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Sadly Monday morning has come round yet again. You’re most likely sat in yet another boring lecture staring out blankly into space, dwelling on the assignments you’ve yet to finish by the end of the week. As students we thrive off the saying ‘work hard play hard’ so its only vital that we have something amazing to look forward to at the weekend. I know we’re all on a tight budget and sadly a luxury holiday to the Caribbean will be off the cards. However a holiday itself is still a very feasible suggestion. England has a fantastic range of budget weekend getaways and I can’t think of any where better to go than Devon.

Devon has something to offer for every kind of weekend getaway. If you’re seeking refuge in a tranquil scenic area with long walks and traditional English grub then your going to be more than satisfied. However if you’re looking for a lively weekend getaway Devon is also the perfect place with its great restaurants and bars and short taxi drive from the famous party destination of Torquay.

 How to get there

Devon has 3 stations ( Exeter Central Station South, Bere Alston Rail Station, South Devon Railway) making it easily accessible and is only 15 minutes away from the mainline station in Exeter. It has a good coach service with National Express and the Megabus also arriving at Exeter. Bookings on the Megabus can be as cheap as £1 from London to Devon so you can be sure to get a cheap deal! If you’re driving the M5 goes straight into Exeter and is only 15 minutes from Devon.

 Where to stay

For a more traditional cosy visit there are a great range of B&B’s starting from only £14 per night. However if you’re wanting that little bit more, then there are a great selection of hotels to choose from. You can guarantee to get a great deal as a variety of 4 star hotels will start from as little as £20 per night. Many hotels will offer a varied board basis and some are even fully equipped with a bar, gym and swimming pool.

What to do

If you’re looking for a quiet break away from the hustle and bustle of student life you can be rest assured you’ll find the peace and tranquility you need. Devon claims two stunning national parks, Dartmoor National Park and Exmoor National Park where you can enjoy both gentle and challenging walks. There is also range of beautiful botanic gardens including the popular Bicton Park botanical gardens.

However if you’re looking for other ways to unwind rather than admiring the vast countryside there are a range of other activities to do. There are three different zoos including Exmoor Zoo, Newquay Zoo and Paignton Zoo and an aquarium to visit. If you’re looking for a more historical visit, you can find many stunning stately homes as well as Dartmouth castle and Morwellham Quay.

If you fancy a more lively student weekend, then Devon is also the perfect place to have lots of fun.

In the day why not feel the thrill at one of Devon’s theme parks including Crealy Adventure Park with the UK’s longest water coaster ride. If the weather’s nice you should definitely visit the Quay West Waterpark which is the largest outdoor water park in Britain.

Devon also provides a great range of shopping facilities. As students we’re always searching for a great bargain so you’ll be glad to know Devon is home to the Atlantic Village shopping outlet. It boasts over 35 stores with up to 50% off high street and designer brands. Exeter also has impressive shopping facilities with popular high street stores. However if you’re looking for more traditional local shops, Okehampton and Chagford areas contain quaint shops with a variety of handmade items and vintage clothing.

 Nightlife

Devon has a great range of pubs and trendy bars to get the night started in. But when it comes to hitting the clubs Torquay and Exeter are the places to hit. Torquay provides an elegant cosmopolitan atmosphere with its range of stylish bars draped along the seafront. Renowned clubs include Bohemia and The Venue playing big-name DJ’s. Exeter also has a great variety of clubs and student nights offering cheap drink deals and reduced club entry fees before 11.

Where to eat

For more traditional English food the local pubs provide amazing varied menus using fresh local produce. A popular pub in Chagford area is the Tom Cobley. It welcomes you with a snug, cosy atmosphere and serves a variety of foods from delicious home made pies to tasty authentic pasta dishes. You can typically dine for £10 including a drink so its perfect for a students budget. If you’re not a fan of pub food then there’s a great range of italian, indian and chinese restaurants in Exeter. You’ll also find a variety of bistros, brasseries and seafood restaurants.

For snacks during the day Devon boasts a fantastic range of cafes and tea rooms serving mouth watering cream teas and home made confectionary.

So beat those monday blues and book a last minute getaway to devon. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

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It’s Monday yet again, and as we set in lectures well we can think about is why Mondays should not exist any more. The hangover is still there from the weekend, which has left you with no homework done and next to no knowledge of what is going on in the lecture. We all live for the weekend, despite many of us not wanting to admit it. Although sometimes going out to the Student Union or the local pub or club is a must, there are still some of us that want to escape. Continuing with that student motto of “work hard, play hard” we find ourselves thinking about what to do the next weekend despite how rough we feel on Monday mornings. With quirky bars, famous pebble beaches, Brighton has the excitement and energy of a city, but the calm of a seaside town.

Brighton from the Pier

Like many big towns, Brighton has a huge array of different activities to suite everyone’s needs. From walks along the beach: to thrilling rides on the Brighton Pier. Even if that isn’t what you are looking for; maybe a night out, there are plenty more things to do. Thursday night is student night, which means cheap or free entry and drinks in all the bars and clubs.

 How to get there:

From central London it is simple to get to Brighton and only takes an hour. It is fairly friendly cost wise. Without a student rail card, an over night return to Brighton is around £14. It is also just over an hours drive with the A23 going directly into Brighton city centre.

 Where to stay:

The seaside town offers diverse array of different accommodation facilities. Hostels starting from £7.99 for a dorm per night and private rooms at £18.95 If you are still looking for that low-budget accommodation that most students seek but would like a private room. The comforts of a B&B are never unwanted and perhaps that is more up your street, with rooms starting at £25 the Russell Guest House. If you are looking to splash your cash for a more luxury stay in Brighton look no further than the Umi Hotel in Brighton, located right on the famous pebble sea front. With rooms starting at £40 a night this hotel has the tranquillity of views over the sea, but not a far walk from the heart of Brighton.

What to do:

The sea front of Brighton holds a huge amount of activity. If you want the thrill of roller coasters why not take a trip on the Brighton Pier. Feeling sporty? Volleyball and mini golf are both available. Take a walk along the beach to the Marina or perhaps meander around the aquarium. Famously known for the huge collection of vintage clothes shops, the Brighton Laines have so much to offer from unique shops to small change stores.

North Laines Brighton

Nightlife:

Brighton being a fun, quirky place, the night life is equally as good. Perhaps not hosting clubs the size of some in London the sea-side town still provides a good night out. Pre-drinks in bars such as Pav Tav or the White Rabbit are normally cheap, especially on Thursday night: student night. Clubs such as Life and Digital hold good nights out every day of the week, on Thursday drinks are cheap in Coalition (5 Jager Bombs for £5 or 5 beers for £5) these nights out as a student are un-miss able and recommended to any student.

 Where to eat:

Several places in Brighton have exceptionally good value for money when it comes to eating: Joe’s being one of them. Situated near Brighton station this café gets incredibly busy near lunchtime and afternoon tea. Breakfast menus starting from £3 it is an ideal place for a student to go for lunch. If you have a slightly higher price range, Bill’s, situated in the heart of the Laines provides wonderful organic food but more expensive. Afternoon tea could not be more quaint than at The Painting Pottery Café, with its quirky, cute interiors, this would remind anyone of afternoon tea with their grandparents.

As an escape from university life, but with the same nightlife and perhaps slightly different day time activities. Brighton is an unbeatable town to get away to as a student.

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