firstpoint’s five points about things to do in Worcester!

Every Monday, firstpoint publishes five points about a topic related to life at university. This week, things to do in Worcester…

Did you know that one in ten people who live in Worcester are students? If you’ve just moved to the area and want to find out more about Worcester, why not explore the city and surrounding area with new found friends? Get to know your housemates as you get to know your new home. There are plenty of places just a stone’s throw from the university for you to visit.

POINT ONE: The Hive – no ordinary library…

The Hive is no ordinary library – and has more than just books! Housed within the award-winning architecture you’ll find excellent access to printers, wifi and computers. It holds regular events and activities such as Harry Potter night or international photography exhibitions. Maybe you want to explore the past & take a tour of Worcester’s colourful history or look into your own family history, there’s something for everyone! Keep an eye on their webpage for the latest news

The Hive, viewed from the arches

POINT TWO: If movies are your thing…

Why not catch a movie at one of the two cinemas in Worcester. There is the Odeon if you like a smaller cinema that shows the big releases and more independent films or you can visit Vue for the latest big releases. Check out their webpages for offers and discount evenings and don’t forget you could get a student discount!

If that’s not enough popcorn for you, keep an eye open for the open air cinema events which run in an around the Worcester area.

POINT THREE: A bit of history…

Worcester City is full of historic buildings and gardens; there is Greyfriars House and Garden, a late medieval merchant’s house which was rescued from demolition, which is located in the city centre. It also features the Old Oak Café and a second-hand bookshop. For more Worcester history, don’t miss The Commandery, most famous for being the Royalist Headquarters during the deciding battle of the English Civil War – the Battle of Worcester 1651. And of course, you cannot ignore Worcester Cathedral, which last week hosted our graduation ceremonies. It’s not long before their annual Christmas Tree Festival begins!

Greyfriars

The Commandery
The Cathedral

POINT FOUR: Fancy a relaxed afternoon with friends…

Pop into town for a drink at one of Worcester’s many independent and unique bars and coffee shops. You’ll find a large selection of places to eat there too and don’t forget to ask if they have a student discount to help with your budgeting! Maybe there’s something else that takes your fancy, keep an eye on the Visit Worcester webpages for details of events and activities taking place.

POINT FIVE: Getting out and about…

If you need a little rest and relaxation, take a stroll down by the river or escape Worcester for a few hours and hike up the Malvern Hills, which are only a short train or bus journey away.

You could sign up for the University’s Woobikes scheme and get out and about on two wheels. Visit one of Worcester’s fabulous green parks; Gheluvelt Park, Cripplegate Park or Fort Royal Park or connect with conservation initiatives at one of our eight Local Nature Reserves.
Find out more about the local parks online.

The bandstand at Gheluvelt Park, taken from Worcester City Council webpages