Lockdown Events

Now we are in lockdown 2.0, you are probably wondering what you can do with your time? As events are cancelled, venues and shops close and visits to friends and family are restricted, it may feel as though there's little to do. Well, have no fear, here at the SU we have put together a range of events and activities that will help to keep you entertained throughout November. 

For example, every Thursday, you and your flat mates can get involved with our brand new Flativities (Flat-activities - get it.)

The weekly challenges will launch via Facebook, Youtube and the DSD website. So, to be in with a chance to win, take a pic of your creation and tag us either on Insta @uea_su or on Facebook @ueastudentsunion. You can find more about how to get involved, deadlines for submitting your creations and a list of what's coming up  over on our dedicated Flativities page - https://ueadifferent.com/flativities/

November events

Our November lockdown calendar below (the one in purple), shows all the different events and activities that you can get involved with this month. We've got a range of stuff, from cooking tutorials to swing dance classes, wellbeing activities to crafty bits and bobs for you to enjoy - in fact, did you know that the SU office will still be open from 9am - 5pm on weekdays so that you can collect craft activities to take back to your flat for some cosy creating? We have fitted a doorbell, so all you need to do is ring and a member of staff will come and let you in so that you can collect everything you have a ticket for.

To book onto an event or to find out more information, just scroll down past the purple calendar to our interactive calendar. All you need to do is hover your mouse over the date you want to do something and a drop down of all the events happening that day will appear. Then simply click on any events you are interested in, this will take you to the event page. Once there you can learn more about how you can get involved with the event!

Lockdown Calendar

Interactive Calendar

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Stuff you can do anytime!

As well as our lockdown programme of events, we have compiled a whole bunch of stuff to keep you entertained over winter. We have split these activties over 5 different catagories Active, Creative, Explore, Skills and Wellbeing - so depending on whether you want to get out and about for a bit fo fresh air, learning something new, or just hunker down and have a duvet day, you can scroll through and see what takes your fancy.


Keep on moving with uea+ sport moves

The UEA+Moves app allows both staff and students to record how active they are and connect with other individuals who also want to increase their physical activity levels. In addition, the app will allow users to exchange the points that they build up via steps walked, miles cycled or miles ran. The app is completely free of charge and all you need to do is download the ‘Moves +’ app from your devices App Store and sign up with your UEA email address and UEA User ID.

We have a range of new challenges updated regularly for you to interact with as an individual, with your friends and as a wider UEA community.

For more information on the app visit the UEA+Moves page.

Outdoor sport bubbles

UEA+sport are opening up outdoor facilities at Sportspark to enable single households living on campus to workout together. The facilities must be booked prior to a session and all guidance provided with your booking must be followed.

Single households must bring their own equipment to use on the following facilities:

* Astro Pitches
* Tennis/Netball Courts
* Athletics Track

To access more information regarding this service and booking slots please visit https://ueasport.co.uk/sport-bubble/

Free equipment bags

UEA+sport are offering one free physical activity equipment bag per flat* on our UEA campus. We have two bags to select from, either a ‘Fitness Bag’ or a ‘Sports Bag,’ discuss with your flatmates which one you would prefer and complete the application form for the ability to either in your flat or around campus using the green spaces!

* UEA+sport have a limited number of bags so this is on a first come first serve basis.

Fitness Bag Contains – x2 exercise mats, skipping rope, x2 resistance bands, ab wheel, speed ladder and x6 agility hurdles
Sport Bag Contains – A pop-up badminton/volleyball net, multi-use ball, x4 badminton rackets and x3 shuttles, a frisbee and a throw and catch game.

Discover UEA’s beautiful campus! Trails, wildlife and heritage awaits

These six trails, newly waymarked in 2020 to coincide with Sportspark’s 20th birthday celebrations, have been implemented for students, staff and the local community to explore the University Campus and learn more about its wildlife and heritage. Each trail is different, and after just a few walks, you will get active and uncover more of UEA’s beautiful campus.

For more information, please visit UEA+ sports website - https://ueasport.co.uk/activity-and-sport/active-campus/
Download the trails map here: https://ueasport.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Waymarking-map-leaflet-final-1.pdf

Circular Walks and Cycle Loops

Check out the brand new circular walk guide to compliment the newly installed circular walks along Marriott's Way. These guides can be downloaded for an overview of the route, but as there is excellent signage on the ground, they shouldn't be needed for navigation.

