Join our special summer camp on the World Heritage Coast in Dorset! Travel by steam railway, climb a mediaeval castle, meet extraordinary animals, go on a fossil hunt and don’t be suprised if you pick up English on the way!Itinerary
|Date||Location||Length of stay||Age||Group size|
|12-18 August 2018||England||7 days/6 nights||9-12 / 13-15
(parents can join)
|minimum 11 persons|
We arrive at London Luton Airport early in the afternoon from where we set out to the southwest by our private transfer. We reach the coastal town of Swanage in two and a half hours, with a stopover to refresh ourselves. During our flight and bus journey, we enjoy interesting quizzes on the history and culture of the UK. Arriving at our accommodation, we take some free time to unpack, have dinner and play fun games on the beach led by our native instructors. After getting to know each other, we go to bed and have a rest before our weekly adventures.
Topics: UK history, culture, interesting facts
Following our breakfast, we get to know more about the area by taking an interactive sightseeing tour in Swanage. While doing exciting tasks in small teams, we will have the chance to read a map, use our English and interact with the locals, including the coast guard :) Find out where our lunch is served! We spend the afternoon in the nearby Durlston Country Park where our native speaker teacher helps us discover the wildlife of the region. As part of our evening programme, our navigation skills will be challenged. Are you good at reading maps? This game is for you then!
Topics: life in a town, buildings, shopping, wildlife, habitats, navigation
In the morning we have an English class with a native speaker teacher on the vocabulary related to our daily excursion. Having learnt some words, we set out on a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast. We get amazed by its Triassic-Jurassic cliffs as well as geological formations, and find out how Mary Anning, an 11-year-old girl, who lived in the first half of the 18th century, became identified with the site as much as the dinosaurs. We take part in an exciting fossil hunt on the coast with a native speaker tour leader and visit the most amazing natural wonders on the coast before heading back to our accommodation for a movie night in the evening.
Topics: World Heritage, paleontology, geology, nature conservation
Following our set-up lesson in the morning, we get on a steam train to reach Corfe Castle through a scenic journey. We have to solve interactive tasks to be able to discover the mediaeval village named after the 11th century fortress and its history, from William the Conqueror to the English Civil War. In the afternoon we improve our bushcraft skills, learn how to safely light a fire without matches, build a shelter and cook a variety of outdoor food. We also have the opportunity to try traditional archery before closing the day with a funny quiz night.
Topics: life in a mediaeval village, mediaeval castles, archery, bushcraft
We attend an English class with our native teacher in the morning to prepare for our day-trip and learn about animals and plants. Our destination is Abbotsbury today, a village notable for its surviving abbey buildings from the Middle Ages and fantastic views to the Jurassic Coast. We pay a visit to its magnificent subtropical gardens, filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world. In the afternoon we see the lambs’ race in one of the best Children’s Farms in Dorset before helping hand feed 600 swans at a unique natural wildlife habitat where some Harry Potter scenes were filmed as well. We have dinner back in Swanage, then learn the classic elements of team building in a pirate themed session.
Topics: animals and plants, farming, team building
After our usual thematic vocabulary booster, we follow the South West Coast Path, walking via the famous coastal formations of Old Harry Rocks, until we reach Studland’s four-kilometre-long golden beach. We learn from our native speaker teacher how people in the area live with environmental sustainability in mind, then we explore coastal ecosystems, from fascinating seashells to shifting sand dunes. In the afternoon the group has the chance to unwind and have fun through a variety of pool games in Chatsworth Centre’s outdoor heated pool. Our last evening is spent at the campfire listening to stories and performing songs.
Topics: sand dunes, environmental protection, sustainability, responsibility
We leave Swanage after breakfast, take some time en route to the airport to reflect on the past week’s experiences and fly back to Budapest in the afternoon.
Chatsworth Centre is a stone’s throw from Swanage Bay, a perfect location to discover the Jurassic Coast and visit the seaside. With the focus firmly on Education, Inspiration & Play, it is also a suitable place with superb facilities for our morning English classes, afternoon outdoor activities and interactive evening programmes, all led by native speaker instructors.
The accommodation incorporates dormitory and recreational areas including a heated outdoor swimming pool, classrooms and a dining hall. We will be staying at Little Eversden House, privately used by our group, with 7 rooms, several bathrooms, lounges and a classroom with a projector.
Catering is provided by the Chatsworth staff three times a day either on site at the accommodation or as packed lunch during our daily excursions.