Top 10 places to visit in Essex

Being born and bred in the county, I am proud to say that I’m an Essex lad through and through. In fact up until this year, I have always lived in Essex!

From growing up around beautiful countryside and exciting towns, I can tell you first hand that there are loads of wonderful places to see in Essex.

So let me show you my top 10 Essex highlights, which you should definitely visit, if you haven’t already. (A.K.A. the places where I was dragged along to for days out as a kid, but have grown to love over the years!)

1) Finchingfield

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This adorable little place has often been described as “a chocolate box village”. It’s a great example of a traditional English village with a backdrop to match. The peaceful lake and green fields in the centre of the village makes this the perfect spot for afternoon tea in the Summer!

 

2) Hedingham Castle

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This traditional Norman keep is just down the road from where I grew up and I have lots of fond memories of going to its regular jousting days and exploring the different floors of the castle.

However, one of my favourite things about the castle is that the Globe Theatre visits the attraction each year. The company puts on a production of a different Shakespeare play each summer with the Castle acting as a stunning backdrop!

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3) Lakeside Shopping Centre and Retail Park

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Being the biggest shopping centre in the Essex, Lakeside is the perfect place for your inner shopaholic! There are countless shops and restaurants here to enjoy, with a wide choice to choose from.

 

4) Southend-on-Sea 

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Home to the University of Essex’s second biggest campus, Southend-on-Sea is the perfect place for a trip to the seaside.

It’s also home to the longest pleasure pier in the world. It’s so long in fact that there is actually a purpose-built railway which takes people to the pier head and back. However, there is also the option to walk the 1.34 miles if you prefer!

 

5) Walton-on-the-Naze

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Speaking of Essex’s beautiful coastline, Walton-on-the-Naze is another pristine example! In particular, the coastal walk from the Naze Tower to the town itself is well worth a wander.

Don’t forget to treat yourself to the seaside tradition of a 99 flake from the ice cream van when you’ve finished the walk!

 

6) Olympic Mountain Biking Track

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When London hosted the Summer Olympics in 2012, Essex played its part by hosting the Mountain biking event. Based in Hadleigh, the track is still there for the public to visit and try for themselves on the same track where Olympians pushed for glory a few years previous.

 

7) Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker

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Despite the place being not so secret these days, the bunker was originally designed during the cold war when the threat of nuclear war was high. Now open as a museum, you can now explore the whole bunker where the government planned to be based in the Southeast in the event of an attack.

This attraction is also quite interesting in getting an insight into what life looked like 20/30 years ago. This is due to the bunker’s appearance not changing since it being decommissioned in the early 1990’s.

 

8) Tiptree Jam Factory

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Home to the famous English jam, the Tiptree Jam Factory is the perfect place to see how this famous English staple is created!

The museum, based in the original factory where the jam is still made to this day, shows you how its popular preserves have been made since 1865.

However, no visit is complete without a trip to the factory’s tearooms and trying out the jam for yourself!

 

9) Colchester Zoo

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Specialising in endangered animals, Colchester Zoo is ranked as one of the best Zoo’s in the country. With the opportunity to see some of the animals up close and feed them, the short trip from the Colchester campus is most definitely worth it!

 

10) Mercury Theatre

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One of my personal Essex favourites is Colchester’s Mercury Theatre. The venue puts on several of its own shoes each year whilst also regularly attracting visiting professional companies as well. There’s always something different on, whether it be theatre, dance or stand up comedy, there’s bound to be something on that’s worth seeing!

So…

if you feel inspired to visit the places I’ve recommended (and fancy winning up to £500 of summer days out), make sure you take some photos of your visit. Essex Business School is giving you the chance to bag entry to top London and Essex attractions for you and a friend in their Instagram competition to find Essex’s Best Youth Tourist Attraction.

To enter, post a pic of your favourite place to visit in Essex on your Instagram, name the attraction in your comment and use #essexyouthtourism for your chance to win. Make sure you tag @essexebs and follow them to find out the winner. You must be aged 16 to 25 to enter and you have until 18 May to post your pic.

