Posted on 1st May 2024

Your 2024 Summer Guide: 9 Things to Do in Coventry

Assignments are submitted, textbooks are shut, and the sun (hopefully) is shining!

But with lectures out of the picture for a while, Coventry might seem a little less lively. Fear not, fellow students! This summer, ditch the cabin fever and get ready to transform Coventry into your own personal playground.

Forget the tourist traps – we’re here to show you the hidden gems, the quirky adventures, and the budget-friendly bangers that will make your summer unforgettable. So, ditch those dusty textbooks, grab your shades, and get ready to discover a whole new side to Coventry!

1. Start Your Volunteering Journey

Ugh, summer break. It’s supposed to be epic adventures and endless fun, but let’s be honest, sometimes those long days can get a little…well, boring. Before you get sucked into a Netflix black hole, why not turn that free time into something that will help your local community like volunteering?

Coventry’s got tons of volunteer gigs waiting for you. Check out for a variety of roles, or if you’re feeling outdoorsy, you can volunteer in one of the city’s beautiful parks and woodlands.

Voluntary Action Coventry is another goldmine for opportunities. All you’ll have to do is sign up for an account and you’ll be able to use their volunteer bank. Plus, they keep you updated on new stuff, so you can get the perfect gig without any effort.

2. Join a Book Club 

Summer shouldn’t be just about tanning (although, let’s be real, we all love that). If you’re a bookworm craving a little bit of intellectual stimulation,  consider joining a book club!

The Belgrade Theatre throws down with a killer book club, offering a chill zone to dissect your favourite reads and discover hidden gems.  Right now, they’re set to get into “The Woman in Black,” a spooky ghost story that’s also hitting their stage.  

3. Go to the outdoor cinema

Okay, let’s be honest, watching movies in bed on your laptop is tempting. But trust us, ditch the screen for a night and head to the outdoor cinema at Coombe Abbey Park

They’ve got a killer line-up this summer, from belting your heart out to “The Greatest Showman” to mastering the iconic lift from “Dirty Dancing”. 

There’ll also be hot food on-site, but who needs that when you can put together a picnic spread with your mates you’ve made at your short-term accommodation in Coventry.

4. Attend the FarGo Village Dog Fest

Missed your dogs whilst at uni? Well, we’ve found the perfect way to fill that void. Mark your calendar for the Dog Fest at FarGo Village, a celebration of all things canine. This tail-wagging event is the perfect opportunity to meet some adorable furry friends, pamper your pooch with treats and toys, and soak up the feel-good vibes.

There’ll be plenty of fun activities to keep everyone entertained, including some dog-themed fairground games. The best part? All proceeds from the event will go towards the Broken Soul Rescue charity, so you can have a blast knowing you’re supporting a good cause.

5. Visit the summer markets

Forget the endless scrolling on online shops, summer is for perfect time to shop outside and locally.  For this, there’s no better place than the summer markets at FarGo Village

We’re talking independent makers slinging everything from cute jewellery to quirky homeware – think personalised gifts for your friends back home or some unique art pieces to spruce up your short-term accommodation in Coventry.

6. Start rock climbing

With all the extra time summer will give you, there’s never been a better time to dip your toes into rock climbing. 

Luckily for you, Coventry has some fantastic climbing facilities. The Ballroom is a popular spot with a friendly atmosphere, perfect for beginners and experienced climbers alike. They offer taster sessions and intro courses, so you can learn the ropes (literally) before tackling those challenging climbs.

If you’re feeling extra ambitious, head over to the University of Warwick’s climbing facility. They offer a wider range of options, including introduction sessions, 1-on-1 coaching, and even more challenging routes to conquer.

7. Try out an escape roomGo Ape

Feeling like you can solve any problem thrown your way? Well, why not put your brainpower to the test at Houdini’s Escape Room?  

Right now, they’ve got two escape rooms to choose from: a heart-pounding Titanic escape or the creepy carnival that might just keep you up all night. It’s the perfect summer activity for a squad of friends, guaranteed to bring on the laughs, the adrenaline rush, and hopefully, a triumphant escape (with minimal amounts of existential dread, of course!). 

Bonus points: as a student, you’ll also get a 15% discount on your ticket!

8. Start crafting

Do you like an artsy challenge or maybe you just want to become a craft god? Then don’t worry, the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum has you covered! Forget stuffy museums – this place is all about getting hands-on and unleashing your creative side. They offer a range of awesome workshops, perfect for everyone.

This summer you could be mastering the art of oil painting, learning the ancient craft of Japanese bookbinding, or making interesting patterns with paper marbling (maybe something for your short-term accommodation in Coventry?). 

If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can even try your hand at their silversmithing workshops!

9.  Indulge in Coventry’s best eats

Forget noodles in your room – why not make your summer in Coventry all about eating some of the best eats the city has to offer? Coventry’s food scene is a hidden gem which makes it the perfect place to think about starting your very own food tour. 

While there’s loads of spots to try, our personal favourite has to be Buck’s Fried Chicken. Think crispy, juicy perfection – the kind that’ll have you writing love songs to it by the end of the summer.  

To make things even more perfect, if you stay with AXO you’ll get a handy 10% off your order and 50% off their beer or cider when you purchase any meal.

So, there you have it! Your ultimate guide to the best summer in Coventry. With so much to see, do, and explore, you’ll be wishing the summer holiday never has to end.

If you’re looking for the perfect home base for all your summer adventures, look no further than AXO’s Paradise Student Village! Our summer lets offer fantastic short-term accommodation in Coventry, placing you right at the heart of the action, with on-site amenities like a gym, laundry room, and even a cinema room.

On top of that, you’ll get exclusive discounts and special offers on everything from bubble tea to sustainable initiatives with Just One Tree. Keep an eye on our events page to see what’s happening. 

Make it a summer to remember with short-term accommodation at AXO Student Living. Our summer lets put you steps from the action with the best rooms and facilities around Coventry. Book your room today!