Other Activities & Trips

Evening Activities and Optional Trips

Our action-packed social and leisure programme offers students the chance to connect with each other in a meaningful way, engaging in enjoyable activities of their choice. These encounters play a crucial role in fostering a sense of community, cultivating long-lasting friendships, and creating unforgettable memories.

Evening Activities

Example evening activities on offer include:

Evening Activities (Onsite)

Optional Trips (Offsite)

  • Sport of the day (dodgeball, netball, basketball, rounders, badminton, capture the flag etc)
  • Discos (+UV discos)
  • Karaoke
  • Swimming
  • Pool and table football
  • E-sports competitions
  • Mission Impossible challenges
  • Talent show
  • Rambling
  • Camp fire (with marshmallows)
  • Movie nights
  • Cinema (£10*)
  • Bowling (£10*)
  • Climbing (£12*)
  • VR Games Experiences (£25*)
  • Paintballing (£20*)
  • Go Karting (£25*)

[*] Prices are estimates only and may be subject to change. Students can sign up for these optional trips in the Summer School office during the course.  Places are available on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.


The following excursions are on offer:

Excursions at Padworth Summer School are structured in two parts. The first part is guided by Padworth Summer School staff and focuses on visiting sites of historical, cultural, and educational significance. The second part of the excursion is student-led, allowing students the freedom to explore or shop at their own pace.


Summary Details

London (Full Day) London, a student’s playground, offers an exhilarating mix of history, culture, and adventure. Students will spend the morning visiting iconic landmarks and world-class museums.  In the afternoon, students are free to choose their own adventure, whether that be shopping on Oxford Street or riding the London Eye, London is bursting with excitement for students ready to dive into its vibrant atmosphere. 
Oxford (Full Day) A trip to Oxford offers a chance to explore its historic buildings, visit the Bodleian Library, and to be immersed in its rich cultural and intellectual atmosphere. Additionally, as a student, it is possible to visit the filming locations of the Harry Potter movies, such as Christ Church College, adding an exciting layer of nostalgia to the experience of exploring Oxford. Available on Course 1 only.
Reading (Half Day) The Reading excursion gives students the chance to explore the ancient ruins of Reading Abbey, enjoy Forbury Gardens, and discover the town’s heritage at the Museum of English Rural Life and Reading Museum. Take in stunning views along the Thames Path or go shopping at the Oracle Shopping Centre. 
Bournemouth (Full Day) Enjoy Bournemouth’s beaches, play sports and have a picnic lunch. Explore gardens, go on a coastal walk, and optionally visit an art gallery or oceanarium. Available on Course 2 only.

Leisure Days

Leisure Days allow students to have a late start and either relax onsite or participate in activities like walking, paintballing*, or go karting*.  At noon, a themed day commences with lunch, followed by a range of free onsite activities including bouncy castles, petting zoos, sports days, birds of prey demonstrations, dancing, drumming workshops, and more. Each Leisure Day concludes with a special event like the colour run or water festival. Leisure Days are fun-packed guaranteeing unforgettable memories and stronger friendships.

[*] these activities are available at an additional cost.