Catch up. Socialise. Welcome to Summertime! Celebrate the end of the academic year on campus with fun activities, food and time with your friends. After all - you deserve it! 

Monday 30 May - Wednesday 1 June we've lined up some fantastic events and activities for you: 

  • The Attenborough Arts' Seaside Takeover bringing you the best of the British seaside, including free ice cream, fun fair games with prizes, lots of creative crafts, live performances and a film night. 
  • Summer fun including delicious crepes, student society live performances, free head massages and mehndi, giant games with prizes, a BBQ with PIMMS and non-alocholic fruit punch and a film night. 
  • For those of you interested in the Queen's Jubilee there will also be a Queen's Anniversary Prize lecture, tree planting as part of our Centenary and the national Green Canopy projects and a special collections archive from the royal visits.

Check out each day below to see what's taking place - don't forget to keep checking as we're currently updating! 

Monday 30 May

Attenborough Arts Centre are taking over Centenary Square on 30 May as part of Summertime22, celebrating the best of the British seaside. With lots of creative crafts, arts and performances to get you ready for the summer. So come, grab a free ice-cream get involved. Just watch out for the seagulls!

Throughout the day we have the following for you to get involved with:

11.00am - 5.00pm (Centenary Square)

Vintage ice cream truck

Take part in any of our activities and get a coupon for a free ice-cream from the vintage ice-cream truck on Centenary square. A British seaside tradition: the classic "99" with a flake. We have 300 to give away so make sure you get yours! 

Fun fair games with prizes

Come and play Hook-a-duck, Balls in a Bucket or Tin Can Alley and win a range of prizes from candy floss to arts materials and more.

Pottery Throwdown

Have a go on our pottery wheel, but act quick. You have one minute to throw your best pot, they will be judged at the end of the day and the best in show wins a prize worth £50!

Afghan Box Camera peep through board

Get a photo at our peep through board with an Afghan Box Camera. The original instax and one of only two in the UK, these cameras produce a wonderful vintage photo for you to take home and keep, taken the exact same way as they were in the Victorian era.  

Sam Metz interactive sculpture

'Sam Metz is a neurodivergent artist that likes to consider representing movement through sculptural works. Come and interact with sculptures they have created, along with other mindful and creative activities, to explore movement, shape and form. These are all in relation to the exhibition we have here at Attenborough Arts Centre ‘Sam Metz: Making Solid Unpredictable Bodies.

12.00pm and 1.00pm (Centenary Square)

Live music performances

Soak up the sun and get into the summer vibe with some amazing live music a performances. 

12.30pm and 1.30pm (Centenary Square)

Strong man life drawing

As part of our Independent Life Drawing programme (every Wednesday at the Attenborough Arts Centre). Join our tutor as they teach you the basics of life drawing, through quick sketches, extended poses and warm up exercises. The model will be dressed in a Victorian strong man outfit (otherwise they may get a bit cold).

1.30pm - 2.30pm (Centenary Square)

Immaculate Mermaid

Draw as a group, taking it in turns to finish a body part, and reveal the ‘immaculate mermaid’ at the end. A fun, group lead activity which gets those creative juices flowing with ever bizarre results.

5.30pm - 7.30pm (Centenary Square)

Film screening: Paddington

Finished your exams and looking for something to do? Need a fun place to hang out with friends? Wrap up the day with an outdoor film screening of Paddington, a film picked by the Attenborough Advocates. Free Pick 'n' Mix for everyone who attends and a goody bag from AAC!

Book your place now!

Tuesday 31 May

Take a day to relax, indulge in some delicious crepes, free head massages and mehndi, play table tennis with your friends and enjoy live music!

12.00pm - 4.00pm

Delicious crepes with The Biscuiterie

Treat yourself by purchasing a delicious crepe as The Biscuiterie comes to campus for all to enjoy.

Free head massages or mehndi

Relax with Leicester's Beauty Refinery's free head massage or mehndi. Make sure to speak to them about some of the great student offers they have available. 

Sulets student accommodation advice with a free Slush drink

Sulets will be on in Centenary Square giving away free Slush drinks to students and to chat about student accommodation options for next year. You can book a viewing on the day and discuss available options.

For more info and to browse accommodation visit

Table tennis

What is more summery than outdoor table tennis with your friends! Whether your a pro or never played before, it's a great way to take some time out and have some fun.

12.00pm, 1.00pm and 2.00pm

Student society live performances

Celebrate your final week with some live performances from your student societies:

  • 12.00pm - Leicester University Chorus performing a beautiful Japanese folk song
  • 1.00pm - Bhangra Society with vibrant and exciting dances
  • 2.00pm - Leicester University Chorus singing popular musical theatre pieces

5.00pm - 7.30pm

Food and film night: Uncharted

Grab some free food on us and take your seat on Centenary Square to enjoy Uncharted released this year on the big screen.

Book your place now!

Wednesday 1 June

Our final day of Summertime22 will include some activities to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee which will be inclusive for all our staff and students to join in.

8.00am - 9.00pm (David Wilson Library, Reading Zone)

Treasures from the Archives: Royal Visits

In celebration of the Platinum Jubilee, we delve into the archives to remember the Queen’s previous visits to the University: the official openings of the Percy Gee Building (1958) and the David Wilson Library (2008).

Featuring original memorabilia, newspaper cuttings, photographs and diary entries, this exhibition showcases items from the University Archives which capture the excitement and anticipation of the two very special occasions.

12.00pm - 3.00pm (Centenary Square)

The Big UoL Lunch

Purchase a tasty BBQ with Pimms or a non-alcoholic fruit punch and enjoy together with our street party setting. We'll also be giving away free Rhubarb Eton Mess for dessert!

12.00pm - 5.00pm (Centenary Square)

Giant games and prizes

With table tennis, giant chess, table top football and badminton, there's lot for you to get involved in. You'll also have the chance to win Centenary merchandise! 

1.00pm - 1.30pm (Centenary Square)

Live performance

Come and enjoy a musical performance from your student society the Leicester University Chorus!

3.00pm - 4.00pm (Council Suite 1, Fielding Johnson Building)

Queen's Anniversary Prize Lecture: Rising Stars

Join us as we celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee by inviting three rising star guest researchers from Physics, Genetics and Archaeology to tell us about their work and research with free tea and cake!

Book your place now!

4.00pm - 4.15pm (Fielding Johnson Lawn)

Queen's Green Canopy and Centenary tree planting

Join us as we plant a tree to celebrate of our Centenary and the Queen's Jubilee.

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