The Do Something Different Festival

"Do Something Different Festival is the best week of the academic year. It is a great opportunity to try something new, take a break, and get out of your comfort zone!"



The Do Something Different Festival is a week in February where a large amount of DSD events are run. There are usually no classes during this week. However, due to current circumstances, this will not be the case in February 2021. As such, the DSD festival will be smaller than in previous years, but events will still be run for students to have fun and improve their skills. 

How do I get involved in the Festival?

There are two ways that you can get involved with the Festival. The easiest way is to take part in the massive range of activities and events happening during the week. Book your free place on DSD Festival events (when they are released) either via our calendar or on our 'Go to an event' page.

Some students are unable to commit to events and prefer to drop-in on the day. This is something we like to encourage to prevent students missing out on activities. However, to avoid disappointment, we recommend booking events you are keen to attend as priority access will be given to students that have booked prior. This system will likely work differently this year as there will be a larger focus on online events, watch this website for updates on how it will work. 

If you’re up to the challenge, you could run your own activity for students to take part in. Anyone can organise a DSD Festival activity - from university and SU staff, to different clubs and societies. You are still welcome to apply to run events, but be aware that there will be strict guidelines on what can happen. Our team will support you through this and make sure you aware of the updated guidelines and what kinds of events can be put on. Please email for more information.