Halloween weekender to give city’s revellers the fright of their lives


The nightclub, on Belgrave Gate, will run events from 10.30pm on Friday October 31 and Saturday November 1.

DJ and promoter for the events, Liam Wilkinson, 21, said: “There are going to be live walkthroughs with real life actors and a ‘Scaremaze’.

“The whole club has been themed out for it, there’s been a complete Halloween makeover for this weekend.

“There are cobwebs and decorations inside and outside the club, loads of props, and live actors scaring everyone.

“With the amazing response we have received, this weekend is shaping up to be the biggest of the year so far.

“We advise people to come earlier rather than later to avoid queues as we expect to be extremely busy.

“It’s looking to be a good weekend.”

The Heads or Tails night, famous for its £1 drinks, recently moved from Thursday nights at Bowstrings Bar to Saturday nights at Venom Nightclub.

Mr Wilkinson said: “We saw the opportunity to move the night, and so we did.”

The Friday night will have house music, RnB, hip hop and club classics.

Saturday night’s Heads or Tails event has free entry before 1.00am if your name is on the guest list through Facebook.

For bookings or more information, call 0116251986 and for VIP Booths call 07999065168.

Jasmine Bradbury 

Leicester coffee shop burgled last night

coffee shop

A theft which took place at St. Martin’s coffee shop last night has sparked a forensic investigation this morning.

St Martin’s, in St Martin’s Square were unwilling to give a statement about what happened.

A representative of the coffee shop said: “It’s a sore subject right now as it’s so raw; we will be willing to talk about it at a further point.”

Stephanie Macdonald-Walker, manager of Watch This Space Boutique in St Martin’s Square, said: “It’s such a shame to have happened to an independent company which is so popular. It’s incredibly worrying to have a burglary occur in what appears to be a safe area.”

Details have yet to be released about the incident.

Samantha Jagger 

Community Clean Up at Braunstone Park


Braunstone Park was transformed by a community clean-up event on Wednesday.

The initiative, put forward by Leicester City Council’s environmental crime team, was designed to help the community come together and achieve something which everybody could be a part of.

Andy Fairclough, who attended the clean-up on Wednesday, said: “I found the whole event therapeutic, it felt good to help my fellow locals tidy up after ourselves and it genuinely looked much-improved after we had finished.

“Honestly, had I been working on Wednesday I wouldn’t have even known about the event, which is perhaps something to do with a lack of publicising the clean-up.”

The focus of the clean-up event was on coppicing, ditch clearing and tidying up the area surrounding the park’s fishing pond.

City wardens, environment agency staff and local police officers were all on-hand at the event to join the community in helping to improve the state of the park.

Mr Fairclough continued: “Plenty of locals turned up for the event but that number was bolstered by the local Council cleaners and police officers etc.”

The event was held to mark ‘Make a Difference Day’, a national campaign organised by community service volunteers to encourage local people to try out volunteering.

Volunteers were provided with the necessary equipment for the day, which ran between 10am and 3pm.

Sam Smith

Expert Wurzner’s wise words to be welcomed by Leicester


One of Europe’s top science experts on city sustainability will give a public lecture in Leicester next month.

This will be the first open event to take place at the newly refurbished city hall on Tuesday November 18 and this is the second talk of its kind after a previous successful speech.

Nick Divine, of Leicester City Council’s environmental team, said: “The main idea is to bring all the sectors that are interested in environmental fields and get them all in one room and encourage discussion amongst them.

“There will be a key speaker with a lot of knowledge and we hope those involved will be able to make new connections and contribute their ideas.”

Dr Eckart Würzner, Mayor of Heidelberg, Germany, and President of the European Energy Cities Network, will be the keynote speaker at Leicester’s Low Carbon City Lecture.

Dr Würzner, said: “Today international politicians still debate about climate change, whereas cities already act towards a climate neutral future.

As president of the European cities network Energy Cities, I´m committed to the energy transition on the local level.”

The lecture will also encompass local experts to debate climate change and pinpoint some of the challenges the city may face.

Mr Divine, said: “We want to launch a climate change plan which will be an annual document which will detail the paths that the city will take to reduce its carbon footprint. “

Carbon emissions in Leicester have fallen by more than 30 percent since 1990 according to official government statistics and the city hopes to cut its carbon emissions by more than 50 per cent come the year 2025.

Mr Divine added: “We hope to leave a legacy.”

The event begins at 5.15pm and admission is free, but tickets must be booked in advance and are available at Leicester.gov.uk/lowcarbonlecture.

Sam Morris

Firework fun night for all at Abbey Park tomorrow


Thousands of firework lovers in Leicester are set to come out tomorrow night for the annual Abbey Park display.

The celebration on Saturday November 1 has planned a ‘spectacular’ bonfire, stage shows with Irish pair Hudson Taylor headlining the event, fire performers Juggling Inferno are set to light up the night along with a funfair and food stalls.

Laura Hailstone, festival and events officer for Leicester City Council, said: “It’s going to be a real family friendly event with a variety of entertainment provided and we want to encourage all across the city to attend.

“It will be a colourful and creative night with a friendly vibe.”

Advanced tickets for adults are £4.50, children under five go free and family tickets for two adults and two children will cost £13.

Laura Hailstone added: “We have had up to 20,000 people attend in the past and we would love to reach those figures again.”
Tickets are available from Visit Leicester, De Montfort Hall, New Walk Museum, De Montfort University, University of Leicester as well as libraries and leisure centres.

Visitors can also purchase tickets at the gates, with adult prices at £6 but family tickets cannot be bought.

Gates will open at 5pm and last admission will be 7.30pm and the main firework display will begin at 8pm.

More information is available at visitleicester.info/bonfire.

Photo credit: BBC

Sam Morris