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Dining Out: 5 Exclusive Student Offers You Need to Know About



Student discounts can be enjoyed at restaurants like Wildwood

Since Bournemouth has so many students coming and going, we thought we’d give a helping hand and offer this guide on dining out on the cheap. Student edition!

Nothing beats going out to a restaurant and having all the cooking done for you. Although, having the wallet of a student doesn’t always allow you to avoid the washing up and munch on your favourite meals. That’s why we’re here to save the day. We’ve found the top five restaurants in Bournemouth that have the best student discounts!


Wildwood offers a range of pastas, pizzas and grilled favourites. The restaurant is bright, airy and has an excellent atmosphere. It is guaranteed that every visit will be made worth it, when you can enjoy fresh food and friendly service. Wildwood goes in our top five student-welcoming restaurants because they offer 50% off food to all students, Monday-to-Sunday all day.  This means you can indulge in a delicious classic pizza for just £4.47. You’d be a fool not to enjoy this offer!

Take a look at Wildwood’s menu to inspire your taste buds!

Wildwood, 6-7 Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, BH1 1BA


Celebrate being a student with a meal deal from Franco Manca. Who doesn’t enjoy a sourdough pizza to break the week up? Franco Manca’s student meal deal includes a pizza of your choice, plus a drink. The offer is available Sunday-to-Thursday for both dining-in and takeaway. Treat yourself for cheap!

Decide your meal deal ahead of time with Franco Manca’s menu here.

Franco Manca at Debenhams, The Square, Exeter Rd, Bournemouth, BH2 5LY


Café Rouge is another classic restaurant that all students thought they’d have to say goodbye too. Thanks to UNIDAYS, that’s no longer happening! The exclusive student offer means you’re able to receive 50% off all burgers, croques and baguettes Sunday-to-Thursday. Perfect for when you’re hungover from Cameo Wednesday!

Find out more about this offer on Café Rouge’s website.

Café Rouge, 67 Seamoor Rd, Westbourne, Bournemouth, BH4 9AE


Bournemouth Pier has one of the best views in town, so enjoying it with a meal sounds like the dream. The Caribbean-inspired restaurant offers students with a NUS card and Aruba’s loyalty app a two-for-one offer on pizzas and burgers Mondays through to Fridays. This may be the cheapest way to impress any date.

Interested? Take a look for more details here!

Aruba, Pier Approach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA


Everyone’s had a meal or two from Pizza Express at some point; it’s a restaurant where you can’t go wrong. Now it can be your student go-to, since Pizza Express’ exclusive student offer means you’re able to get 30% off your bill for just showing your UNIDAYS account. Who could argue with 30% off delicious buttery dough balls?

You’ll need the menu to pick the perfect pizza for you!

Pizza Express, The Old Post Office, Post Office Rd, Bournemouth, BH1 1BB

For more local recommendations and goings-on, keep an eye on our News and Blog section.

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Bournemouth Repair Café Fighting Throwaway Culture



Images by Dominic Hughes and supplied by Transition Bournemouth

Ahead of the return of Bournemouth Repair Café on Saturday 20th July, I met project lead, Jennie Allen, to find out more about their mission.

Bournemouth repair café is a cog in an international movement of repair cafes striving to resist throwaway culture. Originating from Amsterdam, repair cafes are free meeting places with a base of skilled volunteers, encouraging members of the public to bring in damaged goods for repair. From electricals and textiles to jewellery and furniture, the repair café has you covered.

The Bournemouth repair café is a product of Transition Bournemouth – a local community initiative reducing the impacts of peak oil and climate change. The movement is founded on the belief that working together as communities is where real change takes place, as opposed to individual efforts or waiting for the government to act on issues of concern.


Repairs are often simpler than expected


Project lead Jennie Allen, said:

“The goal is to reduce landfill waste whilst encouraging communities to share at the same time…”

Sharing comes in a variety of forms, including skill sharing, tool sharing and idea sharing. A key objective of the repair café is to pass on knowledge. For instance, those coming in with broken iPhones should leave with the skills to fix them.

“It relates to the idea of a circular economy. People always say ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’, but there is a fourth art as well. ‘Repair’ – one that people don’t do as they used to, because of throwaway culture”

A recent study found that one product successfully repaired at a repair café can prevent up to 24 kilos of carbon dioxide emissions. The study echoes the general message implicit in the repair café movement – that the significant barrier to repair is the general public’s lack of necessary skills, rather than irreparable damage to products.


Repair cafés are entirely voluntary, although donations are always welcomed. Donations go towards hiring venues, acquiring new tools and components and covering travel expenses for volunteers. Plus providing refreshments, of course!

Jennie also emphasised that the project should not be viewed as a challenge to local businesses. Rather, they aim to help people become more conscious of sustainable repair practices.


Jennie Allen – Project Lead for Bournemouth Repair Cafe

The event will be held at Bournemouth Library on Saturday 20th July from 2-4pm, in the large meeting room on the second floor.

“We welcome the public to come in with broken items. We will carry out repairs and hopefully teach a thing or two!”

If you are interested, Jennie will welcome you at Bournemouth Library from 2pm tomorrow!

Find out more via the Bournemouth Repair Café Facebook page, or e-mail 

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What’s On: Rosé & Fizz Festival



The festival is hosted by Maison Sax, Ashley Cross, Poole

Following a successful gin celebration, Maison Sax hosts a festival dedicated to all things pink and bubbly…

August kicks off in style this year with Maison Sax in Ashley Cross. They’re hosting their own Rosé and Fizz Festival on the 10th.

The event was announced following the success of their artisan gin festival back in May. It will take place in their huge Provençal garden at the back of this bistro-style restaurant.

English Oak Vineyard are among the local brands showcasing their products, including an array of sparkling wines.

And rosé and bubbly lovers will be very pleased to learn that the event is free to enter. All you need to do is comment “Fizz o’clock” on the event’s Facebook page.

Find out more about Maison Sax in this article, or visit the restaurant’s website

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Stuart Goldsmith to Headline Coastal Comedy



Coastal Comedy presents Stuart Goldsmith

As their season draws to a close, Coastal Comedy has one last high-profile act to share with you…

Award-winning monthly event Coastal Comedy welcomes Stuart Goldsmith this weekend in the last show of their season. The comedian and podcast host will headline the show, taking place on Saturday 13th July at Poole’s Lighthouse Theatre.

Goldsmith has a reputation for smart, accessible stand-up, a natural charm and a quick wit. All this was honed by his early years as a street performer. His act features many up-front revelations about love, sex and romance (among other things), offering plenty of surprises along the way.

Alongside Goldsmith and the event’s founder Adrienne Coles, two other acts will take the Coastal Comedy stage. Opening the show is Rick Kiesewetter, an observational comic with specialist subjects in national identities and stereotypes. And then there’s Johnny Wardlow, part of the BBC New Comedy Awards for three years running.

Coastal Comedy has earned high recognition as one of the best nights out in Bournemouth. This includes the Night Time Award at this year’s BH Stars, plus a finalist in for the Best Night Out Award at 2018’s BAPTAs. Each and every evening never disappoints.

Interested? Get on over to the Coastal Comedy website to book your tickets or visit their Facebook page for more information…

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