The most photographed attraction will be crowned Essex’s Best Youth Tourist Attraction 2017. The most creative, inspirational or just plain pretty photo will win the summer prize package.

The competition celebrates the launch of the new BSc Tourism Management degree at the Southend Campus, which is open for 2017 entries.

Why Summer Term at Essex is the best time of the year!

Despite the constant dread of exams, summer term is probably the best time of the year! Gone is the threat of frost and freezing winds as Essex welcomes in sunshine and longer nights.

Here are a few things which make Summer term at Essex special…

Chilling by the lakes

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One of my favourite places on campus during the summer months is the lakes! This probably has something to do with memories of post exam chills by the lakes. Something which kind of became a tradition with my friends on my course. There’s nothing better than relaxing with your mates in the sun congratulating yourselves on an exam well done or getting your spirits back up after getting some bad questions!

 

Awards season

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Whether you’re part of sports, societies, volunteering, the ISA or work for the SU, the summer term has a host of different awards evenings. These are all held to celebrate the hard work and achievements of the past year and are a really nice way to finish the year in style.

Last year, I went to the Society awards and the SU staff awards and I had a really good time!

Eurovision

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One of my guilty pleasures is watching the Eurovision Song Contest every year. Its combination of catchy songs, witty commentary and nail biting voting make it something to look forward to when revising!

Each year, a hoard of students pile into the SU bar for the show. The bar also makes a real effort in decorating the everywhere with flags, free face painting and special drinks from each of the participating countries. Combined with students from all over the world rooting for their home countries, it’s always a night to remember (even if the UK’s entry flops every year!)

You tend to make the most of things!

If you’ve been itching to go to have a go at Frisbee golf or make an effort for the weekly SU quiz, then Summer term is the time to do so! Before all your friends either go home for the summer or graduate, this term is your opportunity to make the most of things! So, go for it!

Essex’s Got Talent

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Ran every year by the Theatre Arts Society, Essex’s Got Talent is pretty much everything that you expect! Not too dissimilar to its national counterpart, whether you’re a stand-up comedian or a street dancer, the competition is the chance for anyone to show off their talents. This is all set  in front of dozens of people on the squares on a summer’s day. The top 3 entries also win prizes, so it’s well worth having a go! Keep an eye out for dates soon!

End of the year celebrations

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Some of the major highlights of the Essex academic year are right at the end of the year; The End and Summer Ball. Both are strong Essex traditions and are well worth the wait! The relaxed nature of The End, quickly followed by the sophistication of Summer Ball, make for the perfect send off before the reality of normal life outside of University hits!

I hope this has got you excited to come back to Essex and has inspired you to make the most of some of the best weeks of the University calendar!

Exploring the East of England: beyond the Essex border

I have lived in the East of England all my life, either in Ipswich or in Colchester. And I love it here. 15 minute drive out and you’re in the countryside, 20 minute drive and you’re at the beach, and it’s not too fair from London either! In this blog I am going to tell you about the gems of the East of England, in Suffolk and Norfolk. Lets go beyond the Essex border!

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 The Farm

Suffolk is the neighbouring county to Essex and it has a reputation for being very country. So what is more country than a trip to the farm?  Suffolk was a lot of farms to explore including Easton Farm Park, Jimmy’s farm and Baylham House Rare Breed Farm. Depending on the farm, you might get to feed the animals, hold lambs and see a range of different farm yard animals! Check them out to find out what each farm has to offer and how much entry is! Here’s a picture of me loving life with a sheep last weekend at Easton Farm Park!

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The beach

The best thing about living in the east of England is you’re never too far from the coast! There are so many good beaches to go to in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk! Felixstowe is my local beach and you can get a train there via Ipswich. It is quite a stoney beach and maybe not as much there as Clacton, but who doesn’t love an ice-cream by the sea?!

