July 5, 2016 - bellvue-admin - Preston
Preston, home of the University of Central Lancashire, is a hub of goings on, places to go and things to see. Here are just ten of those things its students, locals and those studying and living nearby can enjoy without parting with a penny.
The award-winning Avenham and Miller Parks are two adjoined parks located close to Preston City Centre in the stunning Avenham Valley and providing the ideal place to picnic, take a walk, relax and get some fresh air. The popular Ribble Valley Way National Trail also follows the river through Avenham Park and provides a fantastic and idyllic picturesque setting to enjoy by foot or bike.
A stone’s throw from Preston City Centre, The Museum of Lancashire provides visitors with free entry and the perfect means of familiarising yourself with your new surroundings and some of Lancashire’s rich history when moving to Preston to study.
Whilst the food and drinks offered up at Arkwrights pub might not be free, the pub’s pool tables are. Hence, for those managing a student budget (or having spent theirs!), Arkwrights provides a great place to enjoy some free snooker or pool playing, making the price of a pint or two seem a little more affordable, even on the tightest of budgets.
The perfect way to spend an afternoon away from the books, the Harris Museum and Gallery is a must visit for any student interested in or studying art, graphic design or fashion. Inscribed on the building are the words: “The mental riches you may here acquire abide with you always”, inside the museum and gallery are indeed brimful with inspiration, exhibitions and history that do not cost a penny to enjoy, and do not disappoint. Hence, the Harris Museum and Art Gallery one of Preston’s more popular ‘educational’ attractions amongst its student population.
A surprise to many of those visiting or moving to Preston, its docks and marina are littered year round with yachts, canal barges and provide a place to dock not only for the seafaring, but as well for Preston’s students looking for somewhere to while away an afternoon or hot summer’s day without spending a fortune in the nearby shops.
Speaking of shops, one of Prestonâ€™s two central shopping hubs is that of the Fishergate Shopping Centre. Hence, even when the student loan is dwindling, it is a popular place to find students meeting up, hanging out and milling about â€“ and, of course, window shopping when actual shopping is not an option.
Facing Preston’s Train Station and by far the most architecturally impressive of its two shopping centres, St George’s is known in the city as ‘at the heart of shopping in Preston’. What is more, St George’s regularly hosts free to enter competitions as well as putting on free entertainment and events within the centre itself, making it far more than somewhere to go when you have money to blow in its shops and restaurants.
The Frog and Bucket is a comedy club which offers punters free entry on a Wednesday night. Hence, as well as Wednesday nights at the Frog and Bucket guaranteeing to get the laughs in (even when getting the drinks in isn’t possible), it is also a great place to meet other students in search of a place to hang out and have a great night on a tight, or even nonexistent, budget!
The Fish Canopy Market will not hopefully continue to be referred to as such for long, and not only because the name is rather misleading. That is, whilst you are (thankfully) unlikely to find any fish for sale here, this newly developed and soon to open Sunday market space is set to provide Preston with a whole host of vintage items, antiques, crafts, food, collectables, retro and upcycled furniture and more, making it a great place to browse and enjoy even when not ‘out to buy’. Better yet, consider opening your own stall for the sum of £5 and you could even get earning some money.
Last but not least, no free things to do in Preston lo-down would be complete without mentioning the Preston Guild Wheel, which is something almost every fitness conscious student in the area will already no doubt be very familiar with. In summary, The Guild Wheel is a 21 mile long ‘greenway’ which was designed to make the most of some of Preston’s most scenic sights, architecture, parks and waterways, making it a fantastic place to go running, walking, cycling, or simply exploring with friends.