Whatever your age, summer doesn’t feel complete until you’ve donned your flower crown, dusted off your wellies and set up camp at a festival. But did you know that Leicestershire is a hotbed of summer fiestas? That’s right – from camping festivals to city centre celebrations, high tempo to chilled out, rock music to poetry, food, drink and everything in between – there is something for absolutely everyone in our county.

So you can keep your Coachella, we’re bored of Benicassim and we’ve got no time for Glasto, because we will be spending our summer festival hopping right here in Leicester. We’ve listed some of the fantastic festivals on our doorstep to help you plan – check each festivals website for more information on tickets and camping options. With so much going on, you won’t have time to go abroad!

Friday 25 – Sunday 27 May
Wymeswold, Leicestershire

This three-day festival kicked off in 2005 and considers itself the world’s best tribute festival. From Coldplace to Oasish, the Fillers and the Antarctic Monkeys, this is the place to hear all your favourite hits!

Riverside Festival
Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 June
Bede Park, Mile Straight, Western Boulevard & Castle Gardens, Leicester

This popular festival offers boat trips, live music, a variety of food stalls from around the world and an exciting choice of activities for all ages, making it a fun packed weekend not to be missed!

Friday 8 June – Sunday 10 June
Donnington Park, Leicestershire

The UK’s premier rock festival returns for 2018 with headline acts Avenged Sevenfold, Guns n’ Roses and Ozzy Osbourne.

DOWNLOAD stages come alive at night!!! 🤘🔥🎶 #DL2018

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Foxton Locks Festival
Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 June
Foxton Locks, Leicestershire

A great family day out with something for everyone - crafts, music and family entertainment, live music on two stages and not forgetting a real ale bar!

Urban Steam Festival
Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 June
Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester

A celebration of steam in the city! See demonstrations of rural crafts, steam traction engines, road rollers and vintage vehicles. There will also me live music, a craft tent and the chance to see the museum’s magnificent Gimson beam engines in steam.

Friday 29 June – Sunday 1 July
Market Harborough Showground, Leicestershire

A brand new major music festival that will welcome a host of chart-topping acts along with a range of entertainment, food and drinks stalls and a huge funfair for all ages to enjoy!

Thursday 5 – Sunday 8 July
The Coney Woods, Noseley, Leicestershire

The Coney Woods are the place to head this summer if you’re looking for an alternative to mainstream festival culture. Noisily is an inclusive haven where underground music thrives and self expression flourishes.

Those Noisily Sunrises ✨

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Friday 6 – Sunday 8 July
Feanedock, the National Forest, Leicestershire

Timber is a brand new festival in Leicestershire this year. The joint venture between the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus aims to create an international festival exploring the transformative impact of forests. Expect a programme of music, arts, poetry and much more.

Barefoot Festival
Friday 27 – Sunday 29 July
Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, Leicestershire

Barefoot Festival is all about getting back to basics, getting grass in between your toes and taking time out from the pressures of modern life. The family friendly event is a great chance to relax and unwind in nature.

UK PieFest
Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 July
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

There aren’t many things in life better than a nice pie – so what better way to celebrate this versatile, flakey and comforting British staple than at UK PieFest! Try some samples, do some shopping, eat to you heart (and stomach’s) content and maybe even learn how to make your own pie.

110 Above
Friday 3 – Sunday 5 August
Gopsall Hall Farm, Leicestershire

This intimate festival is perfect for those looking for a friendly and chilled festival experience with amazing new music, food, drink and above all, a place to party. The festival’s focus is on new music and breakthrough talent, so it’s the place to be to discover a new favourite.

The OLD TOWN HALL STAGE. Where magic happens and people unite ❤️

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Caribbean Carnival
Saturday 4 August
City Centre and Victoria Park, Leicester

Celebrate Leicester’s diverse cultures and experience the traditions of the Caribbean in one colourful celebration at the Caribbean Carnival! Marvel at the costumes in a lively street parade and then enjoy music, entertainment and food and drink stalls at Victoria Park.

Acoustic Gardens 4
11 August
Belgrave Hall, Leicester

This limited capacity boutique festival is set in the stunning gardens of Belgrave Hall, with the 18th century house as a backdrop. Artists so far confirmed include: Gin House Gypsies and Jersey Budd, with more to be announced.

City Festival
Saturday 18 – Monday 27 August
Leicester City Centre

City Festival celebrates everything we love about Leicester – right in the heart of the city. The 2018 festival takes place over ten fun-packed days, filling the city centre with street entertainment, sports, culture, music, art, heritage and more. 

Leicester Pride
Saturday 1 September
Victoria Park, Leicester

Leicester’s annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) festival and is a colourful and vibrant event celebrating diversity and freedom of expression.

Edible Forest
Sunday 9 – Sunday 16 September
Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire

Take your tastebuds on a journey through the Edible Forest this summer – expect scrumptious surprises, local food and drink experiences and fantastic family friendly outdoor activities.

Belgrave Hall Food & Garden Festival
Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 September
Belgrave Hall, Leicester

Set in the beautiful gardens of Belgrave Hall, celebrate tastes from around the world and closer to home in this showcase for local suppliers.

Leicester International Music Festival
Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 September 2017
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester

Leicester International Music Festival is a chamber music festival rooted in the city’s strong musical tradition of working with the finest musicians and composers. If you’re a seasoned concert-goer or are looking for a new experience, the festival has a variety of events from formal concerts to more informal family ‘jam session.’




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