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Bucksmore Cambridge

An Intensive English language Summer School For 14-17 Year-Olds

Activities and Excursions

Bucksmore Cambridge’s timetable is planned and organised by a dedicated Activity Manager, who is responsible for choosing and coordinating weekly activities and excursions. One of the key responsibilities of an Activity Manager is to respond to student requests and ensure that all students have a fantastic time during their stay.


Each week, there are two full-day excursions and one half-day trip to a variety of destinations. Students are accompanied by staff on all excursions, and can be given free-time if appropriate. Popular visits include:

In 2017, students will visit areas of London outside the centre, including world-famous locations such as Kensington, Windsor, and Greenwich. Students will not be taken on excursions to Westminster, the South Bank, Oxford Street or Covent Garden in summer 2017.

Founded in the year 1542, Oxford’s historic rivalry with Cambridge dates back more than 800 years. On a tour of the city, students will see land-marks such as Carfax Tower, Bodleian Library, Christ Church Cathedral, and the ‘Bridge of Sighs’ and many Oxford University Colleges.

Thorpe Park
Always a student favourite! Thorpe Park is one of Europe’s biggest and most exciting theme parks in Europe, with seven rollercoasters and five water rides.

On-Site Activities

The social programme is an important part of any summer school experience, and is great way for students to socialise and practice their English with each other. In addition to traditional activities such as sports tournaments, talent shows and discos, other examples of Bucksmore activities include:

Murder Mystery Night
The College is transformed into a crime scene, as one of the counsellors have been murdered! Students are all given characters and new identities, and spend the evening solving clues and gaining information from each other in order to find out who the murderer is.

The Cube
Based on the television show of the same name, students are invited inside a large cube in order to face several rounds of challenges which can test students’ agility, mathematical skills and spatial awareness against the clock.

Get Your Own Back
Usually held towards the end of the course, this is a great chance for students to get revenge on their teachers! Each counsellor comes on to the stage for a different challenge, and students are given the opportunity to volunteer themselves to try and beat the counsellor at each game. Whoever loses has to do a forfeit!

The City of Cambridge

After an initial orientation of this historic city, students are encouraged to discover Cambridge with their friends in their ‘freestyle’ periods – when students can sign out of the College in small groups of friends to explore the surrounding area.

Cambridge is also famous for ‘punting’, a unique way of seeing Cambridge, which refers to boating in a ‘punt’, a flat-bottomed boat used in small rivers and shallow water, propelled by a long pole.

Course Details
Bucksmore Cambridge includes:
  • 25 hours of English tuition each week
  • 2 full day excursions and 1 half day trip per week
  • Full afternoon and evening activity programme including sporting, cultural and fun games
  • Bucksmore end-of-course Assessment
  • Maximum class size of 11 students