Bored of the beaches in Essex? How about Great Yarmouth in Norfolk? Great Yarmouth is basically the childhood holiday of everyone who lives in the East of England! I’d go on holiday to Great Yarmouth and see the whole of my high school while I was there! Great Yarmouth has a pier, arcades, rides, seaside shops, sealife aquarium and of course the beach! You can get there by getting the train from Colchester to Norwich and then Norwich to Great Yarmouth.

Norfolk beaches are also known for being home to seals. You tend to be able to find them at Horsey beach. You can also take a boat trip to go and see them too!

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Flatford Mill

Another gem of Suffolk is Flatford Mill. It is great for a walk or a picnic but the best part about Flatford Mill is that you can higher rowing boats and row down the River Stour. This is one of my favourite things to do in the summer and it is so relaxing! Perfect way to de-stress from the thought of revision!

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Framlingham Castle

 Are you any chance an Ed Sheeran fan? Do you know his song castle on the hill? Well it is about Framlingham castle! This is proper getting into Suffolk countryside. You can walk along the castle grounds and take a picnic! If you love a bit of country side and want to see where Ed Sheeran spent his teenage years tend this is the place to go!

Norwich Shopping

 Because who doesn’t love a bit of retail therapy? Norwich is the place to go if you want a city with a decent shopping centre. It is the best place to go for shopping in the east of England. With plenty of variety of shops and places to eat! There is also a castle and a cathedral  if you want some culture too.

Ipswich Waterfront

 So Ipswich is my hometown. Although it doesn’t have the biggest town of shops it’s still nice if you like to go somewhere different to shop! But the best bit of Ipswich is the waterfront. It is near the university and not a long walk from the train station. It has restaurants, a pub and hotels. If you do go to the Ipswich waterfront I would suggest going for a drink or meal in the pub Isaac’s. My cousin had his wedding their last year and it’s a lovely little pub! It is the beer garden to be when we get that 2 day heatwave!

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So that’s pretty much everywhere I have spent my childhood summed up. The great thing about living in Essex is that you can easily get to places in Suffolk and Essex by trains and bus!

 

Nights out in Essex: a guide to every night of the week

Being a student is tough; all those lectures, classes and essays we have to  do. Sometimes you just want to have break, go out and enjoy yourself. Well, the Essex campus has got you covered for a great night out. There’s something to do everyday of the week, so here’s a rundown of what’s on offer:

Monday – Milk It

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If there was ever a way to cure those Monday blues then Milk It is it. Karaoke and cheesy tunes all night long and it’s in the SU Bar, so it’s free! Take a trip to the SU, sign up for karaoke (all singing abilities welcome), then dance the night away to the tunes from your childhood and get all nostalgic. I miss S Club 7 so much.

Tuesday – Town

With no official night out on campus on a Tuesday, take a trip to Colchester town. Colchester has some great bars that you wouldn’t get to visit if you only stayed on campus. Of course there’s the old favourite; Wetherspoons, but bars like Twisters, V Bar and Three Wise Monkeys offer something a little different with more alternative music and live music nights. There’s also the new Atik club which you can head to if you fancy a change from Sub Zero.

Wednesday – Sports Fed

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Whilst Sports Fed is the night all the sports teams on campus have their socials and head out, anyone is welcome and it’s a great night out. If you’re on a sports team, expect to be all dressed up in costume. If you’re not on a sports team, why not dress up anyway?! Fed is a good laugh and it can be really funny seeing what themes the teams come up with every week. I have seen some very strange outfits down in Sub Zero

Thursday – Quiz

Thursday night is quiz night in the SU Bar. Head down with a team ready  to have your pointless knowledge put to the test. Every participant pays £1 to enter with the winning team sharing the prize money. 2nd and 3rd prize are free drinks from the bar. Don’t be thinking you can get away with looking up a sneaky few answers on your phone though, they’re very strict on that!

Friday – Friday Night Project

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The Friday Night Project offers all your favourite chart tunes with some others thrown in for good measure. Friday nights are often themed, in the past there’s been a pizza party where free pizza is given out, masquerade night and zoo nights so you can dress up as any kind of animal you fancy!

Saturday – Special events

Who doesn’t love a good Saturday night out? Saturdays at Essex often mean a special guest, in the past we’ve had Mistajam, Conor Maynard, Beat a Maxx, Tom Zanetti and Zane Lowe, among many others. Saturday can also bring some one off events like the Easter Ball (complete with chocolate fountain) and paint and foam parties.

Sunday – Night in?

Okay, hear me out. It’s pretty hard to go out every night of the week and still make to the Monday ready to begin lectures! So why not have a night in with flatmates instead?! Sometimes a night in can be even better than a night out. Squeeze into someone’s room and watch a film, play a few games or take part in Nerf gun wars. I can definitely vouch for how much fun the latter is!

So there you have it, something to do every night of the week! This list is by no means exhaustive so get out there and give it all a go!

10 memes all university students will relate to

Student life memes are constantly circulating on social media. I am constantly tagging my university friends in memes that totally relate to us as students. Here are some of the memes that us a university student you will relate to!

1. Chandler from friends meme

University can be pretty overwhelming, with everything you feel like you should be doing, when all you really want to do is stay in bed and watch Netflix. Not only do you feel like you should go to all your lectures and finish your assignments, you also need to consider getting a job to earn money/experience and look at enhancing your employability skills! Chandler from friends perfectly sums up have every uni student feels at some point.

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2. Treat yo self

So you’ve finally decided to start the revision for that all important exam. After all that hard work opening your laptop, finding the lecture slides and getting all your notes together, surely you deserve a little treat?!

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3. Why you always lying? guy meme

If you don’t know who this famous face off all memes is… this is the guy that sings a song called ‘why you always lying?’ I’m sure you can connect the dots and see why you totally relate to him. I can hear him singing as soon as I see that smiling face.

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4.Wake up meme

Your alarm goes off for your 9am lecture, you snooze it. And this goes on for the next 20 minutes. Then you start to wonder if these early starts are really worth the degree. In hind sight probably are…maybe.meme3

5. When you’re not sure what your doing for your assignment

You start an assignment but you soon realise you’re out of the depth and have no idea what was going on. You start writing in the hope that you come out with something half decent.

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6. ‘Sorry I can’t go out this weekend’ starter pack

It’s been a long week of snoozing your alarm and trying to writing your essays. All your flatmates are on about a big night out this weekend. But you say ‘sorry I can’t go out this weekend I have too much work to do’ when in reality you will just laze around in bed and watch Netflix.

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7. Cancelled lecture emails

You will learn that getting a cancelled lecture email is so much better than a good morning text. However when you get the email when you’re already in the lecture hall 3 minutes before it is about to start… not so good!

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8. ‘University is a walk in the park’ meme

Did anyone else get told ‘University is a lot easier than A levels because you are only doing one subject’. Well it definitely doesn’t feel like it. When you have 4 different modules, it feels like your back in that A level classroom trying to juggle all them lessons! However you do have a lot more free time to make up for it!

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9. Philip Schofe meme

Philip Schofe snapchat story totally sums up at least 1 day of your week. You have 1 lecture or class early in the morning and once that is over, you’ve done enough for the day and you can go home after that ‘long day’ of being a studentmeme8

10. Salt guy meme

This salt guy is thought to be the ‘meme of January’. It totally sums up the feeling of using one of these eight words in an essay. ‘I’ll just sprinkle a bit of thus here and furthermore there’.

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I hope this gave you a bit of a laugh in your haze of revision and essay writing 🙂

Our diversity celebrated: One World Essex

One World Essex, the week filled with our appreciation towards our varied student body and their culture. So what was it all about?

Our colourful “One World Essex” week kicked off on Monday the 27th of February, where, as most of you know, we had an amazing Parade of Flags and Carnival on Square 3 and 4 – and not just that! The Squares were filled with music and students dancing and talking and representing their nations. It was literally impossible to miss because when you heard all the music and laughter, you just had to join!

