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The Cheap Student’s Guide to Leamington Spa

We’ve all been there; you want to have a break from assignments and fancy a trip into Leamington Spa. However, you’ve already had three Bread Ovens and several pints of purple this week so cash is running a little low. It’s probably for the best that you don’t go out – there aren’t that many cheap things to do in Leamington, right? Wrong, my friends! To save you the embarrassment of not knowing the extent of what good ol’ Leam has to offer, here is a short list of things to do there for £10 or less!

Make Mondays super by heading to Vue and bagging a £3.99 cinema ticket. The offer is in conjunction with their Super Mondays promotion, and means you save big money on the newest blockbusters. It’s probably better to book online in advance to make sure you secure that sweet sweet discount.

If films aren’t your thing, maybe bowling is more up your alley? Bowling is a great to do as a flat bonding activity, especially if you up the ante and storm the arcades afterwards. Tenpin Bowling is situated in the Shires Retail Park and adults can play one game for £7.55. If you go on a Tuesday though, all bowling games, plus some drinks, are half price, so you get more bowls for your buck! They also have other student deals, so it’s worth checking the website for all the details.

For something a little more romantic, Leam Boat Hire is there to cater for all your sailing needs. Situated next to Jephson Gardens, it’s the perfect location to row down the Leam and take in the sights of the park. While it may be less popular now the weather is getting chilly, two adults can hire a rowing boat for half an hour for just £10. They also offer a variety of other types of boats for hire, from kayaks to pedalos, so there are plenty of opportunities to have a splash-tastic time.

Shoot from the Lip is a spoken word event open to the people of Leamington Spa and Warwick University. Now in its sixth year, Shoot from the Lip is still going strong and the 2017/18 run is starting up very soon. Even if you’re not interested in performing, entry is free and held at The Zephyr Lounge.

Dancing the night away at one of the clubs in Leamington can be expensive, and, quite frankly, overrated. However, for an excellent dancing experience minus all the sweaty bodies, Leif Tea Rooms and Piano Bar run a salsa night every Wednesday, costing just £5! Leif is a very civilised place to have brunch or Sunday Roast, but really comes into its own in the evening. The cocktails are rather good, and it would probably be rude not to sample them whilst salsa-ing your troubles away.

If you want to ‘cleanse’ after a particularly cocktail-heavy night at Leif, hidden away on Binswood Street is Stonemonkey Yoga Studio. It offers a variety of yoga classes, catering for beginners to more advanced yogi, and all classes are 90 minutes and cost £10. Did I mention they also have a café as well? After all, post-yoga cake doesn’t really count as calories.

Getting your culture fix has never been easier, as entry to the Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum is free. It’s situated inside the Royal Pump Rooms just across from the Parish Church. There are multiple galleries to peruse, including a local history section and an art gallery housing various collections. In addition to the main exhibitions – which change every couple of years – there is currently a temporary exhibition about the foundation of the Art Gallery. Whether you want to admire some art, or just get a hot drink and some cake from the coffee shop, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum is the place to go!

Whatever your student budget, Leamington Spa has plenty of things on offer so there is no excuse not to sample its delights!

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