Brighton attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year, and school groups from Europe are a big part of this. One of the big attractions, of course, is the excellent English classes that school groups can get attend in Brighton's many fantastic language schools. However, school groups also come to the city for the many exciting cultural and historic activities it offers.
Brighton is one of the most popular language school destinations for groups in the UK, second only to London. Students and teachers can enjoy a variety of bespoke group packages that include a varied and enriching social programme included with their English Language courses.
Since the pandemic, many traditional group activities such as indoor sports and museum visits are much harder, but there are still plenty of fun-packed activities around Brighton for students to enjoy.
Here is our list of some of the top “COVID-Safe” activities that you and your group can still enjoy when they study English in Brighton:
1) Head to the beach
Voted one of the Top 10 city beach break destinations in the world, Brighton beach is famous as a tourist destination, and for good reason! There are more than 5 kilometres of beach stretching right along Brighton city centre, full of cafes, restaurants and, of course, Brighton Pier. Most have outdoor promenade seating, or you can just find your own spot and soak up the vibe. They are regularly musicians, street performers and market stalls there too, so there it is always full of activity.
For those interested in sports, you can also hire boats, catamarans, water-skis and surfboards, or head down to the fantastic beach volleyball court for a sunset game.
2) Take the graffiti tour
Brighton is also well-known for its graffiti. We are not talking about tags and vandalism here, we mean authentic murals and artwork, including some famous pieces by Banksy. Take a tour with one of our experts through the bohemian streets of the North Laine and learn about the history and artwork of Brighton’s counter-culture and how it has influenced the city.
3) Explore the Downs
While Brighton is famous for its exciting city lifestyle, it is also surrounded by some of the most stunning countryside in England – the South Downs National Park. Beautiful, green, rolling hills with stunning views and charming little villages that look just like a postcard.
Within 20 minutes of the city centre are two particularly famous areas. Devil’s Dyke is an unusual, but beautiful, natural valley overlooking the green heart of England. Perfect for picnics and hiking, and a regular haunt for paragliders and extreme sports enthusiasts! The nearby Stanmer Park estate is a stunning area of ancient woodland and rolling fields just on the edge of the city, and is a popular destination for many Brightonians to get some fresh air and explore the countryside.
4) Explore the coast
Sussex’s dramatic coastline is perfect for a day out exploring. It is here that you will find the start of the famous white cliffs that stretch from just outside Brighton right down to Dover. Nearby Birling Gap is the perfect place to start exploring the wonderful clifftops of the Seven Sisters Country Park, and a great place for hiking, cycling and canoeing. Closer to the city is the popular Undercliff Walk that stretches from Brighton Marina all the way to the historic village of Rottingdean.
5) Learn some history from an Audio Tour
Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Palace is one of the most popular and iconic destinations for visitors to the city. Its unusual Eastern architecture and colourful history is a big part of how Brighton became the city it is today. The Royal Pavilion now offers audio tours in English and many other languages which can be plugged straight into your mobile phone as you walk around this fascinating site. Tours are pre-arranged for groups only, and you can keep your mask on while still learning all the important facts. The perfect COVID-safe museum experience!
Castle School of English in Brighton is happy to create bespoke group packages just for you and your school that are safe, educational and packed with fun social activities. Just get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out we can create the perfect bespoke group trip for you.
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