Social Programmes

Our social programme is a very important and much appreciated part of school life. Language and culture are inextricably linked so our programme of activities and excursions is designed to activate your English while you learn about British life and culture. You can visit many interesting places, share new experiences with students from all over the world, get to know your teachers outside of the classroom and have lots of fun.

On some courses (Summer Courses for Teenagers and 50+ Courses) there is an inclusive social programme devised with the interests of these age groups in mind. For our other students we offer an optional, full and varied social programme. Each event is separately priced and students book and pay for the events that they are interested in. We always offer a range of events so that there is something of interest for everyone.

View this month's social programme and prices

English Plus and evening events

At least twice during each week, we offer free, or inexpensive, social events after school such as sports, international food evenings and visits to some of our traditional pubs. At school we provide English Plus events to provide you with more opportunities for informal, natural English practice. Weekly events include: Conversation Club, Book Club, Film Club and a city walk. Monthly events include: a coffee morning, a CV workshop and English Corner (informative and entertaining sessions introducing our favourite elements of local life and culture).


Full day excursions at the weekend to destinations such as The Lake District and North Wales are offered once per week year-round and twice per week in July and August. There are many opportunities to visit Liverpool and Manchester which are easily accessible. Other events such as football matches or theatre trips are also popular.

Your own social activities and Meet the British

Our Social Programme Organiser has lots of information and advice on places to visit and can help you to arrange your own social activities. Our range of information packs provide comprehensive instructions on where to go, how to get there and what to see and do.

Our Meet the British programme is designed to help you get involved with the local community, meet British people and practise your English with native speakers.

Stephanie, Switzerland

The school organised excursions during the week and at weekends. All of them were fantastic, like our trips to Scotland and North Wales. I would recommend English in Chester to everyone because it is really great. It is, in one word, marvellous!

Look at some of the highlights of our social programme over the last year...

  • Tour of North Wales

    Tour of North Wales

    An entertaining guided tour around the coast and countryside of North Wales with Busybus. £30

  • Weekend in Scotland

    Weekend in Scotland

    Discover Scotland on our tour with two nights accommodation and a visit to Edinburgh Castle. £200

  • Chester Zoo

    Chester Zoo

    See the animals in one of Europe's largest and best kept zoos. Chester Zoo is a fantastic day out! £16

  • Alton Towers

    Alton Towers

    Non-stop fun on all-inclusive spectacular rides. Are you brave enough? £39

  • Pub Night

    Pub Night

    One of our most popular evenings visiting different pubs in Chester city centre. Free (excluding drinks!)

  • Liverpool


    So much to see in the home city of The Beatles. Visit magnificent cathedrals and the historic waterfront. £15

  • Manchester United FC

    Manchester United FC

    A guided stadium tour to one of the many popular famous football clubs in the North West. £15

  • Food Evening

    Food Evening

    Bring a typical dish from your own country and enjoy tasty food from around the world! Free

  • Gawsworth Hall

    Gawsworth Hall

    Visits to Cheshire's beautiful old houses are always popular. Gawsworth Hall is one of the best. £7.50

  • Llandudno


    Experience the biggest coastal resort on the North Wales coast and walk on the Victorian pier. £15

  • Bowling


    How competitive are you? Try your hand at ten-pin bowling and show everyone how good you are! £8

  • Theatre Trip

    Theatre Trip

    Have a real cultural experience in one the region's top theatres. The Lowry theatre is a modern masterpiece. £30

Prices are approximate and include admission/ticket/transport where appropriate.