OK, so inevitably after Fresher’s Fortnight you will realise that your bank account has taken a major hit, your body is at least 50% less healthy than it used to be, and you probably would have spent your student loan in the pub … but hey that’s student life, right?
Then you will be hit by the ‘post freshers blues’, which is a physical and emotional bump in your academic year when you know you should start doing work, but you still want to have more fun – but obviously can’t afford it.
But have no fear, your hero is here. Having troubleshot Gloucestershire’s top attractions, I know where to go and how to stay kind to the old bank account.
If you are feeling a pull on the purse strings, then just check out our top ten things of cheap and fun things to do in the county.
Row ya boat
For a super cute rowing session around the lake, head to the Boathouse in Pitville Park in Cheltenham. With different sized boats to choose from and prices as cheap as £7.30 for half an hour, a morning or afternoon spent on the water is always a more than a pleasant trip.
Feeling a lack of creativity? Enrich your day at The Wilson Art Gallery, with art, culture and some local history. With free admission (donations of £4 welcomed), explore each exhibition at your own pace and grab a cup of coffee in the cafe afterwards.
Everyman, every-student, everybody
Finally fantastically low prices for all theatre lovers. Watch any performance at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham, any time in the week, only £5 for students aged 15-25. Totally bargain and an evening well spent.
Get that hole in one
Never tried golf? Now is your chance. Completely casual and no bunkers to get stranded in, the Pitch and Putt golf range at the Boathouse in Pitville is only £4.10 for an entire round. Just make sure you bring your student ID for concession prices.
Bounce to your heart’s content in a warehouse full of foam pits, bouncy walls and agility courses at Airborne Trampolining, Cheltenham. With special trampolining socks included, each session costs £10 but totally worth it for the exercise and pure excitement.
Get yourself to that peak
Experience full-on, head-for-heights adrenalin-fuelled climbing across high walls and low walls at The Climbing Warehouse in Gloucester. With a variety of classes and sessions, it doesn’t matter if you’ve never climbed before or are a true pro, at £5 a pop it’s a no-brainer.
Take a dip or make a splash at Gloucester’s new leisure centre. If you’re not ready to commit to a membership (no one will judge…), then keep it casual with £4.70 a pop.
When the colours of autumn are in full swing, don’t miss out on the Painswick Rococo Garden autumn festival. Get lost in a maze whilst drinking freshly squeezed apple juice and enjoy nature at one of it’s greatest seasons. Only £7.50 for admission.
Right up my alley
Get your competitive side out and try to hit that strike at Hollywood Bowling in Cheltenham. Tenpin bowling is always a winner and with a student deal of two games for £7.49, it’s even better. If you discover you’re actually no good at bowling, then check out the arcades games too.
Check out his putter
Set in the heart of Cheltenham, get totally submerged into a different world full of neon lights, alcoholic drinks and of course, golf balls at Mr Mulligans. With a bar and two adventure courses, you’d expect 18 holes would cost more than £7.75. Just remember to book online in advance to avoid any disappointment!