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The even-better stuff came on Tuesday, though. The International Food Festival. Let me repeat that. INTERNATIONAL. FOOD. FESTIVAL. There was food everywhere on Square 3! You didn’t even need to know that it was on Square 3, you could just navigate yourself to the food by the amazing aromas filling campus! Stepping into the Square, you could see nothing else but loads of different stalls, each of them showcasing a different type of food, culture and nation. Just walking even close to the Square made our mouths water and bellies grumble! You probably guessed by now that we visited every stall and ate until we couldn’t even stand anymore.

After the amazing food from the Festival, we needed some music of course. And that’s exactly what we got on Wednesday at the International Concert. Our wonderful ISA brought us music from around the world. It was a night filled with music and dances brought to us by none other than our amazing international students.

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We then had the Cultural Gala, on Friday the 3rd of March at the Hex. There I was able to meet our international student body and not only talked to them but also learnt a bit about their culture. And that should always come in handy, since Essex is one of the most international universities in the UK!

Last but definitely not least, our annual Essex Olympics took place! Keeping healthy is crucial and here, at our university, with all of our sports societies and Just Play sessions, you can do just that! We have a Sports Centre on campus where you can enjoy any sports you wish, and a new and improved one currently being built!

During One World Essex, we had a look at some of the most talented students that our uni has and it was amazing! It was fantastic to see our diverse, multi-cultural student body come together and celebrate each others’ heritage. Hope to see you there next year!

 

My Favourite Uni Memories to Date

I am now in my fourth and final year of university and I have had an amazing experience both at Essex and on my year abroad at RMIT university in Melbourne, Australia. In this blog I am going to share some of my memories and experiences with you in a mini photo album. Maybe you can get some ideas of what to do at university to make the most out of your experience. Enjoy!

1st year

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In my first year of uni I lived in south Courts with five other people. These are two of the girls I became closest with and we moved into a flat off campus together in our second year. It was so much fun living with my flat and I feel like moving away from home was definitely the best decision for me. This is us at Summer Ball in 2013, finishing off our year with a bang!

2nd year

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My second year at university is probably the one that I made the most of by using what the uni had to offer. I joined the Tennis club, where I was mostly a social member and took part in their social events every week. Here an example of an army social that we had before going to Sub Zero.

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I also joined the Cheerleading Club. Here, I was part of the Game Day team and went to training sessions every week. It was a great way to meet new people, have fun and keep fit!

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In April 2015, I went on tour to Salou with the Tennis Club. It was probably one of my favourite experiences at uni yet! We were all really close friends, so it was a great experience to go on holiday together and dress up as a different theme every night, this theme was Toga.

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Towards the end of the year the Tennis Club held a BBQ and an awards evening. This was where the President and Vice-President of the club would come up with the awards and who they would be given to. I was luckily enough to win social member of the year awards, which I was very proud of!

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Finally, Summer Ball came at the end of the year in June. Here I said goodbye to a lot of my friends because I was going on a year abroad the following year and by the time I was back they would’ve graduated, however it was a great send off!

3rd year

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I have too many pictures to choose from from my year abroad, but here are a few! I studied in Melbourne, however I managed to travel quite a bit. This is me and two friends that I met whilst studying, in Sydney looking over the Opera House.

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I didn’t go home for the whole year and even spent Christmas in Australia! On Christmas Day we went to Coogee Beach in Sydney and had a BBQ. It was very hot and I managed to get sunburn on Christmas Day, which was a strange feeling!

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During the Christmas holidays when it was summer in Australia, we went on an East Coast road trip. This was one of my most memorable experiences, skydiving!

4th year

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Now I am back at Essex and a lot of my friends have graduated, however I have been lucky enough to have some amazing flat mates! We are all students who have either returned from our year abroad or are currently on their year abroad, so are international. Here is a picture of us when we all went on a trip together to Milan.

