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The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre is a pioneering place to make and see art.


The galleries host three major exciting and inspiring contemporary art exhibitions each year. Alongside each exhibition is a a series of regular free lectures, debates, talks, tours and family workshops.


They have a friendly and experienced team who are happy to assist and inform visitors about their range of year-round activities including courses, workshops, contemporary art, performance, dance and live music.


Building on its historic connections to the Attenborough family, the centre is a lively and engaging place to spot new talent, entertain children, learn a new skill, buy jewellery, prints and craft by local makers or simply meet up with friends and family over a coffee in the Attenborough café.   


The arts centre prides itself on being accessible and inclusive. It is fully accessible for wheelchair users and pushchairs. There is an induction loop hearing system available in all rooms and a Changing Places facility. At the front of the building there are four blue badge parking bays which can be booked in advance.

Attenborough Arts Centre

Space to meet, space to work, space to grow

Flexible and accessible meeting rooms, conference space and offices, all within a 15-minute walk from Leicester Train Station.

Finished to a high standard, VAL Spaces rooms include projectors, laptops and flipcharts on request, and our staff will be available throughout the day to help ensure that your event runs smoothly.


Environmentally Friendly

In 2002 we transformed a derelict Victorian knitwear factory into an eco-friendly workspace that was awarded Leicester’s first Environment City Building award.

Our conference suite can accommodate up to 120 people in a variety of layouts. The room is equipped with a PA system, projector and screen, with an option for a stage lectern and additional screens at the side of the room for maximum effect when presenting. We also offer catering for all of our conferences, ranging from teas and coffees to sandwiches and buffet items.

Meeting rooms can be set up in a variety of layouts, perfect for anything from one-to-one interviews to board meetings and presentations. Wi-Fi is available free of cost for all bookings and our friendly staff are on hand all day to ensure your experience using VAL Spaces a positive one.


Every booking made with VAL Spaces goes directly towards helping support our local community. VAL manages and supports a host of projects across Leicester and Leicestershire helping people with disabilities, people seeking employment and supporting volunteering.

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Highcross is the glamorous heart of Leicester and home to one of the country’s most popular shopping destinations. Discover over 80 of the most imaginative and desirable shops, catering for all your fashion and lifestyle needs – including John Lewis & Partners, Zara and Apple – all right here, in the centre of town.


Whether you're looking for a light bite or a post-shopping feast, make your shopping trip special with our delicious range of 30 restaurants and cafés.


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