It’s probably safe to say that in the eyes of most students, the things they get up to outside the lecture hall matter just as much as their education. And it’s all (of course) a deeply cultural and enriching experience from start to finish – university life in the 21st century.
So from those who know the region better than anyone else, here is a quick rundown of 12 things you simply have to do at least once while studying in Leicestershire:
1 – Take a trip back to your childhood dreams of wishing to become an astronaut with a visit to the National Space Centre. We can absolutely guarantee that even if you think you have grown out of all this stuff, you really haven’t!
2 – Waste an entire day shopping in Highcross and exploring more than 120 shops, coming away without actually buying anything at all. It’s worth the trip if for the killer restaurants alone.
3 – Go visit Leicester Cathedral and the burial place of Richard III, discovering more than a few interesting insights about this deeply controversial character from British history.
4 – Grab a pint (or three) of Everards Tiger ale at Welford Road Stadium while watching the Leicester Tigers in action. Even if it’s not really your thing, the atmosphere is electric.
5 – Pretend you’ve always been a diehard fan of Leicester City now they are doing well and grab tickets for a home game at the King Power Stadium. Perhaps even try your luck with hot dog.
6 – Check out the undeniably impressive dinosaur skeletons at New Walk Museum, while pretending you are genuinely into the rest of the sculptures and artwork on display.
7 – Head to the Outdoor Pursuits Centre on the River Soar for an exhilarating (and usually freezing cold) kayak trip, where you will at least get to see your surroundings from a different perspective.
8 – Feed your desire to taste gorgeous cuisine from all over the world on Bath House Lane outside the Highcross, where you’ll find epic Japanese, American, Italian and other restaurants.
9 – Catch a movie at The Phoenix, the independent cinema where you’ll be able to go watch something you’ve never heard of and then pretend you found it deeply moving.
10 – Give yourself a few months to get into shape and try your hand (and feet) at the Leicester Marathon.
11 – Celebrate freedom and diversity at the Leicester Pride festival and enjoy some epic music and food while doing so.
12 – Grab yourself a pocketful of (legal) powder and head to Spinney Hill Park for the official celebration of the start of Holi.