Growing up in Preston
Bethan Hughes, Degree apprenticeship in Professional Policing
Preston has been a big part of my life and always will be. Ever since I was a child, I would get excited to get on a train with my family and explore this welcoming city. My best weekend trips have been celebrating Christmas in the city centre of Preston. Preston caters for all and is dog-friendly, child-friendly and disability aware. Because of this, my whole family were able to join in and feel safe.
Preston city centre has everything within walking distance. Including two stunning parks: Avenham Park and Miller Park. Brockholes is another amazing tourist destination. Brockholes has 250 acres of a beautiful nature reserve and out-of-this-world ice cream. If you are a foodie like me, you will not be stuck for a choice as there is every type of cuisine you can think of, with various discounts running too. The beauty of Preston is that you can go to these places solo or in a group and they are free to enter.
"I have fallen in love with the city so much I am even planning to buy a house in Preston next year! Preston is diverse and has really opened my eyes to take part in other cultures including Chinese New Year and Ramadan."
Bethan's favourite places in Preston01 / 04
I frequently go to the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre at UCLan. I spend at least an hour or so every few days at the Fitness Suite, where I would go on the treadmills or bikes to get my sweat on! If I’m ever feeling self-conscious or don’t want to get disturbed, I would go into the Cardio Zone. The Cardio Zone is a room in the Fitness Suite where I can do my exercise in peace. The music is cranked up high and the lights are off (aside from some jazzy, colourful spotlights).
Going to university at Preston was a no-brainer for me. I was able to commute and still keep the magic of the city. I feel safe in Preston, and I have made many long-life friends at university and also locally. Preston is one big family, regardless of background, especially during the pandemic. I felt supported and cared for at UCLan, as I was able to work full time at the Covid Centre which included a free meal.
Your voice will be heard at UCLan as there are various opportunities to get involved in clubs, societies, and course reps. I have fallen in love with the city so much I am even planning to buy a house in Preston next year! Preston is diverse and has really opened my eyes to take part in other cultures including Chinese New Year and Ramadan.
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