The Social Programme is a great part of your experience at Kingsway. Subject to demand, we offer one or two evening activities during the week and a full day trip at the weekend.
Kathy, our Student Services Manager is usually in the lounge at break-times listening to your ideas and, if possible, arranging these trips for the current or the following week.
Evening Mini Bus Service Included
For your convenience we normally collect you from a Kingsway bus-stop close to your homestay and drop you home at the end of the evening.
Social Programme Prices
We do not aim to profit from social activities – we want as many people to enjoy them as possible – so we price the trips to cover our costs. You can choose to join whichever activities you want, and just pay for them when you are here. Typical prices are :
Evening Activity 1 (Prices from GBP£0 – GBP£15)
These are cheaper events : eg bowling, live music pub, jazz night
Evening Activity 2 (Prices from GBP£15 – GBP£25)
These are slightly more expensive events : eg Stratford tour, hill walk & meal, Birmingham Symphony Hall
Full-day trips (Prices from GBP£25 – GBP£50)
The price varies according to where you are going : eg Bath & Stonehenge, Oxford, London etc
We have two types of evening activity – those which leave immediately after lessons and those which start later in the evening.
Shorter Evening Activities
The shorter ones start at about 19h30 giving you time to eat with your host families first. The Kingsway minibus will pick you up from pre-arranged points around the city, close to your host family, and take you to the event.
Longer Evening Activities
The longer evening trips start straight after lessons (17h00) and include eating in a restaurant or pub as well as the main event (for example an evening at the fantastic Birmingham Symphony Hall). If you join these trips you will need to let your host family know that you won’t be home for dinner.
Typical Evening Activities
Typical evening activities are:
- Cotswold Village Evening
- Ten-Pin Bowling
- “Mug House” Pub Evenings
- Pubs with Live Music
- Classical Music Concerts
- Traditional English Skittles
In the summer, when we have the long, light evenings, extra activities can be included like a visit to the beautiful Cotswold Villages or a sunset stroll on the Malvern Hills. With these type of events an evening meal would be included in the price.
Every weekend, subject to demand, we arrange a day trip out by train or Kingsway minibus. These are the most common places we visit, but if there is somewhere you would like to suggest going we are always happy to see if we can arrange it.
An unforgettable “snapshot” tour of the highlights of our capital. This is a long day with an early start, but well worth the effort. You will see all of the famous sights of London in a single day and arrive back in Worcester in the evening with wonderful memories to take home!
The historic city of Oxford with its world famous university is just 1 hour 30 minutes from Worcester by train. The day includes a tour of one of the colleges and a visit to the Ashmolean Museum. A brilliant trip which will take you back in time to your college days!
Manchester is a large city located 2 hours north of Worcester, famous for its football team, Manchester United. The day includes a guided tour of the stadium (you don’t need to like football to be impressed by this!) and plenty of shopping time in the vibrant retail city centre.
With its pretty, typically English villages, the Cotswolds is a beautiful region located just 40 minutes south-east of Worcester. All of the buildings are made of Cotswold stone giving the villages a real ‘picture-postcard’ look! Get your cameras at the ready. This is about as typically English as you can get!
Wales is the region to the west of Worcester – the border is only 30km away. The trip takes you into the heart of Welsh countryside and includes a visit to the Big Pit Mine – an old coal mine and now a museum – and then on to a steam railway.
England’s finest medieval castle is located just 50 minutes away from Worcester and is the ultimate day trip if you want to experience some real English history. The Castle is really impressive and the gardens are beautiful. There is lots to do, or you can lie on the grass and relax if you want!
Stratford on Avon
The historic birthplace of William Shakespeare is just 45 minutes from Worcester. The trip includes a tour of the town and the opportunity to either visit the Shakesperian properties or spend time shopping or relaxing by the river. There are boats to hire if you want.
Bath & Stonehenge
The beautiful historic Roman city of Bath lies 1 hour south of Worcester and the mysterious prehistoric stones of Stonehenge are another 50 minutes further on. A wonderful day!
Blenheim Palace was built in the early 18th Century and was home to British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. It is currently home to the Duke of Marlborough and family, and is a spectacular place to visit on a Kingsway day out.