News | Thursday, 6th December 2018

Take a well-earned rest from your studies and make the most of your winter break

Graduate Ashleigh shares her top things to do in Manchester

Ashleigh next to a christmas tree
Residential Life Intern, Ashleigh

With many students living locally or choosing to stay in halls, the Student Communications team caught up with Ashleigh (a recent Crime Studies and Psychology graduate and current Residential Life Intern), to find out her top things to do in Manchester during the winter break.

"The great thing about being part of a large University in the heart of the city centre, is that there is always lots of things for students to do, both on and off campus.

"Here’s my top ten ways to make the most out of your time off:

1. Christmas Craft and Gift Making

On Friday 14 December (15:00-17:00), The Union are inviting students and Hulme residents to a free upcycled gift making session – this will be a lovely chance to get to know your neighbours, local communities and even take away some homemade presents to give to your loved ones.

2. Join Shelter Manchester for festive fun

Pop down to Halle at St. Michaels on Saturday 15 December (14:00-17:00) for an afternoon full of music, poetry and entertainment with Shelter Manchester – the event is free and open to all students and local residents.

3. Visit the Manchester Christmas markets

Even if you do not celebrate Christmas, the Manchester markets have something for everyone – including amazing food and drink stalls, and even an ice rink – but hurry, they’re only open until 4pm on Sunday 23 December.

4. Drop-in to the University’s Christmas Contact Centre

For anyone living in our halls of residence (or just on campus making use of the 24/7 Library), stop by the All Saints or Birley halls reception anytime of the day or night for a chat with our friendly staff members.

5. Make friends from all around the world at the International Society

Enjoy a host of fun events at the International Society on Oxford Road – from cultural evenings and cinema club, to craft sessions and quizzes, you really are spoilt for choice!

6. Winter Funland

The North West’s largest Winter Wonderland is at Event City (opposite the intu Trafford Centre) and it’s truly a magical experience – and even better, all the rides and attractions are included in the entrance cost.

7. Treat yourself with a trip to the theatre

With a selection of shows, such as Aladdin at the Dancehouse, Cinderella at the Opera House and Wicked at the Palace Theatre, there’s lots to choose from - some places even have discounted rates available from the Box Office a couple of hours before the show.

8. Join one of the many activities at St Peter’s House

St Peter’s House offers lots of activities for Manchester Met, UoM and RNCM students to participate in, including yoga, prayer and gardening – with people from all walks of life, I’d encourage you to attend at least once over the winter break.

9. New Year’s Eve fireworks

I absolutely LOVE watching fireworks and Manchester’s New Year’s Eve firework display does not disappoint – it’s held in Albert Square and is one not to be missed.

10. Get fit and active in the gym

If you’re like me and struggle to find time to go to the gym, here’s your chance to get back into a regular routine – the Sugden Sports Centre are open until Thursday 20 December, but you can also use your membership card in the Aquatics Centre gym too.”

"I hope you’ve found my list of recommendations useful for planning your winter break. There also lots of other events and activities taking place across the city and you can find out more on the Visit Manchester and Manchester Evening News webpages.

"If you’re a student living in halls of residence, your Residential Advisor will not be working over the winter break but if you need any help or assistance please contact your Reception or the University’s Security team on 0161 247 2222. We will be back on Wednesday 2 January – have a fantastic break and we’ll see you in the New Year!"


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