In 1978, thanks to an air traffic controller’s strike, the presenters from the BBC “Holiday” programme had to cancel their planned trip to Spain and were redirected to Marlborough College Summer School. It had only been running for a few years but as soon as the programme aired it was suddenly on the map for summer visitors.
In 2016, the Summer School celebrates its 42nd anniversary and it is now the largest of its kind in the UK. The four week programme offers over 500 diverse courses and it lives up to its motto “something for everyone”.
The courses attract both locals and visitors to the area, single people, families, grandparents with their grandchildren - all feel comfortable and many return year after year. Around 40% of the courses are new each year as returning customers love to try something different.
The Summer School also offers accommodation, great food and a programme of evening entertainment that includes lectures and recitals as well as activities for children. The aim is for all the students (whether they are 3 or 93) to have a happy week, make friends and learn something new.
We love to welcome visitors to Wiltshire with its rich history. Marlborough is an ancient market town and we have many interesting heritage sites such as Avebury and Silbury Hill all on our doorstep.
John Blake – Summer School Director
The hugely successful events “Feast of Food” and “Spring Fair” take place in October and April respectively at Marlborough College and are organised by the Marlborough Cancer Research Committee. Approximately 60 stalls and a café with homemade produce. Every penny goes to Cancer Research and both fairs are great for buying tasty delicacies, gifts or for treating yourself.
There are plenty of amazing walks taking in the Ridgeway, said to be Europe’s oldest road. The views are incredible over largely unspoilt countryside.
If it’s shopping, eating, watching a film, going to the theatre, going to the races, visiting a cathedral or a National Trust property you’re after (not necessarily on the same day!), then Salisbury is for you. This beautiful market town has everything. Just wandering around the streets with its gorgeous timbered buildings is lovely in itself!