Our Welcome Festival 2023 is a mix of live events, academic inductions and social opportunities


Welcome Festival events re-location 20 September

Activities, due to take place in the marquees at City Campus as part of the Welcome Festival on Wednesday 20 September, have been re-located to St John’s Campus due to the high winds forecast.

All scheduled activities will still go ahead at the planned times, but will now be at St John’s Campus.


What happens at the Welcome Festival?        

The Welcome Festival is for new and returning students. These first few weeks on campus will help you settle in, find your way around and prepare you for university life. We are running events for everyone, from quiet on-campus meet ups, vintage clothing stalls and film nights, as well as Clubs and Societies Fairs. 

Interested? Here's an overview of last year's Welcome Festival:  

Events and activities 2023

So what's happening? Check out our listings below for more information on dates and tickets for the events that the University and (SU) will be running over the Welcome Festival.

 

Our events listing is an indicative list of what will be occuring over the Welcome Festival Period. More events will be added to the schedule as soon as the information becomes available. Some events may incur a small charge. 

4th Sept - 10th Sept

5th September - Quiz night - The Hangar Bar

Our weekly Quiz Night returns with the Big Quiz this Welcome Festival.

Assemble your squad and test out your general knowledge to be in with the chance of winning our jackpot.

 

 

 

6th September - Worcester Wednesday - The Hangar Bar

This is your starting point for the biggest and best student night in Worcester!

 

 

 

8th September - Karaoke - The Hangar Bar

Everyone’s favourite night of the week is back!

Friday night can mean only one thing at The Hangar – Karaoke! If you’re looking to channel your inner Gaga, serenade to the sound of Taylor Swift, or belt out some retro classics.

 

11th Sept - 17th Sept

12th September - Quiz night - The Hangar Bar

Our weekly Quiz Night returns with the Big Quiz this Welcome Festival.

Assemble your squad and test out your general knowledge to be in with the chance of winning our jackpot.

 

 

 

12th - 14th September - Garden Parties - The Marquee on the Quad - Evenings

Join us outside to meet, mingle and enjoy each others company. This event will run from the 12th -14th September.

 

 

 

13th September - Worcester Wednesday - The Hangar Bar

This is your starting point for the biggest and best student night in Worcester!

 

 

 

15th September - Karaoke - The Hangar Bar

Everyone’s favourite night of the week is back!

Friday night can mean only one thing at The Hangar – Karaoke! If you’re looking to channel your inner Gaga, serenade to the sound of Taylor Swift, or belt out some retro classics.

 

 

 

16th September - Student Welbeing Zone - The Conference Centre

Student Support and Advice, a quiet area and Fancy a Cuppa all in one space.

 

 

 

16th September - The Big Worcester Welcome - Students’ Union and The Quad

9am – 4pm 
Free entry

Join us for a chilled-out day of mingling with your fellow students and get to know your new surroundings.

We'll be here to welcome all our new starters to Worcester with all the information you need to know as a new students, as well as a whole load of fun activities throughout the day.

And make sure you stick around to grab something from our delicious barbeque.

 

 

16th September - Sunset Sessions -  City Campus
7pm-9pm
Free entry

Our Sunset Session is a chance for you to sit back and relax before the Welcome Festival party truly kicks-off.

We'll have a live DJ throughout the evening, as well as some great food from our friends at Chartwells.

Don’t forget to head to our huge Welcome Party in The Hangar to end the night with a bang.

 

 

 

16th September - Welcome Party - The Hangar
8pm-late
Free entry

 

Start your Welcome Festival party the right way with our huge Welcome Party!

We’ll have a live DJ and a load of great freebies and giveaways.

There’s no better way to kick-start your time at University, make new friends, and dance the night away. So make sure you don’t miss out on the first of many great nights in your campus bar!

 

 

 

17th September - Welcome Picnic - City Campus
1pm-5pm
Free entry

We’re transforming City Campus into the ultimate outdoor picnic spot.

Take some time to take it easy, this is the perfect opportunity to chill out and relax with some good food and drink.

 

 

 

 

17th September - Chillout Session - City Campus

Looking for a place to chill out and socialise? We've got you covered.

 

 

 

17th September - Disco Binglow - The Hangar
8pm – late

 

£6 early-bird entry | £8 on the door entry

Disco Binglow is back and this year it’s going to be even bigger, better, and out of control!

