Welcome to Leicester

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 into 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.

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Upcoming Events

11 Jul 2015 - 6 Sep 2015LEGO® CITY Space Summer

This summer, the National Space Centre is celebrating a BrickTastic Summer with LEGO®! 
They have joined forces with LEGO® CITY to take visitors on a mission to make movies, build space tools, Tweet to win, and discover the wonders of living in space.  
* Take a seat in the LEGO® CITY Zone and build something spacey. Choose to make a spacecraft, a special space tool, or a friend for the astronaut to take with him into space. 
* Make your own LEGO® mini movie space adventure using stop-motion animation stations. 
* Take a tour round the galleries and discover the keep-and-collect limited edition LEGO® postcards. 
* Sit back and discover all about life in space.

25 Jul 2015 - 9 Aug 2015Richard III at Curve Theatre

One of Shakespeare‘s most famous works, the play follows the rise to power of this misunderstood young King. Treachery, passion and murder combine in the lead up to his bloody and violent death on the Bosworth battlefield in 1485. 
Set in contemporary Russia, this new production offers a thrilling take on Shakespeare’s classic. Directed by Nikolai Foster, and featuring a hugely talented community cast, this dark, dynamic and visceral production will bring Richard III’s epic story to the stage.

1 Aug 2015Leicester Caribbean Carnival

Leicester Caribbean Carnival celebrates 30 years of carnival on Saturday 1st August 2015. This year’s event is being celebrated with the theme “The Americas”. 
Come on out and soak up the excitement of this year’s event. Carnival Village at Victoria Park will open at 11am with three music stages and a main stage. A variety of vendor units will be selling food from the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and other countries. Art and craft and promotional stalls will also provide a good mix of cultural products, toys, educational and other information along with promotions.

2 Aug 2015Alan Carr at De Montfort Hall

No stranger to yap, Alan Carr will be yapping his way around the UK and Ireland with his brand new stand up show Yap, Yap, Yap! 
The BAFTA and British Comedy Award winning comedian, author and chat show supremo, returns to his stand-up roots with his hilarious take on life.

8 Aug 2015Magna Carta streets – guided walk

10.30am - Leicester Castle to Leicester Market Place 
Rediscover the Leicester of 800 years ago. Free, advanced booking Tel: 0116 299 4444

22 Aug 2015 - 31 Aug 2015City Festival 2015 - various venues

The City Festival celebrates Leicester in the heart of the city and this year it will be bigger and better than before. 
Taking place over ten fun-packed days, sites across the city centre will be filled with entertainment including sports, culture, music, art, heritage and more - incorporating well-established favourites like Leicester Belgrave Mela, Ride Leicester Festival, Journeys Festival, Sports Fest, City Music Festival, Old Town Festival and Cosmopolitan Carnival. 
Plus there will be some exciting new events, including Open House Circus Extravaganza, Flavours of Rugby, Summer Art Trail, a major international street project from Australia, Tangle plus events to mark the 530th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth and the 800 year anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.  
With an array of free activities including sports, culture, music, art, heritage and much more the City Festival provides a great reason to stay local this August!
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