The Social Programme is an important part of your experience at Kingsway. We employ a Social Manager and his job is to lead an evening activity during the week and a full day trip at the week-end. But he often organises extra events like “5-a-Side Football” or live music evenings if there is a demand.
Kathy, our Student Services Manager is usually in the lounge at break-times chatting to the students, listening to their ideas and, if possible, scheduling these trips for the following week.
Most evening activities start at about 19h30 giving you time to eat with your host families first. But some start straight after lessons (17h00) and include eating in a restaurant or pub. You would normally be home at about 23h00.
Typical evening activities are:
ten-pin bowling, pub evenings (sometimes with live music), classical music concerts at the fantastic Birmingham Symphony Hall and ice-skating. In the summer extra activities can be included like walking tours of the Cotswold villages or the Malvern Hills.
Social Programme Prices
We pay our Social Manager to lead the social events. All we ask is for you to pay for your entries or activities. For example, if you go to Warwick Castle you must pay the entry fee to the castle.
Typical prices are :
Evening activity (eg bowling, live music pub etc) FREE - GBP15
Evening activity (eg Stratford tour, hill walk & meal etc) GBP15 - 25
Full-day trip (eg Bath & Stonehenge, London etc) GBP25 - 50
Mini Bus Service
To make it easy to take part in the social programme, we normally collect you from a “Kingsway bus-stop” close to your homestay and drop you home at the end of the evening. This service is free of charge.
Typical full-day trips ...These take place on either a Saturday or a Sunday. Thanks to our location in the heart of England, there is a wide choice of places to visit in all directions.
London (an unforgettable “snapshot” tour of the highlights of our capital)
Oxford (historic university city)
Manchester (including a tour of the Manchester United football ground)
The Cotswolds with its pretty, typically English villages
Wales (including a tour of a coal mine & a ride on a steam railway)
Warwick Castle (England’s finest medieval castle)
Stratford-upon-Avon (historic birthplace of William Shakespeare)
Bath and Stonehenge – (the beautiful historic city and the mysterious prehistoric stones)