Things to do in Sheffield this January

Posted on January 16th, 2017 by

It’s the first month of 2017 so at Make Space we’ve put together our top 5 January picks, to give you the best start to the year! If you’re looking for music, comedy or quizzes – we’ve got the perfect suggestions…

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Arctic Monkeys Weekender – The Leadmill

To celebrate the Arctic Monkey’s return to Sheffield to record their 6th studio album, The Leadmill are hosting a tribute night to get you in the mood for new music! Visit the Leadmill’s website to purchase your £5 ticket and to check out the event’s drinks offers.

Go to The Leadmill Website to Check It Out!

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David O’Doherty – Comedy Night

The hilarious David O’Doherty makes a Sheffield pit-stop during his UK Tour on Friday the 27th – so don’t miss out and book below!

Click here to find out How to Book David O’Doherty

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Pub Quiz – The Fat Cat

Test yourself against Sheffield’s longest standing Quizmaster with the Fat Cat’s weekly Sunday night quiz. Answer general knowledge questions, while tucking into a £3.50 curry and a £1.50 Kelham Island pint – what could be better?

Find out more about The Fat Cat

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Sister Act – Musical

Directed by Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood and starring X Factor winner Alexandra Burke – Sister Act is hitting The Lyceum Theatre stage from the 16th-21st Jan!

Book Tickets to Sister Act

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Gin Festival – The Botanist
On Thursday the 19th of January, The Botanist in Sheffield is collaborating with a variety of gin brands to give you the ultimate gin-tasting experience. Enjoy 2 for 1 deals in one of Sheffield’s coolest hang-outs.

Find out more about The Botanist

Shopping. Whether it’s your favourite pastime or something you associate only with an annual, last-minute scramble for Christmas presents, it is an unavoidable part of life at this time of year. But if you can find the right places to go (and a comfy pair of shoes!), Christmas shopping can make for a great day out and really get you in the festive spirit! So here’s our guide to the best places for yuletide shopping in the UK.

Oxford Street, London

We’ll admit. It will be busy. It will be tiring. But if a proper shopping spree is what you’re after, it will be worth it. Oxford Street’s shops are open from 9:30am-9:00pm, and famously include Debenhams, House of Fraser, John Lewis, and Selfridges, but if none of these tickle your fancy, then fear not, the 1.2-mile-long street will certainly have something for you. The renowned street is known for its enchanting NSPCC Christmas Lights display, making it a delightful festive day out at this time of year.
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Bath Christmas Markets

Boasting the biggest Christmas market in the UK, plus gorgeous Georgian architecture and cosy cafés, Bath is the perfect destination for your festive shopping. 177 individual wooden stalls line the route around Bath Abbey, offering up all kinds of Christmassy delights… from crafts, to knitwear, even locally brewed ales and gins! For more information, visit http://www.bathchristmasmarket.co.uk/
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Manchester

If you’re the kind of person who likes to avoid big brands when you can, then Manchester may well be the independent shopping haven you’ve been dreaming of. In the Northern Quarter, you’ll find the excellent vintage shops of Oldham Street, Tib Street and Thomas Street, as well as plenty of cute coffee shops to shelter from the winter winds when the Christmas shopping fatigue starts to set in. And if you’ve been struggling to find inspiration for a particular friend or relative, you’re guaranteed to find something great in Affleck’s Palace.
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Near your Make Space apartment…

For students and young professionals in Sheffield, there’s so many great shopping options to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. Luckily, our previous blog post about the Top 5 Vintage Shops in Sheffield has all the advice you could need if vintage is your thing! In Sunderland, between The Bridges shopping centre, Park Lane Shopping Village, The Galleries in Washington and Jacky Whites Market, there’s something for everyone, whether your Christmas shopping list is more high street chic, independent and bespoke, or cheap and cheerful.
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Top 5 Vintage Shops in Sheffield

Posted on November 21st, 2016 by

The city streets of Sheffield are renowned for their vintage shops, helping students and young professionals to stand out in statement pieces & making sure the city remains rich in retro fashion culture. New to living in Sheffield or a regular Joe, we’ve hand-picked 5 vintage stores that are a must-visit. (And the best part is, all of these shops are just a 10-minute walk from Redvers Tower!)

