Enjoy the summer programme of events in Leicester - featuring everything from family-themed fun to breath-taking public art projects.
The city council's Summer of Festivals brings together 10 major events taking place across Leicester from May to September, and aims to attract more visitors to the city.
Here's a taster of the fun you can look forward to when staying at
Holiday Inn Leicester Wigston.
Leicester Riverside Festival - Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2
Leicester’s popular Riverside Festival brings two days of family-friendly fun and activities to the banks of the River Soar, bringing alive the Mile Straight, Bede Park, Castle Gardens and Western Boulevard.
One Giant Leap - July to October
Also unique to 2019 is One Giant Leap – a series of events marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landings. Running from July to October, activities range from a family astronomy session to a night in the museum, as well a whole series of events at the National Space Centre.
Leicester Caribbean Carnival - Saturday Aug 3
Leicester’s Caribbean Carnival has grown into one of the largest outside London since it was first held in 1985. This year’s theme is ‘The Windrush’ with the focus on the Caribbean community’s contribution to the UK.As well as a street parade of multi-coloured floats through the city centre there’ll be a massive party with music and food on the city’s Victoria Park.
Gigs in the Gardens - Friday Aug 16 to Monday Aug 26
New to Leicester this summer are the Gigs in the Gardens – a series of large-scale outdoor concerts in the beautiful surroundings of De Montfort Hall gardens.
Kaiser Chiefs, the Vaccines, Jax Jones and Busted are among the top acts performing there, as well as DJ sets from Groove Armada, Pete Tong and Danny Howard.
Ride Leicester Festival – Saturday Aug 17 to Saturday Aug 31
This is a two-week celebration of cycling including Green Bicycle Mystery Weekend, Castle Classic Race Day, Bike Jam and Bike Fest. There will be more than 30 free, family-friendly rides and social events for all ages and abilities.
Join Let’s Ride Leicester on Sunday, August 25 along a 6km traffic-free route. This rolling carnival of colour will be accompanied by Filbert Fox, Richard III, Alice Hawkins and the Cycling Suffragettes.
Leicester Belgrave Mela - Sunday Aug 18
The Leicester Belgrave Mela brings a day of amazing street performances, mouth-watering South Asian cuisine and the Mela shopping bazaar. Visitors can enjoy awe-inspiring performances from the Grand Indian Circus and music from the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band.
City Festival – Monday Aug 19 to Friday Aug 23
The 2019 City Festival takes place over five fun-packed days in August and this year’s theme is ‘Out of this World’, celebrating all things outer space. New Market Square will host dazzling international street arts, stunning performances and interactive activities and games for the whole family. Look out for visitors from other worlds including giant insects and robots. The entertainment continues into the early evenings, with a series of music concerts on the festival stage ranging from folk, jazz, blues, classical, rock and pop.