This month at English in Chester

We update this page every month to provide our latest news, current social programme and the nationality mix at the school. Please contact us if you would like any more information.

This month's Social Programme

Here's what's happening at English in Chester this month.

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1 Dec

Lake District with Busybus

Lake District with Busybus

Lake District with Busybus

1 December 2018
Depart from Chester Train Station
Price: £39

Join the Busybus tour of this beautiful region, including Windermere, Grasmere and Rydal Mount.

Book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

EiC Recommends: Winter Arts Market

EiC Recommends: Winter Arts Market

1 December 2018
Liverpool Cathedral
Price: £3

Over 200 independent artists, designers and makers will transform Liverpool Cathedral into a bustling market displaying thousands of colourful creations alongside an artisan food fair and vintage fair.

A variety of handmade work will be available including jewellery, paintings, tableware, beauty products, colourful decorations, accessories, textiles, photography, knitwear, plus food gifts, clothing and vintage.

Find out more information at www.winterartsmarket.com.

EiC Recommends: Altered Books Workshop

EiC Recommends: Altered Books Workshop

EiC Recommends: Altered Books Workshop

1 December 2018
Hoole Community Centre
Price: £15

A monthly workshop on the 1st Saturday of the month at Hoole Community Centre. December's theme is...What the Dickens? Join this fun and creative workshop creating fun pages!

All materials are provided but you will need to bring a small hardback book to work in (books may be available to purchase on the day for a small fee).

Find out more and book your place on Phizzychick's Altered Books Facebook event page.

2 Dec

EiC Recommends: Chester Santa Dash

EiC Recommends: Chester Santa Dash

EiC Recommends: Chester Santa Dash

2 December 2018
Chester city centre
Price: Free

The Chester Santa Dash is raising money for two of Chester's local charities: The Hospice of the Good Shepherd and the Countess Charity.

This event, now in its 8th year, promises to be a great as ever with thousands of Santa's taking to the streets of Chester. The route is 3.3km in length. This event is free to watch - or if you'd like to take part, you can register for £17.50. Find out more information at www.chestersantadash.com.

EiC Recommends: Cinema

EiC Recommends: Cinema

EiC Recommends: Cinema

2 December 2018
Storyhouse Cinema
Price: £6/£8.50

9-5: Judy (Jane Fonda), Violet (Lily Tomlin) and Doralee (Dolly Parton) couldn’t be more different from each other, but they bond over being mistreated by their boss (Dabney Coleman); who yells at Judy on her first day, takes credit for Violet’s ideas and harasses Doralee. Fed up, they dream of getting rid of him.

Find out more information and book tickets on the Storyhouse website.

Tickets £8.50 / £6 for aged under 26.

North Wales with Busybus

North Wales with Busybus

North Wales with Busybus

2 December 2018
Depart from Chester Train Station
Price: £39

Join the Busybus tour of this beautiful country, including Llandudno, Conwy, Llangollen and Snowdonia National Park.

Book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

3 Dec

Conversation Club

Conversation Club

3 December 2018
Coffee Room
Price: Free

Come to the English conversation club with Alex after school on Monday. Please sign up in advance with Alice. Sign up deadline: Monday lunch time.

4 Dec

EiC Recommends: Christmas Tree Festival

EiC Recommends: Christmas Tree Festival

4 December 2018
Chester Cathedral
Price: Free

From the beginning of December, Chester Cathedral cloisters will be filled with more than 40 majestic Christmas trees. The festival, back for a sixth year in 2018, allows visitors to escape from the hustle and bustle of the festive period and lose themselves in the astonishing tree-lined winter walkways.

Visitors will be encouraged to vote for their favourite tree and the winners will be announced at the closing of the festival.

5 Dec

City Walk

City Walk

5 December 2018
Meet at the front of school
Price: Free

Do you know the names of the main streets in the city centre? Where can you get your mobile phone repaired? Which is the oldest pub? Is there a good place to get a cup of coffee?

Join us on the city walk to get to know Chester better. All welcome!

Please sign up by Tuesday lunch time. Minimum 3 sign ups.

