Additional tickets available for University of Leicester David Attenborough lecture

Posted by pt91 at Jan 15, 2016 10:15 AM |
Unprecedented demand for tickets sees event on 28 January move to De Montfort Hall

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 15 January 2016

Due to unprecedented demand for tickets for Sir David Attenborough’s lecture ‘Beauty in Nature’ on Thursday 28 January, the University of Leicester has changed the venue for the event to De Montfort Hall which offers increased capacity.

With extra free tickets now available due to the larger venue, there are even more opportunities for the public to hear from the respected naturalist and broadcaster when he visits the city.

Such was the popularity of the lecture, the first batch of tickets were snapped up within 90 seconds as more than 20,000 people visited the  booking site within the first few minutes of them becoming available.

Now that the venue has been moved from the Peter Williams and Ken Edwards lecture theatres on campus to De Montfort Hall over 500 additional tickets have been made available to staff, students and the general public.

Sir David Attenborough will be returning to the place of his Leicester childhood to deliver the University’s flagship Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture as well as open a new fully-inclusive gallery at the Attenborough Arts Centre which was championed by his late brother Lord Attenborough.

The lecture will start at 5pm on Thursday 28 January.

Tickets will be made available through a ballot system in place once members of the public have registered their interest. Once the ballot is closed, those allocated pairs of tickets will be selected at random and notified within 24 hours.

To register for a pair of tickets, follow the link here and complete the application form for the general public at:

The ballot will close at 11:59pm on Monday 18 January 2016.

Jim Butler, Head of Corporate Events at the University of Leicester, said: “We expected Sir David’s lecture to be oversubscribed but the level of excitement that his visit has generated, with over 20,000 people applying for tickets, has been astonishing! We were simply overwhelmed by the level of interest.

“The change of venue to De Montfort Hall will allow us to open up Sir David’s lecture to even more people and give them a chance to hear the lecture.

”We also plan to hold screenings of the lecture, recorded by our Creative Services team, at intervals over the coming weeks. Further details will be announced after the event.”

A video interview with Sir David will also be made available to the public via the University’s website.

  • The University of Leicester is offering three lucky people a chance to put their questions personally to Sir David. Questions must be submitted by individuals in one of three categories: under 16s; 16-21; over 21s.  Can you think of an interesting enough question that Sir David might choose to answer?

Send your questions to: . Please include your name, age, address and telephone number

Deadline for submission of questions is Wednesday 20th January.  Those selected to put their questions will be informed by Monday 25 January and each will receive a ticket for them and a guest to attend the lecture.


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Jim Butler on

A separate media operational note for Sir David’s visit will be issued to media in due course.

Lord Grocott – Chancellor of the University of Leicester

Distinguished Labour Life Peer the Rt. Hon. Lord Grocott is the sixth Chancellor of the University of Leicester.

A former student of the University of Leicester who has devoted his life to public service, he returned to the University as Chancellor - the first time that this has occurred in the history of the University. Bruce Grocott, who is also an Honorary Graduate of the University, was installed as Chancellor at a Degree Ceremony in January 2013. He succeeded Sir Peter Williams who stepped down in 2010 after five years of sterling service.

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