For students staying in Bath over the holiday period, the University in partnership with the Student Union has organised a line-up of events and activities that promise to be fun, festive and COVID-secure.

We’ll be running competitions, craft activities, film nights, Christmas feasts, beautiful walks through the wintery countryside, and more.

Our programme has plenty to offer students who like to keep fit year-round, from Christmas workouts and street dance classes in the Chancellors’ Green Marquee to a geotrail, and guided and self-guided walks.

Anyone keen to keep their brain ticking over won’t want to miss the chance to step into our escape room. Upon entering this virtual space, competitors will be asked to complete nail-biting challenges, find clues and solve puzzles before time runs out.

We’re also planning two mind-bending quizzes: the Plug Quiz and the Sports Quiz. In addition, there will be board games to hire and Christmas films to snuggle up in front of.

And because we know some people want nothing more taxing than a doze on a beanbag while they’re on holiday, we’ve created a Cosy Cabin – a space decorated for the festive season where students can relax, play table tennis or table football and leave a festive message on our wishing tree.

Our activities calendar also includes craft workshops (some in-person, some virtual) where participants can learn how to make winter wreaths, Christmas stockings, baules, mince pies and gingerbread.

Free takeaway meals (for lunch and dinner) will be available daily from Lime Tree (12pm-1pm and 5.30pm-6.30pm) from December 21 to January 3. These meals are open to all students, regardless of where they live. No booking is required.

Christmas Day and Boxing Day meals are also being offered free of charge. These seated meals will be held at the Claverton rooms and they’ll be open to everyone living on campus. Students living off campus are welcome to come along too, so long as they sign up for temporary campus accommodation. For no charge, they will be assigned a bedroom and a temporary household bubble. A room can be booked by emailing winterbreak@bath.ac.uk.

Students living in Bath will be able to travel to campus using the normal First Bus service. A holiday timetable for this service will operate until January 4.

Freya Jackson, SU community officer, said: “We’re excited to continue some of our successful events through the winter break and give students the opportunity to keep building new communities and friendships.”

Dr Cassie Wilson, University vice-president responsible for student experience, added: “I hope the activities and events provide something for everyone, and I wish all students a very restful Christmas break.”