We offer a full social and cultural programme to enrich your stay and provide more opportunities to use and improve your English. Joining in with the social programme is also a great way to meet students in the College who are not in your class.
Every week we arrange a minimum of:
* In quiet months we may sometimes need a minimum number of students to allow a social event to go ahead. Usually that minimum is set at 4 for evening activities and 6 for excursions.
Broadstairs is a great place to enjoy your free time. Here is a selection of sports and leisure facilities in Broadstairs:
Take a tour of our local area:
There are many ways to make your stay even more memorable. Here are some ideas:
Turner Contemporary in the next town of Margate is an award-winning gallery offering a stimulating programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities. Entry is free. The art galleries and collections of London are also within easy reach; venues such as the National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery are all free to visit.
Broadstairs has a very wide selection of places to eat out including Chinese, English, Greek, Indian, Italian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish and seafood restaurants. The local area has several award-winning and Michelin-starred restaurants such as: The Ambrette in Margate, The Sportsman in Seasalter and Reads in Faversham.
There are also lots of interesting pubs, each with its own character, selling local ales and ciders, as well as international beers and wines. The Chapel in Broadstairs, The Four Candles in St.Peter's and The Lifeboat in Margate are just a few of the many which are definitely worth a visit.
Broadstairs has a lovely, little cinema, the Palace Cinema, which shows the latest releases, as well as a regular programme of interesting international films proposed by the Thanet Film Society. Our larger multiplex cinema, Vue, also shows regular live performances from the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House in London.
The College shares its premises with the Sarah Thorne Theatre Club who have a regular selection of plays and shows, whilst the Theatre Royal and The Winter Gardens in Margate, the Gulbenkian Theatre and the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury add to the choice.
London is only 1 hour and 20 minutes away from Broadstairs by direct train, making it easy to visit our capital city during your stay.
There is an endless list of places to visit and things to do in London. For example you can see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, experience the London Eye and the Tate Modern, go shopping on Oxford Street, visit the markets of Covent Garden and Camden Town, stroll across Hampstead Heath and have lunch in Soho or a cream tea at The Ritz!
Our Social Programme features regular day trips to London, where you will have a short coach tour of the sights, and the rest of the day to spend as you wish.
For a full list of London attractions please click here.
Our programme of weekly excursions will give you the opportunity to visit places such as: Canterbury, London, Cambridge, Oxford and Brighton.
With good transport links, it is really easy to travel further and visit places such as Scotland, Wales, Manchester, Liverpool or the Cotswolds for a weekend break. We are always happy to help you organise your trip so come and talk to us.
For further information please visit the Visit Britain website.
It is also easy to travel to places such as Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam if you want to experience more of Europe during your stay. Hilderstone is only 30 minutes from the ferry port of Dover, and a 45-minute train journey from Ashford and Ebbsfleet International stations, which have Eurostar services to France and other European countries. Students from outside Europe may need a (Schengen) visa. If you need one, make sure you have the correct visa. We are happy to offer help and advice with your travel plans.
You can find more information on the International Friends website.