Vulgar

The first on our list is Vulgar, from their colourful and quirky vintage shop front on Sheffield’s famous Devonshire Street to their eclectic range of one-of-a-kind pieces – this is a vintage store that does not go unnoticed. In here you’ll find all manner of items ranging from unique prints, accessories & classic wardrobe staples such as jean jackets with an edge.
Their Instagram is pretty awesome too: @vulgarsheffield
http://www.vulgarsheffield.com/
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Mooch

Just a stone’s throw away from Vulgar, you’ll find the fabulous Mooch vintage store on Division Street. Looking to stock your winter wardrobe with a statement coat? You’ve come to the right place! Leopard print, leather, fur collared – you name it, Mooch has it. Of course their selection doesn’t stop there, with a variety of vintage sports brands, a shoe collection Carrie Bradshaw would be proud of and an accessory line that would jazz up any festival outfit – you’ll be sure to return to Mooch again & again.
https://www.facebook.com/moochvintage/
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A New Shop

Division street really does play host to the ultimate vintage shopping experience, as student-favourite A New Shop is also located here! Why not spruce up your hat collection, peruse the Levis denim or update your luggage with an old school rucksack. Feeling nostalgic? A New Shop’s 80’s range is sure to take you back to your youth or remind your parents’ of theirs! Check out their Facebook page for more inspo: https://www.facebook.com/anewshopvintage/
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Freshman’s Vintage Clothing

Guys will especially love Freshman’s, with their well-stocked range of retro trainers, Carhartt jackets & vintage varsity wear. Located on Carver Street, Freshman’s picks are tailored for brand lovers. Whether you’re looking for a fresh pair of Nikes, a Levis denim skirt or a Burberry scarf – look no further than Freshman’s. As Sheffield longest-standing vintage store, this is a shopping spot like no other, so be sure to check them out! https://www.facebook.com/Freshmans-Boutique-143447649056850/
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Cow

Vintage clothing giant Cow have stores in Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham and of course – Sheffield! Found on the iconic West Street, Cow has it all – Calvin Klein mom jeans, twin sets, Franklin & Marshall jackets, the list goes on… Their women and menswear ranges are wonderfully extensive, so whatever your style you can guarantee that Cow has an item or two for you. Theirs is definitely another Instagram account worth a scroll, as their 10k followers would probably agree: @cowsheffield
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Dealing With Homesickness

Posted on October 29th, 2016 by

Homesickness is a problem that can affect everyone while at university, whether you’re a home student or international. Even if you’re really enjoying your time at uni (which we really hope you are!) it’s possible to be yearning for home at the same time, and that’s okay! So whether you’re a two-hour drive or an eight-hour flight from your pre-university life, we hope these tips can help you balance the best of both worlds:

Quality Time With Friends

Homesickness is a very strange kind of loneliness because it can come to you even while you’re socialising or having fun. The trick is not to let missing your friends and family abroad detract from the enjoyment you can be having with your new friends at uni! And this can be hard, and often you’ll have to make a conscious effort to do so – but we can think of worse things to have to force yourself to do than having fun!

Many people’s fondest memories from their time in higher education include cute nights in, like your first ‘family dinner’ with your friends from your floor, or snuggling up on the sofa to all watch the Bake Off final together. Plus, with the communal features offered in your Make Space building, you’re bound to meet lots of people you’ll get along with, whether you’re a fan of our cinema, our games room, or if you’re more of a regular visitor of the gym. Happiness is truly a great distraction!

Student Societies

One amazing way to both immerse yourself in student life at your university, as well as enjoy some of the home comforts you may have been missing, is to join a society at your university. Most universities have an impressive range of societies for different nationalities and cultures, so if you’re hoping for activities that will remind you of home, you won’t have to look far.

Whether it’s the music, the food, or the fashion you’ve been missing, or even just people who speak your language (literally or figuratively!), most societies of this kind offer a range of events and socials for you to get involved with. And if you’ve found that the right society for you doesn’t exist yet – don’t dismay, the students’ union is available to advise you on how you can set up your own society, for yourself and future students to enjoy!

