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Beyond the Classroom

As part of our summer school experience, Oxford Royale Summer Schools provide a number of exciting after lesson activities, excursions and evening events, that everyone can enjoy. Our summer programme locations also allow students to explore the beautiful and inspiring surroundings in their free time; including the renowned cities of Oxford, Cambridge, London and St Andrews.


Afternoon Activities and Evening Entertainment

A wide range of afternoon and evening activities occur throughout the summer. Our team of counsellors are experts in their city, and organise a wide range of activities so that students really make the most of the location they have chosen. To help you unwind in the evenings, a selection of activities will be laid on, from film nights to crafts. Here are a few examples of the kind of activities you might have the opportunity to enjoy this summer.

Museum Visits

All of our summer school locations are in cities of academic and historical significance, and boast an impressive selection of museums within walking distance from most of our centres. Possible museum trips include the Ashmolean, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the Pitt Rivers and the Story Museum. Students joining us in Cambridge will be able to enjoy trips to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute and Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences. London based summer school students will have the opportunity to visit such amazing London museums as the Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery and Tate Modern.

City and University Tours

One of the best ways to see a city is on a walking tour, led by one of our talented counsellors, with local knowledge and experience. Students joining our summer schools will have the opportunity to learn about the city they are living and studying in through an organised tour. Students joining us in Oxford will have the opportunity to take in the sights with an in-depth guide to the history of the city and the university, sprinkled with amusing anecdotes about Oxford life. Aside from the colleges that the majority of students will live and work in, students in Oxford and Cambridge will also have the chance to visit the other beautiful and historic colleges. For students considering applying to Oxford or Cambridge in the future, this is a good opportunity to see more of the university and consider which college they might like to apply to; for others, it is simply a chance to see some stunning architecture and soak up the history of some of the best universities in the world.

Sports & Games

There are constant opportunities for games and sport on an Oxford Royale Summer Schools summer course. Fencing, zumba, archery, real tennis, ultimate frisbee, rounders, 5-a-side football, basketball, softball and salsa have all been enjoyed by our students at various times on our courses.

Beyond the organised activities, there are always opportunities to get an impromptu game of cricket, ping-pong or croquet going on during free time.

Campus Activities

In the evenings, our dedicated team of Counsellors organise plenty of fun and games to ensure our students are always entertained. Students will be able to end each action-packed day of their summer course with campus activities including quizzes, film nights, karaoke and a talent show!


Students will enjoy at least one party during their course, marking either the mid-way point or graduation. We spare no expense on our lavish parties, in locations such as Kingston Bagpuize House and the Oxford Union within Oxford. Parties take place in prestigious venues including other colleges, local hotels or country houses. Every party has a theme, with the decoration of the venue and the activities on offer tailored to match.

Past themes have included: Narnia, Circus, Around the World, Alice in Wonderland, James Bond and much more.