News from East Midlands Trains


Now you’re laughing – famous Leicester Comedy Festival returns

  • East Midlands Trains sponsors Leicester Comedy Festival
  • Hundreds of puntastic events held across the city over 19 days

East Midlands Trains will be sponsoring the renowned Leicester Comedy Festival this February and helping customers travel to and from the many venues dotted around the city.

The festival kicks off on Wednesday 8 February and runs until curtain call on Sunday 26 February. During the festival, there will be over 800 events across 19 days and performers include household names such as Jimmy Carr, Johnny Vegas, Ken Dodd, Richard Herring, Stewart Lee and Sue Perkins as well as plenty of up-and-coming talent for the future.

Peter Koukoularides, Business Development Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: “We’re really proud to be sponsoring the famous Leicester Comedy Festival again. It brings a lot of laughter to the city - for locals and visitors alike, which is often what we need in February.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming festival goers onto our train services and to Leicester station.”

Geoff Rowe, Festival founder and Director, said: “Last year 100,000 people attended events at the festival, with around 30,000 coming from across the UK.  With Leicester Comedy Festival 2017 set to be bigger than ever, we are expecting to break that record. The support we receive from East Midlands Trains in connecting audiences with the festival is vital, and contributes to many people's positive experience of the festival and the city of Leicester."

Every year since 1994, Leicester has been transformed into the chuckle capital of the UK. This year’s festival features a host of special events including The UK Pun Championships and the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year.

Darren Walsh, Pun master and former winner of the Edinburgh Fringe’s best pun whose S’Pun show is on at Heroes @ The Criterion on 18 and 19 February, said: “Dolly Parton used to get the train to work every morning in Surrey. Woking 9:25, what a way to make a living!”

He added: “I asked a train inspector from Birmingham if this was the Slough train. He said “No it’s the fast train.”

Tell  us your best (festival-worthy) joke and win a  VIP weekend trip for two (Friday 17 - Sunday 19 February), including return travel to Leicester via East Midlands Trains, tickets to shows each evening and a 2 night stay at the Belmont Hotel. To enter, visit