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14th July - 10th August 2019

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On Course for the Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors... What could be better than a week in the picture-perfect Wiltshire countryside? After all, fresh air and spending time outside in nature is a wonderful anecdote to the stresses of everyday life and can offer many health, mind and social benefits, especially if you combine it with a favourite hobby or learning a new skill.

Whether you wish to discover more about the Wiltshire landscape, bring colour to your own little patch of earth or seek action and adventure, here at Marlborough College Summer School we truly offer a course for everyone.

For nature lovers…

Our ever-popular Visiting Wiltshire Nature Reserves (105) offers a fascinating insight into the extensive range of habitats that the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust manage across the county and an opportunity to see the special flora and fauna that live there. Meanwhile, our new course, Getting to Know the North Wessex Downs (121) combines talks, videos, drives and short walks to help reveal what makes this nationally designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so special.

For walkers…

Getting into Nordic Walking (314/315) is a great course for both complete beginners and those that have tried Nordic Walking before. You will work on learning and improving technique while discovering some lovely trails across the Marlborough Downs and surrounding countryside. For a walking course with an artistic difference, consider Walk and Draw: Creating Visual Narratives (41). Artist, Caro Woods will guide you through the stages of transforming quick notes and sketches into more complex art works based on your personal experience of a walk.

For the green-fingered…

Landscape Horticulturist, Letta Jones returns to Summer School with Know Your Trees (319), which mixes classroom sessions with exploration of Marlborough College's nature trail, grounds and gardens, plus hopefully a visit to a local garden with special trees. Letta will also be revealing how to plan a garden that provides interest all year round on her new course, Colour in the Garden (322).

For sporty types…

We have a wide range of outdoor sports to appeal to the complete novice to the enthusiast alike. From Horse Riding (394) to Tennis (383-390), our expert coaches will help beginners master the basics and for the more experienced to advance their skills and technique. New for 2019 is Road Cycling (397-398), which includes how to train for a variety of events, nutrition for cyclists, functional threshold power, as well as basic bike maintenance and, of course, some great rides. 

For treasure hunters…

The Country House: Unwrapped and Unpacked (114) presents a fresh approach to visiting country houses. As well as visiting treasure packed historic homes, Mike Hope will also guide you around the gardens, estate villages, dower houses, chapels and farms. If you would like to discover the thrill of unearthing your own treasures, Metal Detecting: Discover History Beneath Your Feet (320/321) is a great place to start with all metal detectors provided.

For natural foodies…

An Introduction to Bee Keeping (356) is sure to leave honey lovers buzzing as you gain the practical skills and knowledge to start your own beehive. On A Week of Foraging (360-361), Fred Gillam will take you to explore river valleys, ancient woodlands and open downlands to find tasty edible plants and fungi to include in your diet and demonstrate how to prepare them.

For outdoor adventurers…

We have introduced a grown-up version of our long running young people's outdoor activity courses. Outdoor Adventures (399-402) offers a fun week of taster sessions in canoeing, climbing, indoor and outdoor kayaking, raft building, bush craft and orienteering activities. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to get wet and muddy!

Adult Courses
Discover something new this summer

Young People's Courses
Fun for 3 to 17 year olds

Accommodation
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Entertainment
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