Welcome to Leicester

Congratulations Leicester City F.C.
Premier League Champions 2016

5,000:1 outsiders beat the odds to claim title!


Situated on the River Soar, Leicester is a city in the East Midlands. With a population of over 330,000, it is the tenth largest city in England and has an historic association with the production of textiles, clothing and shoes. The city is close to the M1 making it easy to reach by road. You can also fly in to East Midlands airport or arrive by train. This modern city is diverse in culture and religion, with a history stretching back to the Iron Age and Roman settlement.

More about Leicester

Upcoming Events

5 Jun 2016 - 11 Sep 2016Fearless Foxes

Occasionally the success of a football team inspires a whole community. Even more rarely it captures the imagination of the world. This is that time. 
This special display uses images and sound to recreate what has been a truly unforgettable year in the world of football. As well as retracing the football journey month by month, the exhibition will also explore how the success of our football team has not only helped bring Leicester together, but also brought the world to Leicester. Why have people reacted so strongly to this story of sporting success? 
Share your own thoughts and stories and celebrate a remarkable moment in the city’s history in the city’s flagship museum. 
Accompanying the exhibition throughout the summer is a programme of themed football events for all the family. 
Fearless Foxes is a partnership between BBC Radio Leicester, the Leicester Mercury, Leicester City Football Club and Leicester City Council.

20 Aug 2016 - 29 Aug 2016City Festival 2016 - various venues

The City Festival celebrates Leicester in the heart of the city. For ten fun–packed days, the city will be buzzing with activity for all the family as streets and venues are filled with entertainment, street arts, sports, culture, music, heritage and more.  
Now in its 4th year, the City Festival has grown to be one of the major events in our festival calendar. New additions for 2016 include Trolleys, a magical street theatre from Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie which will mysteriously appear in the city; Light House Keeping a unique show incorporating music and projection and a major international drum and firework show, Clash of Drums.

24 Aug 2016 - 27 Aug 2016THE SHORT CINEMA at Phoenix

The Short Cinema is an annual short film festival held at Phoenix, Leicester, showcasing established and emerging talent from across the world with a strong focus on Midlands makers. 
Offering an exciting mix of films irrespective of genre, style or budget, The Short Cinema provides local writers, producers and directors with the opportunity to exhibit their work on the big screen to a discerning audience of film-lovers. 
The festival also provides filmmakers with an opportunity to meet and discuss their work with their peers, strengthening bonds with the Midlands film-making community alongside public screenings curated by partners. 
Over the last 10 years, The Short Cinema has grown from a small grassroots pop-up screening to a much bigger (still grass roots) festival. Its aim is to continue this growth, exploring and providing new opportunities for anyone involved in Midlands film to develop and exhibit their work, both in the region and around the world and celebrate short film as an art form in its own right.

27 Aug 2016Makers' Yard Open Studios Day

10am - 5pm 
The perfect opportunity to buy original gifts direct from Leicester's premier studios for artists and designer-makers. 
Take your pick from artwork in wood, ceramics, and glass; interior and fashion textiles, fashion, jewellery, picture framing, millinery and more.

28 Aug 2016Free Family Fun Day

Judgemeadow Community College 
1pm - 5pm 
We have an amazing afternoon of fun and games for you, including: surfboard sim, sumo suits, assault courses, wipeout, slides, bouncy castles, bungee run, basketball challenge, space hopper racing, plus a selection of inflatables and loads of traditional side-stall games, face painting and balloons. 
There will be authentic Caribbean food, an ice cream van and stalls selling sweets and drinks. 
Absolutely everyone is welcome and the more the merrier! No preaching, no catch; just a great afternoon of fun and games for all the family.

29 Aug 2016Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Jewry Wall Museum

Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, The Festival Players Theatre Company is proud to present the Bard’s most famous play, Hamlet. 
Presented in full costume, an all-male company will bring you the excitement of this great thriller; intrigue, ghostly visitations, passion, a play-within-a play, a gripping duel, and humour, in a crystal-clear and fast-paced two hour production. 
Performed within the atmospheric surroundings of the second century Roman bath house. 
Grounds open for picnics at 6.30pm. Advanced booking recommended.
More events in Leicester

Leicester Directory