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Riverside Festival


Riverside Festival

Riverside Festival returns to the city on the first weekend in June. Spread over Bede Park, Western Boulevard and Castle Gardens, it features fun on and off the water.

For a full guide to all the fantastic events and activities taking place, take a look at the 2023 Festival Brochure here. 

For answers to all of your Frequently Asked Questions, check out the Riverside 2023 FAQs Here.

Enjoy live bands and music, a fun fair, food stalls, street market, arts and crafts, beer tent and more. It's sure to be one of the best waterside festivals in the country and a fun-packed weekend not to be missed!

New at Riverside Festival this year check out the Sports Zone with something for active adults, sporty teens and little ones alike. Heritage Hotspots give a peek into the past and We Are Leicester interactive art trail will wind around the festival giving a totally unique perspective.

At Bede Park there’s plenty across the weekend to keep all the family engaged with a fully licenced bar, activity zones, funfair and an array of stalls and street food.

The Main Stage and Acoustic Stage return with a packed line up of the city's most brilliant acoustic acts whilst Western Boulevard transforms for the weekend into a market bursting with local arts and crafts, tasty street food snacks. 

Nestled amongst the flowers in Castle Gardens enjoy family friendly fun and activities including a fully licenced bar, food and stalls. 

Running right through the heart of the festival is the River Soar’s Mile Straight. For those wanting to get close to the action, you can splash about in a kayak or take a boat trip.

If you'd like to discover Leicester's Canals and Waterways, take a look at the newly produced Leicester Riverside Trails

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See what other Leicester Festivals are taking place this summer in the 2023 What's On Festival Guide



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Key Information

Bede Park, Mile Straight, Western Boulevard & Castle Gardens, Leicester

Tel: +44 (0)116 4543600

Opening Times

Event Dates: (3 June 2024)*
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


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