Fun things for students on campus!

Hey all, I hope you’re having a good week.

One of the main things that students look for when applying for a University is what they can do in their spare time, both on and off campus. Below is a link to a blog post by Eleanor Wilson about the night-life, but this post is going to be about what is specifically on campus and what you can do during the day on your days off!

Ormskirk night life

Sports

If you’re a fan of sports, Edge Hill’s sports centre is a fantastic place to spend your free time. If you fancied getting a group of friends together and renting out one of the courts to play badminton or football together there are spaces available, and you can even take part in the activities the centre organise for students, such as Yoga, Netball or Table Tennis. If this would be something you’d be interested in, I’ve linked the pages where the activity price list and the membership prices are explained:

Activities price list

Membership

As well as activities and such, if you wanted to simply use the gym facilities then they have some top-of-the-range equipment for your use!

Campus Life Activities

Campus Life are the campus team that makes sure students get the support they need whilst at University, but they also put on some really cool events!

Some of the past events that they’ve put on include Nature Walks to places such as the Formby Red Squirrel Reserve, Easter Egg hunts, and awareness events such as Food and Feminism. Below I’ve linked to the events page on the Campus Life Facebook page so that you can have a look at these events, both past and planned, for yourself!

https://www.facebook.com/pg/EHUCampusLife/events/?ref=page_internal

Theatre, Film, Dance and Music

The Arts Centre is personally one of my favourite places on campus, and I know that that might seem biased because I’m a Performing Arts student, but I’ll just let you in on a few reasons.

If you love theatre, the Arts Centre get some of the best shows around, they’ve had the likes of Reckless Sleepers, Elf Lyons and even screenings of the National Theatre’s latest productions. As well as Drama, there are also a lot of dance and music shows for you to check out if you enjoy them, and there are also the Open Mic Nights and Talent Shows that you can both watch or take part in!

As well as this, there are film screenings that you can go to, which I did a blog about recently:

https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/insideedge/2018/04/16/film-screenings-at-the-arts-centre/

So that was just a few things that you can do on campus for fun! If you wanted to know more or wanted to ask if something you enjoy is catered for, you can pop me a comment down below and I’ll reply as soon as I can!

Fun on a Budget

Hey all, I hope you’re having a good day and your March is going well!

As a University student, it’s always nice to kick back and have some fun in your spare time and have a break from studying and the student life. There are the obvious culprits; going to see a movie, bowling, going for a nice meal out, things like that. But if you do these things quite often, they can become expensive, and on a student’s budget, that can be an issue.

It’s certainly been an issue for me, especially as I am paying more towards accommodation this year than I was last year, so the last couple of months I’ve been trying to find alternative things to do that don’t make my wallet cry! And I’ve found some really awesome things to do!

Pub Quizzes and Games

I’ve recently started going to 3 different game nights at pubs a week. On Tuesdays, Mylo & Co do a variety of games and quizzes, all free of charge! These games include Rock N Roll Bingo, a general knowledge quiz and Deal or No Deal, which has the biggest prize of all; a bar tab (usually about £50)! This is usually followed by karaoke, which is a laugh!

On Thursdays there are two different quizzes. In the Golden Lion there’s a variety of games such as Play Your Cards Right, Bingo and Chicken Chucking, in which you chuck rubber chickens into a bucket in order to win chicken soup. This challenge is free, but you only have to pay £1 to play the others, and the money goes towards the Bingo jackpot! They also end the night with karaoke.

Also on Thursdays, Styles get the same company who do the Mylo & Co night to put on games, also free of charge. I’ve seen the Styles bar tab for winning Deal or No Deal actually go up to £200!

Clubs/Dancing

Styles also have an upstairs area in which you can go and dance free of entry on Fridays and Saturdays, so if you’re a fan of dancing but don’t want to have to pay entry fees, it’s a good way to party on a budget!

If you wanted to go into Liverpool for clubbing, there are places that have reasonably cheap entry or drinks. I used to spend a lot of money on entry or expensive drinks, however, this has recently changed.

I usually start my night in a pub named Poste House, which is just by Moorfields station. As it is a pub, it is free entry, and the drinks are at great prices, so it’s perfect for a quiet drink before you go out!

There are also a lot of nightclubs that do special entry on certain days. An example of this is GBar– also near Moorfields- which has free entry on both Thursdays and Sundays, and even host a special day rave called Fruit Sundae occasionally which is also free entry! There is also Heaven, which has free entry on both Fridays and Saturdays. Krazyhouse, which is closer towards the centre of Liverpool, also hold some events, such as the events for St Patrick’s Day and Easter that are coming up, which have free entry and cheap drinks! So you can go clubbing on a budget, just make sure you keep some money aside for trains or taxis!