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Here is another picture of my flat having our Christmas dinner before we all went home for the Christmas holidays.

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Once again, here is another picture of me and my flat on Derby Day. We really enjoyed the atmosphere and even though Essex unfortunately lost, we had a great day!

I could share lots more pictures with you, but I hope this gives you some ideas of what the uni has to offer and how you can make the most out of your time here at Essex! I for one have loved it!

Opportunities Knock: An example of the possibilities open to you at university

Never let it be said that university is purely for studying. Yes, it does make up a significant proportion of it, but it is only part of the entire university experience. Previous blogs have commented on how it gets you to become more independent, to meet new and wonderful people and additionally for the vast number of opportunities that it opens for you.

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that during my time at university I would meet authors and royalty or dress as a cow during welcome week complete with a rubber glove udder (thankfully no pictures survive of this particular choice of outfit!).

University is a place of opportunities that you should take up because you never know where they could lead you.

Last year I was pleased to hear that one of my friends had submitted a proposal to put on a play at the on-campus Lakeside Theatre through an open submission that the theatre regularly holds. Her proposal was accepted and so began the several months of planning and rehearsing.

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The play in question was Harold Pinter’s “The Dumb Waiter”- not the easiest of plays especially for a student director and current drama students playing the only two characters in the show. Everything about this play had to be based around their studies, their weekly readings and essays!

The Dumb Waiter is a one act play and is certainly a difficult task as the only two characters in the show are, for the most part, constantly on stage. The fact that Finn Todd (Gus) and Lloyd Shankley (Ben) were able to hold the audience’s attention for nearly an hour is a testament to their acting abilities. The physicality of their performance along with Ellen Pascoe’s skilful directing meant that the show was engaging and visually stunning- who would have thought that the opening few minutes of Gus tying and re-tying his shoes  could prove so funny and watchable?

The story of two hitmen waiting in a basement for their next assignment has a great air of menace about it, with Gus questioning their work and their abilities while Ben follows orders from “above” obediently and without hesitation.

The smaller studio space at the Lakeside Theatre worked incredibly well for this performance. The intimate, black walled room made the audience feel closer to the action and easily replicated the basement room in which the play is set. Better still was the fact that the performance began the minute the audience started to enter room, with the audience having to walk across the stage and past the actors idling on their beds in order to take their seats.

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L-R: Finn Todd (Gus) and Lloyd Shankley (Ben) in The Dumb Waiter. [Photo courtesy of Rhianna Hughes]

The testament of this great show is demonstrated by the fact that the two initial performances sold out, with demand being so high that a third performance was added at short notice.

Like many things this opportunity was a risk both for my friend Ellen in proposing and directing it and also for the Lakeside Theatre for providing the venue, resources and time for the show. But it paid off spectacularly becoming a resounding success and one of the most popular student show of the year.

I started this blog by talking about the importance of taking risks and the different opportunities that are possible at university, therefore I hope that I have done The Dumb Waiter some justice whilst encouraging you to take hold of all those possibilities open to you.

Campus Boredom Busters

Every so often we all get a little bit bored. Maybe it’s the weekend, you actually have no work to do for once and you’ve watched enough Netflix to last you at least a week. Or maybe you are just plain old bored. It happens to everyone. But with a campus like Essex where there’s always something going on, that doesn’t have to be the way. Take at look at this list of six boredom busters on campus.

1. Play some disc golf

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You’ve probably seen those strange metal basket things dotted around campus and absentmindedly wondered what they were. They’re actually holes on the frisbee golf course at Essex. You can get a disc and a score sheet from the reception desk at the gym, it’s only 50p. I can tell you from experience that it’s not exactly easy but it is very fun!

2. Go and see a Cine10 film

Going all the way to the cinema in town can be expensive and a bit of a trek, especially considering we have one right on campus. Cine10 movies are shown in the lecture theatre building and are a great chance to see the latest films without paying top dollar. Recent films include La La Land, T2 Trainspotting and The Lego Batman Movie.

