Refreshers Breakdown – What’s going on?


Pride – Sunday 27th May

This year Stevo will be making a trip to Durham Pride!

Pride celebrates the entire LGBT+ community. It is a chance to promote equal rights, visibility, a sense of community and just generally celebrate sexuality and gender variance within the world we live in. On top of this, Pride is the most wonderful place on earth and you will never find somewhere as accepting, open and diverse.

Durham Pride is such a good atmosphere and will be a such a nice way to celebrate the start of ReFreshers!

Must do’s:

  • Wear rainbow colours

24 Hour Charity Match – Starting Sunday 27th May @ 6pm

This iconic event in our charity calendar returns and is open to everyone! Anyone can play in the 24 hour matches, so it’s not just exclusive to teams. I may even be making a shock appearance in my sporting debut at the end of my final year!

This begins at 6pm on Sunday 27th May and ends at 6pm on Monday 28th May!

This is one of the best events in the calendar as it really captures the spirit and fun of both Stephenson and Snow and is such a nice day – I can attest.

Even if you’re not playing, if you’re around, please come to the Sport Centre and support our amazing players and donate some cash and/or time

Must do’s:

  • Fundraise!
  • Cheer for your pals
  • Have a great day

Lightwater Valley – Monday 28th May (Daytime)

This year we will be heading to the LEGENDARY Lightwater Valley! For those who don’t know, Lightwater Valley is a theme park in North Yorkshire and is a super sick destination for anyone looking for a thrill!

There’s everything from water rides, rollercoasters, food(!) and even mini golf, and with transport provided with your ticket purchased from the JCR you have everything you need to have the best day out!

Must do’s:

  • Ride Europe’s longest roller coaster – the Ultimate – at 1 and a half miles long
  • Be very old school and ride the carousel and teacups
  • Ride around on the lake on the swan boats!

Central Chill – Monday 28th May (Evening)

After a day of sport playing and rollercoaster riding, join us in central for a night of chill and relaxation feat. assorted movies and general banter!

This is only the beginning of ReFreshers so recharge your batteries while enjoying the bar being open and eating pizza to your hearts content (dependant on availability) x

We are also gonna give you a couple free pizzas to chow down on because Joe and Ails are just that nice!

Must do’s:

  • Chillax
  • Play Mario Kart
  • Eat pizza!

Redcar Races – Tuesday 29th May (Day)

Come dressed to 9’s and travel with us to Redcar to experience the exciting atmosphere of the Racecourse and watch the races! This has become a staple of our ReFreshers week and always goes down so well. Apart from Stevo Day, this is my personal favourite day in ReFreshers!

It’s so much fun to get a little bit dressed up and enjoy a day at the Racecourse with your friends! We will be in the grandstand enclosure and there’s nothing better than chowing down on a pork sandwich (or veggie/vegan alternative) and watching some races!

Must do’s:

  • Watch the races…
  • Meet the horses racing
  • Enjoy the sun
  • See the stables

International Food Festival – Tuesday 29th May (Evening)

This is a brand-new event for all of you lucky people, and it’s set to be huge! On this night, we celebrate our amazing international community, with free food, drink and music! It’s basically an international night dialled up to 100! In addition, we will have an open mic night, focusing on music from other cultures, all whilst we celebrate some of the world’s most famous delicacies – including Lancashire Hot Pot!!

I’m also excited to announce that we will have a Ceilidh Band at this night, and I cannot express how much fun a Ceilidh is! So, this should be sick.

Must do’s

  • Dance in the ceilidh
  • Try a veggie parmo
  • Sing some K-Pop

Varsity – Wednesday 30th May (Day)

Our final varsity on QC will be on Wednesday of ReFreshers! It’s gonna be the biggest and best one yet, and rumour has it some Stevo and Snow alumni may even be turning out to support their Colleges as we send off QC varsity in style! After the day’s matches on campus, we will be heading to Acklam Rugby Pitches on coaches for our Rugby and Football matches, where the bar will be open.

