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.


Lutterworth Christmas Shop Window Competition 2019

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.


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


Mon 18 Nov 2019

Come and join us for a day of National Hunt Racing we always have plenty going on throughout the day and plenty of inside space to stay warm!



Tue 19 Nov 2019

A flood is coming and an ark has been built to save two animals from every species, as long as they are on the list to be saved.A funny take on a well-known tale, this animation celebrates uniqueness and the importance of friendship.


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.



Fri 22 Nov 2019

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


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.