Hosted by Bee-Dee Essem, Disco Binglow is one of the biggest parties of the year.

Prepare yourself for an absolutely unforgettable and unmissable night of inflatables, prize giveaways, and a whole lot more.

Be warned – audience participation is mandatory!

18th Sept - 24th Sept

18-19th September  - 'Kickstart' Gym Registration Campaign - St John's Campus

Did you know all students living in Halls of Residence benefit from free membership at the university gym?

Our fitness team will be based outside the Accommodation Hub at St John’s Campus with some gym equipment for you to try and to help you fill out the necessary forms between the 18th and 19th September.  

There will be free gifts and the opportunity to sign up for a free PT session, so come down and see us to find out more!

 

 

 

 

18th September - Bhangra Event - The Quad
12-3pm

Put on your dancing shoes and experience an afternoon of amazing dance and good music.

 

 

 

 

18th September- Afrobeats Night - The Hangar
8pm – late
Free Entry

Keep the party vibes going with our Afrobeats Night, as our live DJ brings you all the biggest and best dancefloor fillers.

Make sure you join us for what promises to be a night to remember.

 

 

 

 

19th September - The Big Quiz - The Hangar
8pm – 11pm
£1 on the door entry

Our weekly Quiz Night returns with the Big Quiz this Welcome Week.

Assemble your squad and test out your general knowledge to be in with the chance of winning our big £200 jackpot.

And make sure that you join us every Tuesday night throughout the year for Quiz Night to be in with the chance of walking away with a big cash prize.

 

 

 

 

19th September - Caribbean Steel Drums - The Quad
12-3pm

Come and experience some percussion on The Quad.

 

 

 

 

20th September - Worcester Wednesday - The Hangar
6pm – 11pm
Free entry

This is your starting point for the biggest and best student night in Worcester. 

Are you a club or society member? Don’t forget you can book out The Hangar for your social. 

 

 

 

 

20th September - The Welcome Fair -  St John's Campus (relocated due to weather conditions) 
12-5pm
Free entry

For students who prefer a quieter environment the stalls will be manned from 11.30am.

The Welcome Fair is your opportunity to find out everything that goes on at the Students’ Union (SU) and University.

All of our sports clubs, societies, and networks will be there to let you know about all the activities you can get involved with during your time at Worcester.

The SU will also be there with information on everything they do to support and represent you during your time at university. Make sure you come along to pick up some great freebies and speak to the friendly staff team.

We’ll also be joined by various services from the University, including the International Team, Residential Ambassadors, PCSOs, The Hive, Student Services, and a whole lot more.

And we’ll have a range of fantastic local and national companies to meet and grab some fantastic freebies from. And Domino’s will be back once again giving out slices of FREE pizza.

 

 

 

 

 

 

21st September - Nacho Night - The Hangar

Free entry

Join us for the launch of our new Nacho Night!

From 6pm every Thursday you can get unlimited refills of our delicious nachos, all for just £15!

So make sure you join us to avoid missing out on this great new addition to our weekly lineup.  

 

 

21st September - West Mercia Police Employment and Volunteering Fair

City Campus Marquee -  Charles Hastings Building

 1-4pm

 

West Mercia Police will be on site to talk about all of their available employment routes, including police officer entry routes and police staff positions for graduates of all degrees. In addition, West Mercia Police will also be discussing the various volunteering opportunities for all ӶƵ students, regardless of their study discipline, as either a Special Constable or member of police staff - you can even apply for a volunteering role on the day! See the vehicles (including the police motorcycles), meet the Police Dogs, the Firearms Team, a recent graduate turned Detective, and many more members of our local police service! 

 

 

 

 

21st September - Samba Dance - The Quad
12-3pm

Put on your dancing shoes and experience an afternoon of amazing dance and good music.

 

 

 

 

 

22nd September - The Colour Mile - St John's Campus
St John’s Campus (registration on Union Square)
£4.50 (plus booking fee) - £1.50 from each ticket sold will go to Raise and Give

One of our biggest and best charity events of the year, the Colour Mile, is returning to campus. Run, walk, jog, or skip – everyone can take part.

Follow our specially designed route around campus and get covered in a kaleidoscope of colours as you do it. This year’s Colour Mile is going to be our biggest yet, with a brand new course taking you all around the St John’s Campus.