Stephenson won last year, so make sure you get down and cheer for our teams as we bid to retain our title.

Must do’s:

  • Support our teams
  • Pray for nice weather
  • Fish out the sunnies!

College Colours @ KU – Wednesday 30th May (Evening)

Does this need any introduction? If yes is the answer to that question, let me elaborate. This is the final KU and the final college colours with Snow, so it’s gonna be massive!

Join us one final time to show the other college who is the best and say goodbye to a place that has given us so many good memories one final time.

Must do’s:

  • Dress in red
  • Be as Stevo as possible

Sun, Snacks and Supersoakers! – Thursday 31st May (Day)

To me, this is one of the most exciting days in the whole of ReFreshers! Hopefully the sun will be shining down on us when we provide you with a wonderful buffet featuring some great food – HOUMOUS – and the bar will be open!

We will also be giving you some Supersoakers and we are gonna have a legendary waterfight outside of central, feel free to shoot Joe with your Supersoakers all you want and this sounds like it could be one of the most memorable days in ReFreshers! I literally am so excited even writing this and I honestly can’t wait to shoot some water guns after a great night at KU!

Must do’s:

  • Shoot Joe with a Supersoaker
  • Eat a buffet
  • Pray for some sun
  • Enjoy the day even if it rains
  • Have some HOUMOUS

Stevo on Tour: Newcastle – Thursday 31st May (Evening)

Our final Stevo on Tour from Queens and we are headed to Skint @ Illegitimate to celebrate a sick day of supersoakers! This is set to be mindblowing as it’s our first trip to Newcastle this year.

It’s time to paint Newcastle red for the first time this year! And it’s looking to be one to remember.

Must do’s:

  • Take lots of photos
  • Take a photo with Rhys specifically

Go Karting – Friday 1st June (Day)

Get yourselves to Hilton Cottage on Friday of ReFreshers week, and enjoy a free taxi ride – or walk if the weather is any good – to the Go Karting venue near Durham!

You can just pay for as  many laps as you want, so show everyone your sick driving skills and pls try not to crash!

Must do’s:

  • Take a photo on top of the podium
  • Try and beat Craig’s best ever time…

Handover Dinner – Friday 1st June (Evening)

The Handover Dinner is honestly an unmissable event in the Stevo Calendar. Come and watch the outgoing exec handover to the incoming exec, and see lots of speeches from Presidents past, present and future (guess who??). As well as this, so many awards are given out on this night, from Half and Full colours, to Outstanding Services to the JCR and even Honorary Life Membership of the JCR!

I can’t recommend this event enough especially considering that this is the last Handover Dinner on Queen’s! Come and say goodbye to Stockton with us on this night!

Must do’s:

  • Remember to sign up
  • Meet some old Stevo Presidents

Stevo Day – Saturday 2nd June

The best day of the year is here. While I’ve provided loads of info already, here’s a recap:

Free hog roast (and veggie alternative) and doughnuts, as well as music, entertainment and inflatables! We also just announced that Showhawk Duo of Radio 1 fame are headlining Stevo Day as if it couldn’t get any better.

Keep an eye out on the Facebook event for more announcements still to come!! This is honestly the biggest Stevo Day ever, and we are gonna finish ReFreshers week with the best ending you can imagine!

Must do’s

  • Watch the Showhawk Duo – they’re bloody incredible
  • Try a doughnut
  • Tell Rhys he’s the best Barman between 12 and 3pm
  • Try the bungee run
  • Knock someone off the gladiator fight

How to get tickets!

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday at 9am until Friday at 5pm and can be ordered using a Google Form (the link will be emailed to Durham accounts and posted on JCR Facebook sites). The form has to be filled in individually as there is a data protection agreement at the top of the form. Once filled in, you will receive an email invoice with the cost of your tickets and  you must pay by cash, bank transfer or cheque by Friday at 5pm – or Joe will have to send you chase up emails and this is not fun for anyone. We hope this Google Form method will make everyone’s lives easier during the busy summative and exam season so please take the opportunity to sign up using this as it will give us our final numbers for events.

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