Leicester Museums Events

Leicester Comedy Festival

Leicester Museums host a wide variety of family friendly workshops and events, performances and lectures. Admission is free to Leicester museums and galleries, exhibitions and events unless otherwise stated. For event bookings and enquiries, please contact the host site. November's events are listed below.

You can also see all our upcoming exhibitions and events in our What's On brochure.
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February events

Leicester Comedy Festival: The 1000 Years History Show
On now until 26 February
12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm (20 minute show)
The Guildhall

Written and Performed by comedian and songwriter Anthony King, featuring bits about Richard III, Famous Leicester and more… Free 20 minute bite sized comedy show!

“Whilst parallels may be drawn with Horrible Histories, I think King deserves something more, at the least to be judged on his own merits. His easy going raconteur style draws in his listeners with a gentle, rather clever wit...” - British Theatre Guide.

Suitable for all ages. Admission free, for more details go to www.1000years.co.uk

School parties must book in advance and are subject to a minimum donation. For more details call 0116 253 2569. 
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Little Ducks Storytelling
Monday 20 February
11am / 1pm (1 hour show)
The Guildhall
Little Ducks storytelling with songs and gentle games for pre-schoolers and their parent/carer to enjoy together. Most suited for ages 1-4 years. Tickets £5 for a combined adult/child. To book, please call 0116 253 2569.

Leicester Comedy Festival: End to End - Col Howarth - Event cancelled due to unforseen circumstances
Monday 20 February
7.45pm (doors 7pm)
The Guildhall
In his wonderfully quirky and assured debut Col Howarth plots a single journey from one end of a busy high street to the other, revealing the dots of a story that arcs between a series of chance encounters, unexpected tangents and harsh realisations. This is a hilarious, fast-paced and utterly uplifting show about what happens when you look up, see what's in front of you and let the moment in. Event cancelled due to unforseen circumstances, apologies for any inconvenience caused. T: 0116 253 2569.

Leicester Comedy Festival: Tales from Wales
Monday 20 February
The Guildhall

"Two rising stars of the Welsh comedy scene" (Standupforcomedy.co.uk) bring their debut hour to Leicester Comedy Festival at The Guildhall. Observational comedy at its sharpest and with a Welsh twist, Steffan and Drew touch on all the important topics, cultural identity, the importance of bilingualism and the benefits of playing hours of Subbuteo as a child...

"...our favorite performers" - Freshly Squeezed

"...very funny" - The Sprout 

Tickets £5 / £3 to book, please call 0116 253 2569.

Don’t Go Into the Cellar presents: Tea with Oscar
Friday 24 February
The Guildhall
A chat show with a difference! Join Oscar Wilde as he interviews leading celebrities of the Victorian era, recounts a story or two and invites his audience to get "Caught in the Act"! Brought to you by Don't Go Into The Cellar! Theatre Company - the British Empire's finest practitioners of top-notch Victorian entertainment! Tickets:  £10/£8 to book, please call 0116 253 2569. 
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Peter Liddle Lecture Series: The Anglo-Saxons in Leicestershire and Rutland
Saturdays 25 February – 1 April

11am – 1pm
Jewry Wall Museum
A series of six lectures on the archaeology of the Anglo-Saxon period locally by Peter Liddle MBE – former County Archaeologist for Leicestershire.

February 25: The Anglo-Saxon Conquest                   

March 4: Early Saxon Settlements                                                        

March 11: Early Saxon Burials                   

March 18: Mercian Leicestershire and Rutland                                                    

March 25: Viking Invasion and the Danelaw                                            

April 1: Late Saxon Leicestershire and Rutland

Prior booking is useful but not essential. Attend the whole course or just come to individual lectures.

Light refreshments available.

£30 for the series or £6 per lecture (payable on the door). To book your place e-mail peter.liddle51@gmail.com or call 0116 221 4508 / 07758 194 353.

Jewellery Making Workshop
Saturday 25 February
2pm - 5pm
Jewry Wall Museum

Enjoy an afternoon at Jewry Wall Museum creating beautiful jewellery with the assistance of jewellery-maker and Friends of Jewry Wall Museum. Be inspired by the ancient treasures on display, follow our demonstrations and examples or create something completely unique. The ideal gift for a loved one (or yourself!). No experience required. Advance booking essential, £15 (includes equipment to use). Light refreshments available. To book, please call 0116 225 4971.

Heritage Sundays: Tour and Open Day 
Sunday 26 February
11am - 3pm
The Magazine Gateway, Oxford Street LE1 5XZ

The Magazine Gateway will be open to the public with visitors invited to explore the building on their own or book onto a guided tour with one of our expert Blue Badge guides, who can share their detailed knowledge of the history of these fascinating buildings and explain features of architectural interest.

This is a wonderful opportunity to discover one of Leicester's  important medieval buildings, normally closed to the public.

Open day: 11am - 3pm
Guided tour starts: 11am (1 hour)
Guided tour price: £2.50

For tour bookings: Visit Leicester Information Centre, Gallowtree Gate, on 0116 299 4444 or online www.goleicestershire.com (Tours are not suitable for small children who may need to be carried. The building has a steep stone staircase.  Suitable footwear is advisable.)

Sublime Symmetry Tour: Islamic Ceramics Talk with North African Tea & Cake - Event now sold out!
Sunday 26 February
2.30pm – 4.30pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Join our Curator of World Arts who will discuss how William De Morgan has been inspired by Spanish, Iranian and Turkish ceramics dating from 1400 to 1600. Complete the afternoon with a North African inspired afternoon tea and cake. Event now sold out! T: 0116 225 4900 Invite and share the facebook event.