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 free from structured teaching and contact hours that is dedicated to DSD events and the pinnacle of the DSD programme. Over this week, we bring together the most exciting highlights from the DSD programme, plus an array of new events, to encourage students to make the most of their time at university.

In previous years, we have offered heavily discounted trips to London and Harry Potter Studio Tour, free tours of Norwich Castle and workshops revolving around skill and personal development, such as Excel Workshops, BAME Social Media classes, and Global Leadership Workshops.


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 below 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.

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. If you wish to be part of our programme then please contact and our team can help you develop an idea into an activity.