My top 10 things to do over the Winter Break!
Hi! My name is Ashleigh and I recently graduated from Manchester Met in July 2018 in Crime Studies and Psychology. I am now working for Manchester Met as a Residential Life Intern leading campaigns and events for students in halls of residence.
Here are my top ten things for you to try out or visit in Manchester over the Winter break!
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 free coffee, snack and 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 find my list of recommendations useful, there are plenty more events and activities you can take part in. Keep an eye on the Visit MCR website and the Manchester Evening News.
If you are a student living in halls of residence, please note that your Residential Advisor will not be working over the Winter Break – for any help or assistance please access the Christmas Contact Centre on 0161 247 5858 or MMU Security on 0161 247 1334.
Office hours resume 2nd January 09:00am
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