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An event for Chinese New Year, organised by the University of Sunderland’s Malaysian Society.

Stay In Touch

It may be obvious, but it’s still worth saying, our last tip is to simply stay connected with your loved ones. The simple fact is, it’s never been easier to contact friends and family around the world, and you may not even have to spend even a penny on it, by utilising the magic of Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp… the list goes on! Some people prefer a daily catch-up with their parents or siblings via email, others prefer a fortnightly video call to the wee hours of the morning to get all the gossip from your bestie overseas. Whichever method you favour; we’ve got you covered in your Make Space apartment with our ultra-fast WiFi.

We can all agree that Sheffield is one of the greatest cities in the UK… or at least, everyone who has ever been there can do! For those who’ve never had the privilege, we thought we’d break down for you just six of the reasons that Sheffield is just so super!

1. Sights

Sheffield is lovely to look at – the perfect city for anyone who fancies themselves a fan of a good view. From Park Hill, you can see the entire cityscape and beyond. From the top of Crookes, there is greenery as far as the eye can see. Not only that, but the varied architecture and vibrant street art mean there are visual treats waiting around just about any corner in the city centre. And for those of you lucky enough to be living with MakeSpace in Redvers Tower, you can enjoy the view from the comfort of your own apartment!

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A Beautiful Sheffield Sunset

2. Size

Some say that Sheffield feels like more like a big village than a city, and that’s partly down to the small scale of the centre. Even at a leisurely pace, it takes less than 45 minutes to walk from the train station to Hunters Bar. And this simply means we can all enjoy more character per square mile, with an excellent selection of bars and pubs, and the best theatre complex outside of London.

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The train station & its famous water feature

3. Space

That is, green space. What would the greenest city in the UK be without its beloved foliage? Sheffield centre boasts a whole host of parks and gardens in close proximity: Weston Park, Crookes Valley Park, Ponderosa, the Botanical Gardens, Endcliffe Park, Sheaf Valley Park, Norfolk Park – all within walking distance of the high street and universities.

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Colourful Flowerbeds in Weston Park

4. Savings

Living and studying in Sheffield city centre is, on average, much cheaper than most major cities. The Steel City is the fourth most cost-effective city for students and the general cost of living is 10% lower than the national average. Sheffield recently topped a list of best cities to be a graduate in the UK, due to its high wages and low house prices. Bingo!

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Sheffield Statistics Courtesy of TheHouseShop.com

5. Sustenance

It’s no surprise that such a multi-cultural and metropolitan city has a centre packed with every kind of cuisine imaginable, ranging from relatively cheap but high quality fast food such as Street Food Chef, to boutique burgers at Bungalows & Bears. Sheffield is a foodie’s dream and is becoming a more attractive place for investment, with new eateries seeming to pop up all the time.

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Mouth-Wateringly good food at The Graze Inn, Sheffield

6. Sophistication

In a 2014 survey of city centre residents by Sheffield City Council, the most popular reason given for living there was to be close to restaurants, leisure and cultural facilities. There are events for all tastes and interests happening all the time, ranging from huge festivals such as Doc/Fest and Tramlines to a regularly changing programme of exhibitions at the Millennium Gallery.

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The Crucible Theatre

Here are Some Must-visit Sheffield Venues

Posted on September 9th, 2016 by

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Sheffield plays host to some of the best gigs, festivals and events across the country! Fancy an amazing night at some of the city’s hottest venues? Here are our top picks to do just that…

Tramlines Festival

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Tramlines festival is the annual music festival held in Sheffield. The venues are dispersed across the city, from the city centre, to Ponderosa Park and Devonshire Green. The city really comes to life with people from across the country and locals alike, joining to enjoy the line-up, which brings in both international and local artists. It’s definitely all the fun you get from a music festival but with the commodity of a nice bed to go back to by the end of the day! (Or alternatively, your ticket will allow you to attend different venues for nights out)


http://www.tramlines.org.uk/

Leadmill Gigs/Comedy Nights

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The Leadmill is an amazing nightclub, venue for live music and comedy nights! Due to the size of the venue, you can expect intimate gigs, an amazing atmosphere and a real connection between the audience and artist. If you are a fan of good live music or stand-up comedy, make sure to check out their events and take advantage of the brilliant prices!