The routes range from 1 mile to 12.5 miles and although they are mostly flat, some can have some significant slopes. Please pay attention to the symbols at the top of the pages which highlight whether they are suitable for bikes, foot, or both. According to Gov guidelines, you can take some daily exercise and are allowed to socialise outdoors (this can be with mambers of your household, or one person from a different household, at a social distance), so grab a mate, check out these routes and enjoy Norwich and the surrounding area! Click link for routes: http://www.marriottsway.info/circulars/ 

Norwich's nooks and crannies

A world of hidden passageways has been pushed into the limelight with the publication of a new walking leaflet called ‘Norwich’s nooks & crannies’. Composed of three short walks, the routes take people on a journey of discovery through many of the city’s historic alleys, courts and lanes. Each walk is peppered with stories, some of which go back centuries. Each walk starts and finishes in the market place and takes a meandering journey around the city centre in a series of loops without ever crossing the same point twice.

Split into three walks of 2.2 miles, 1.5 miles and 2 miles, the entire map details 50 passageways and covers a total of 5.7 miles.The furthest compass points will take people to a section of Magdalen Street to the north, Tombland to the east, King Street to the south and close to Grapes Hill in the west of the city.

The illustrated booklet gives easy-to-follow directions and features up to 17 points of interest on each walk – many of which are accompanied by stories that illustrate pieces of Norwich’s rich history. Free map - https://www.norwich.gov.uk/downloads/file/3657/norwichs_nooks_and_crannies 

Swing Dance Class for total Beginners!

Part 1 of 4 of the November Swing dance series…

Learn to Dance Collegiate Shag!

Collegiate Shag is a super fun dance that emerged in the 1920s and 1930s in America. It’s now danced worldwide, often to up-tempo swing music. In this lesson, we will guide you step by step through some of the basic footwork giving you the skills and confidence to dance a short routine! 

Suitable for absolute beginners, all you’ll need is a buddy to dance with, a clear floor and a willingness to learn something new and have fun! 

Watch part 1 on youtube

Part 2 of 4 of the November Swing dance series… 

Learn to dance Lindy Hop!

This is the most popular dance from the swing era, and one that you may even have seen on Strictly! Lindy is an amazing partner dance which originated in the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York in the late 1920s. It grew in popularity and is now seen as an iconic dance of the 1940s.  It’s danced to both slow and faster swing tracks. 

In this lesson, we will guide you step by step through some of the basic footwork giving you the skills and confidence to dance a short routine! Suitable for absolute beginners, all you’ll need is a buddy to dance with, a clear floor and a willingness to learn something new and have fun!

Watch part 2 on youtube 

Part 3 of 4 of the November Swing dance series…

Learn to dance St Louis Shag!

This very cool dance originated in St Louis, Missouri, in the midst of the swing era (1930s) and today be easily danced alongside Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag. It can be danced to both slower and more up-tempo swing tracks.

In this lesson, we will guide you step by step through some of the basic footwork giving you the skills and confidence to dance a short routine! Suitable for absolute beginners, all you’ll need is a buddy to dance with, a clear floor and a willingness to learn something new and have fun!

Watch part 3 on youtube - coming soon

Part 4 of 4 of the November Swing dance series…

Mixing it up! 

We will be learning a new short routine using moves from Collegiate Shag, Lindy Hop and St Louis Shag that we’ve already covered in the last three lessons, and with some additional fun variations! 

Suitable for those that have followed lessons 1-3 as we will be revisiting moves learnt in the previous sessions. We would love you to film your routine after this lesson - more info will be given in the video!

Watch part 4 on youtube - coming soon

Study Break Stretching Routine 

Here is a quick 6 minute routine that you should do when you're studying for over 2 hours at a time!  This quick routine will NOT leave you sweaty, but rather help you go back into studying WAY more and it's great for mobility. Click here to watch the video on youtube: https://youtu.be/JH8_TSCi-2Y 


Embroidery tutorials

Launched in 2017 in Norwich UK, Pixels & Purls designs bright, contemporary embroidery kits and accessories from her studio in Norwich. These beautiful and embroidery kits include everything you need to get started – from fabric with the design printed ready to sew, high-quality embroidery floss and full instructions, down to the needle. Just add scissors and stitch away!

You can purchase kits from Pixels and Purls and use these handy tutorials to learn the craft https://www.pixelsandpurls.co.uk/blog 

Sainsbury Centre: Campus with Ali Hewson 

Calling all UEA students! Get creative with the Sainsbury Centre over lockdown…

Three contemporary artists have designed creative activities and workshops over the next month. Jump right in and download Part 1 with Hannelore Smith, a series of creative prompts for you to explore the UEA campus in your own time.

Sign up to Part 2 with James Metsoja, collect a materials pack from the Sainsbury Centre and then join the artist for an online workshop to create your own window display.

