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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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.

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

 
 
 

Sat 18 - Thu 30 May 2019

Walks for all ages and abilities. Guided and themed walks and activities. Beautiful places to explore within the National Forest. Pick up a brochure from either Ashby or Swadlincote Tourist Information Centres.

Swadlincote

 
 
 

Tue 21 May 2019

Take a leisurely stroll around the farm and woodland, taking in Canadian bison, red deer, alpacas and many more. Finish with a visit to Antlers and Alpaca coffee and gift shop for brunch or refreshments.

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

 
 
 

Tue 21 May 2019

A 5.5 mile circuit through the undulating parklands of the National Forest, the National Nature Reserve & the Limeyards at Calke Abbey

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

 
 
 

Wed 22 May 2019

Take a step back in time as you embark on a gentle stroll from the stables into the parkland and discover how once upon a time the family and visitors of Calke Abbey arrived at this mysterious mansion. To book, Telephone 01332 695310

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

 
 
 

Wed 22 May 2019

A guided village walk which links significant historical sites in Whitwick and reveals fascinating stories. The route follows footpaths around the village centre. Please note: some of the route is hilly.

Coalville

 
 
 

Wed 22 May 2019

Centres on the fascinating history of Market Street, North Street, South Street, Mill Lane Mews and Bath Street. Booking essential. Please contact Ashby de la Zouch Museum (Pat Dixon) .

Ashby-de-la-Zouch

 
 
 

Thu 23 May 2019

Starting from the highest pub in the county, the walk takes in old farm land, woods, heathland, nature reserves and super views from rocky outcrops and then back to the pub for a pleasant social finish. Bring a packed lunch.

Coalville

 
 
 

Thu 23 May 2019

An easy walk through part of Gracedieu’s ancient wood, under the Charnwood Forest Railway, along part of the Forest Line Canal and into the romantic ruins of Gracedieu Priory, a 13th Century nunnery, later a Tudor Mansion.

Coalville