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lizzie payne

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do something different festival

Hi everyone !! 

How does a discounted trip to the Harry Potter Studio Tour sound? Book on, hop on, and have fun with the Do Something Different Festival. Running from the 17th to the 23rd of February, the Festival features a fantastic range of wallet-friendly day trips including the aforementioned boy wizard as well as outings to Cambridge, the National Space Centre, and Blickling Hall. There are also multiple trips to central London, covering everything from the Tower of London to a black history walking tour and a visit to Westminster University’s National Student Pride celebration.

Tickets for Festival day trips will be available from January 24th at Booking is quick, easy, and opens the door to an exciting week of activities and experiences.

If big trips aren’t your thing, or you prefer the sound of ‘new skill’ and ‘free’, then one of the Festival’s 100+ smaller events may be more in your remit. For the crafty or curious there will be dozens of creative classes and tasters, with activities ranging from your classic pen-and-paper illustration right through to working with clay or spraying up a storm at a graffiti session. If that doesn’t appeal, then how about picking up the basics of a new language, having a jab at self-defence, or sitting down for a cuddle with the goodest boys from PATs? You could even get serious and take part in a first aid at work day course.

UEA has an astounding 200+ clubs and societies, many of whom will be running events during the festival. These vary from a K-pop random dance play to Games Society’s Gamexplosion and Geek Society’s UEA version of hit TV show Taskmaster. There are plenty of student-led events for you to sink you teeth into (including a Baking Society session – yum).

If you’re always looking for a way to boost your career, you can also use the Festival as a chance to pick up or improve on some of your key skills. The Public Speaking Course is a three-day crash course aimed at boosting your confidence and ability to share your ideas in front of others in a professional capacity. It only takes up two hours a day, so there’s plenty of time left to still get involved with the Festival’s other events!

You can find out the full roster of what’s on at the Do Something Different website, and with so many to choose from there’s bound to be something that catches your eye. Or you could go for something you’re not sure about – it’s the Do Something Different Festival after all, and you might be surprised by what you enjoy.

For trip tickets, head to after January 24th. If you’re after the smaller events, general release opens on February 1st. Sign up to Do Something Different this year! You can also keep track of what’s on over on Twitter @Union_UEA.

If you want to apply to run an event then the application form, which can be found at, is open until 5pm on January 24th. Either way we hope to see you there.

If you have any questions feel free to email

Much love, 

Ali xx



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