And if you needed any more of a reason to take part, £1.50 from each ticket sold for the Colour Mile will go to our RAG Charity of the Year, Behind the Smile.

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22nd September - Karaoke - The Hangar Bar
7pm – midnight

Everyone’s favourite night of the week is back!

Friday night can mean only one thing at The Hangar – Karaoke! If you’re looking to channel your inner Gaga, serenade to the sound of Taylor Swift, or belt out some retro classics, this is the place to be every Friday!

 

 

 

 

22nd September - Bhangra Event - The Quad

12-3pm

Put on your dancing shoes and experience an afternoon of amazing dance and good music.

 

 

 

 

22nd September - Rec Sport Give it a Go- St John’s Sports Hall and 3G 
9.30am-1pm

Blow off some steam with a morning of fun sporting activities at our Rec Sport Give it a Go session.

Rec sport at the University is open to anyone and everyone to take part in. Whatever your sporting ability or fitness level, this is a great opportunity for you to get involved and try something new.

We will have benchball and rounders games taking place throughout the morning. You can sign up following the link below, but you are more than welcome to register on the door when you arrive as well!

Also, make sure you join us later in the day for the annual Colour Mile!

 

 

 

 

24th September - Film Night - The Hangar
6pm – 10pm

Take a break  with our free Film Night in The Hangar.

We’ll be showing some great films on our big screen, So sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the latest blockbusters to hit the silver screen.

Films TBC

 

 

25th Sept - 1st Oct

25th September - Society Pick n Mix - The Hangar
4.30pm-6.30pm
Free entry

Come along to our special Society Pick n Mix and discover the student group that’s perfect for you.

Meet like-minded students and playa variety of board games, including Giant Jenga, Pictionary, Giant Connect 4, and more.

We’ll also have an information hub for you to discover more about all the amazing societies you can get involved in during your time at Worcester.



 

26th September - Quiz night - The Hangar Bar

Our weekly Quiz Night returns with the Big Quiz this Welcome Festival.

Assemble your squad and test out your general knowledge to be in with the chance of winning our jackpot.

 

 

 

27th September - Sports Day - University Arena
1pm – 5pm
Free entry

The University Sports Facilities Team are hosting our first ever Sports Day at the University Arena.

Compete as part of a team in Wheelchair Basketball, Mixed Netball, and Futsal, and be in with the chance of winning one of our great prizes. You can either sign up as a full team or a solo player, with solo players added to existing teams by

Our RAG Team will be there on the day offering face painting for a small donation, with all proceeds going to our RAG Charity of the Year, Behind the Smile.

 

 

 

29th September - Crafternoon - The Hangar
12pm-3pm
Free entry

Our Crafternoon gives you the chance to relax and unwind after a hectic two weeks of Welcome Festival events.

If you're looking for a chilled out afternoon to help recover from Welcome Festival, our Crafternoon is the place to be. We'll have a load of fun and relaxing crafts for you to get involved in, and we'll be joined by some of our most crafty societies who will be showcasing some of what they do.

 

 

 Events in focus:

 

Tours of The Hive Library

 

As part of our Welcome Festival, we'll be offering tours of The Hive.

These tours can help you to discover study spaces, learn how to borrow and return books or resources,  print and copy, access pcs and wifi or get help from library and IT staff. 

 

 

 

'Kickstart' Gym Registration Campaign

18-19 September 2023

Did you know all students living in Halls of Residence benefit from free membership at the university gym?

Our fitness team will be based outside the Accommodation Hub at St John’s Campus with some gym equipment for you to try and to help you fill out the necessary forms between the 18th and 19th September.  

There will be free gifts and the opportunity to sign up for a free PT session, so come down and see us to find out more!

 

 

 

 

 

To find out more about everything going on at your Students’ Union, make sure you’re following them on , , and .

Welcome Festival Academic Timetable

As part of your academic induction, you will learn more about your course, and meet your fellow students and your lecturers. 

Your Course Tutors will set out your Welcome Festival academic timetable for you.  Your first week features a range of events where you'll meet the people who will be an important part of your time at Worcester, and have opportunities to find out more about the exciting University community you have joined! 

 

Download our app

Remember to download the International Welcome Guidebook App on the  or  or our if you’re a home student. This will tell you about events and activities taking place over the Welcome period.

The app will provide you with campus maps and local information such as shops, banks and travel. You'll also find answers to questions often asked by first year students and who to contact for help and advice.

 

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