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Non-alcoholic Events

Our Freshers’ non-alcoholic events are run by Give it a Go, the Students’ Union initiative showcasing taster sessions, events and trips available to all Cardiff University students.

Multi-Buy Discounts

The more you buy, the more you save! Events marked with a star are included in our special multi-buy discount. Buy 5 of these events and get 10% off, or upgrade to 8 and get a huge 20% off!

Rhossili Trip (30/09/17 09:00)
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Rhossili Trip (30/09/17 09:00)

We’re going to the beach and you’re invited! Join the GIAG team for a day long trip to one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. It’s sure to be a fantastic day out for you and your new flatmates and a great way to start the new semester!

Pack your bags, bring your bucket and spade, make a picnic and make sure you are in the mood for a great day!

To find out more about this fantastic day out head on over to our give it a go events page

This trip is not included in the GIAG Multibuy Offer
Caerphilly Trip (01/10/17 11:00)
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Caerphilly Trip (01/10/17 11:00)

Caerphilly is a town less than 10 miles north of Cardiff, known for the Caerphilly Cheese Festival and Caerphilly Castle – among other things!

We’ll take you to the town and let you explore at your own time and pace.

This trip is included in the GIAG Multibuy Offer
Big Red Bus Tours
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£2.00

Big Red Bus Tours

Hop on the Students’ Union Bus! Come and let us show you around!

That’s right! The Students’ Union has only gone and got hold of a vintage Big Red Bus.

Our guided bus tour offers the perfect introduction to Cardiff.

Cruise by all the major Cardiff landmarks in this hour long bus tour to Cardiff Bay and back, all in spectacular vintage style.

This is an absolute must do this Freshers Week!

This trip is included in the GIAG Multibuy Offer
Cardiff Bay Trips & Tours
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£5.00

Cardiff Bay Trips & Tours

Come with us and explore one of Cardiff’s top tourist destinations & Europe’s largest waterfront development. Filled with a variety of attractions for everyone, this is a day trip not to be missed.

Choose from one of three trips:

  • Cardiff Bay Barrage Walk – This trip to Cardiff Bay will include a walk to the Barrage, a perfect location for some shots for Instagram #nofilter
  • Cardiff Bay Senedd – The Senedd is the main public building of the National Assembly, the main centre for democracy and devolution in Wales.
  • Cardiff Bay Trip – Along with its historical importance in Cardiff’s past, the new development has allowed the area to become a top destination for drinks and eating out.
This trip is included in the GIAG Multibuy Offer
Barry Island Trip (29/09/17 11:00)
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Barry Island Trip (29/09/17 11:00)

Spend a day away from city life and visit one of South Wales’ most famous beaches. Barry Island is a fantastic seaside day out made familiar to most by the hit TV show Gavin and Stacey.

Boasting a stunning beach, seaside promenade, amusements, shops and funfair rides – this is the perfect flatmate bonding day out! This day out is not to be missed!

All you will need is beach appropriate clothing and any money you may want for rides, fish & chips or ice creams!

This trip is included in the GIAG Multibuy Offer
St Fagans Trip (27/09/17 11:00)
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St Fagans Trip (27/09/17 11:00)

An amazing day out with the Students’ Union. Come and hop onto our vintage Big Red Bus and we will take you along to one of the cultural highlights of South Wales.

With plenty of original buildings from different historical periods to walk round and workshops and craftsmen on site this visit is sure to be a fun day out during the hectic schedules you may have during Freshers’. Bring your friends, pack a picnic and spend the day outside indulging in everything St Fagans has to offer.

This event is free however anything you spend within St Fagans isn’t included in this deal .. you will still have to pay for anything you buy in the gift shop etc!

This trip is included in the GIAG Multibuy Offer
Castell Coch Trip (29/09/17 11:00)
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Castell Coch Trip (29/09/17 11:00)

Come with us on our Big Red Bus to visit this beautiful fabled home of a very wealthy man here in Cardiff. There are dazzling ceilings, over the top furnishings and lots of beautiful architecture to peruse in your own time.

We will be dropping you off and picking you up from the Castle itself so feel free to do whatever you would like in the time you are there. Facilities include a tea room, a free audio guide and information exhibitions.

This ticket includes your return transport, you will need to take £4.20 and your Student ID card for entry to the castle!

This trip is included in the GIAG Multibuy Offer
IKEA Trips
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IKEA Trips

Jump on the Students’ Union bus bound for IKEA and give your new halls room or student house a bit of love!

There will be ample time to peruse the many aisles of this interior designer’s dream at your own leisure!

This trip should also allow you time for the mandatory lingonberry jam purchase and Swedish meatball feast in the cafe.

Just make sure you are back at the entrance by 5.15pm to ensure you are picked up!

This trip is included in the GIAG Multibuy Offer
Campus Tours
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Campus Tours

Come and let us show you around!

