5 ways to maximise your (uni) summer

5 tips for a student summer

Student summer holidays mark the end of gruelling assignments, late night library sessions and way too much caffeine… so it’s time to enjoy your summer. But with the student loan blown on the Summer Ball, here are some of Temwa’s thrifty ways to get the most out of these long, fun-filled days.

1. Get access to Top UK festivals 

We have your free pass to the best of the British Festivals and finally, those hunter wellies have a purpose. With incredible line-ups Boomtown and Shambala, and the stunning settings of Wonder Fields and Port Eliot you will not be disappointed. In exchange for daily shifts on our stands, savour the atmosphere, see your favourite bands and meet amazing people in our festival troop. Feel good and do good this summer.

Spaces are very limited, join Temwa’s Festival Tour today. 

 (p.s. it’s also invaluable CV experience for those post-uni jobs)

2. Explore Bristol

From wild swimming galore and green spaces to wapping wharf foodie delights and urban art trails, Bristol is a city full of colour, energy and beauty around every corner.

A city set on seven hills not only provides the perfect way to stay fit but is what gives Bristol a unique charm that we know and love.  Head to Brandon Hill park, just behind Park Street, and climb the tight spiral staircase to the top of Cabot Tower to view the entire city in one glorious go.

One of the biggest things Bristol is known for is independent shops. We love the creative ways the Bristol community is making a positive difference and a leading example of going local and going green. Spend a day touring the home-ware, art stores and coffee shops of Gloucester Road and Stokes Croft or head to Illustrate on Park Street providing an inspiring space for all the senses.

Bristol is also famed for its street art and boasts some of Banksy’s best work, so be sure to take time out of shopping to admire these works of art. Check out some of the local talent: Art 4 Africa.

3. Keep on movin’

You may argue that the whole year has been a mental challenge, but there’s no better way to work off the super noodles and couch potato Sundays of the term gone by than a physical challenge! See the best of UK national parks in our upcoming challenge events . De-stress, detox and get some vitamin D whilst making a huge impact.

Count me in!

4. Volunteer with a charity

The summer holidays are definitely time for much needed ‘me time’ after deadlines. Take the rest, you’ve earned it and also consider volunteering for a local charity. There are some amazing ones out there including gardening groups looking after our favourite green spaces, helping in a charity shop (you often get first dibs on the clothes too) or gaining valuable work experience at charities like Temwa.

Tell us how you could give some time, we’d love to chat to you: info@temwa.org

5. Free street parties and fiestas

The Bristol Balloon Fiesta is one of Bristol’s most iconic events. The earlybird catches the worm – get up for a stunning sunrise as balloons float across golden skies. Or enjoy balmy nights on the Clifton Downs with a pizza and drinks for an unforgettable evening.

St Paul’s carnival is also another colourful celebration on Bristol’s doorstep. This one boasts vibrant African Caribbean culture in the city and is only made possible by people getting involved and bringing the streets of St Pauls to life!

What’s a summer in Bristol without a party on the Harbourside? Bristol Harbour Fest is an annual free dance, music and arts spectacular!


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