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Loughborough's Sock Man

Loughborough's Sock Man

Out and about

One of the most centrally situated towns in England, Loughborough combines the charm of a small market town with a vibrant and buzzing student atmosphere. With bars, restaurants and nightclubs galore, there's plenty of places to party – as well as the beautiful Peak District just a short journey away for long walks and stunning scenery. Add to that list, great shopping, year-round events and sport on your doorstep and you'll see there's a lot to enjoy when you're living in Loughborough.

Loughborough University student union

Loughborough University student union

Nightlife

Loughborough's students keep the town buzzing all times of the week, flocking to the many bars and nightclubs. Cheap drinks and a huge dance floor make Echoes a firm favourite, as well as the free entry vouchers you can get by swinging into The Phantom beforehand. With a loud and lively atmosphere, it's definitely the place to be for party animals out for a good night. The Lloyd's No 1 bar Amber Rooms is open late all week with fantastic drink deals on offer, plus is a great place to chill out in the day and have a bite to eat.

Sports

The University's reputation for sporting excellence means there are several teams to check out in the area. The local Rugby Union club, Loughborough RFC, play at Derby Road playing fields, with non-league football sides Loughborough Dynamos and Loughborough Aces also playing in the town. At the Charnwood Leisure Centre, you'll find a netball league, plus Loughborough Town Cricket Club turn out in the summer if you're a cricket fan. The University is also home to the ECB National Cricket Academy, which is used by the England cricket team as their primary training centre.

Loughborough town centre

Loughborough town centre

Shopping

Loughborough boasts an impressive array of shops and markets to wander round and enjoy yourself in. The pedestrianised Market Place and Market Street feature a number of original art deco buildings, with a large outdoor market held there every Thursday and Saturday. You'll find the likes of Marks and Spencer, in the newly built 'Rushes' on the site of the old bus station, plus lots of individually styled outlets in Churchgate Mews.

Events

Throughout the year, Loughborough plays host to several great events. The Loughborough Canal Festival takes place on Chain Bridge every year, attracting some 10,000 visitors. In May, the Party in the Park is held in Queens Park – with stalls, food, kids' activities, circus performers, dance and live music all happening to entertain the crowds. At a similar time of year, the Streets Alive event takes place, and on the May Day bank holiday weekend there's Free Fest - a free music concert organised by the Union's Musicians Society.