[FROM THE PAPER] How to Get Your Culture Fix around Preston!

Caitlin Mclaren

Some of you may be moving to Preston not knowing where to go catch the latest blockbuster, favourite band or just a chill around a local art gallery. This guide will help you to find some of the most popular choices of where students go.



The massive cinema chain has a 10 screen cinema which also has the opportunity to see the latest blockbusters in 3D. One unique feature of Odeon is that they offer the chance to see unlimited films for £17.99 a month so if you’re a film buff then you should really consider it. If you just like seeing the odd film then be sure to bring your student card to save yourself some pennies!


Also a massive cinema chain but the Vue has some distinctive features when alongside Odeon including that they screen some ‘one-off’ productions. This year, they screened The Killing Joke for one night only so keep your eye out for these!


53 Degrees

Right in the heart of UCLan’s student union, 53 Degrees hosts a number of big names a year. This year includes Mystery Jets, Alien Ant Farm and Smiths LTD. (A tribute band to The Smiths). 53 Degrees will also be hosting some of your fresher’s events.

Preston Guildhall

Guildhall recently revamped to cater to us students. They hosted an epic Halloween party last year which included a line-up of Example and Sigala. As they have only just undergone their revamp, we are awaiting more announcements that should cause excitement amongst us.


The original Blitz nightclub was demolished but now has a new home in the town centre where a number of small bands have been known to play since opening.


Preston Playhouse

Preston Drama Club has been around since around 1949 and with the help of generous donations, they have been able to provide us with a number of performances. Upcoming events include ‘Startime Spectacular’ and ‘An Evening of Christmas Magic’.

Preston Guildhall

Along with the revamp to appeal more to students, there are also productions that Guidehall provide including ‘A Tribute to Dirty Dancing’ and ‘Twopence to cross the Mersey’. Alongside plays, they also do a number of live shows including comedy stand-up to snooker championships.


Harris Museum

Harris Museum has a number of exhibitions commencing throughout 2016. A few that will be around in September will be ‘A View of Preston from Penwortham Hill c.1820’ and ‘Painting with Rainbows: Michael Foreman’. Make sure you keep an eye out for more exciting exhibitions throughout the academic year or just pop in to see what is featured.

There is our basic outline for our culture fix in Preston. Other than this, get yourself out there and see what you can see for yourself as there is tons to do and see which makes for the perfect place for student life!

About Caitlin Mclaren: Editor-in-Chief 119 Articles
I like writing, editing and making new mates. Newcomer of the Year 2016 Editor of the Year 2016 Editor of the Year 2017 Elected Media Officer of UCLan Students' Union 2017/18

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