http://leadmill.co.uk/

The Crucible

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The Crucible is Sheffield’s famous theatre and also the home for one of the most prestigious events in professional snooker: The World Championship. This important event creates an exciting atmosphere around the city centre and welcomes people from around the world. However, if snooker is not your kind of sport, The Crucible is also home to several theatre productions all year round. Make sure to check out their special offers for students too!

https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/

Peddler’s market

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The Peddler’s Market is on the first Friday and Saturday of every month, and in many ways it’s the most exciting food festival in Sheffield. It brings to the city some of the UK’s best street food traders, and not only does it provide amazing food, there are also craft beers and live music to help you enjoy an evening of treating yourself!

http://www.peddlermarket.co.uk/

Sheffield Doc/Fest

sheffield-docSheffield Doc/fest is a film festival focusing on documentary films from across the world. They also offer masterclasses, discussion panels, and a marketplace to pitch projects and ideas. If you’re interested in being part of this festival, they offer opportunities for everyone! So whether you are a student interested in volunteering to learn more about film or a young professional looking for inspiration or a place to pitch your ideas, Doc/Fest is a must.


https://sheffdocfest.com

Bungalows and Bears

bungalows-and-bearsBungalows and Bears has everything you’d want from a venue; a variety of live music genres, a great place night out destination and an amazing place to stop for grub – all under one roof! If you’re hoping to discover new music during your time in Sheffield, look no further than Bungalows and Bears, their DJ sets and live music nights are fantastic for promoting new bands and experienced acts alike. For a place that is so busy at night, you’ll find it a popular destination in the daytime too. The lunch menu is delicious (and a little calorific) classic American-style food that is guaranteed to fill you up and leave you satisfied.

Bungalows and Bears from Bughouse Films on Vimeo.

https://www.bungalowsandbears.com/

Becoming a student in a new city can be a daunting thing. Not only do you need to get to grips with the area pretty quickly, but tackling this whilst also keeping up to date with all the unpredictable and exciting aspects of student life, is a pretty big mission. Luckily for you, there are some amazing apps out there that can guide you through your new life pretty effortlessly, once you’ve downloaded these gems, you won’t know how you even managed to cope before!

UBER

Taking the taxi world by storm, Uber matches customers with nearby drivers ensuring you are never more than a few minutes away from your next ride. This app is incredibly easy to use, cheaper than other taxi companies and now available in most UK cities, it’s a must have!

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UBER

Sleep Cycle

Tired of feeling tired? It’s much harder to face tomorrow’s lectures when you haven’t had a great night’s sleep – this is where you need Sleep Cycle in your life. This nifty app measures your slumber patterns throughout the night, waking you up in the morning during your lightest sleep – it’s an alarm clock your body will love.

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Sleep Cycle

Foursquare

Let Foursquare take care of all your city-living needs. This app is jam packed with useful recommendations from locals, and with additional features such as creating lists of places you want to visit and storing a history of places you have – you will get to know your city in no time. It will be your go-to guide to find everything you could possibly want – and all right in your pocket.

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Foursquare

Refme

Refme – or ‘Referencing Made Easy’ is exactly that. As a University student referencing is unfortunately a lengthy and boring process that is bound to take up a large part of your life. Refme automates the citation process within seconds, saving you precious time in the run up to deadlines.

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Refme

The Student Cook

This app is sure to save even the most culinarily challenged. Filled with tons of recipes and helpful tips and tricks, you’ll rapidly improve your skills and be hosting dinner parties in no time. Even though this comes at an additional cost, it’s still a much cheaper and easier way to brush up your skills in the kitchen.

