat 20 - Sun 28 Jul 2019

Archaeology Event


Discover the Romans

Sat 20 - Sun 21 Jul 2019

Join us in celebrating the Roman History of the Bosworth area.

Market Bosworth


Sun 21 Jul 2019

The Summer Fayre will be a traditional event for all the family with music, stalls, inflatables, dinosaurs, Extreme American Wrestling, trade stands, games and food.

Market Harborough

Guided Walk

Sun 21 Jul 2019

Join one of our experienced Guides for an informative 2 km guided walk exploring the Battle of Bosworth, the death of King Richard III and the unlikely victory of Henry Tudor.

Market Bosworth