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Visit Leicester: A summer of festivals in Leicester and Leicestershire

From rock music to opera, beer, food and drink, history, Pride and even a yarn bomb!

There’s set to be a real summer of festival fun in Leicester and Leicestershire in 2024. Coming up over the next few months, there are festivals for lovers of rock, classical, opera and electronic music, food and drink, beer, medieval history, the great outdoors and many more.

A few of the highlights of the festivals taking place in the city and county this year include:

Nevill Holt Festival

1-26 June 2024

Nevill Holt Opera Theatre

Nevill Holt is proud to welcome a lineup of internationally renowned artists to Leicestershire for the inaugural Nevill Holt Festival with opera performances, classical music, theatre, art, jazz and contemporary music, alongside conversations with leading novelists, historians, broadcasters and artists.

Download Festival

14-16 June 2024

Donington Park Circuit

Download Festival is the home of rock and takes place on the sacred grounds of Donington Park, which have been associated with rock since the ’80s. The event attracts giants of rock and metal to its main stage, plus some of the hottest new acts.

Leicester Print Festival

22-23 June 2024

Leicester Print Workshop

The annual Print Festival is back and bigger than ever, celebrating all things printmaking.

Leicester Beer Festival 2024

From 4-6 July 2024

Abbey Pumping Station

The Leicester Beer Festival is the biggest and best celebration of real ale in the region.

Timber Festival

5-7 July 2024

National Forest

Step into an incredible weekend festival of celebration, debate and reflection in the National Forest. Timber invites you to stand up and be counted as we rethink our relationship with trees and forests.


6 July 2024

Victoria Park

Leicester’s own indie combo headline their own Summer Solstice event, playing tried-and-tested piledriving electro-rock anthems.



Cosby Yarn Bomb 2024

10-31 July 2024

Cosby Village

Cosby’s annual summer yarn bomb event is celebrating its sixth year with an uplifting outdoor trail of over 50 textile art installations created by the community around the theme of ‘Fun and Games, Mischief and Mayhem’

Caribbean Carnival

3 August 2024

This year Promises several new additions. Following the parade to Victoria Park there will be four performance areas, Soca Village, troupe’s performance area, funfair and new for 2024 will be a children’s village.

Leicester Food Festival

10-11 August 2024

Abbey Park

Set to be the biggest food event of the year, the Leicester Food Festival will be making its debut this August, creating a paradise for food and drink lovers.




Bosworth Medieval Festival 2024

17-18 August 2024

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

This two-day event attracts thousands of visitors, re-enactors and traders from across the UK featuring battle re-enactments by the combined forces of the Wars of the Roses Federation, including The Battle of Bosworth as the finale on both days.

Leicester Pride

31 August 2024

Victoria Park

Leicester Pride is Leicester’s annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) festival.

For more information on the events and festivals taking place in Leicester and Leicestershire in 2024, visit

Full size image of Download Festival available here.

Full size image of Cosby Yarn Bomb available here.

Full size image of Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre available here.
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