EiC Recommends: Pantomime

EiC Recommends: Pantomime

EiC Recommends: Pantomime

5 December 2018
The Forum Theatre
Price: £12

Aladdin is Tip Top’s 10th pantomime in the cosy Forum Studio Theatre. Join Aladdin (hooray) as he battles the evil Abanazar (boo) in his bid to gain the magic lamp. And will he win? Oh, yes he will! Come and see Aladdin rescue the Princess Jasmine as he meets the magical Genie and cheer him as he soars through the sky on his magic carpet.

Find out more information and book tickets on the Tip Top Productions website. The panto runs until 5th January.

6 Dec

Book Club

Book Club

Book Club

6 December 2018
Common Room
Price: Free

Develop your speaking, listening, vocabulary and reading skills at this weekly book club.

A2+ level learners are invited to join Laura O's Book Club.

Meet the British: Hanky Panky Pancakes

Meet the British: Hanky Panky Pancakes

Meet the British: Hanky Panky Pancakes

6 December 2018
Meet at the front of school
Price: Free

Hanky Panky Pancakes is on Commonhall Street.

At this Meet the British session, there will be an introduction to Hanky Panky explaining who they are and their love of pancakes. You will have the opportunity to try some pancakes from their menu. If you wish to stay, there is a ukelele evening on Thursdays where you can sing a long!

This is a great opportunity to meet Chester locals and discover somewhere new in Chester. Please sign up with Alice. Sign up deadline: end of Wednesday 5th.

7 Dec

English Corner: Christmas Decorating

English Corner: Christmas Decorating

English Corner: Christmas Decorating

7 December 2018
Common Room
Price: Free

Help Alice decorate the school for Christmas!

Enjoy a hot drink and mince pie and help us make the school look festive.

Sign up by Friday break time.

EiC Recommends: Zumba

EiC Recommends: Zumba

EiC Recommends: Zumba

7 December 2018
Northgate Arena
Price: £6.70

Mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Zumba is a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility and boosted energy.

Book online at www.brioleisure.org/bookings/leisure-bookings or at Northgate Arena.

8 Dec

Lake District with Busybus

Lake District with Busybus

Lake District with Busybus

8 December 2018
Depart from Chester Train Station
Price: £39

Join the Busybus tour of this beautiful region, including Windermere, Grasmere and Rydal Mount.

Book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

EiC Recommends: Live Music

EiC Recommends: Live Music

EiC Recommends: Live Music

8 December 2018
Alexander's Live
Price: £11

The Tremé - Soul and Funk are an eight-piece funk and soul band, who perform authentic covers and are comprised of some of the best professional musicians in the Northwest. The Tremé offer a slick, stylish, professional performance with no downtime between songs and guarantee to get everyone dancing and talking about the night for weeks to come.

Find out more information and book tickets on the Alexander's Live website.

9 Dec

Manchester Excursion

Manchester Excursion

Manchester Excursion

9 December 2018
Departs from school in minibus
Price: £27

Enjoy a festive day trip to Manchester with Dave C.

On arrival in Manchester, you will walk to the famous Christmas Markets, where you will have some free time to walk around. Or, head up to the shops if you prefer.

Afterwards you will have the option to walk to Manchester Cathedral for a visit before travelling back to Chester.

Minimum 5 sign-ups. Sign up deadline: end of Wednesday 5th.

North Wales with Busybus

North Wales with Busybus

North Wales with Busybus

9 December 2018
Depart from Chester Train Station
Price: £39

Join the Busybus tour of this beautiful country, including Llandudno, Conwy, Llangollen and Snowdonia National Park.

Book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

10 Dec

Christmas Film: Elf

Christmas Film: Elf

Christmas Film: Elf

10 December 2018
Common Room
Price: Free

Enjoy a festive film with Claire in the Common Room. This week, watch Elf, the 2003 comedy film starring Will Ferrell.

Sign up deadline: Monday break time.

11 Dec

Meet the British: PCSO James

Meet the British: PCSO James

Meet the British: PCSO James

11 December 2018
Common Room
Price: Free

Come and meet James, a Cheshire Police Community Support Officer. He will be demonstrating police equipment, talking about how the police work in the UK and why they don't carry guns.