3. Discover a new sport through Just Play

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Just Play is a great chance to try out a new sport or play one just for fun. There are loads of sports you can do for free or a small fee including swimming, ice skating and baseball and more. Just play is how I got into playing hockey and went on to play in BUCS games. It’s also great to go to with friends to see how competitive you can get! Have a look at the timetable here.

4. Visit ESCALA

You are probably wondering what on earth ESCALA is. It stands for Essex Collection of Art from Latin America. The majority of the artwork is housed in a special space in the Constable Building up by Wivenhoe House and you can go and visit it when there are exhibitions and events on. At other times though the art that is in the Silberrad Student Centre is part of ESCALA.

5. Go for afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House

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If you’re feeling fancy, head over to Wivenhoe House for some afternoon tea. Be quintessentially British and treat yourself some scones, finger sandwiches and some pastries. And, of course, they also have a huge variety of tea. If you fancy anything else they’ve also got you covered for dinner!

6. Take a fitness class

I really am not a fan of the gym but I do really enjoy going to fitness classes. Essex has loads of them at the gym. If you’re a member of the gym then they’re free but for all other students they’re £3.50. My favourite has to be yoga but there are loads more like zumba, insanity and dance classes.

So if you’re ever bored on campus or just itching for something new to try why not give this list a go!

What is Summer Ball?

If you’re in your first year, you may have started to hear talks about an event called summer ball. Or are you a regretting not going last year and wondering if its worth it this year? Well I am here to tell you the basics.

So what is summer ball? It is the biggest event of the year at the uni! It is like the university’s answer to prom combined with a mini festival! I was very lucky that Summer Ball last year was on birthday so I had the most amazing birthday!

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When, where and how?

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When: Saturday 10th June. Summer ball starts in the evening and goes on until the early hours of the morning.

Where: On Colchester campus fields

How: Tickets go on sale on Friday 31st March. Any leftover tickets will go on sale after this. Tickets are usually around £50. They WILL sale out so don’t miss out!

What to expect

Summer ball is jam packed with lots of activities to keep you busy! There will be many different types of music acts to suit everyone’s music taste. Last year acts included headliner DJ Fresh, Hoosiers (you know the band that sang Good Bye Mr A), majestic, coffee house sessions and a steel drum band. The great thing about summer ball is you end up in a tent listening and dancing to something you never expected! This year’s acts will be announced around April!

There also lots of other entertainment. This includes a ferris wheel, dodgems, inflatables, waltzers and fireworks display. If you’re on the priority list, then this is perfect because it means you can get in early and  get on the rides before the queues start!

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There are also a lot of food stalls and bars. My favourite was the bbq chicken wraps and Nutella waffles. I am still dreaming on getting my hands of summer balls food again! Summer ball is a no cash event though, so you need to buy tokens that you pick up to exchange for drinks and food.

summer-ball-waffle

5 reasons why you should get a ticket

So you know a bit more about what summer ball is why should you buy a ticket? Here is my 5 reasons why!

  1. It’s the last night out of the university year! It’s a great way to celebrate the end of the year with all your uni mates!

2. It is not like any other night out on campus. In no other night out will you get the            chance to see a variety of different music acts, entertainment and rides all at your fingertips.

3. The variety of music acts. Often sub-zero will have a DJ come and play on a Saturday night. But at summer ball you will get to see a number of DJ’s, bands and other music acts all in one place. Just like a mini festival!

4. An excuse to go all out! Everyone gets a little bit more dressed up for summer ball. It’s a great excuse to buy that new dress or the dust off the suit you never wear!

5. You get the opportunity to be a summer ball survivor. It is a sort of achievement to last right till the end of summer ball. The sun has risen, your tired, and dreaming of your bed…but who cares?! You survived summer ball!

summerball-survival

My verdict, don’t miss out on the biggest night on campus! Like the Summer Ball Facebook page for more updates!