Sea you in Blackpool!

This weekend I am in my favourite place of all time – BLACKPOOL. When you think of Blackpool, what do you think of? Do you think of hen do’s, the pleasure beach or donkey rides? As someone who considers Blackpool to be their second home, I can assure you that this magical place is much more than that! My grandma lives here so it is nice to be able to visit her and this lovely city at the same time! Here are some of my favourite things to do or see if you are looking for a close sea-side town near to Edge Hill…

  1. Cleveleys Beach

Cleveleys beach is a lovely place to visit if you want sun, sea and sand. You could almost imagine you are abroad in this weather so why not make the most of it?

  1. Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Whether you are into ballroom dancing or not, the grand Blackpool tower ballroom is amazing to visit. I am not much of a dancer myself, but I LOVE Strictly Come Dancing and have been to a couple of the Blackpool shows. The interior is stunning and I have not visited anywhere quite like it. It also has sentimental value for me as my grandparents often danced here when they were younger.

  1. Stanley Park

Stanley Park is not far from Blackpool Zoo, and makes one of the best days out. The speed boats and paddle boats are always a laugh when you have a very uncoordinated family… (tip: watch out for stray ducks when steering). There are many other activities available such as mini-golf, trampolining and of course…. ICE CREAM (if that counts as an activity). But if you are someone who appreciates scenery, it also has wonderful views and gardens.

I will stop there for now otherwise I could go on forever… let me know if you have visited these places in Blackpool! And remember… Blackpool is not just the promenade of rock candy and 2p machines, it has many more hidden gems besides!

Anna 🙂

Places to Visit while at Uni

Although some people attending Edge Hill may be locals, and already know the way around Liverpool and the surrounding areas, there will be some people, who, like me, aren’t local at all and have never visited the area before. If that’s you, or you are local but are looking for inspiration on where to take a day out, then this list is for you.

1- Liverpool

At just a 30 minute train journey from Ormskirk, visiting Liverpool is a must. As someone whose only other big city experience before coming to uni was London, I didn’t really know what I was doing or where I was going when I first visited Liverpool, but I was presently surprised. Liverpool is essentially a smaller, friendlier London- complete with its own share of shops, theatres, and places to eat- not to mention its rich history in music.  And most importantly (for some!), lots of good places to enjoy a night out.

2- Blackpool

In the first flat I was in, I was lucky enough to be sharing with people who were locals, and had access to cars, which meant we got to take a lovely day trip to Blackpool one weekend. We did all the things you’re supposed to do when in a seaside town- we ate fish and chips, went in the biggest arcade we could find, and walked up and down the pier. As Blackpool is a big tourist destination, there are also other things on offer to do, and we decided to take the walk around Madame Tussaurd’s that afternoon, at only £10 each for us students! It was well worth the money and we all had a lot of fun.

3- Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre

Being on a Performing Arts course, I was naturally exposed to more theatre than most, but one of the venues that really stood out to me was Hope Mill. We visited twice in the year, once to see Pippin, and the other to see Little Women, both fantastic musicals. The theatre itself is always impeccably decorated and the bar is themed to the show that is taking place at that point in time. The bar area does amazing drinks and food, so even if you’re not into theatre, the you can still enjoy some time there.

Faye’s Blog – The Region

So as you will know Edge Hill is located in the North West and is in a pretty decent location because it is situated in-between a lot of different places, Liverpool, Preston, Manchester etc.

I don’t really class myself as an average student as I don’t go out ‘partying’ a lot which is what Liverpool and Manchester are great for. Liverpool and Manchester are also really great for shopping as I think everyone will be aware. But as I am not such a party animal my personal experience of the region is very different. I’m a lot more family orientated and I love photography etc. so my weekends are a lot quieter than most peoples!

When I was in my first and second year of uni, my boyfriend lived in Preston as he was studying at UCLAN (he’s the year above me so he has graduated now) so most weekends I would get the train to Preston. It’s 30 mins away on the train so it’s really quick and the train line is a direct one so it was really easy to get there and back. I spent a lot of time in pubs in Preston and around the UCLAN campus so I got to nosey about the place a lot. We also went to the cinema, ate out at restaurants a fair bit too and wandered around the high street as well. Which always resulted in me spending too much money. Preston also has a lot of big parks such as Avenham Park which is really lovely!

I also travel back home a hell of a lot too. I’m from Blackpool and I love it so I spend a lot of time there as well with my family. It takes about an hour on the train to Blackpool and you usually just change train in Preston. Blackpool has a lot to offer.  If you are into all of the going out there are a lot of clubs there. But there is also the seaside, arcades, attractions such as the Sea Life Centre, the Tower of course and the Pleasure Beach and a big high street ans shopping centre  So with all that about there is always something to do. There seems to be something for everyone in Blackpool.

On the weekends that I do stay in Ormskirk I do like to walk along the high street and do a bit of shopping. I also go to the library when I have a lot of work to do which I know is boring but you may have to do some work over the weekends too! I also like The Hub that is now on campus. It has a really good atmosphere and you can get food there, check your emails and just chill out!

Faye’s Blog – Life Plans.

The question that everyone student constantly gets asked by other students  family and friends is:

“So, what do you want to do after university?”

And from personal experience and from talking to my friends we have all agreed that it is extremely irritating as for most of the part we don’t know exactly what we want to do. I know that this doesn’t apply to 100% of people as some are well organised and know what they want to do and that is why they’re at university.

However, a lot of students are like myself and have been really undecided throughout our time here.

Throughout college I really wanted to be a Media Production teacher. But when I came to university I wasn’t so sure. Now that I am in my third year I think that it is really time to just think about life and what I want to do.

So recently I went back to my old college back at home (The Blackpool Sixth Form College) and spoke to my old tutor teacher and met the current students that are studying BTEC Media Production. Just being back there and observing the students do their work it brought back lots and lots of amazing memories and I really remembered how much I loved college and loved the course. The college has also done a fantastic job at expanding the BTEC Media Production course too so there is a lot more that the students can do. It was all really really exiting. So I asked my teacher what she thought about me becoming a teacher and she said she thought that I would be an asset and that she would love for me to work at the college.

That got me thinking about becoming a teacher again and I have started looking into it. And if there is a decent well paid job at the end of it I think that is it something to aim too. I’m pretty excited to graduate now and then hopefully go on to do my PGCE! Need to work harder than ever now.

I am also going to attend one of Edge Hill’s many career fairs next week in order to try and see what else is out there and if I can see if there is any more information that I don’t already have about the PGCE.