Call for venues and performers to join comedy festival

Published Thursday 13 October 2022

Harborough District Council is delighted to announce that the Leicester Comedy Festival BIG Weekend is returning to the Harborough district in February 2023.

Following the successful return of comedy in 2022, the BIG weekend is set to offer laughs, fun and lots of comedy acts at different venues across the district.

Comedy at the market

The Council is calling on venues, individuals, community groups, businesses, schools, and budding comedians to get in touch so a programme of events can be created for all comedic tastes.

Support, advice and marketing will be provided for anyone who has not been involved before.

Cllr Phil King, Leader of Harborough District Council said: “The Harborough BIG Weekend has become a favourite event in the district, as an extension of the Leicester Comedy Festival, and we are keen for it to remain a date in the diary to enjoy comedy in some great venues, including our very own Harborough Indoor Market, as well as the Wycliffe Rooms in Lutterworth.”

Laura Arends, Chief Executive Leicester Comedy Festival said: “We are delighted to be working again with Harborough District Council to bring the Leicester Comedy Festival BIG Weekend to Harborough district in February 2023. As we celebrate 30 years of Leicester Comedy Festival, and five years of The UK Kids’ Comedy Festival, it’s brilliant that comedy events will be happening in venues across Harborough district in this special anniversary year.”

Whilst the overall Leicester Comedy Festival takes place throughout February, the Harborough BIG Weekend will run from Thursday 16 February to Monday 20 February 2023.

Anyone wishing to get involved, or requiring further information, should contact Gail Bates, Market and Events Manager by emailing 

The closing date for responses is Monday 31 October 2022.