Make your own ceramic cup with artist Ali Hewson and have it fired and glazed, ready for you to collect in the New Year. Sign up and collect a materials pack from the Sainsbury Centre before watching the online tutorial.

Lockdown art challenge

UEA+sport have found a new and exciting way for you to get outside and get exercising with a different challenge theme released each Monday on our Instagram and updated below!

Anyone can get involved, so get active, get creative and you might win a prize!

How it works:

#1 – A new theme will be released at the start of each week, starting on Monday 9th November.
#2 – Use any physical activity app with GPS to track your activity and create the design of the weeks challenge, which you can then save.
#3 – Enter by emailing your submission to studentsport@uea.ac.uk. The deadline each week is Sunday at 5pm.
#4 – The top 3 artworks for each week will receive a free personal training session – in person when safe to do so or virtually!

Get outside and create some artwork related to sport, you could even create a design to represent your sports club or society! Head to uea+sports website for more information - https://ueasport.co.uk/lockdown-2-0-offer/


Explore the city of Norwich

Visit key locations in Norwich with these 360 degree panoramas and read more about the city’s history before you have the opportunity to visit in person! Click here for link: https://www.norwich360.com/ 

Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park

The Sculpture Park is situated across the University campus, with 350 acres of attractive parkland open to everyone to enjoy art, architecture and the natural environment. 

As well as formal sculpture gardens, the Park offers the tranquillity of the Broad and Yare river valley and dense urban modernist architecture, designed by leading architects such as Norman Foster, Denys Lasdun and Rick Mather. The natural environment includes a wide range of fauna and flora including a number of remarkable ancient oaks and is home to a population of wild rabbits and rare and endangered species. We welcome all ages from individuals to family groups, however we do ask that children do not climb on the sculptures. The Sculpture Park includes important works by Henry Moore, Elisabeth Frink, Lynn Chadwick, Liliane Lijn and Antony Gormley. We’re delighted to announce two new Sculpture Park works from internationally acclaimed installation artist and sculptor Cristina Iglesias.

This free display from 18 November will place Iglesias’ striking work in dialogue with Norman Foster’s iconic Sainsbury Centre building. Free map -https://www.sainsburycentre.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/SC_SculpturePark_A3_Map_Sept20-vF2_Online.pd

The Tunnel of light

Norwich’s Tunnel of Light first launched in 2016 and comprised of 50,000 LED’s that reflect the patterns and colours of the Northern Lights, the awe-inspiring 45-metre-long tunnel, situated on Hay Hill opposite The Forum, is the ideal place for seasonal selfies. https://www.visitnorwich.co.uk/event/the-tunnel-of-light-2/ 

Take a Museum Tour 

Explore the British Museum’s galleries with their Virtual Tour - https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/british-museum/AwEp68JO4NECkQ?sv_lng=-0.1266024509257022&sv_lat=51.51905368906714&sv_h=306&sv_p=0&sv_pid=JeKwUFYAMWXNWPh3IOg3jw&sv_z=1 and see some of their most famous exhibits in 3D including Greek and Egyptian sculptures - https://sketchfab.com/britishmuseum    

Norwich Museum: Online photography exhibition

The Museum of Norwich holds an extensive archive of photographs linked to the working life of the city during the C19th and C20th. Norwich was once well known for producing textiles, shoes, chocolate, mustard and beer, as well leading the field in insurance, banking, engineering and printing. Museum of Norwich at bridewell have a fascinating online exhibition that you should check out: https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/norwich-at-work-photographs-from-the-collection%C2%A0/IwIy9U979_J4Ig 

Experience the Magic

Take a tour of the British Library’s exhibition on Harry Potter: A History of Magic, and learn more about the real-life inspirations behind the wizarding world - https://artsandculture.google.com/project/harry-potter-a-history-of-magic 

Go to the Circus

Experience Cirque du Soleil’s incredible performances in their 60- minute special - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ5eUJNXrMw

Lynn Museum Online exhibition: The Story of West Norfolk

The Lynn Museum in kings Lynn tells the story of West Norfolk through a series of beautiful collections that you can view online: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/lynn-museum  

Visit the Zoo

Watch pandas, penguins and tigers at Edinburgh Zoo with their live webcams - https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/panda-cam/ and watch the flamingos and meerkats at Paignton Zoo - https://www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/explore/webcams 


Online Treasure Hunt 

Play an online escape room in a group or solo game, using Twitter, Youtube, Google Maps and local websites (free to play but donations are accepted). Click here for link:https://www.escapedurham.co.uk/online-games

Online board games

Tabletopia is a digital sandbox system for playing board games with no AI to enforce the rules. Just read the rulebook, choose a seat at the virtual table, and let the game begin! 

