It’s that time of year where the library becomes your second home, you start to forget what daylight looks like and you’re so far beyond stressed that you don’t even have a word to describe what you are… well let me tell you something, it doesn’t all have to be that way. Everyone has different ways they like to unwind, so we’ve compiled a few great ways to de-stress around Liverpool that you can attend for FREE (so as not to add money worries into the mix!). So take a break, try something new and you’ll be surprised how much of a difference it can make.
When? Every day until 4pm
Did you know that as part of the FREE off-peak Lifestyles membership you get with LJMU, you can attend off-peak classes for free too?! They have a wide range of classes to suit any ability and style of exercise so if you want to relax with Pilates, or you want to unleash some stress with Body Pump, we’re sure it’ll help blow away the cobwebs.
Classical music at The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Have you ever listened to classical music whilst studying? Ever thought about seeing some incredible classical music live with a full orchestra? Well… you won’t believe it but there are two upcoming classical shows at the Phil where you can get 2 x FREE tickets for each one. Classical music has been proven to be a great de-stresser, and take it from us, seeing it live is something else. We’ve had plenty of trips to the Phil where our heads were crammed with worries beforehand and by the end we left feeling lighter than a feather!
Simply call the Philharmonic Box Office on 0151 709 3789 and quote ‘LJMU Student’ to book your tickets today.
When? Every Saturday at 9:00am
Where? Princes Park (but there are locations all over the UK)
You against the clock, a 5k run, hundreds of people, sweat pouring from every… oh yeah this is meant to be a relaxing blog. Well how about you sign up and head on down to Princes Park for a nice healthy run in the outdoors. It’s open to anyone of any ability and is less of a competition and more of a fun, free and healthy activity you can do in a beautiful setting. There’s nothing like a good run to clear your head.
When? Every day 9-5
Going for a stroll along the docks is a sure fire way to help you relax and forget about your worries for a little while. As well as the wonderful river Mersey which is impressive in any weather, there are a host of museums and galleries that are all free to access, including the Tate, which is home to some incredible contemporary art. LJMU students get free access to all of their exhibitions all year round.
How much? FREE for LJMU students
When? Every day 10am-4:30pm (check the website for Twilight Thursday opening times)
Why not try getting as physically far away from your worries as possible, that’ll work, right? It’s worth a shot anyway, and what better place to try it than ‘500ft above sea level,’ at the top of the Liverpool Cathedral. Plus, Twilight Thursday’s is back now, meaning every Thursday from now right through to October you can go up a little later than usual and watch the sunset over Liverpool as the city lights up. It’s a view that’s sure to take your mind off things for a while, and a little reminder (not that any of us need it) of how beautiful this city is.
Distract yourself at Adventure Dock
It might not quite be your post-A-Level holiday to Magaluf, but the bracing temperatures of the Costa del Merseyside, combined with the adrenaline of a 92-metre inflatable water course will be the perfect way to switch off from your studies! Adventure Dock opens on 5th May, and with 25% off on weekdays for students, this thrilling inflatable adventure is certain to take your mind off your work for a bit. To claim your student discount, use discount code STUDENT15 online.
By Lewis Wren
Student Opportunities Intern