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!)

What's on this week in the city 

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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.


The wonderful Kilworth House Theatre

Tue 28 May - Sun 7 Jul 2019

We have been inundated and overwhelmed by the number of requests from audiences who were lucky enough to get seats for this show - and those who sadly missed out - to bring our joyous, exciting, spectacular production of ‘Joseph’ back.



Tue 25 - Sat 29 Jun 2019

Bet and Al lead a quiet, humdrum life in their small Yorkshire home until Bet wins a 'Romantic Breaks' competition. The prize, a holiday in Paris, represents their first experience abroad and has profound effects when they return home.



Sat 29 Jun 2019

Loughborough Salutes the Armed Forces is organised by Charnwood Borough Council and supported by Love Loughborough, showcasing a display of military vehicles and equipment.



Sat 29 - Sun 30 Jun 2019

With costume characters, exhibitions, talks, workshops and the all-important Parade, this year the Force returns to reveal itself to the Jedi!


Griffydam Fete

Sat 29 Jun 2019

Summer Fete with licensed bar , BBQ , demonstration craft stalls, bouncy castle, raffle, go karts & face painting. Refreshment and cake stalls with lots more on the day.



Sat 29 Jun 2019

Introducing Britain’s BEST Little Mix tribute act, Little Chix! Steptacular is the ultimate tribute band to pop sensation STEPS.



Sat 29 Jun 2019

Join us for another fantastic Funhouse Comedy Club, bringing the hottest touring comedians in the UK right here to Coalville. Patrick Monahan blends a high energy comedy style with hilarious and engaging topical and observational material.


Paint the Town Red

Sun 30 Jun 2019

Now in it’s 3rd year, this family friendly event remains free to attend thanks to generous sponsorship from Samworth Brothers Ltd and the Melton BID.

Melton Mowbray