The evening activities programme has been carefully designed to provide a balanced and enriching extension to the academic programme. The confidence and enthusiasm for learning and trying new things discussed in the classroom is taken outside and developed in the natural environment or in many other challenging and thought provoking situations. One of the students’ favourite activities is the safe yet thrilling treerunners activity where they are taught the ropes (literally!) and then are free to explore the tree-top ropes course with their friends. This is a brilliant activity for challenging the students and developing team work. The students also love the stand-up paddle boarding, which offers an amazing opportunity to explore the beautiful lakes in the quintessentially English Cotswolds.
The stunning countryside around Marlborough itself also provides opportunities for exploration and adventure. Within ten minutes of Marlborough there are dense, ancient woodlands, rolling downs, Neolithic monuments, cooling rivers, and green fields stretching as far as the eye can see. Activities on offer in this area include river walking, a wonderful way to explore the surroundings of Marlborough, walking the downs - the best way to take in the views overlooking Marlborough - and many opportunities for campfires, singing and spending time with new friends.
The evenings also provide an opportunity for the students to attend cultural events, both in the college and in the wider area, and to create their own. The highly-renowned Marlborough Jazz Festival takes place during the period of the summer school and a whole host of national and international musicians can be heard just a short walk from the school.
There is also a diverse range of cultural events happening on the College campus during summer school including many live music performances and open-air theatre. If the students are really lucky they may even have the opportunity to interview the performers or even find themselves sitting next to them at the breakfast table!
In addition, Marlborough is perfectly situated to take advantage of many of the arts events taking place in the south of England. Fantastic music and theatre can be found in Salisbury, Bristol, London and Stratford-Upon-Avon. Inspired by the things they have seen, the students will have plenty of opportunities to express their creativity during the evenings with talent shows, drama performance and murder mystery evenings amongst many other things.