What it’s like in Preston’s newest venue – LeVel

Posted on - 7th December, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Observations, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston

A view of the bowling lanes

A view of the bowling lanes

LeVel opened its doors for the first time to the public – and Blog Preston was there.


Boasting bowling lanes, laser games, an indoor assault course and indoor golf across multiple different floors, LeVel in Preston Guild Hall (tucked behind the downstairs escalators) is the city’ newest entertainment complex.

Costing Guild Hall owner Simon Rigby £5million, The revamped area looks sleek and modern, with a cosy feel. It can fit up to 500 people in it, after all.

After a whistle-stop tour of the bar, which is suitably filled with most drinks you could imagine, we could finally take in the surroundings. Walls painted with murals in homage to different cultural figures (and some Preston legends) surrounded the bar, a Christmas tree that easily tops 15-feet tall and vintage-rustic stools that add a very American (and this month, a festive) vibe to the venue.

The dining/ bar area has a rustic, warm feeling to it.

The place has a “steampunk” vibe, as one guest described it, with an exposed-style airing and ventilation ceiling and various LED features accompanying the host of decorations.

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The actual bowling lanes themselves are a unique experience – LED lights trace the edges, creating a sort of futuristic atmosphere.

Bowl in style – LED lights make features glow across LeVel.

Of course, because the lanes are new, they’re really clean and polished, and made for an enhanced experience. I say that only because I got a few strikes…

Before you get to the actual bowling, a touchscreen device prompts you to enter your name, add an optional picture, and opt in for game versions of your bowling experience. We just settled for the normal game, this time.

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After my second strike (I’m really not the best), the gold-standard friendly service by the bar team, and the spectacular surrounding of LED features, rustic furnishing, American vibe bar and an ode to Preston culture as a mural, LeVel can definitely be recommended.

LeVel opens to the general public this Friday 8 December.

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