Virtual Reality with the Global Lounge

Explore the world from the comfort of the Global Lounge, using our virtual reality headsets!

If you’d like to discover different countries, landscapes and cultures without ever leaving Bristol, why not come along to one of our virtual reality (VR) sessions? We have many exciting 360° videos for you to view.

Whether you fancy touring Tokyo, floating along a Venetian canal or flying with paragliders above Iraq, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. You can engage with stories from around the globe, or even space!

Venice canal, person uses VR headset, Tokyo city scape

How to join a virtual reality session:


  • Drop-in to a ‘World in Virtual Reality: Exploring Session.
    Details coming soon. Drop in to the Lounge, select a video and view it while relaxing in a comfortable armchairs in our light and airy Lounge.
  • Attend an ‘Immerse Yourself: Virtual Reality Taster’.
    During selected Global Lounge events we also run VR sessions, giving you the opportunity to engage with the theme in a fun, innovative way. Keep an eye on our event listings to find out which events will have a VR experience.

Book a virtual reality session for your next event:


Would your student group like to collaborate with the Global Lounge for an event which includes a VR experience? We’d love to hear from you. Please complete our ‘book a space form’ and we’ll be in touch to discuss your ideas.

Restrictions on use of VR headsets VR headsets are immersive technologies that require an unimpaired sense of motion and balance. Unfortunately, if you have a pre-existing condition or if your senses are temporarily impaired, using the headset can produce adverse effects, such as feelings of seasickness. To avoid these effects, please consider the the following. You might be at higher risk of injury or discomfort if you: 1. are pregnant 2. are elderly 3. have a pre-existing binocular vision abnormality, psychiatric disorder, or suffer from a heart condition or other serious medical condition 4. experience seizures 5. have a pacemaker, hearing aid or other implanted medical device (due to the headset’s magnetic radio waves). So, proceed with caution. If in doubt, we advise that you consult a physician beforehand. You should not use the headset if you are: 1. suffering from symptoms of Covid-19 2. suffering from any contagious conditions, infections, or diseases, particularly of the eyes, skin, or scalp (like pink eye) 3. over-tired or in need of sleep 4. under the influence of alcohol or drugs 5. hung-over 6. experiencing digestive problems 7. under emotional stress or anxiety 8. suffering from cold, flu, headaches, migraines, or earaches. These factors might risk your own wellbeing, or others.