School’s in for summer!

Looking for a gift for Mother’s Day? Or a gift for any family member in fact! Consider the many and enriching learning experiences and fabulous family entertainment on offer from Marlborough College Summer School.

Bookings are now open for Marlborough College Summer School, which runs from 14 July to 10 August 2019. This eagerly anticipated annual event is one of the largest multi-generational learning experiences of its kind and hosts over 500 courses suitable for all ages, abilities and interests.


A major part of Summer School’s appeal to parents and grandparents is its flexibility. In addition to staying at the College with their families, young people are welcome to attend Summer School as day students. For the four weeks of Summer School, courses run from Monday to Friday and last for either five full or five half days. Optional extended care and evening activities are also available until 6.30pm for ages six and up. It therefore offers an ideal childcare option over the long summer holiday, especially as eligible working parents can use Childcare Vouchers to help pay for courses.


Summer School arrange courses for young people into four age bands with the structure and content designed to provide an exciting adventure in a safe environment. Junior Troopers (3-6 years) and Children’s Activities (6-9 years) adopt the multi-activity approach with a packed programme of arts and crafts, music, sports and outdoor games. Like the adults, older children and teenagers (9-17 years) can choose a morning and afternoon course, which they continue all week. In addition to well-loved courses such as Outdoor Adventures, Tennis, Cricket and Horse Riding, just some of the diverse new activities available this summer include Urban Dance, Printmaking, Taiko Drumming and even a week of Dinosaur Fun.


Besides promising a memorable experience for children and young people, Summer School also offers grown-ups an opportunity to take some time out for themselves and enjoy a favourite pastime or learn a new skill. New adult courses for 2019 encompass everything from Jewellery Making to Road Cycling, American Literature to British Politics, Bee Keeping to Japanese Cooking and Ballet Fitness to Meditation.

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Another highlight of the Summer School experience is the entertainment on offer to both Summer School students and the public. In addition to recitals, film nights and 5.15pm lectures on a range of fascinating topics, showcase Gala Performances take place every Tuesday and Friday evening. This year’s line-up includes Clare Balding and the Reverend Richard Coles plus music from The Counterfeit Stones, The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and The Magic of Motown.

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Certain to be a big hit this year with families is Illyria’s outdoor theatre production of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. The show promises lots to join in with, larger-than-life characters and the most magical cave you have ever seen! Under 18s go free to this performance, so book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

For more information and to request a brochure, call the Summer School team on 01672 892388 or visit