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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Edible Forest Festival

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Wed 20 Feb 2019 - Sat 29 Feb 2020

Based on a true story, The Pitmen Painters is a funny, feelgood, moving tale of a group of ordinary men who achieved extraordinary things.

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

 
 
 

Sat 9 - Sat 30 Nov 2019

Max faces some major changes after his owner Katie gets married and now has a child. On a family trip to the countryside, Max meets a farm dog named Rooster, and both attempt to overcome his fears.

Coalville

 
 
 
Shop Window Competition

Thu 14 - Fri 22 Nov 2019

Lutterworth Christmas Shop Window Competition 2019 to be voted by the public Closing date Friday 22nd November 2019. Winner to be announced Friday 29th November 2019 as part of the Lutterworth Christmas Light switch on.

Lutterworth

 
 
 
Christmas Lights switch-on

Fri 22 Nov 2019

The festive season starts in Hinckley with the Christmas lights switch on and Tin hat fair. There will be lots of entertainment and attractions for all the family throughout the evening. The lights will be switched on at 6:30pm.

Hinckley

 
 
 

Fri 22 Nov 2019

Enjoy a wiki-wiki-wa-wa-west evening with Captain James T. West

Leicester

 
 
 
Prelude to Christmas

Fri 22 Nov 2019

Join us in the serene setting of our barn for a delightful evening from Ayres and Graces performing ‘Prelude to Christmas’ Lute Concert . A concert of songs, music and poems for the Autumn season.

Coalville

 
 
 

Fri 22 Nov 2019

Another hilarious night out with Alan Hudson, Tanyalee Davis and George Zach with this month's compere Steve N. Allen

Coalville

 
 
 
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.

Loughborough

 
 
 

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Nov 2019

The Steampunks are back! Or maybe they never left… who knows with time travel?

Leicester