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Events & Activities

Most of the events and activities on this page are included in the price of admission, it will be made very clear if there is an additional charge and how to book.

Leicester Comedy Festival at the King Richard III Visitor Centre

We have the court jesters and fits of laughter fit for a king at the King Richard III Visitor Centre throughout the Leicester Comedy Festival.

7th to 25th February - Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, in 'The King's Suite', for the evening events the White Boar Bar opens half an hour before the first show, in our ★★★★★ café & courtyard.

Book Your Tickets Now for the following fantastic acts:

Raul Kholi 7th February @7:00pm - 'One of the best comedians in England' - BBC Radio 4, 'Inspiringly Intelligent' - Paul Sinha, ★★★★★ - The Guardian

Foxy Frolics with Ben Ennis & Guests 7th, 14th & 21st February @8:30pm - Join us for big laughs with top comedians! Compere Ben Ennis and a selection of very special guests.

An Evening of (Very) Old Radio 10th February @4pm - Paul writes for the present day BBC (The Now Show, The News Quiz) but he’s happiest in 1922, when the BBC had 30,000 listeners but only 4 employees. "Top comic, top writer.” – Lee Mack

Daphna Baram 10th February @6pm - ★★★★★ "Masterful" (Bunbury Magazine) ★★★★ "Wonderful and hilarious" (Broadway Baby) ★★★★ "Amazing" (The Wee Review)

Richard Pulsford 10th February @7:30pm - Winner UK Pun Championships 2022, Scottish Comedian of the Year 'Runner-up' 2021. Nominated best stand-up at the Buxton Fringe 2023. Dave’s Top 10 Jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe 2019, 21 & 22.

Achtung: The Germans are Coming! with Jürgen 10th February @9:00pm - 'Das ist ridiculous!' - Tripadvisor, 'Very funny' - StandComedyClub, 'What a hurricane!' - Robin Ince, 'A funny guy!' - Mike McShane, 'Spike Milliganesque' - Logan Murray

The Oxford Imps 11th February @11am & @1:00pm - A mainstay of the Oxford comedy scene since 2004, have toured the USA, Holland, South Africa, Bosnia, France, and alumn-Imps include; Sophie Duker, Ivo Graham & Leicester local Rachel Parris.

Disabled Cants 14th February @7:00pm - Disability Champions Award 2023, “Wonderfully relaxed and friendly” - The Scotsman, ★★★★★ “The most accessible, friendly and inclusive show...at the Edinburgh Fringe” - Neurodiverse Review 

Tied For Second 17th February @4:30pm - Dominic McGovern & Zoe Brownstone are rapidly rising stars from different religious backgrounds who share the same God complex. "Incredible Joke Writer" - Mae Martin, "Unstoppable" - Jamali Maddix

Rach Sambrooks Cancelled - As Seen/Heard on BBC's Newsjack & Radio 5 Live, Finalist of 'So You Think You Write Funny?', 'One to Watch' - Funny Women, 'Brilliant' - Radio 5 Live

Hitz Anadkat 17th February @9:00pm - “He’s bloody brilliant” - Funny Firm Comedy, “A truly talented act” - Ian Whitcombe, “I’d recommend any promoter to book him!” - Hats Funny Comedy

Uncle Richard 18th February @12:30pm - Family Friendly - “A massive hit...engaging and inspiring storytelling...don’t miss out on this Plantagenet masterclass.” - Ludlow Fringe Festival

Goldsmith East Character Show 18th February @3:00pm - As Seen/Heard on BBC (Television and Radio), Sky TV, Disney+, Fringe Festivals at Edinburgh, Brighton, Prague & Camden, and the IndieX Film Festival.

Mark Nicholas 21st February @7:00pm - Neurodiverse Review, Disability Champions Award 2022, Amateo Award 2022, "Impressively Skilled" - The Scotsman, "one of the best new acts on the circuit, check him out before he's famous!" - Joe Wells

Kids Go Free to the King Richard III Visitor Centre! 22nd February - All Day - Up to three children aged 15yrs and under can visit the King Richard III Visitor Centre for free with any one paying adult. Terms and conditions apply.

Side Splitting 24th February @5:00pm - Experimental/avant-garde films, plus musical interludes and performance. Free Entry (Pre-Booking is Required).

Arv 24th February @7:00pm - Arv's flying in from Canada to do his first Leicester Comedy Festival! Catch this new comic and his comedy show with special guests.

Word! 24th February @8:00pm - Open Mic, Spoken Word with Lydia Towsey - Guardian, Kew Gardens & Royal Albert Hall commissioned & Rob Gee “Seriously funny” - The Mirror... “The kind of performer you pray you'll discover.” - Orlando Sentinel.

Straight Outta Towton 25th February @11am & @1:00pm - Daft bits = recall key bits = history buff, simples! This is a show suitable for all ages and anyone who wants a light hearted look at history of the Wars of the Roses.

The Glitch 25th February @3:00pm - Fresh from their acclaimed Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023, Winners of Liverpool Festival Fringe Best Production 2021. Attendance is mandatory. Confusion is likely. Say 'Yes'. Free Entry (Pre-Booking is Required).

Leicester Comedy Festival ticket holders are eligible for a ★★★★★ £5 Annual Pass. Don't miss out on this laughably good offer! Just show your Leicester Comedy Festival ticket at the King Richard III Visitor Centre reception to claim (offer valid 7th - 25th February only).

Rex Factor: Lost In Time
Every Day - Free

Exclusively available at the King Richard III Visitor Centre, the Rex Factor App is free to download and play. Help our time traveller trapped in the medieval period, get back to the present day. Rex Factor: Lost In Time

Wild Boar Hunt
Every Day - Free
For all our younger visitors (aged 3-6), go on a Boar Hunt and find all the Boars hidden around the King Richard III Visitor Centre, some are in plain sight, others are more disguised, collect your reward when you have found them all.

Richard III Quest
Every Day - Free
For the young people (aged 7-12) and those young at heart, go on a Medieval Quest with our activity sheet, you will need to investigate and do your research to complete all the tasks, collect your reward when you have competed your Quest.

Dressing Up Area
Every Day - Free
Dress up as a knight, a princess, a monk, an archaeologist or even a scientist! We have an extensive range of dressing up outfits where you can create hundreds of different looks for that perfect selfie moment.

Shield Rubbing
Every Day - Free
Make a rubbing of one of the many heraldic shields that represent just some of the families involved in the Wars of the Roses, take it home with you or pin it up in our Arts & Craft Area.

Arts & Crafts Area
Every Day - Free
In the White Boar Café we have a dedicated Arts & Crafts Area where you can make a crown, colour in one of our pictures, or make your very own artistic creation with the materials supplied, feel free to take it home with you or pin it up in the gallery. There is also a large chalk board for those that want to doodle on a larger scale.

Please note that events may be subject to change.

Corporate Events
The King Richard III Visitor Centre can host a range of corporate and private hire events. More information