Out on the Town

Students do not need to leave the comfort of the union for entertainment. The ground floor is made up of three bars, with the floor of pub Cognito actually lighting up beneath punters’ shoes. Fusion is one of the newer additions to campus, hosting club nights on the first floor. By far the most popular event is Hey Ewe, the official athletics union night, followed by FND Friday Night Disco, Stupid Tuesday and indie/rock/metal on Thursday. For festivals check out the university’s Free Fest organised by the union’s Musician’s Society, which takes place May Day bank holiday weekend.

Off-campus, Echos is a favourite for songs that were hits in the 70s and 80s in the UK, while Rain is a popular new addition to the newly-named-but-still-the-same nightclub, Rapture on Swan Street. For dance music, local clubs lag behind super club the Emporium in Coalville, which is popular among Loughborough and Leicester students alike, and a half hour’s drive from both locations. The Blacksmith’s Arms is a top pre-club pub, popular with students because of its proximity to campus on Forest Road and the Orange Tree is a trendy hangout with meals for under £5, a cocktail menu, special events and competitions on Bedford Square.

Loughborough Town Hall hosts a range of alternative entertainment from comedy, literature, music, theatre, dance and fairs. There is a bar and restaurant here for theatre-goers to make a night of it as well as special events, ranging from community sales to poker nights. If it is cinema you are after, six-screen art deco Reel Cinema shows the latest blockbusters in the town centre.