A good way to develop your listening and speaking skills. All welcome - please sign up by the end of Monday.

12 Dec

EiC Recommends: Grosvenor Museum

EiC Recommends: Grosvenor Museum

EiC Recommends: Grosvenor Museum

12 December 2018
Lecture Theatre, Grosvenor Museum
Price: Free

The Roman Way of Death: Nearly 2000 years ago, Chester was a busy military fortress with a flourishing civilian settlement attached. Its inhabitants largely followed Roman traditions when burying and commemorating their dead.

This talk will explore Deva’s fascinating Roman cemeteries and take a closer look at local burial practices.

Free, suggested donation £3.

City Walk

City Walk

12 December 2018
Meet at the front of school
Price: Free

Do you know the names of the main streets in the city centre? Where can you get your mobile phone repaired? Which is the oldest pub? Is there a good place to get a cup of coffee?

Join Laura B on the city walk to get to know Chester better. All welcome!

Please sign up by Tuesday lunch time. Minimum 3 sign ups.

EiC Recommends: Irish Music

EiC Recommends: Irish Music

EiC Recommends: Irish Music

12 December 2018
The Cross Keys
Price: Free entry

Enjoy some live, traditional Irish music and a pint of Guinness. Music starts at 20:30 but you are advised to arrive earlier to get a seat!

13 Dec

EiC Recommends: Winter Watch Parade

EiC Recommends: Winter Watch Parade

EiC Recommends: Winter Watch Parade

13 December 2018
The Forum Shopping Centre
Price: Free

This event is based on Chester’s 15th-century tradition of ‘Setting the Watch’, when the city leaders handed over the keys of Chester to the City Watch – the early police force – after processing around the city to ensure it was secure.

The Winter Watch Parade combines colourful costumes and a collection of characters. Celebrate Christmas with the Lord of Misrule, devils and dragons, dancing and sword fights, and a spectacular-fire breathing finale.

Book Club

Book Club

Book Club

13 December 2018
Common Room
Price: Free

Develop your speaking, listening, vocabulary and reading skills at this weekly book club.

A2+ level learners are invited to join Laura O's Book Club.

Badminton

Badminton

Badminton

13 December 2018
Northgate Arena
Price: £4 + racquet hire

Want to play Badminton with some school friends?

Courts must be booked over a week in advance, so please sign up early.

14 Dec

Theatre: The Wizard of Oz

Theatre: The Wizard of Oz

Theatre: The Wizard of Oz

14 December 2018
Storyhouse
Price: £18

Wizard of Oz is coming to Storyhouse this Christmas: based on the classic MGM motion picture, featuring the beloved songs Somewhere Over The Rainbow and We’re Off To See The Wizard.

Join Kerry at Storyhouse to watch this fantastic show this Christmas. Tickets are limited - please sign up with Alice as soon as possible.

EiC Recommends: Chester Christmas Market

EiC Recommends: Chester Christmas Market

EiC Recommends: Chester Christmas Market

14 December 2018
Chester Town Hall
Price: Free

70 traditional wooden chalets situated in the heart of Chester, all wrapped around a sparkling Christmas tree. There will be lots of festive treats and gifts on offer, including  local and regional products, crafts, clothing, accessories, jewellery and stocking fillers, which are sure to make the perfect present!

Don't forget to sample the delicious hot food and drink, including tasty mulled wine, the perfect way to keep warm whilst enjoying the market.

15 Dec

EiC Recommends: Christmas Food & Drink Festival

EiC Recommends: Christmas Food & Drink Festival

EiC Recommends: Christmas Food & Drink Festival

15 December 2018
Carriage Shed
Price: £3

"A festive offering of the finest hot food and an array of bars serving everything from world gins and fizz to real ales and mulled wine will be getting you into the highest yuletide spirits, with a programme of entertainment that boasts oompah bands, carol singers, live bands and DJs.".

Find out more on the Carriage Shed website and the Chester Christmas Food & Drink Festival 2018 Facebook page.

