Welcome back to Lancaster, we hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and are ready to start term 2. We thought it might be nice to keep you updated with a few different things happening in the city this term. We understand that the weather may not be the nicest during Lent Term, but we have included lots of things to do both indoors and outdoors that will get you up and out of your Lancaster student house.

Lancaster Chinese New Year

2022 is the year of the tiger and the city is celebrating with a Chinese New Year Festival taking place at various locations across the city centre. If there ever was an excuse to get out of your Lancaster student house, the New Year Festival would be it.

Throughout January, Lancaster’s streets will be decorated with traditional Chinese lanterns ready for the exciting entertainment the New Year Festival brings, the theme of this year is ‘Reunion and Blessing’.

Local theatres such as The Dukes and the Grand Theatre, are getting involved by showing a variety of cultural entertainment, such as screenings of Master Cheng (PG) and a top-class performance of kung fu and so much more. If you’re looking for something more outdoorsy, the New Year Carnival in Market Square showcases the Dragon and Lion Dance, music performances and stalls selling traditional products and food.

If the Chinese New Year festival is something that interests to you, find out more information here. The Carnival is sure to be a huge success in Lancaster and is the perfect way to start the year.

Lancaster and Morecambe Parkrun

If, like many people across the country, you have started off 2022 with a health and fitness kick, signing up to take part in the parkrun is something that might pique your interest. Parkruns are free, weekly, community events that take place around the world and Lancaster is no exception.

On a Saturday morning, the 5k event takes place in local parks and open spaces. The parkrun is a fantastic free opportunity to get out of your Lancaster student house, exercise and meet new people, it is a friendly inclusive experience that allows for anyone to take part in as there is no time limit, and no one comes in last. If running is not your cup of tea, you can walk or jog around, you could even volunteer or spectate!

If you wish to take part in the Lancaster and Morecambe parkrun in any capacity, all you need to do is fill out a free registration form that can be found here. This is a great and cheap opportunity to beat the January blues, whilst finding a new hobby and meeting new people.

I Am Witch Tales from the Roundhouse

The story institute in Lancaster, from the 4th-28th January presents an exhibition of history, healing, and hope. This educational and exploratory showcase investigates the history of the Burning Times, and how inherited trauma can affect you today. Here is a description of what’s in store:  

“The Silver Spoons Collective is a sisterhood of 33 women, and you are invited to join as they follow the red ancestral threads, weaving the creative expression of our inner healing journey’s undertaken during the lockdowns of 2020/21.  The exhibition is an evocative journey of interactive installations, painting, film, music, performance, story-telling, sculpture and writing which offers you an opportunity for reflection”.

If this is something that interests you, click here to find out more.

Head over to the IPM Lancaster blog page to keep up to date with everything happening in Lancaster and student housing this term.