Enjoy our awesome automated features:

* Ready game setups
* Custom camera controls
* Shuffling and dealing of cards
* Tracking player turns and game phases
* Interactive zones with predefined automatic actions, and much more! 

Click here for link: https://tabletopia.com/ 

Learn a language

UK citizens are pretty mono-linguistic when compared to the citizens of most other countries. Bucking the trend and learning another language helps you stand out and opens the door to opportunities that wouldn’t be available to you otherwise. UEA actually has a partnership with Rosetta Stone that allows UEA students to learn one of the 24 languages available in its roster. Lessons are free and easy to follow, so why not give it a try today? Try out Rosetta Stone here - https://www.rosettastone.co.uk/ 

Crash Course

Free and on YouTube, Crash Course is a channel that breaks complex topics down into short, nicely put together videos for easy digestion. They cover a huge range of topics including history, sociology, science, and engineering. Crash Course on YouTube

Google Digital Garage

There are a lot of free resources out there for anyone interested in learning something new, but free courses that come with certification are a lot thinner on the ground. Google Digital Garage offers 126 free courses across data, technology and digital marketing, as well as career development-focused courses specifically designed to help you land that next (or first) big role. Two of their courses offer free certification, which means you can put them in your CV and they’ll have weight there, but the others are still worth having a look at. Google Digital Garage

Learn to cook

Totally new to cooking? Learn some basic kitchen skills with Gordon Ramsay  - https://www.instructables.com/class/Cooking-Class/ 


Watch a Play

Watch a modern home performance of Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing by The Show Must Go Online. Click here for link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhgTu1lC8CA 

Mindful Colouring 

Mindfulness means slowing down and taking a breath to pause and really notice what you are doing and collecting your thoughts together. A great way to practise mindfulness is to complete a number of exercises, which can help when you're stressed, have something difficult to do or when you have to focus your attention. Eventually, after practising mindfulness regularly, it will become natural in your everyday life. Local illustrators Emily Brown and Alice Lee have curated a series of fun and simple colouring in sheets for you to enjoy. All you need to do is download the colouring in sheet and print it out to colour in or pop into union house reception and pick up a pack. This is a relaxing and calming activity for you to participate in.

Autumn theme - https://ueadifferent.com/ents/event/14010/

Nature theme - https://ueadifferent.com/ents/event/13992/ 

Mari Kondo your life

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ on Netflix teaches you ‘The KonMari Method’, a system of removing physical items from your space which no longer ‘spark joy’. 

This system boils down to being a way to help you find the things in your life that you really need or want – rather than just having them for the sake of having them or because you forgot to throw them out. The method is split into five categories, which are clothing, books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items) and sentimental items.

For more information on this method you can watch the above-mentioned Netflix series or get one of Kondo’s book – all of which are available on kindle if you would rather not get a physical copy.  

Head to Mari’s website for more tidy tips https://konmari.com/ 

Mindfulness with Headspace 

If you've ever wanted to learn how to meditate, but didn't know where to start, this is the video for you. Simply download the Headspace app, and follow these step-by-step instructions. Headspace offers everything you need to begin a regular meditation practice. It's good for you too - in fact, it's been shown that just 30 days of Headspace resulted in a 32% decrease in stress. https://www.youtube.com/user/Getsomeheadspace/videos   


ASMR is a feeling of well-being combined with a tingling sensation in the scalp and down the back of the neck, as experienced by some people in response to a specific gentle stimulus, often a particular sound."ASMR is triggered by things like whispering voices, paper tearing, and scalp massage"

In this world of stress and chaos this channel maybe your secret island of relaxation and peace. These videos are designed to comfort you, make you feel relaxed and stress free through creative and soothing videos. Find out more here.

The science of well-being

Yale University are offering a free online 10-week course which takes approximately 2 hours a week, all about how to cope with different life situations. Current research shows that looking after your mental health has a positive effect on both your physical health and your relationships.

Find out more at The Science of Well Being Course website 

If a 10-week course isn’t for you, check out Smiling Mind from Australia for their free mindfulness app, top tips and helpful content. Find out more at the Smiling Mind website

The British Library Podcast

Books are only the beginning. Libraries are alive, and they’re anything but silent. Home to over 25 million books and one of the largest historical collections in the world. Subscribe. Listen Now - https://www.bl.uk/podcasts/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA-rj9BRCAARIsANB_4ADR0SGC35CoCBxW30jh-WCFl0myuw9gd9xkPLja8NlWP2pfMD3BPRMaAi-VEALw_wcB