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Aladdin live in Leicester

Aladdin live in Leicester

Jump aboard the magic carpet in Leicester as we travel to ancient China to meet our hero, young Aladdin.

Starring X Factor winner Sam Bailey and popstar Antony Costa from Blue, as well as Channel 5 Milkshake! presenter Nathan Connor, BBC Radio Leicester's Martin Ballard, Paul Burling from Britain's Got Talent and magicians Matthew Pomeroy and Natasha Lamb.

Stay the night and enjoy Aladdin just moments away from Holiday Inn Leicester Wigston

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THE CHRISTMAS CRACKER

THE CHRISTMAS CRACKER

Are you looking for a Christmas celebration with extra sparkle? Then head to Leicester’s best Christmas party, The Christmas Cracker, at the Morningside Arena from 13th to 15th December! With a delicious five-course meal, drinks a-plenty, and a cracking DJ and dance floor, it’s the perfect way to kick-start your Christmas celebrations!

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NEW WALK MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

NEW WALK MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

If you’re after a splash of culture while staying with us, head to Leicester’s original museum, the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery. With a wide range of collections and displays, spanning both the natural and cultural world, the diverse exhibitions at this free-to-enter museum provide something for all the family.

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The Greatest Halloween Circus

The Greatest Halloween Circus

Celebrate Halloween at Twinlakes Park this October with their exceptional Greatest Halloween Circus! This not-so-scary, spook-tacular show is open from 18th to 27th October and features breathtaking acrobatics, unbelievable stunts and dazzling costumes – perfect for a family celebration to suit all ages.

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Christmas in Leicester

Christmas in Leicester

The days are getting shorter, the nights are drawing in, and soon be upon us! Fortunately, Leicester has a fantastic line-up of family fun from 16th November to 7th January to get you into the festive spirit.

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Abbey Park Fireworks

Abbey Park Fireworks

Celebrate bonfire night with a bang this year at Leicester’s biggest fireworks extravaganza, the Abbey Park Bonfire and Fireworks Display. This year’s spectacular main fireworks display event in Leicester takes place on Saturday 2nd November – and, with over 15,000 visitors each year, you’ll be celebrating in excellent company in Leicester!

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Black History Month

Black History Month

Every October, Leicester joins with the rest of the UK to celebrate Black History Month (BHM). Experience a series of events, exhibitions and conversations that recognise and rejoice in Leicester’s incredibly diverse heritage, and celebrate the history and cultural contribution that African and Caribbean communities have made to the East Midlands over the years.

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Journey back in time

Journey back in time

In August 2012, a skeleton was uncovered beneath a car park in Leicester and scientists concluded it was indeed the remains of the long-lost Last Plantagenet King of England, King Richard III. The award-winning Visitor Centre offers the journey back in time to experience the incredible story of King Richard’s life and death.

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Charnwood Museum

Charnwood Museum

Located in nearby Loughborough is the Charnwood Museum: this hidden gem is well worth a family visit – especially during the summer holidays, when there are activities a-plenty to keep young minds entertained!

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Western Park Beer Festival 2019

Western Park Beer Festival 2019

The Western Park Beer Festival is Leicester’s very own way  to come together and enjoy a variety of local beer and local fine foods! It will be held on 6th and 7th of September, 2019 at the St Anne’s Church and Community Hall, Letchworth Road, Western Park.

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International Music Festival 2019

International Music Festival 2019

The International Music Festival, is one of the most prestigious music festivals to visit Leicester annually. The father of classical music, Mozart, will be featured at the festival with legendary Schubert and Britain’s young composer, Mark Simpson from the 19th to 21st September, 2019. 

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Fake Festival

Fake Festival

After a hugely successful first year, Fake Festival is back in Leicester this summer! Head over to Victoria Park on 10th August to experience six of the best, pro-level “Fake Bands”, for a celebration that’s guaranteed to have you singing and dancing well into the night!

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Let’s Ride Leicester

Let’s Ride Leicester

Head over to Leicester this summer for a family-friendly bike ride through its beautiful city streets! On Sunday 25th August, the city centre will be closed to vehicle traffic, and more than 12,000 people will see the city from the saddle.

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One Giant Leap

One Giant Leap

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings, and Leicester is celebrating with festivities truly out of this world! With partners such as the National Space Centre, Arts Council England and Inspirate, One Giant Leap will be an intergalactic exploration like no other.

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Caribbean Carnival

Caribbean Carnival

Leicester’s very own Caribbean Carnival is back on Saturday 3rd August, and promises to be bigger, brighter and better than ever before! Since its inaugural year in 1985, it has grown each year to become one of the largest carnivals outside London, attracting over 110,000 visitors!

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De Montfort Hall: Gigs in the Garden

De Montfort Hall: Gigs in the Garden

Experience a gig unlike any other with De Montfort Hall’s “Gigs in the Garden”, where some of the biggest names in the music industry will perform in this stunning outdoor setting. Events take place from Friday 16th to Monday 26th August; and, as Leicester’s largest entertainment venue with more than a hundred years of experience hosting live acts, you’re guaranteed a top-quality concert!

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National Space Centre

National Space Centre

For a truly out-of-this-world experience, bring your family to Leicester this summer to visit the award-winning National Space Centre! With its iconic forty-two-metre rocket tower, the largest planetarium in the UK and six interactive galleries, the Space Centre is a mind-blowing day out for all the family.

