The city of Chester has been awarded an accolade of awards for its outstanding beauty and culture on offer for local residents and tourists from across the globe. For students, you are not quite a resident but you are certainly not a tourist. While you are studying here, this city is yours to explore and fall in love with. You never know, this may be the place you will one day call ‘home’.
Here is a bucket list of things to do before you graduate from the University of Chester. Many of which require nothing more than time, friends and the occasional splurge of your student loan. If you can think of activities that are not included, feel free to leave a suggestion in the comment box at the end of the post.
Food and Drink
1. Chester isn’t just famous for Romans and racing. We also sell excellent cheese. The Cheese Shop on Northgate St is the perfect stop for collecting goods for a wine and cheese night. Give it a try!
2. Somebody’s birthday coming up? Grab a group of friends and embark on the Deva Mile. An old student tradition of drinking half a pint of local ale, in every pub around the city walls.
4. Use your NUS card to secure a bargain on food and drink, from places such as Pizza Express, Cafe Rouge and Frankie and Bennies.
5. Order fruit and vegetables through the Chester Food Assembly scheme.
6. Try a gas chamber in Rosie’s.
Education and democracy
7. Find out about the research your lecturers are involved with by attending the open events at the University.
8. Vote in the Students’ Union and local elections.
9. Keep up to date with local news through the Chester Chronicle.
Arts and Culture
10. Follow @ShitChester love @ShitChester
11. Stand outside the Town Hall at 12pm (Thursday- Saturday, May – August, 10.30 on race days) to hear the town crier address the people of Chester. Did you know that Chester is the only city in Britain to retain this tradition?
12. Attend one of the magnificent open air theatre plays hosted in Grosvenor Park (July – August)
13. Get yourself tangled in a web of words and performances at the Chester Literature Festival which takes place in October.
14. Wrap up warm and throw yourself into the festive joy, whether it be at the Christmas Markets tasting mulled wine, singing Carols at the annual University Carol Service at Chester Cathedral or watching the lights switch on in the Garden Quarter. Where ever you decide to explore the festive period, be sure to wear safe shoes – the Chester cobbles are already a danger without mulled wine and the icy scattering of frost and snow. (November – end of December).
15. Go back in time to the Roman roots of Chester at the Grosvenor museum.
16. Take a selfie with the second most photographed clock in Europe.
17. Take a trip to Gladstone Library, you will not regret it.
18. Book on to a Hollyoaks tour (which is actually filmed in Liverpool).
19. Go to a Tip Top Theatre Production at the Forum Production Theatre. Yes, there is a theatre hidden beneath the Forum shopping centre.
20. Scare yourself silly with a Chester Ghost Tour.
21. Grab a bargain at Cheshire Oaks.
22. Wave a rainbow coloured flag at the annual Chester Pride.
23. See how royalty live by attending one of the open events at Eaton Hall Gardens, the home of the Duke of Westminster and the Chancellor of the University.
24. Take the spectacular Cathedral at height tour.
Music and Film
26. Mingle with the local community at The Screen On The Lane hosted by the Garden Quarter residents association.
27. Watch classic films at the moonlight flicks such as ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Some Like It Hot’ in the open air cinema (July- August)
28. Take your mind off exam pressure by visiting Chester zoo. (Don’t forget to get your student discount!)
29. Release your inner child at the Chester Ice Cream Farm.
30. Walk in the footsteps of the highest judges and the lowest of criminals at Chester Crown Court.
31. Dive into the depths of nature at the Blue Planet Aquarium.
32. Push yourself to the limit at Go Ape!
33. Give something back to the community: Volunteer at the local hospices, schools, local sports teams, community groups, health groups, caring homes or at the university.
34. Fall in love and leave a love lock on the Queens Park suspension bridge.
35. Get a picture riding Janya.
36. Go on the hunt for all of the rhino statues scattered across the city. (Clue: There is one on a UoC Campus)
37. Explore the city on an open top bus tour.
Sports and Recreation
38. Walk the City walls.
39. Make friends with local people by joining sports teams or groups such as Good For Nothing.
40. Take a cruise down the River Dee on one of many impressive vessels. Depending on your budget, you could opt for a pedalo or splash out on a Boat party.
41. Book a ride on the miniature train in Grosvenor Park. It may not be the Polar express, but it is certainly an adventure. It is also a great place to take your friends or family with young children.
42. Cheer on your new local football team at the Deva Stadium. Who know’s, Chester FC may secure another league promotion while you are studying here!
43. Football not your thing? Then the Polo might be! Hosted every summer at Chester Racecourse
44. Talking about Chester Racecourse, the races are a must! If you don’t want to spend in excess of £30 to be in the stands then you can horse-around on the course for a third of the price.
45. Compete in one of the big races hosted in Chester: The Chester Marathon (October), the Chester Metric Marathon (October) and Chester Half Marathon (June).