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.



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.



Wed 13 - Sat 16 Nov 2019

Loughborough’s historic fair is back in the Market Place with old favourites and new rides for all the thrill seekers. Come along for the ride of your life or simply to walk round and take in the atmosphere.



Fri 15 Nov 2019

Author and musician Jon Lawrence presents a poignant, moving, yet amusing one-man show detailing his remarkable treks over five deserts on five continents to raise money for a cancer charity in memory of his father.


ChocFest at Melton Mowbray

Sat 16 - Sun 17 Nov 2019

ChocFest is one of the UK’s most popular chocolate festivals and at this year’s event, there will be some of the finest chocolate and associated food and drink products to taste and buy from some of the UK’s best local producers.

Melton Mowbray


Sat 16 Nov 2019

There may or may not be life out there but there is definitely Chemistry!



Sat 16 Nov 2019

John White is Performance Historian Henry Vlll. This is a highly acclaimed and powerful presentation that is offered in the form of an ‘audience’ with the King, during the course of which, the public may question and petition their Monarch.



Sat 16 Nov 2019

A curated evening packed with guest speakers, planetarium shows, stargazing and live demos.



Sat 16 Nov 2019

The Sounds of Simon are a full band tribute to the wonderful music of Simon & Garfunkel. A Pokey Hole Presentation. Performed in the covered amphitheatre, the Arena at Waterside, with licensed bar