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Social activities and optional trips

Orientation programme

The orientation programme and welcome reception on 4 July will give you the chance to meet your fellow students and the summer school staff.

We also arrange a number of evening social activities and optional trips during the programme.

Optional weekend trips

There will be two long weekends (three days) during the summer school, giving you the chance to travel to Scotland or Paris.

The other two weekends provide free time for exploring London and the area closer to Kingston. There is also the option to book onto a British Classics cooking class on 21 July.

Optional weekend British Cooking class

There will be the opportunity to attend a one day British Classics cooking class on Sunday 21 July. This is limited to 8 students, so book early to avoid disappointment. You will learn to make 3 courses of traditional British dishes. You will then sit down as a group to enjoy the meal.

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British Culture field trips

If you are not taking the British Culture class, you may still have the opportunity to participate in its field trips, paying a fee per trip (space permitting). Whether this is possible depends on your schedule.

Full information about the trips will be available at the start of the summer school, but in the meantime you can see details of last summer's trips below for an idea of what to expect:

  • Hampton Court Palace: students travel to Hampton Court Palace by boat for a lecture tour of the palace and visit the grounds and gardens.
  • Greenwich: this trip includes a visit to the Old Royal Observatory (the location of zero longitude), the Royal Naval College (designed by Christopher Wren) and the Queen's House (designed by Inigo Jones). It addressed the role of Britain in the development of accurate timekeeping and navigation in the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • Stonehenge and Bath: this includes visiting Stonehenge, a World Heritage Site, en route to the Roman baths in Bath, where students take a walking tour of the town to see the Georgian architecture.
  • Oxford: students take a walking tour of the ancient heart of the city of Oxford, which gives an introduction to the architecture, history and way of life in Britain's oldest university. They also visit Christ Church College.

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Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3045
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Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3639
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