Meet friends, have fun and keep speaking English after class

The social programme is a weekly offering of activities which complement your English language lessons.

A social activity gives you an opportunity to meet new friends and discover everything Eastbourne and the UK has to offer, and it’s a great way to extend and practise your English. Some activities are free of charge, some are with a tour leader whilst others are suggestions for you to do with friends or on your own, some have a fee which depends on the duration, the distance and the cost of the activity itself.

We have a Social Activities Organiser - a full-time member of staff - who is responsible for organising the programme of social activities. When you arrive at the school in Eastbourne on your first day, we’ll introduce you to this member of staff, explain how activities work, and what you have to do to sign up (reserve a place) on the activities, trips and excursions that you’re interested in.

There is a wide range of activities, local tours and weekend excursions to choose from:

  • activities include conversation club, sports, bowling laser quest and a tour of Eastbourne on your first day. These activities typically cost £5 to £15.
  • local tours include Hastings, Lewes and Brighton and typically cost £10 to £15.
  • weekend excursions include London, Canterbury, Oxford and Cambridge and typically cost £40 to £85.

We also offer weekend excursions through a local company Discovery Tours.

Once you’re in school, we can also help you to plan other things you might like to do independently.

Social programme

Monday 20 May (afternoon) Walking tour of Eastbourne

An aerial photo of Eastbourne's seafront, which uses a fish-eye lens to which makes it look like the beach is curving away from view. The pier is prominent in the shot, as is the sandy coloured beach. The sea is an inviting turquoise colour.

Meet: Student Lounge
Time: 15:40

Free

Tuesday 21 May (afternoon) Pizza and a Movie

Join us to chill out, watch a Movie and enjoy a delicious pizza!
Meet: Student lounge
Time: 15:30

£9

Wednesday 22 May (afternoon) Badminton

Come and join us for a game of Badminton in the garden at ELC.
Meet: Student Lounge
Time: 15:30

Free

Thursday 23 May (afternoon) Table Tennis and Games Afternoon

Meet: Student Lounge
Time: 15.30

Free

Friday 24 May (afternoon) Photo Hunt!

Search Eastbourne to find the answers to riddles. Take a photo and race back to ELC! The winner receives a prize.
Meet: Student Lounge
Time: 13:30

Free

Saturday 25 May (full day trip) Cambridge and Greenwich

A colourful photo of punts, traditional wooden boats, on the River Cam in Cambridge. The water looks particularly blue, as does the sky, and whilst a number of boats are tied up on one side of the river, you can see a beautiful red brick building and several willow trees in the distance on the opposite bank.

Join discovery Tours on a trip to Greenwich and Cambridge. You will have the opportunity to have a guided walking tour of both Greenwich and Cambridge, and explore the wonders both areas have to offer. Along with an optional Chauffeured Punting on the River Cam!

£65

Monday 27 May (afternoon) Walking Tour of Eastbourne

A photo of Eastbourne pier where the most noticeable feature is the golden domes on top of the main building on the pier as well as some other smaller cupolas. You can see the wooden supports of the pier. The sea is calm and is a sage green colour in the shallows, and dark blue out on the horizon.

Meet: Student Lounge
Time: 15.30

Free

Wednesday 29 May (afternoon) Badminton in the garden

Come and join us for a game of Badminton in the garden at ELC.
Meet: Student Lounge
Time: 15:30

Free

Thursday 30 May (afternoon) Cream Tea Club

Meet and chat with other students while enjoying a Cream Tea
Meet: Student Lounge
Time: 15:30

£4

Friday 31 May (afternoon) Hastings

Come and join us explore St Clement’s Caves! Formed around 14,000 BC, during the last known Ice Age, these mysterious and spooky caves have had a fascinating role to play in the history of the Hastings area.
Meet: Student Lounge
Time: 12:30

£15

Saturday 1 June (full day trip) Isle of White

Join discovery Tours on a trip to the Isle of White, take a guided tour of the famous Island. explore the wonders the beautiful island has to offer with more than 6 hours of free time!

£79

Monday 3 June (afternoon) Walking tour of Eastbourne

A photo of Eastbourne pier where the most noticeable feature is the golden domes on top of the main building on the pier as well as some other smaller cupolas. You can see the wooden supports of the pier. The sea is calm and is a sage green colour in the shallows, and dark blue out on the horizon.

Meet: Student Lounge
Time: 15:40

Free

Tuesday 4 June (afternoon) Conversation Club

A slightly filtered photo of the the red and white striped Beachy Head lighthouse just outside Eastbourne. You can see the white cliffs and the green grass on top of the cliffs. The sea is a lovely pale blue colour.

Join us for conversation Club, at the top of the famous beachy head, to practice your English, and enjoy the stunning views.
Meet: Student Lounge
Time:15:30

Free

Wednesday 5 June (afternoon) Cream Tea

Tea, scones, jam and cream, yum! Join us for a traditional English Cream Tea.
Meet: Student Lounge
Time: 15:30

From £8

Monday 6 May (afternoon) Ninja Arena

Come and join us to develop and sharpen your Ninja skills from climbing, balancing, jumping and swinging across multiple obstacles.
Meet: Student Lounge
Time: 15:30

£15

Friday 7 June (afternoon) Pevensey Castle

Join us to explore Pevensey Castle's 16 centuries of history. Climb the battlements, take in the view across the Sussex countryside and head down into the dungeon and basement rooms.
Meet: Student Lounge
Time: 13:30

£12

Saturday 8 June (full day trip) London

Join discovery tours to travel by train by London. On arrival you will enjoy a guided walking tour with of London's famous sights including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly, Leicester Square, Downing Street, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Parliament and London Eye.

£55