It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
Get ready to celebrate the festive season in style at the Freshers’ Christmas Ball on Friday 08 December 2017.
This year the Grinch has stolen inspiration from Christmases around the world and brought them to the Union. Chill out in The North Pole Bridge at our silent disco or grab a cosy mulled wine in the forests of Building 42 Bavaria. Prefer a sunny Christmas? Join us in the tropics of Hawaii Bar 2 with a BBQ and surf simulator. No Christmas would be complete without a family film, and we will … Read the rest
Christmas Eve Recon Mission – If you’re really feeling keen, going on a scouting mission on Christmas Eve can be a great way to prepare for the sales. Check the back of labels in your fave stores for any markings or numbers which suggest they’ll be going in the sale! Most shops mark everything on Christmas Eve in preparation for Boxing Day.
Arrive early – Okay, so we’re not saying you have to be up at the crack of dawn. But make sure to arrive at your chosen shopping destination by mid morning at the latest to get hold of … Read the rest
With deadlines on the horizon, our Marketing and Communications crew member, Guillemette, talks about how to survive studying over the holidays…
Warm houses, bright lights and more food than a famished student could dream of; who doesn’t love Christmas? After a first semester made long by the absence of a half term, we are all looking forward to rushing back to home and its comforts.
But a cloud darkens the Christmas lights: exams and deadlines. Lecturers seem to forget that holidays are for relaxing and have laden you with coursework as well as the threat of January exams or deadlines … Read the rest
1) Stocking fillers
You don’t know why, but each year when you reach down to the bottom of your Christmas stocking Santa has decided to leave you a solitary satsuma. Is he a big fan of Vitamin C? Or just giving a new twist on the sackful of coal for those on the naughty list? We’ll never know.
2) Presents after dinner
Every year there is that one relative who suggests everyone opens their presents after eating dinner. Needless to say, the notion is swiftly rejected. Why would you want to wait for so many hours to open all … Read the rest
Why buy Mince Pies when you can have great fun making them whilst singing along to some top Christmas songs in your kitchen (and possibly annoying the neighbours). Our Marketing and Communications Crew member, Kathryn, shares her simple step-by-step guide on how to make them – what could go wrong?
- 225g of butter, diced
- 350g of plain flour
- 100g of (caster) sugar
- 280g of mincemeat
- Icing sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180oC for a fan oven or 200oC for a normal oven.
- Rub the diced butter into the flour until the mixture
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What are your Christmas traditions? Have you been doing them since childhood or is it a recent trend you want to introduce? Whatever you do at the most festive time of the year, our Marketing and Communications crew member, Alice, has been chatting to students about how they celebrate Christmas…
“I’m French so we celebrate a little differently at home! On the 24th, we always have traditional French food like snails, foie gras, salmon and everyone dresses up really fancy to eat. Christmas Day itself… we spend it in our pyjamas!” – Emma, Film Studies
“My family likes … Read the rest
We’ve really embraced Christmas at the Union this year in a big way. With endless decorations (just look at The Bridge counter), Christmas carols in the office on repeat and quizzes circulating our desks, we just can’t get enough. But to really push the boat out, last week we held our 12 Days of Christmas BIG Giveaway. With 12 incredible prizes up for grabs, our members had the opportunity to take part in challenges and activities for a chance to win.
🎁 🎄 DAY 1 🎄 🎁
On the first day of the Giveaway, we gave you the chance to … Read the rest
Our Marketing and Communications crew member, Selina, has been busy getting festive in Southampton and has pulled together these ideas for the top things to do this holiday, so if you’re in Southampton over the Christmas break, you can be sure to have a great time. Thanks Selina for the photos as well!
Southampton Christmas Festival
If you fancy a traditional German feast head towards the high street where the German market is offering Bratwursts, schnitzels and other specialities. Grab a drink and soak up the festive atmosphere! There’s also hand made decorations, soaps and vintage jewellery.
It’s free to … Read the rest
When she’s not in Southampton enjoying the festive activities, our Marketing and Communications crew member, Selina, has been scouting out the best things to do in Winchester. Thanks again for some great photos Selina!
If you’re staying in Winchester this Christmas there’s plenty of festive fun to be had. Whether you’re interested in hand made Christmas craft fairs or love to sample the Christmas delights, there’s something for everyone here this holiday. Grab a mince pie and a cup of tea, the following festivities are guaranteed to make your tinsel tingle.
Winchester Christmas Market
The Winchester Christmas market is undoubtedly … Read the rest
We’ve had an amazing number of students sign-up for stalls at our Pop-Up Market.
If you’re anything like us, you’ll still have a bit of Christmas shopping to get through and the dilemma of what to get for those hard-to-buy-for relatives that seem to have everything.
That’s where we can help.
Our members have some incredible, unique gift ideas, which they will be selling on Tuesday 13 December between 11:00-15:00 on the Redbrick. You can expect:
❄️ RAG Naked Calendar – because who doesn’t want to see in the new year with some naked tushes? All proceeds go to charity, … Read the rest