Cardiff University is one of the UK’s leading universities and the largest in Wales. Spread over two campuses, this tour explores the Cathays Park Campus starting with the Students’ Union and the University’s Grade 2 listed Main Building designed by William Douglas Caroe, where the University teaches Chemistry, Bioscience and Earth Sciences. The tour will then take you through the central Alexandra War Memorial Gardens towards the Grade 1 Glamorgan Building (Social Sciences, City Regional Planning) and the Grade 2 Bute Building (Architecture and Journalism).

Most students will only ever experience of a handful of time-tabled venues but this tour will aim to bring the University alive for students, showing you the multitude of hidden libraries, cafes, and quiet revision spots you’ll be really grateful to know about one day very soon. Knowledge is power!

You can find out more by heading over to the give it a go event page.

This trip is not included in the GIAG Multibuy Offer
Students’ Union Tours
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Students’ Union Tours

Come and let us show you around!

Did you know that Cardiff University Students’ Union is the 5th best Students’ Union in the UK?

What other building is a nightclub, advice service, sports and society hub, volunteering service, jobshop, pub, shopping mall, dance studio, food court, one of the biggest venues for gigs and events in Cardiff, and so much more, all whilst being run by students, for students!

Come and join us for a tour to see everything on offer to you as a student at Cardiff University, all within one building at the heart of campus.

City Centre Tours
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City Centre Tours

Come and let us show you around!

Cardiff is often described as “the perfect student city” because it is an exciting capital city whilst still being safe and affordable.

Why not spent 60 minutes with our experienced Give it a Go tour guides exploring the City Centre?

We’ll show you all the best, interesting and downright quirky sights that Cardiff has to offer.

Welsh Cake Making
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Welsh Cake Making

Join us during Freshers’ 2017 and indulge yourself in the Welsh culture with some Welsh Cake making.

For any of you that are new to Wales this is a must try and a delicious treat. For any of our Welsh students, this is a chance to learn how to make a classic, or show everyone how it’s done!

Pop along between 11:00-14:00 and spend some time cooking (and eating!) – all ingredients will be provided!

This event is included in the GIAG Multibuy Offer
Welsh Lessons
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Welsh Lessons

Come and learn a spot of the Welsh language with us now that you are going to be living here for the next few years!

Running four times throughout Freshers, some of our excellent volunteers will be running you through some basic welsh sayings and words. From ‘Croeso’ to ‘Bore da’ after this session you will be ready to speak to any Welsh speaker you cross paths with!

This is a great event for any of you that want to learn a bit more about the country you are now living in!

This event is included in the GIAG Multibuy Offer
Cardiff Castle Tour (26/09/17 13:00)
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Cardiff Castle Tour (26/09/17 13:00)

Have an adventure at the castle with us!

Of all the castles in the UK, Cardiff Castle is one of the most amazing and richly complex sites and we are taking you there!

With a day to explore the site who knows what you could get up to!

The Castle offers a variety of tours looking at sites from the house to the wartime shelters so why not come with us and see this historic attraction for yourself!

  • To access student prices please make sure that you bring your student card, or proof of being a student, with you. This means you will qualify for a £5 ‘Castle Key’. If you live or work in Cardiff (such as being a Cardiff University student) you can apply for a Castle Key which gives you free admission to this world-class heritage attraction for 3 years – with a one off fee of £5.
  • Standard admission prices are: Adults £12, Students £10.50, Children (5-16) £9
This trip is not included in the GIAG Multibuy Offer
Principality Stadium Tour (28/09/17 12:30)
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£8.00

Principality Stadium Tour (28/09/17 12:30)

Come and explore the magnificent features that make the Principality Stadium one of the most impressive icons of modern Wales.

Join the experienced tour guides and visit the Press Conference Suite where the worlds of rugby and journalism meet. Experience the build-up before the match in the Dragon’s Lair, Wales’ team dressing room.

Hear the roar of 74,500 fans as you walk down the players’ tunnel towards the hallowed turf.

Learn about the only palletised pitch system and fully retractable roof in the UK, which allows the entire playing surface to be removed to create one of the world’s largest indoor arenas.

This trip is not included with a GIAG multi-buy offer.
National Museum Tours
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National Museum Tours

Discover art, natural history and geology with a dedicated tour of Cardiff’s National Museum.

With a busy programme of exhibitions and events, they have something to amaze everyone, whatever your interest!

If you’ve just moved to Cardiff, this is one not to miss!

Admission to the tour will be free so no need to worry about bringing any loose change! Just bring yourself and a positive attitude.

Film Nights
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Film Nights

Do you want to enjoy a great movie on a big screen, without the cinema price tag? If so you’ll love our Freshers 2017 cinema screenings in the Lounge.

Open to all, don’t hesitate to come along – we’ll be showing a different film for FREE at 8pm every night of Freshers.

If you’re not in the mood to go out, come and join us – a good film makes for a much more comfortable evening.

What’s the plan?

  • Just bring yourself, there’s no need to bring a ticket or print out, but please sign up online so we know numbers.
  • The film starts at 8pm, and should be finished between 10pm – 11pm.
  • The film itself is entirely free.
  • Bring any drinks, ice cream or snacks you want.
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