Leicester has long been known as a festival city, with annual events like the Caribbean Carnival and Diwali a mainstay in the calendar for everyone who loves a great time. But the county is also full of fantastic events, both locally focused and welcoming international superstars. Let’s take a look at what’s on offer.


Glastonbudget – 2-4 June

Returning to Turnpost Farm for the first time since 2019, Glastonbudget is billed as the greatest collection of tribute acts anywhere. This year, as it falls on the Jubilee Weekend, the tribute festival will host ‘The Best of British Weekend’ with national stars The Bootleg Beatles and Mercury confirmed to headline the event.

Over the course of the weekend you’ll be able to see bands paying tribute to some of the biggest British bands of all time, from local lads Kasabian, Oasis and Blur, to legends like David Bowie and Pink Floyd. There are also performances from local originals bands, who have been selected based on their performances in local battle of the bands showcases. Whoever you choose to watch, you’re in for a fantastic weekend.

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Download – 10-12 June

If you like it heavy, then Leicestershire is the place to be in the summer. Since the very first Monsters of Rock festival there in 1980, Donington Park has gained an international reputation for welcoming the meanest, heaviest and loudest bands on the planet. From Metallica to Motorhead, if you’re a metal band and you haven’t played there, are you even in a band?

This summer is no different, with the legends that are Kiss and Iron Maiden headlining the first  two nights, with Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro taking the final night. With titans of rock including Megadeth, Deftones, The Pretty Reckless, Korn, Mastodon and many more joining them over the course of the weekend, throw on your denim and leather and enjoy a weekend of pure rock fury, which is a lot friendlier than you might expect. Alongside the screaming and headbanging you’ll find families checking out their favourite bands together!

There are still some tickets available, snap them up before it's too late!


Timber Festival – 1-3 July

A festival that urges us to get back to nature and reconnect with ourselves might sound a little like once of those back fields of Glastonbury, but that’s exactly what the Timber Festival aims to do. Setting up camp in the heart of the National Forest, this weekend of music and art celebrates nature and re-examines our relationship with the natural world.

The first lot of acts have already been announced, including the genre-defying Penguin Café, instrumental dream pop and electronica trio Haiku Salut and International legends The Turbans, alongside Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, who will read from his new book and also hit the decks for a throwback DJ set, while author Max Porter has a very special performance planned.

Reserve your space in the forest for the Timber Festival


Journeys Festival International – 12-15 August

Leicester has a reputation as a city where immigrants and refugees have always been welcome, where the culture of the city has been shaped by those who have chosen to make it their home. It makes sense therefore, that the city plays host to the Journeys Festival International.

It celebrates the creative talents of refugee and asylum seeker artists, sharing refugee experiences through great art and culture. Journeys will be bringing a powerful mix of visual and digital art exhibitions, virtual reality installations, performances, food gatherings, films and animations to Leicester this August. Keep an eye on our website for more information on this amazing event as and when we get it.

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Bosworth Medieval Festival – 20-21 August

Back after the COVID enforced break, this spectacular event will feature battle re-enactments by the Wars of the Roses Federation – including the Battle of Bosworth as the finale on both days – living history encampments, author talks and a medieval craft market, as well as entry to the award-winning Bosworth Battlefield exhibition.

Destrier's horsemen and women will be returning with their mounted skill at arms and cavalry display and the fascinating Death of Richard III presentation. They will also play a major role in the Battle of Bosworth re-enactments, representing Richard and Henry and their standard bearers on the battlefield.

Get medieval at Bosworth this summer.


Festival of the Horse – 10-11 September

Celebrating everything equine, in this annual event, Belvoir Castle welcomes some of the most impressive riders and performers to their grounds in September for the Festival of the Horse. This year there are new additions to their exhilarating line-up, hosted across three arenas! Headline displays include Liberty acts, Dressage and Trick Riding, plus the always incredible Knights of Nottingham.

Saddle up for the Festival of the Horse!

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