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The Student Cook

We’re very into our technology here at Make Space, and we take great pride in kitting out our flats with awesome gadgets for you to enjoy – from the remote control of your heating, security and LED colour lighting via your tablet and phone, to providing the latest games consoles for you to enjoy in our comfy social areas. With so many amazing tech products still to be released this year, here’s our top picks for 2016…

Oculus Rift

Whether you’re already an expert in the Virtual Reality movement, or the trend has passed by virtually unnoticed by you (geddit?), VR is definitely set to change the face of gaming and entertainment. The Oculus has been available to pre-order in the UK for some time now, and those who have done so should be receiving their headset very soon – September 20th to be precise. The next development to come after this will be the addition of the Oculus Touch controllers which will track and replicate your hand movements within the VR experience. This extra bit of kit is currently in prototype, and expected to be released in late 2016.

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Oculus

Moto Z

It’s undeniable that the non-iPhone brands have really been stepping up their game recently in trying to compete with, or even out-do, the iPhone. The debate rages on as to whether the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the new iPhone 7 is the superior smartphone (don’t even get us started on that whole commotion over the ditching of the headphone port), and the release of the new stylus-laden Samsung Galaxy Note 7 just adds further spanner in those works. If you’re in the market for a new phone, but don’t have the energy to enter into that whole debate, the obvious choice is the new Moto Z from Motorola. It’s cheaper than iPhone and Samsung, comes with TurboPower charging, water-repellent coating, and claims to be the world’s thinnest smartphone at just 5.2mm. Sounds good to us! Also check out the Moto Z “Mod” range, which can be modified with cool extra features, which range from an extended 22hr battery case, to a SoundBoost Speaker case which turns the phone into a mini BoomBox!

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Moto Z

PlayStation 4.5 “Neo”

This console, also known as the “PS4K,” is an upgrade to full 4K output and increased graphical power, and – thankfully – will still be compatible with existing PS4 games. We can assume that PlayStation’s choice to release this upgrade now (rather than powering ahead with a PS5 as most people in the tech world had been expecting) is in order to be able to offer the best performance capabilities in anticipation of the launch of the PlayStation VR headset, which will be available from this October. See, didn’t we just tell you that virtual reality was the future?!

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What technology are you looking forward to, in 2016 and beyond?

10 of the Coolest Cinemas in the UK

Posted on September 5th, 2016 by

There are some great places to watch things in Sheffield. Let us guide you through some of our favorite cinemas to sit down and take it all in.

1) Showroom Cinema, Sheffield

Sheffield’s Showroom cinema has a lot more going for it than just being the rooftop location of a classic Artic Monkeys music video – though, we’ll admit, that is pretty awesome. Besides that, this venue also boasts a great selection of indie and mainstream films, and plays host to the annual Sheffield Doc/Fest, making it the perfect venue for any non-fiction film buffs!

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Independent Cinema Office

2) Everyman Cinemas

Now, if you like your cinematic experiences to be luxurious, look no further than the Everyman cinema chain. With 19 locations around the UK, including Leeds, Birmingham, Winchester and Bristol, these venues are all decked out with plushy sofas instead of seats, foot rests, cup holders, and cushions galore. The ideal comfy spot to catch the latest movie releases.

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Richard Southall/Emphasis Photography

3) Cult Screens’ Open Cinema

If the idea of that many cushions in a cosy dark cinema makes you fear you’d fall asleep and miss the film entirely, a bit of fresh air might help to keep you on the edge of your seat! The open air cinema experience is not one to be missed, and with Cult Screens’ events happening across the country, in astounding venues such as Oxford Castle, you’d be a fool to miss out on this unique brand of movie night!

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Cult Screens

4) Lexi Cinema, London

Obviously, London has a ton of cinemas you could choose from, but the most adorable choice has to be the Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise, North West London. Run by volunteers and often billed as one of the capital’s friendliest cinemas, it even donates 100% of its profits to the charity, The Sustainability Institute. The front of the building bears the words “I am a cinema. Love me.” – and love you we do, Lexi!


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5) The Floating Cinema

Part cinema, part art project, part feat of architecture, the floating cinema is exactly what is says on the tin; a cinema screen on a boat. Touring the waterways of Britain, the Floating Cinema can be boarded for private screenings for up to 12 lucky viewers, or moored up for an evening for 500+ land-dwelling film fans at a time.


