When money’s tight, it can feel trapping. Friends may ask you to go for days out, but you just don’t have the spare cash to go with them. More people have been in this situation than you would imagine, so you aren’t alone! I’m going to suggest some ideas for things to do around Suffolk for less than you’d think, or even free!
Bowling is a fun game for you and your friends. Casual enough to enjoy a chat in between turns, and competitive enough to really excite everyone. Luckily, as a student with a Student ID, you’re able to get into SuperBowl in the Buttermarket Shopping Centre in Ipswich for just £7.95 each for two games. That’s a saving of over £4 compared to the standard price. If you fancy saving even more, anyone can go bowling for just £2.50 after 7pm on Sundays – strike!
See a film!
Empire Cinema, again in the Buttermarket Shopping Centre, has some great student deals. You can see the latest blockbusters, but also live streams of ballets and theatre performances, all for £5 as a student or an under 14 (£7 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
My girlfriend and I visit regularly, and we always have a wonderful experience. The cinema offers a wide range of seating options. You can add £2 per person and share a sofa with somebody, or pay £4 extra and get a recliner seat! The benefit of the cinema being in the Buttermarket also means that you’ve got access to all the restaurants and activities nearby. ‘Creams’, a delicious dessert restaurant, is right next door. You’ve also got Byron Hamburgers and Prezzo among many other restaurants, so you’re never short of places to sit down for a meal.
Make the most of Suffolk
One of the biggest advan-tages of living in this beautiful county is the variety of natural views all around. Some of my favourite places to go for walks happen to be by our rivers and sea, they provide splendiferous scenery.
Venture off the beaten track to Old Felixstowe, the views are breathtaking. It’s one of the few places you can see the full curvature of the Earth, just stand up on one of the hills near the Clifflands car park and you’ll see what I mean. Climbing down the steps to the beach provides a very special view indeed.
Whilst Woodbridge town centre is a truly special jewel in the crown of Suffolk, with it’s Balamory-esque multicoloured houses and narrow cobbled streets, the river is also a wonderful place. Cross the railway line at the footbridge next to the station (behind the Riverside cinema and restaurant) and set sail on a gorgeous river path walk. Twists and turns will allow you to choose between visiting Martlesham Creek (quite an easy walk) or following the river’s curvature all the way to Felixstowe (not for the faint of heart, it’s quite the trek). I’ve always found being by the water at Woodbridge relaxing, and it has really helped me in times of mental health crises. The sound of the boats and the birds is very calming.
Visit Rendlesham Forest or Thetford Forest
Choose to either take a bicycle or a just your strongest walking shoes with you, and get lost in nature. Make sure to take your best camera, or smartphone, with you to take some very cool candid shots of you and your friends. You can see some stunning sights, deer running free across the landscape at Thetford, and some beautiful birds at Rendlesham. Of course the best way to see the forest is definitely the Tree Top Adventure or Forest Segway experiences run by GoApe at Thetford. In fact, we reviewed them in May’s issue! Be sure to go to www.student-life.co and see what we thought.
Most of these places can be visited for free, or as stated very cheaply. I love exploring our beautiful county, and I feel so lucky to have grown up here. Not only that, but it’s really good for your health, both mental and physical, to get out and see friends. A good movie is really stimulating too! So take a break and make sure you get out. Especially with exams coming up, you need to take time for yourself!