We all know the stereotype that University students spend all their time (and loan) drinking and in clubs, and you might be worried that if you don’t drink you won’t make friends. You can take a look at my other blog to find out six ways to have fun without drinking at our Colchester Campus, but if you’re feeling adventurous you can head into town (well, technically it’s a city) and explore with these five fun, but sober, activities.

1. Journey to the past

Head over to Colchester Castle to learn more about the history of Colchester. With interactive displays and tours, Colchester Castle is a great way to get to know your new home, and you can return as many times as you like because return visits are free for Colchester residents with a Castle Pass.

2. Gardens and golf

If history isn’t your thing, you can visit Castle Park instead. The park is like one big garden, so it’s a perfect spot for a picnic, or you can challenge your friends to a round of golf at Putt in the Park.

3. Shop ‘til you drop

It’s easy to get lost when wandering around the many shops Colchester has to offer. You can find everything you need from both familiar brands to independent businesses; Colchester is there to provide you with your shopping fix. Be sure to check out Red Lion Books for all your literary needs or head over to Bestdays Vintage to check out a new style.

4. Escape artists

If you’re feeling daring head over to Escape Colchester. Try to escape one of six escape rooms by solving puzzles and unlocking secrets. You can even team up and race your friends to see who can get out first. Escape Colchester has something for everyone whether your taste lies in spooky cabins or the seven seas.

5. Sit back and relax

If all these options sound a bit too tiring, you can always put your feet up whilst being entertained. Colchester has a choice of two cinemas and two theatres each offering a diverse choice of entertainment. Head to the Odeon cinema on a Monday for £6 tickets or visit the Mercury and Headgate to lose yourself in the magic of theatre with plays, pantomimes and specialist spotlights – perfect for a rainy day or evening out.