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free things to do

harris museum

Visit the Harris Museum on the Flag Market and take in some great art and exhibitions. Likewise Art students (or anyone with such an appreciation) will enjoy the Preston Art and Design Gallery (PAD) over the road which promotes the work of North West based artists and designers. All for free.


In the summer heat (there will be some – honest!) relax in the city’s parks. Avenham Park in the centre features a great lawn amphitheatre while Moor Park is a large expanse near the student area where you can play, wander, study in the shade and take in a nice ice-cream (the cheapest van in the city is by the kid’s playground).

beacon fell

If that student stodge is getting to you then find someone with a car and head to Beacon Fell just a few miles north of the city. Offering spectacular views over to the Isle on Man (on a good day) you can get some exercise, grab some nice grub in the café and work off those alcohol calories!

mad ferret

The Mad Ferret on Fylde Road is one of Preston’s best kept secrets. Featuring a range of themed music nights, the pick of which is their weekly Open Mic night where you can hear a great range of improv music and unsigned bands for free or if you’re feeling brave get up and have a go yourself. In the past the Ferret has also hosted a free movie festival as well. Probably the best free night out in the city.

to find more free things to do go to www.skiddle.com/preston

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