EiC Recommends: Artist on a Bike

EiC Recommends: Artist on a Bike

EiC Recommends: Artist on a Bike

15 December 2018
Hoole
Price: Free

Open Studio: Warm yourself with a glass of mulled wine in Christine's studio and view (amongst other things) her new work for 2018 - the seascapes - limited editon Glicee prints framed in salvadged/reclaimed wood. Inspired by Christine's love of openwater swimming. Bikey art and gifts too.

Find out more information on Artist on a Bike's Facebook page and on www.artistonabike.co.uk.

Lake District with Busybus

Lake District with Busybus

Lake District with Busybus

15 December 2018
Depart from Chester Train Station
Price: £39

Join the Busybus tour of this beautiful region, including Windermere, Grasmere and Rydal Mount.

Book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

16 Dec

EiC Recommends: Artist on a Bike

EiC Recommends: Artist on a Bike

EiC Recommends: Artist on a Bike

16 December 2018
Hoole
Price: Free

Open Studio: Warm yourself with a glass of mulled wine in Christine's studio and view (amongst other things) her new work for 2018 - the seascapes - limited editon Glicee prints framed in salvadged/reclaimed wood. Inspired by Christine's love of openwater swimming. Bikey art and gifts too.

Find out more information on Artist on a Bike's Facebook page and on www.artistonabike.co.uk.

North Wales with Busybus

North Wales with Busybus

North Wales with Busybus

16 December 2018
Depart from Chester Train Station
Price: £39

Join the Busybus tour of this beautiful country, including Llandudno, Conwy, Llangollen and Snowdonia National Park.

Book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

EiC Recommends: Manchester Christmas Market

EiC Recommends: Manchester Christmas Market

16 December 2018
Albert Square, Manchester
Price: Free

With a huge selection of traders from across Europe, the Christmas Market at Albert Square has become a Christmas tradition.

Albert Square's bustling atmosphere and festive cheer make it the perfect place to meet friends and family and enjoy the mouthwatering array of food and drinks on offer.

17 Dec

Conversation Club

Conversation Club

17 December 2018
Coffee Room
Price: Free

Come to the English conversation club with Patsy after school on Monday. Please sign up in advance with Alice. Sign up deadline: Monday lunch time.

18 Dec

Christmas Film: Home Alone

Christmas Film: Home Alone

Christmas Film: Home Alone

18 December 2018
Common Room
Price: Free

Enjoy a festive film with Alice in the Common Room. This week, watch Home Alone, the 1990 comedy film starring Macaulay Culkin.

Sign up deadline: Tuesday break time.

19 Dec

Christmas Pub Evening

Christmas Pub Evening

Christmas Pub Evening

19 December 2018
Meet at the Cross
Price: £5 (includes your first drink)

Join Alice and some of your school friends for a drink in a city centre pub before school breaks up for Christmas. £5 includes your first drink at the pub.

Sign up deadline: end of Tuesday 18th.

EiC Recommends: Chester Zoo Lanterns

EiC Recommends: Chester Zoo Lanterns

EiC Recommends: Chester Zoo Lanterns

19 December 2018
Chester Zoo
Price: £15

The Lanterns are returning to Chester Zoo this Christmas in an event that's more sparkly than ever before. The event features animal-inspired illuminations, magical lanterns, twinkly costumed characters and Father Christmas himself. Guests arriving at the winter spectacular will be welcomed by nine specially created ‘worlds’, including the Garden of Delight, Moonlit Meadow, Cloud Cuckoo Land and a snow-filled Enchanted Woodland.

Find out more information and book tickets on the Chester Zoo website.

20 Dec

Book Club

Book Club

Book Club

20 December 2018
Common Room
Price: Free

Develop your speaking, listening, vocabulary and reading skills at this weekly book club.

A2+ level learners are invited to join Laura O's Book Club.

EiC Recommends: Music Event

EiC Recommends: Music Event

EiC Recommends: Music Event

20 December 2018
Alexander's Live
Price: £5

Stepping Tiger is a world music event run by DJ Ben 'Roman' Haslett. UK live jazz, soul and afrobeat acts will be supported by vinyl DJs playing soul, funk and world music.

More details to follow!

