Welcome to Leicester

Leicester is a city in the East Midlands that is situated on the River Soar. With a population of over 330,000, the county town of Leicestershire is the 10th largest city in England and holds a historic association with the production of textiles, clothing and shoes. The city is close to the M1 making it easy to get to 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 stetching back to the Iron Age and Roman settlement.

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Upcoming Events

16 Aug 2014 - 25 Aug 2014City Festival

LEICESTER’S City Festival is back – and this year, there’s even more free fun and entertainment to look forward to. Launched by the City Mayor in 2013, the festival has now grown into a 10-day spectacular, with much of the activity taking place in Leicester’s pedestrianised streets and open spaces.  
Summer favourites – such as the Leicester Belgrave Mela, SkyRide, SportsFest and the Orton Square beach – are all back by popular demand, but the festival gets under way on Saturday 16 August with some exciting new events. Full details of all events taking place at the 2014 City Festival are available in a free brochure – available from Visit Leicester on Gallowtree Gate, local libraries, and city centre shops, bars, and venues – or online at www.visitleicester.info/cityfestival

22 Aug 2014 - 23 Aug 2014End of Pier Delights

End of the Pier Delights is back this year as part of the City Festival. Join us on Fri 22 & Sat 23 August at Orton Square for a good dose of old fashioned family fun. With free performances, activities and games alongside an enormous sandpit to play in, there is a whole host of seaside curiosities on offer! 
Tongue Tied Theatre need your help in The Revenge of Mr Trout. Climb aboard their ship in this highly interactive adventure for 5- 12 year olds, as Mr Trout plots and plans how to get his wife back for all her mischievous practical jokes. Showing at 11.15, 12.45 & 14.30. 
Or take a trip into the belly of a whale and meet submariner Jonah, who wants you to take a message back up to the surface for his loved one. From company Talking Birds, The Whale is an intimate short performance for up to 4 people at a time and will be running throughout the day. 
We also have games, competitions, and things for you to make as we create our very own model village. La Bella Ukulele are back to entertain the crowds with a seaside shanty or two, and Paul Goeby will be reading his favourite stories for you by the sandpit. 
No need to book, just come along. Admittance to all performances is on a first come first served basis. Don't forget your suncream!

23 Aug 2014Cosmopolitan Carnival

Kaleidoscope Arts are hosting the Cosmopolitan Carnival, a free event to bring the city centre alive with every imaginable art form, showcasing Leicester’s vibrant cultural mix, breaking down racial barriers and promoting cultural understanding. The Cosmopolitan Carnival promises to be a fun and fantastic day out for all the family, showcasing the best of Leicester’s local talent!

24 Aug 2014 - 25 Aug 2014Journeys Festival

After a successful first year Journeys Festival returns as part of the Mayor’s City Festival to Town Hall Square, 24th & 25th August, with a vibrant multi-art form programme of Refugee & Asylum Seeker Artists.  
To find out more head to Journeys Festivals website: www.journeysfestival.com

24 Aug 2014Our Leicester Day

Our Leicester Day encourages all the communities of Leicester to meet, mix and find out what is going on in the neighbourhood. It is a chance for clubs, societies, associations, charities and community groups to showcase their work, their services, and their needs. It is a chance for visitors to the Market to get involved with a local group, become a volunteer, join a club, discover new activities, and perhaps find a new hobby. Above all it is a fun day for Leicester people to celebrate the community they live in. 
A fantastic opportunity to make a difference! A one day chance for any club, society or not-for-profit organisation to show what they do to the people of Leicester. With 20,000 expected in town on the day, promote your organisation during the 2014 City festival. 


25 Aug 2014Star Plus presents Leicester Belgrave Mela Festival 2014

On Bank Holiday Monday 25th August 2014 Star Plus are inviting the whole of the UK to come and experience a glittering mix of live music, dance, food, fashion, entertainment, arts and culture at the Leicester Belgrave Mela Festival.  
Indulge in delicious cuisine from across the Indian subcontinent and shop till you drop in our famous Indian Bazaar. Enjoy a whole host of free South Asian arts and cultural activities throughout the city centre and experience electrifying live entertainment on the main stage. Join us, along with a few celebrity guests, for a free, fun-filled day out for the whole family!
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