Cultural Programme

A key part of our English language experience is our culturally enriching Social Activity Programme. With at least 3 complimentary activities, hosted by a member of OISE staff, after your lessons during the week and many more activities, including weekend day trips to other historical cities and places of interest, there’s something for everyone.

See below for example summer and winter programmes, as well as the TravelSights – Monthly Programme for a sample of the weekend activities on offer and their associated costs.

We are also happy to help you organise some additional weekend activities during your studies here, such as clay-pigeon shooting, horse-riding, golf, archery and falconry; sports which were traditionally enjoyed by the British monarchy and aristocrats.

Sample Summer Programme

Day Activity Where Cost
Monday Happy Hour
Come and relax in the Executive Lounge with a glass of wine, a juice and a few nibbles.
The Executive Lounge at 17:30. FREE!
Tuesday Punting
Come and float down the river Cam with your fellow students. This is by far the best way to see the colleges.
Meet in the Foyer at 17:50, sharp! FREE!
Wednesday Walking Tour of Cambridge
Discover the delights of the city of Cambridge. Explore the historic city centre and wander at leisure through the University Colleges.
Please come and ask a member of the team for ideas on where to visit. FREE!
Thursday Pub Night
Come and join your classmates for a drink at ‘The Cricketers’ and enjoy the view over the river Cam.
Meet OISE representative at The Cricketers pub at 20:00. First drink FREE!
Friday Cambridge Shakespeare
The Cambridge Shakespeare festival performs some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays in the gardens of some of the most famous colleges in Cambridge.
See notice board for details. FREE!
Saturday Oxford and Blenheim Palace
Walk around the famous colleges, museums and exhibitions and enjoy Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
Please book by Wednesday to avoid disappointment. £29
Sunday Bath
Explore the historic centre, with its stunning Georgian buildings and famour hot water springs, and experience the Roman baths, the underground remains of the ancient Roman city.
Please book by Wednesday to avoid disappointment. £29

Sample Winter Programme

Day Activity Where Cost
Monday Happy Hour
Come and relax in the Executive Lunch with a glass of wine, a juice and a few nibbles.
The Executive Lounge at 17:00. FREE!
Tuesday Evensong at King’s College
Come and listen to the world famous King’s College choir. Admire the outstanding architecture in one of the most recognised buildings in Cambridge.
Please meet the OISE representative in the foyer at 17:00 sharp. FREE!
Wednesday Late Night Shopping
Why not visit John Lewis for all those early Christmas presents! Shops stay open until 20:00 tonight.
Grafton centre, city centre and Grand Arcade.
Thursday Ghost Walk
A great way to explore the university colleges. Join us for an eerie walk around historic Cambridge.
Meet OISE representative outside King’s College at 20:00. FREE!
Friday Ice-skating
Enjoy the open-air rink on Parker’s Piece. Hot chocolate at the Ice Café and Christmas novelties.
Parker’s Piece. Please ask a member of staff for a map. £8.95
Saturday Royal Windsor & Castle
Visit the magnificent Windsor Castle and its attractive town. Famous Eton College is nearby. Entrance the the castle with self-guided audio tour is included.
Please book by Wednesday to avoid disappointment. £35
Sunday Stratford-upon-Avon & Warwick Castle
Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, and see the house where the world famous playwright was born in 1564. Then on to the historic Warwick Castle, where you will experience knights in battle, a 40ft trebuchet in action and marvel at the grandure of its many state rooms.
Please book by Wednesday to avoid disappointment. £29