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Floating Cinema

6) The Rex, Berkhamstead

Billed by the BBC as “possibly Britain’s most beautiful cinema,” this gorgeous 1938 art-deco building houses an enormous screen, and the option to sit in a normal seat, at a swanky table, or even in the royal box! Ohh la la! It’s also home to the BFI national archive, so if you fancy yourself a film scholar, this is definitely the place to be.


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The Rex

7) The Watershed

The Watershed is a firm favourite for cinephiles in the South-West, and even across the country. As well as screening the best of independent and foreign language films, the venue is also host to a scrummy café and several film festival events across the year. The space can even be booked out for weddings, for those who prefer a highly cultural start to their marriage!

8) The Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

If you’re looking for a really old-school cinema experience, look no further than the Tyneside; the only cinema in the UK to still show free daily newsreels. Also available at no expense to the consumer are the free guided tours of the beautiful art deco features of the building, through their exhibition full of exciting filmic relics, and even behind the scenes in the projection room! And, of course, it also plays all the new releases (at a great price!) if you’re not looking to learn anything about film history during your visit.

9) Plaza Community Cinema, Liverpool

Time for another adorable, volunteer run cinema… this time in the form of the Plaza Cinema in Liverpool. Like the Lexi, Plaza is run by volunteers, and alongside its normal screenings, offers community events designed to promote the “social, educational and inspirational value of film.” It has even been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – that’s the community group equivalent of an MBE!


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Plaza Cinema

10) Castle Cinema, Hackney

After a very successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year (£57,000 raised from a target of £45,000), the team behind Hot Tub Cinema & Pillow Cinema have bought the historic Castle Cinema venue, which has been disused for over 50 years. Building began mid-September, and we can only hope that the team have kept some of their assets from their previous cinematic projects to deck out the refurbished cinema with… pyjama party in a hot tub in a beautiful old cinema? Yes, please!


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Hot Tub Cinema

New to Netflix UK this September

Posted on August 5th, 2016 by

Netflix, every student’s best friend and biggest distraction, just dropped no fewer than 48 new films and TV serials on the 1st of September… just in time to procrastinate from this year’s uni reading list! With all of these fresh titles to choose from, and more arriving throughout the month, we thought we’d break down for you the best of what’s new to Netflix UK this September.

Narcos, Season 2

Isn’t it ironic that TV shows about drug dealers are just so addictive? First it was Breaking Bad, and now Neflix’s original series Narcos is back for its second series. If you like your drama serials with the added thrill of a “based on a true story” title card, then this show is definitely for you. Check out the trailer for the new series (which contains some strong language – obviously!).

Luke Cage

Is it just us, or is the Marvel Cinematic Universe expanding at pretty much the same rate as the actual universe, i.e. about 68km per second?! Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but who cares? We’re too excited about the release of Luke Cage, the new spin-off from the much loved Jessica Jones Marvel series from 2015. Neflix are making us wait just a tiny bit longer for this one, look out for its release on September 30th!

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ABC Studios / Marvel Television

Tangerine

If you’re more into documentaries or independent film, there are loads of new uploads to suit your tastes! From Netflix itself comes a new documentary short The White Helmets about the volunteer rescue workers in Aleppo, Syria. Audrie and Daisy makes its video-on-demand debut after its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival, and that-film-they-shot-on-an-iPhone finally reaches Netflix UK, the brilliant Tangerine.

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We’ll Miss You..

Now, we’ve all had one of those awkward movie-night debates where you swear on your life that a certain film or TV show is on Netflix only to discover, after a stressful session of searching, that it’s just nowhere to be found. For, regrettably, Netflix can’t keep all of its content forever, and when shiny new options are given unto us, some of our old favourites are being given their notice in a dodgy backroom somewhere at Netflix HQ (that’s how the internet works, right?). This September, a few of the great movies that we must bid farewell to include:

The Magnificent Seven (1960)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Cloverfield (2008)
Whip It! (2009)
Lilting (2014)

At least we still have Kimmy!!

But we’ll admit that these were the main films of note out of a bunch of TV and movie titles we’d never even heard of. Realistically, as long as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt stays with us forever, we can’t complain too much.

Did we miss out anything great you’ve just discovered on Netflix?