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.


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.



Thu 13 - Sun 16 Jun 2019

Download Festival is a 5 day British rock festival, held annually at Donington Park. Headliners this year include Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool.

Castle Donington


Sat 15 - Sun 16 Jun 2019

We celebrate the fantastic legacy of Gerry And Sylvia Anderson in this very special weekend.



Sat 15 - Sun 16 Jun 2019

We celebrate the fantastic legacy of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson in this very special weekend.


Foxton Locks Festival

Sun 16 Jun 2019

A great day for all the family set around the famous Foxton Lock. With crafts, Saxons, hands on activities, live music plus much, much more. There is something for everyone.

Market Harborough


Sun 16 Jun 2019

Why not come and exhibit your car on Sunday 16th June (Father’s Day!) and join everything from Classic Hot Rods to Soap Box Racers. Once again we’ll be joined by the Charnwood Cruisers to make this a fantastic day.



Sat 22 - Sun 23 Jun 2019

Situated near Ashby de la Zouch in Leicestershire, this two day event is a great outing for all the family.


Ashby Big Band  Music In The Park

Sat 22 Jun 2019

The ever popular Music In The Park returns once again to Coalville Park.Acts binclude Ashby Big Band, Movie Musicals Tribute Band plus Hermitage FM. Bring your own seating, refreshments will be available to purchase or bring your own.