Weekend Getaways on a Budget

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Lancaster may not be the most thriving of cities and it’s always great to get away from University for a break, but sometimes it can prove difficult to find something that fits the student budget. Fortunately, whether you’re looking to get away and relax with friends, as a couple or even by yourself, Lancaster is within easy reach of several popular destinations and with a little research, one can minimise the damage to the bank! Here’s just an introduction to three different options for your weekend: one equipped for nature and relaxation, one for a thrill and one for a splash of culture!

The Lake District is one of the most beautiful locations in England, and you can’t get much of a better option for a weekend away with friends. The area is best known for its walking, with splendid views across the hills: taking a hike around one of the idyllic lakes is the perfect relaxing retreat from the stresses of University life. Perhaps what is most appealing about this is the social aspect: it’s an easy activity to enjoy as a group, with ample opportunity to catch up with friends in a beautiful setting. However walking isn’t the only activity on offer in the Lake District, with, for example, the opportunity to rent a boat on Lake Windermere from just £30. In the evening, there is a multitude of pubs to choose from, offering affordable, delicious food (with huge portions!) and a friendly atmosphere. I can’t imagine anything better than a day out in the hills with friends, followed by a warm corner of a pub with a few drinks! With hotels from just £35 and return train tickets from £9, this is the ultimate day or weekend trip with friends.

This second one’s for the thrill-seekers! A weekend in Blackpool is a weekend full of fun. A return ticket on the train for £9.75 or a bus running from town and campus gives you access to the beach, classic arcades, and of course Blackpool Pleasure Beach with a range of rides. Tickets can be as cheap as £15, depending on when you go, the rides are enjoyable, and the queues are considerably shorter than Alton Towers! So whether you’re happy for a nice walk on the beach and some time on the penny falls or you’re looking for something a little more ‘high-brow’, Blackpool is guaranteed to be a memorable weekend! This trip is perfect for special occasions like a birthday or celebrating the end of exams.

My third suggestion for a weekend away takes us to the third largest City in England: brimming with culture, variety and incredible night life! Manchester is no more than two and a half hours on the train, and it offers great shopping, food, and free entry into the Manchester Museum. The museum on Oxford Road hosts dinosaurs, mummies and all kinds of exhibits from the natural world, so if you’re looking for something a little different and fancy seeing some cool stuff, visiting the museum is a great way to spend a couple of hours before going for lunch in one of Manchester’s many cafes. Then, spend the afternoon shopping and prepare yourself for the night! Manchester’s nightlife is renowned for its variety, and whether you’re checking out The Factory or dancing down Canal Street you can have a great, money-conscious night. The cocktails are delicious, the shots are cheap, and the party lasts all night!

So if you’re looking to get away from Lancaster and experience what the area has to offer, you’re all set! No matter what you’re looking for there is something to find, and with the right research you don’t need to break the bank!

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