Book Club

Book Club

Book Club

20 December 2018
Common Room
Price: Free

Develop your speaking, listening, vocabulary and reading skills at this weekly book club.

A2+ level learners are invited to join Laura O's Book Club.

21 Dec

EiC Recommends: Theatre

EiC Recommends: Theatre

EiC Recommends: Theatre

21 December 2018
St Mary's Creative Space
Price: £10

Brimming with goodwill It’s A Wonderful Life is the seasonal classic no Christmas is complete without. Overwhelmed by problems, kind-hearted George Bailey considers ending it all until his guardian angel Clarence steps in to show him what his home town would be like without his loving presence. He decides to return home to the friends and family who hold him dear just in time for Christmas.

Find out more information and book tickets at www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/chester/st-marys-creative-space/its-a-wonderful-life.

School Christmas Party

School Christmas Party

School Christmas Party

21 December 2018
Common Room
Price: Free

It's the last day of term!

Join us in the Common Room for class performances and festive cheer.

22 Dec

23 Dec

EiC Recommends: Strala Yoga

EiC Recommends: Strala Yoga

23 December 2018
Northgate Arena
Price: £6.70

"Strala Yoga is a revolutionary approach to guiding feeling and movement, which gets people radiantly healthy, free, creative, and happy. Strala was created by Tara Stiles, drawing on her background in classical ballet and choreography, as well as her long-time personal practice in yoga.".

Start your Sunday off right! Sign up at www.brioleisure.org or book your place at Northgate Arena.

EiC Recommends: Christmas Tree Festival

EiC Recommends: Christmas Tree Festival

23 December 2018
Chester Cathedral
Price: Free

From the beginning of December, Chester Cathedral cloisters will be filled with more than 40 majestic Christmas trees. The festival, back for a sixth year in 2018, allows visitors to escape from the hustle and bustle of the festive period and lose themselves in the astonishing tree-lined winter walkways.

Visitors will be encouraged to vote for their favourite tree and the winners will be announced at the closing of the festival.

24 Dec

EiC Recommends: Chester Cathedral Services

EiC Recommends: Chester Cathedral Services

EiC Recommends: Chester Cathedral Services

24 December 2018
Chester Cathedral
Price: Free

There are various events and services at the cathedral this Christmas Eve:.

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28 Dec

EiC Recommends: Pilates

EiC Recommends: Pilates

EiC Recommends: Pilates

28 December 2018
Northgate Arena
Price: £6.70

"The perfect workout for improving your strength, flexibility and agility. This class will invigorate your mind and condition your body through stretching and strengthening moves focused around your core muscles.".

Sign up at www.brioleisure.org.

29 Dec

EiC Recommends: Women's Choir

EiC Recommends: Women's Choir

29 December 2018
Alexander's Live
Price: £8.80

A Handbag of Harmonies is a choir of women from Chester. The choir is just as comfortable performing in village halls, pubs and street corners on their home turf of Chester and Cheshire, as well as festivals up and down the country.

Blow away those Christmas cobwebs, leave the TV specials behind and come out for some live entertainment with amazing songs, pink feather boas, glitzy handbags and dazzling choreography.

Tickets £8.80 from the Alexander's Live website.

30 Dec

31 Dec

EiC Recommends: Glam Rock Ball

EiC Recommends: Glam Rock Ball

EiC Recommends: Glam Rock Ball

31 December 2018
Commonhall St Social
Price: Free entry

Bring in the new year with friends at Commonhall Social's Glam Rock Ball.

Find out more on Commonhall's Facebook page.

           

See previous months

Our social programme and nationality mix varies at different times of year. Here you can see these in previous months. This will give you an idea of what to expect in the month you are coming to study with us.

This month's nationality mix(All courses, % of student numbers)

  • Spanish21%
  • Korean13%
  • Swiss11%
  • Japanese6%
  • Czech6%
  • Colombian6%
  • Taiwanese6%
  • Saudi5%
  • Italian5%
  • Turkish4%
  • Thai3%
  • German3%
  • French3%
  • Belgium2%
  • Palestinian2%
  • Chinese2%
  • Venezuelan1%
  • Other1%

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