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Mods: Shaping A Generation Exhibition

Mods: Shaping A Generation Exhibition

There is an exciting new exhibition coming to Leicester’s New Walk Museum and Art Gallery from 13th April to 30th June: ‘Mods: Shaping a Generation’. Open seven days a week, this fascinating collection celebrates the Mod scene in Leicester and Nottingham, through remarkable stories told by those who were there.

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Holiday Inn Leicester Wigston Official Opening

Holiday Inn Leicester Wigston Official Opening

The opening was attended by lord mayor Ross Grant, eighty local businesses, residents and religious leaders

Holiday Inn has opened its Leicester Wigston hotel, following a £4.5m refurbished to the property.

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Leicester Cathedral

Leicester Cathedral

The cathedral is open for visitors and all are welcome within its doors. From the fine stained glass to the story and tomb of King Richard III, explore over 900 years of history in this peaceful and beautiful building. 

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King Richard III Visitor Centre

King Richard III Visitor Centre

Using fantastic storytelling, beautiful design and 21st century technology, the King Richard III Visitor Centre tells the fascinating and moving story of the life, death and discovery of King Richard III.

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DMU Orchestra and Chorus

DMU Orchestra and Chorus

DMU Orchestra and Chorus

Join the De Montfort University Orchestra and Chorus for a evening concert of Mozart. 

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Brendan Neiland - Surface Tensions Exhibition

Brendan Neiland - Surface Tensions Exhibition

This exhibition is a survey of 50 years of the paintings of Brendan Neiland, one of the leading artists of his generation. 

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Asian Wedding Exhibitions

Asian Wedding Exhibitions

The Asian Wedding Exhibition shows, arguably the most awaited shows in Leicester, are coming up and we don’t want you to miss out. The shows are unlike any other and allow Brides and Grooms the opportunity to meet wedding specialists and plan their dream wedding all under one roof.

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Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo

Bring the kids and explore the animal kingdom at Twycross Zoo this summer.

Don’t miss out on this action-packed family day out and book to stay at the Holiday Inn Leicester –Wigston.

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Family Fun Day at Leicester Race Course

Family Fun Day at Leicester Race Course

Next Sunday, the 12th of August, Leicester Race course is hosting its famous Family Fun Day which has been described by all as a ‘Day to Remember’.

This is definitely an event not to miss so bring the whole family and make a weekend out of it. Book to stay at the Holiday Inn Leicester –Wigston.

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Watersports at Rutland Water

Watersports at Rutland Water

This summer, Rutland Watersports Centre is the place to be. Conveniently located just an hour’s drive from the heart of Leicester, Rutland Watersports offers many fun-filled activities to enjoy.

Bring the whole family and enjoy the hot weather while it lasts. Book to stay at the Holiday Inn Leicester –Wigston.

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Bonfire and Firework Display

Bonfire and Firework Display

Get ready for the 4th of November 2018 and be dazzled by Leicester’s biggest Bonfire and Firework display at Leicester’s Abbey Park.

Don’t miss this attraction and book to stay at Holiday Inn Leicester -Wigston.

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Picnics at Bradgate Park

Picnics at Bradgate Park

Enjoy Bradgate park while the sun is shining, there are many things to do that we are sure you’ll enjoy. Whether it is enjoying the wilderness or going for an ice cream – there is something for everyone.

Bring the kids and make a weekend out of it! Book to stay at the Holiday Inn Leicester -Wigston, located minutes away from Bradgate Park

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Chris Ramsey

Chris Ramsey

Hurry to purchase tickets as last time Chris Ramsey was in the City his show sold out.This is stand up like no other and Chris Ramsey is critically acclaimed and an award winner.

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Calendar Girls

Calendar Girls

One day a group of ladies decided to create something amazing. This is now Calendar Girls The Musical. A Musical comedy with amazing West End reviews is now vising Leicester with a jaw dropping cast of stars.

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England V Switzerland

England V Switzerland

On the 11th September 2018 England will play Switzerland at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium.

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Sarah Millican

Sarah Millican

Hilarious comedy, filthy innuendos with no apologies fun.

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Diwali

Diwali

Amazing firework displays over the night sky, mouth-watering exotic aromas of Indian cuisine, open air music, and celebration of lights – everywhere – Diwali Leicester – a glorious sight.

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XTREME Scream Park 2018

XTREME Scream Park 2018

Do you think your brave enough? Try Xtreme located at Twinlakes. Think twice as Scarecon have voted this epic Scream Park No1.

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Ride Leicester Festival

Ride Leicester Festival

This is a two week focus on the joy and celebration of cycling.

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Leicester Caribbean Carnival

Leicester Caribbean Carnival

Leicester is a City of many cultures and traditions. Spend the day at the Caribbean festival which is full of colourful, celebrations and atmosphere.

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Choosing the right function room for your next business event in Leicester

Choosing the right function room for your next business event in Leicester

When organizing a corporate conference in Leicester, it is important to know what facilities they have. Choosing the right hotel as a conference venue can really make a difference and it is beneficial to know in advance exactly what you require from a meeting place before booking.

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Weddings in Leicestershire

Weddings in Leicestershire

We get it, searching for wedding venues in Leicester can be quite a daunting task. The selection is vast and it’s extremely difficult to decide which venue is best for you. The most important thing to consider is location.

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How a conference room can improve your next meeting in Leicester

How a conference room can improve your next meeting in Leicester

Conference rooms in Leicestershire are a fantastic option when hosting a business meeting away from your usual company office spaces. 

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