Local Events in Ormskirk

Ormskirk has a lovely park called Coronation Park which sometimes does family fun fair type events. They do this at Halloween, and have a horror walk through the trees at the back, and also do this during the Summer and other holidays. It’s always fun to just decide to go to these with a few friends, go on a couple of the rides and get some candy floss, and it’s also not too expensive!

So those are just a few ways you can enjoy your free time on a budget! If you have any questions about anything in particular just drop them in the comments below!

The Arts Centre Box Office- Theatre Galore!

Hello all, hope you’re having a good end to February.

I wanted to make sure you knew about one of- in my opinion at least- the best things about Edge Hill… The Arts Centre, Edge Hill’s own working theatre! Although the Arts Centre building is also a host for the Performing Arts courses, there are two wonderful theatres that offer shows galore: the Rose Theatre and the Studio Theatre.

The Rose Theatre

I spoke with lovely Celia Wardle-Robinson and Gemma Roberts from the Arts Centre’s Box Office about what is on offer a short while ago so that you can get a better idea of just the kind of eclectic things are on offer for all students at Edge Hill- yes, all students! You don’t have to be on a Performing Arts course to take part in any of the events and shows put on at the Arts Centre!

 

The Arts Centre Box Office- the whos and the whats

The Box Office- the place where all the good stuff happens in the Arts Centre. This is the main port of call for anyone who wants tickets, brochures or a membership (click here for the post where I talk about this!). This is where you’ll be welcomed by Celia and Gemma, who have always been the most helpful people when I had any queries or wanted to book tickets. The Box Office staff are also the ones who ensure everyone is updated on shows that will be shown at Edge Hill, and coordinate with people such as the Campus Life crew to bring events such as the Open Mics, Talent Shows and Student Cook-Offs.

 

Open Mic Nights/Talent Shows

These are free events that take place within the Arts Centre Red Bar- the place pictured in-between the two posters above. Students are invited to show off their musical and non-musical talents at these nights in front of a great crowd of their friends. The atmosphere is always great, which makes it both fun to be in the audience and less nerve-wracking for those who want to perform.

 

What kind of shows are performed?

If you’re a fan of any type of theatre, you’ll find something you’ll enjoy!

Just a few of the tickets I’ve collected since September!

Edge Hill has two student dance companies that often perform at the Arts Centre, and they’ll be performing before the James Wilton Dance company as their curtain-raiser for the show Leviathan on the 28th February. Leviathan is James Wilton’s re-imagining of the novel Moby Dick and features “a cast of seven, Wilton’s trademark blend of athletic dance, martial arts, capoeira and partner-work…”.

Another show that has just been performed by the company Reckless Sleepers was Negative Space- a humorous, and slightly strange 50 minute performance revolving around a very interesting set:

A picture from the performance of Negative Space

The set began as this perfect plasterboard box, with only the actress in the blue dress onstage, but ended battered, holey and with 6 very dusty looking performers onstage. I saw this show, and although there wasn’t a single word spoken, it was a brilliant performance! The slapstick elements of the ridiculous that occurred throughout kept the audience laughing, and the things that the performers did in destroying the set- such as pushing performers through the plasterboard or jumping through it themselves- kept shocking the audience too.

On the 6th February we were lucky enough to host an evening with Julie Atherton- if you are a fan of Musical Theatre, you might have heard her name before! Julie has performed in musicals such as Fame and Mamma Mia and was even a member of the company Avenue Q who make puppet shows with an adult twist.

She performed songs from her career and shared some of her favourite stories from along the way. Click the link below if you want to check out one of her songs:

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If you’re just into music rather than theatre, we have nights for you too!

Above is the poster for the music event that was hosted last Saturday, which allowed students to see some really amazing bands! The line-up included Sex Swing- a band tipped to be one of the top 50 bands of this year-, Cavalier Song and Agathe Max.

 

So those are just some of the wonderful things that go on in the Arts Centre and within the Box Office! I’ve uploaded a blog post that I linked above on the FREE Arts Membership I’ll be uploading a post on other events such as the Free Film Friday the Arts Centre put on just for students and theatre and film screenings!

Most of the shows are open to the local public, but are priced at £5 for Edge Hill Students, one of the best things about the Arts Centre in my opinion, as I used to never attend theatre shows due to the prices at the bigger theatres around my area! If you have a membership, it’s free for you too! But more on that later… For now, here’s a link to the Arts Centre’s website and the online brochure so you can have a look at what else is on through to Summer- hey, if you live close, you could even come along to one of the shows!

The Arts Centre