Study English in the Heart of England

22/04/2013

Worcester is located in the West Midlands of England and only 30 minutes away from the vibrant city of Birmingham. It is an ancient city with a modern outlook and has plenty to see and do, especially in the summer.  The city is a very historic place and can be dated back to the Neolithic times, but the presence of the university and a range of modern events means there are plenty of things to do there whatever you’re into!

Worcester Skyline

Did you know that Concorde runs an English summer school in Worcester for students aged 12 to 18 years? Our school is based on the university campus which is very modern and only a twenty minute walk away from Worcester’s main high street. You can also stay with local families in homestay accommodation to get a real taste of English culture in the Cotswolds, which are sometimes called “the heart of England.” Here are some ideas for things to do and see in Worcester while you’re not busy enjoying your studies at the summer school!

Worcester Cathedral

Worcester CathedralWorcester Cathedral is a magnificent sight that is situated on a bank overlooking the River Severn. The current Cathedral dates from the 12th and 13th centuries. Monks and nuns have been present at the Cathedral since the seventh century and can be seen walking around the Cathedral getting on with everyday life.

Tours can be taken of the Cathedral all year round, or you can just wander in for free and have a look around yourself.

Shopping

Worcester Cathedral PlazaWorcester is known all around the world for its famous porcelain and of course for Worcestershire Sauce, but that isn't all the town has to offer! If you want to buy some souvenirs or just hit the shops there are plenty of great stores offering a mixture of national UK chains (like House of Fraser, Next, H&M and Marks & Spencer) as well as an enormous variety of independent one-off retailers that you’ll only find in Worcester itself.

The city is broken up into a selection of different shopping areas which have their own distinct characters and range of stores to offer – in fact there are no less than fourteen different shopping districts including CrownGate, Cathedral Plaza, Reindeer Court and the Gallery (formerly just called the Market Hall), so make sure you sign up for the full summer course with us so you have time to see them all!

Places To Eat

Historic Worcester Street

Worcester is absolutely loaded with restaurants, cafes, coffee hours, bars and traditional English pubs, so you’ll never want for somewhere to sit down and grab a bite. There’s an enormous range of food on offer from Subway Sandwiches and McDonald’s to Chinese, Indian, Italian, Mexican and (of course) traditional English cuisine. You can even get a traditional English roast dinner at one of the old-fashioned pubs in the area for the quintessential British eating experience.

Indulge your sweet tooth at cafés like the Chocolate Deli Café & Patisserie on New Street (hot chocolate made with real Belgian chocolate!) or try some local flavour from the Ginger Pig on Copenhagen Street (for all homemade cakes) or Mason’s Olive and Bean on Pump Street (which sources all produce locally). Get something a bit more filling at Mode on Angel Row, where the menu includes everything from handmade gourmet burgers to garden barbeques and a wide range of healthy and vegetarian options.

Things To Do

Worcester August FestivalIf you’re coming to our summer school in August you can catch the beginning of Worcester Festival, which starts on the 10th August and includes a wide range of events, activities and fun-filled days for everyone. It isn’t themed around arts or music (though it has plenty of both) but features everything from drama to face painters, tea parties, local craft demonstrations and more – including ghost tours, street theatre and food and wine tasting, and we’re hoping the rumours are true that the famous giant seagulls of 2012 will be making another appearance this year!

Even if you can’t make it for the festival, there’s plenty to do for the rest of the time including guided walks of everything from the local waterways to historic pubs, plenty of local markets (arts, vintage flea markets and the Riverside Artist’s Market) and live performances at the Swan Theatre and Huntingdon Hall.

Museums

Elgar Birthplace Museum

Elgar Birthplace MuseumA must-see place for classical music lovers, the Elgar Birthplace is a museum that is dedicated to the English composer Edward Elgar and it located three miles West of Worcester.  Elgar was born and lived in the house for two years. The museum consists of the birthplace cottage and an associated Elgar Centre which hosts many exhibitions.

Some of the collections include many of his manuscripts, programmes and scores from his life as a composer. Many of his personal possessions are on show including awards and honours, golf clubs and even his bicycle! The museum is open every day in the summer from 11.00am to 5.00pm.

Snowshill Manor

Snowshill ManorSnowshill Manor is a National Trust property which is located in the village of Snowshill. It is famous for being the home of Charles Paget Wade, an architect, poet, collector and artist-craftsman. The property was restored by Charles and was the place where he left all his collectables.

The property was then handed over to the National Trust in 1951 and is now home to Wade’s eclectic collection. The Manor is open throughout the summer on most days from 11.00-17.30. 

Hanbury Hall

Hanbury HallBuilt in 1701 by Thomas Vernon, Hanbury Hall is a beautiful country house and is surrounded by 20 acres of gardens and 400 acres of park. There are many attractions to see in the garden including the fruit garden, orangery, orchard and bowling green.

You can even visit the traditional English tea room which is available in the servants’ hall through the summer months. There are many different cakes and types of tea on offer - and what better way to sample a good English cup of tea than in an old stately home like this one?

To learn more about our study centres in the heart of Worcester and spend some time exploring the town while you improve your language skills and immerse yourself in the heart of England this summer, take a look at our junior English summer courses or apply now to make sure you don't miss out!

Not sure where you want to study? Send us an email to info@concorde-int.com or give us a call on 0044 1227 451035 and we'll help you pick out the best summer school for what you want to do on your summer course.

Top wide photograph of Worcester: Photo by Bob Embleton from the Geograph project collection.

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