Free things to do

Highlights

For the days when you're looking to keep your wallet firmly shut, here's a little inspiration to help you explore on a budget.

Street art tour

Street art under an underpass in LeicesterOver recent years Leicester has seen public interest in street art rise considerably. Events such as Bring The Paint Festival have brought international attention to the city and the incredible artwork across the city is among some of the best in the UK. Graffwerk, who are behind much of the city's street art, have put together a handy guide so you can explore the sites across town.

Leicester Museum and Art Gallery

Dinosaur skeleton in New Walk museum.Featuring displays across science, history and art, Leicester Museum and Art Gallery is just a short walk from campus and completely free to visit. Explore lost worlds and say hello to the 15 metre Rutland Dinosaur, be transported to a world of Ancient Egypt, or see the stunning collection of Picasso Ceramics, donated to the museum by Lord and Lady Attenborough from their private collection.

Free entertainment

Man playing an acoustic guitar on stageAcross Leicester many independent venues host free entry shows throughout the week. You can enjoy seeing some of the city's finest up and coming talent at one of the many open mic evenings, or why not grab a seat at a free to attend comedy showcase. Don't miss the weekend sessions at The Soundhouse with free live music on their outdoor stage on Saturday afternoons. 

Free city festivals

Lights on Abbey Lane in Leicester for Diwali festival.Throughout the year there are a number of free to attend festivals that take place across the city. With Leicester’s proud cultural heritage, Diwali is a huge celebration as people travel from far and wide to see the decorative Diwali lights, spectacular firework displays and illuminations across the city. Similarly, the Leicester Belgrave Mela is one of the most established free community events of its kind in the UK, as it brings together the carnival, fashion show and procession. Enjoy local music and street food at the annual Riverside Festival, join the vibrant display of the Caribbean Carnival and discover a world of craft beers at Brew Beat

Local parks

War memorial in Victoria Park in LeicesterExplore the area by visiting the city’s local parks and green spaces. The University has its own Botanic Garden with 16 acres of cultivated grounds for you to uncover. The garden has been on its current site, close to The Village, since 1947 and is a popular spot for students to walk and relax. Campus also sits alongside Victoria Park, a large open space with the magnificent War Memorial as its centrepiece. The park has played host to large scaled concerts and each Saturday hosts the city’s Parkrun, which is free to take part in. For exploring further, don’t miss Abbey Park with its historical ruins, boating lake and miniature railway. 

"You can still have a great time in Leicester without spending too much money. As well as the free entertainment that's on offer, it's so much cheaper than back home. I can actually get a beer for under £3.50."

Did you know...