Six things to do with your group of six

How to start safely returning to social life with your uni friends

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The UK map out of lockdown is underway and with it comes the opportunities to return slowly to more towards normal student life.

Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming step.


From 29th March outdoor gatherings of either 6 people or 2 households will be allowed, providing greater flexibility for families and friends to see each other. This includes private gardens.

Restrictions continue to relax further on the 12th April to include beer gardens.

Outdoor sports facilities, such as tennis and basketball courts, will also be allowed to re-open, and people can take part in formally organised outdoor sports


If you're feeling like you're ready to make the step to get out and about more here are some ideas to get you and your team of 6 started...


1. Relax in Hanley park

Take some time to find out the kind of foods you and your social bubble enjoy and bring a picnic to enjoy in the sunshine together.

Don't forget to grab your coffee from Squeezebox before you go!

If you've got any sports equipment, there are basketball and tennis courts and plenty of grass to have a kick about on.


2. Walk around the nature reserve

There's been plenty of changes going on in our Nature reserve this Spring. It's more alive than ever! Take some time out of your day to walk, talk and catch up with one of those people you haven't seen for a while.



3. Photos in Stoke

Break out your creative side and capture your time outdoors, whether it's pictures with each other or local sights. Tag us in your photos and we'll share the best ones on our Twitter and Instagram


4. Outdoor Come Dine With Me

If you've got outside space, take it in turns to cook up a storm for your friends in your back yards. Whether you offer a three-course meal or a pasta bake, it's a fun way to be social and eat well.

This is your chance to put those cooking videos you've been watching in lockdown to good practice.


5. Take up a sport and get active

Keeping active has been hard during lockdown but now there are more opportunities to meet back up with your teammates, or even get into something new.

The Sports at Staffs team are offering free gym memberships for all students and staff from the 12th of April and team sports are starting back up again soon after.

Going to the gym might not usually be social, but you could make it so. Why not set up a group on Strava and keep score on a weekly leaderboard if you're feeling competitive.


6. Enjoy The Great Outdoors in our newly transformed outdoor area outside of Verve

Reunite with your friends in our newly transformed outdoor area outside of Verve.

From the 12th of April, our COVID safe outside area will be open three nights a week, book your table at LRV and Verve.

Bookings include complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.


Remember if you're not ready to go out that's fine too. There are plenty of resources that can help you with helping anxiety around getting "back to normal". We're all still in this together.


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