Alternative Entertainment in Worcester (For when you want a night off from clubbing!)

Worcester is a great place to come if you want to experience university nightlife. However not all students are interested in going clubbing and may like to participate in a variety of different night events while at university. This article therefore recommends various things to do in Worcester if you are looking for more ways to experience university social life.

The Hangar
The Hangar in the Students’ Union is a great place to go if you want to a have a few drinks with friends without leaving campus.

From 6pm onwards, the Hangar plays music in a relaxed and fun atmosphere meaning you can do anything from sit around chatting with a few drinks to playing pool.

The bar on the first floor offers students a discount card whereby you choose which drink you wish to receive a discount on for the rest of the year, for example Archers and Lemonade.



On Tuesdays you can participate in a casual quiz held in the Hangar with a group of friends for the chance to win prizes such as a selection of chocolates and sweets.

During my first year, I found the quizzes a great way to get to know my new flatmates, even if we did do terribly!

On Fridays you can let your hair down and join in with the karaoke night if you’re feeling brave!


If you would rather get away from campus for an evening and explore Worcester, there are plenty of casual bars you and your friends could go to.

For instance the Slug and Lettuce on the High Street is a great place to go to enjoy a few drinks. From Sunday to Thursday there is a more casual atmosphere and the bar closes at 11pm.

However on Fridays and Saturdays the bar is open until 1am and a DJ is present to create a livelier atmosphere. This means you can pick a day depending on your mood and the occasion.


The Slug and Lettuce is renowned for how great its cocktails are. I would definitely recommend their Long Island Ice Tea!

In addition to this, Riley’s Sports Bar is a great place to kick back and challenge your friends to games such as snooker, pool or darts while watching live sport on their HD TV. Riley’s also offers multiple student discounts and deals on games and drinks such as an hour of gaming for £5.95.

In terms of entertainment, Worcester has a lot to offer from cinemas to bowling alleys to theatres.

The Vue cinema on the High Street is perfectly placed next to Nando’s. My friends and I always enjoy a casual night out going for a meal followed by seeing a film. However, if you’re on a budget, there is also an Odeon cinema along the High Street which sells cheaper tickets.


There are also two bowling alleys in Worcester, MFA Bowl, a 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk from St. John’s campus, or Tenpin further into the city. If you chose to go to MFA Bowl, remember it’s based on a small Industrial Estate so it may be more difficult to find! Both alleys have a bar and amusement areas filled with arcade games.

If you’re willing to travel further outside Worcester, Ice Quest in Malvern is a great place to practise your ice-skating skills at their Disco Nights or even go in the day for a casual skate with friends.

Finally, Worcester Racecourse hosts countless events throughout the year. Each year they throw a bonfire and fireworks display on Bonfire Night, complete with food stalls and fair games.

The Moscow State Circus has also put on events at the racecourse in the past, so keep your eyes open for any upcoming events you may be interested in!

Worcester is host to plenty of restaurants where you can go for a relaxed night out. A lot of them are on or around the High Street, making them easily accessible.

The High Street itself contains a Zizzi’s, an Italian restaurant with great food and good prices. There is also the Masala Lounge with good reviews selling Indian food. These restaurants and others, such as Nando’s, are all within a 5 minute walk of the High Street.

So there you have it! Worcester is a great place to study for both party animals and non-party animals alike, offering a wide variety of activities to fill your evenings while you live here.