Social Programmes

Our social programme is a very important and much appreciated part of school life. Language and culture are closely 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

Throughout the week we offer free, or inexpensive, social events after school such as the city walk, coffee evenings and visits to some of our traditional pubs. At school we feature events to provide you with more opportunities for informal, natural English practice. Weekly and monthly events include: book club, film afternoon, games afternoon, drawing classes, a CV workshop and charity coffee mornings.


Full day excursions at the weekend to the Lake District and North Wales are each offered once per week year-round. There are many opportunities to visit Liverpool and Manchester which are easily accessible. Other excursions to destinations such as York, Shrewsbury and Llangollen are 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 when you are arranging your own social activities. Our range of information sheets and 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. This may be via informative and entertaining sessions introducing our favourite elements of local life and culture, or via "English in Chester Recommends" where students are encouraged to attend interesting events happening around the area by themselves.

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.

  • Tour of the Lake District

    Tour of the Lake District

    An award-winning, 220-mile, full day tour of the main sights of the Lake District with Busybus.

  • Chester Zoo

    Chester Zoo

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

  • Bowling


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

  • Pub Night

    Pub Night

    One of our most popular evenings visiting different pubs in Chester city centre.

  • Liverpool Excursion

    Liverpool Excursion

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

  • Meet the British

    Meet the British

    Entertaining, informative presentations from native English speakers including James, a local police officer!

  • Dinner in a Restaurant

    Dinner in a Restaurant

    Enjoy some good food and English chat with school friends in one of Chester’s fantastic restaurants.

  • Llangollen Excursion

    Llangollen Excursion

    Llangollen is a pretty Welsh town. Nearby Pontyscyllte (Welsh for bridge across the sky) is an aqueduct carrying narrow boats 38 metres above ground.

  • Open Air Cinema

    Open Air Cinema

    Moonlight Flicks is an open air cinema set within the historic Roman Gardens. Enjoy blockbusters, old classics or family-friendly films whilst sitting under the stars.

  • York Excursion

    York Excursion

    York, in the North East of England, has a magnificent circuit of 13th-century walls enclosing a web of narrow streets. Enjoy this beautiful city with a perfect mix of ancient and modern.

  • Theatre Trip

    Theatre Trip

    Have a real cultural experience at the Storyhouse theatre, opened in summer 2017, or its summer partner Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre.