COVID - Staying safe

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We have worked hard to make the Attenborough Arts Centre as safe as possible while our doors have been closed
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When in the building, please observe social distancing to ensure that our other patrons and staff remain safe
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Please wear a mask at all times unless you are medically exempt
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Our venue hire and community hires are now open again
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Our COVID safety measures have been awarded ‘Good to Go’ by Visit England
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Sign in with either NHS Track and Trace or our own track and trace form

Why are patrons and visitors being asked to provide contact details?

The name and telephone number of each patron and visitor to our venue is being collected for the purpose of contact tracing in the event of a suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) case at this venue. All details will be recorded and kept for a maximum of 21 days from the date of your visit. Your information will not be released to the public or shared with any third party except the Department of Health, who will use it to contact people who may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). The information collected will be destroyed after 21 days. Additional information should not be collected for privacy reasons.

You can read about our privacy policy here.

Getting here

Attenborough Arts Centre is situated on Lancaster Road, a short walk from Leicester railway station as part of the University of Leicester campus.

Attenborough Arts Centre

University of Leicester
Lancaster Road
Leicester LE1 7HA

By train

We are a 10 minutes walk from Leicester railway station.

Easy read directions from Leicester railway station to Attenborough Arts Centre.

By bus

Buses 47, 47A, 48, 48A and 80/80A (term-time only) all stop on University Road.

Car parking

Attenborough Arts Centre has four car parking spaces for disabled blue badge holders and we can make special arrangements at other venues if you notify us in advance. Please call us on 0116 252 2455.

Weekdays: There is metered road parking around the venue, and Pay and display in Victoria Park (De Montfort Hall, entrance on Granville Road and University Road).

Evenings and weekends: Free in the Medical Sciences Building car park next door – you may need to buzz at the barrier to gain entry.

Other venues

As well as the events taking place at Attenborough Arts Centre, we also use some other venues on or near campus.

Fraser Noble Hall
The main entrance to Fraser Noble Hall is on University Road, Immediately adjacent to New Walk, via the car park.

Botanic Garden
The main entrance to the University of Leicester Botanic Garden is on Glebe Road.

Accessibility

The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre prides itself on being accessible and inclusive. We want everyone to feel welcome and get involved in what we do.

We are proud to champion emerging talent and disability-led artists, supporting those starting their careers. Our outstanding access and inclusive work has been recognised through multiple awards and grants from Arts Council England, BBC Children in Need, Leicester Shire Promotions and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

You can read our full web accessibility statement here.

There are four disabled toilets in the building which are all wheelchair accessible located on the ground and first floor and two gender neutral toilets on the first floor.

There is an induction loop hearing system in all rooms, turn hearing aids to the position ‘T’.

Guide, hearing and other working dogs are most welcome in all areas of the building, please let us know when booking if you are bringing an assistance dog.

We are part of the Changing Places scheme and have the following accessible facilities. We have a fully accessible, spacious adult changing facility with a height-adjustable changing bed, hoist and shower. The hoist can be used at any time required, the battery just needs collecting from reception.

There are four accessible car parking bays for blue badge holders directly at the front of our building, places can be reserved by asking front of house. There are also two spaces at Fraser Noble Hall. The double yellow lines outside the building allow blue badge holders to park for up to 3 hours.

Relaxed performances are tailored for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment.  The atmosphere in the hall is more informal, with lighting muted, audio quieter, and audience members will be free to make noise if they want to. The theatre doors will close but audience members can come and go as they please.

Should you require particular assistance, you will be entitled to one free companion ticket for your parent / carer. Seating is unreserved unless otherwise stated.

A number of performances and events are British sign language interpreted. Also a number of staff members have been trained in basic BSL and Deaf awareness.

An audio guide for both our What’s On guide and Creative Learning guide is available on request from front of house and on our website under ‘Audio brochure’. A volunteer can assist in a Creative Learning class should you require additional support, please let front of house know when booking.

Spaces for wheelchair users are available in our hall and all 3 studios. Please contact our box office for further information. All public areas are also accessible to wheelchair users including a ramp into the entrance of the building and a lift. We also have a wheelchair accessible fire escape route and evac chair.

Café and Shop

the attenborough cafe
Porcelain animals
A hidden gem, our café is an excellent place to relax during the day and enjoy the best coffee on campus and indulge yourself in some delicious cakes and light meals.

Open Monday to Friday, 11am – 3pm

Struggling to find the perfect gift for the person who has everyone? Looking for something different to surprise a special someone with? Or just fancy supporting local artists and creators? Our shop is a great way to support the Attenborough Arts Centre and you can grab yourself some art in the process.

Open Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm