The great outdoors

The area offers some of the best climbing in the country and although walking and cycling are also favourite pastimes for locals and visitors to the Peak District, there is so much more on offer. 

We are ideally positioned for sampling an abundance of easily accessible options to suit every age and interest…

By land….

  • cycle, stroll, walk, hike or even run through our beautiful countryside and pretty villages on traffic free footpaths
  • see the landscape from a different perspective and meander on horseback across a variety of designated horse-riding trails

On water….

  • our Peak District rivers and reservoirs are great for water sports including kayaking, canoeing, sailing and windsurfing
  • perfect for some leisurely fishing or simply a picnic by the river

By air….

  • take a birds-eye view of the world with a helicopter flight that follows the famous Dambuster’s Run, training site of the World War ll Lancaster Bombers
  • drift through the skies on a more leisurely hot air balloon ride
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We have built some of the more popular attractions and activities into our General English course and for the thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies amongst you, our General English Plus course offers you even more adventure.

There’s lots of choice;

  • rock climbing, gorge scrambling, abseiling, caving or high wire zip adventures
  • we have amazing conditions for hang gliding and paragliding
  • serious cycling or challenging mountain biking is always a winner
  • a good gallop on horseback over the countryside
  • on the water, where you can take a speedboat out for a spin!

It’s no wonder that the area attracts over 10 million visitors per year.

Most of our leisure centres welcome visitors to join their classes or use their gym and swim facilities and despite the British weather, we even have a public outdoor heated pool. For the less active, why not indulge in one of our favourite local pastimes;

  • lazing in the sun and watching a game of cricket
  • taking afternoon tea
  • a stroll along the riverside

What could be more British?

We are proud to work with partners who are talented experts in their fields and together we are dedicated to providing outstanding experiences.

Culture

Our culture is defined by our heritage and we are proud to showcase ours to you…

We are spoilt for choice in terms of what to include in our programme as we have some of our country’s finest places, artefacts and attractions that authentically represent our nation, culture and history and all right here on our doorstep.

Historic houses and stately homes….

  • Haddon Hall, a fortified medieval house set in beautiful Elizabethan terraced gardens
  • Chatsworth House, the jewel in our crown and famously linked to British aristocracy and home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire
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11th Century Norman period….

  • Peveril Castle, built as a fortress with its ruins sitting high above the picturesque village of Castleton
  • Bolsover Castle, designed to entertain and impress the very cream of British society

Extraordinary villages….

  • learn about the “Plague Village” of Eyam and how a village sealed themselves off from the outside world in the 17th century to prevent the spread of the deadly disease
  • visit Matlock Bath which became a high society hotspot following a visit by the young Princess Victoria in 1832. The village is an unexpected delight that pays homage to the Victorian era

Industrial heritage….

  • visit Kelham Island (that is not really an island), which echoes the sights and sounds of industrial Sheffield
  • see Masson Mill, a working textile museum with origins dating back to 1783

Nostalgia….

  • journey back in time on a Victorian steam or diesel train ride
  • fire your imagination in the world’s largest combined Emergency Services Museum
  • take a historic tram ride at our National Tramway museum

The arts….

  • visit internationally renowned theatres hosting major productions and stars
  • peruse our galleries, street art and museums

The capital….

  • see the bright lights of London and experience some world famous shopping from Oxford Street, Bond Street, Harrods, Selfridges, Portobello Road Market, Covent Gardens and much more
  • appreciate the iconic buildings and monuments including Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, St. Pauls Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, alas, far too many to mention

An introduction to our past will give you an understanding of our future, our beliefs and our people.

We will infuse your learning experience with the splendour of our heritage, our British humour and probably afternoon tea, whilst helping you uncover the myths of our culture.

Social

We understand that fun and relaxation is an important element of your learning journey. With this in mind we look to incorporate some social pleasures into your stay.

For the shoppers….

Although famous for the wonderful countryside, we have a whole range of retail therapy options available to you;

  • quirky and uniquely independent shops
  • artisan, vintage and antique quarters
  • craft fairs and fantastic markets to explore
  • for serious shoppers, Meadowhall is just the place to find over 290 designer, independent and high street stores all under one roof.

For the sporty…..

We are pretty serious about playing and watching most sports;

  • cricket and golf
  • ice hockey and basketball
  • badminton and tennis
  • swimming and ice skating
  • football, widely regarded as our national game

You may have heard of some of our teams; Chesterfield F.C., Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and the lesser known club of Matlock town. A local match is always an exciting way to spend an afternoon or evening.

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For the thespians….

Our local theatres produce a diverse programme of work, spanning a range of genres;

  • classical revivals
  • new work and large-scale musicals
  • the best shows currently on tour in the UK

Alternatively, a trip to the cinema is a great way to catch a range of mainstream and independent films as they are released.

For hanging out….

Getting together with friends is always a fun way to relax;

  • perhaps a game of ten pin bowling
  • combine your knowledge in the local pub quiz
  • try a pint of the local brew

For music lovers….

If you are into music, then we have just about everything;

  • opera and classical
  • jazz and blues
  • rock and pop
  • folk and country
  • hip hop and garage
  • indie and dance
  • reggae and soul

Whatever your musical tastes it can be found everywhere from local venues to big stage events.

For festival goers….

The UK festival scene is equally broad with festivals celebrating just about anything;

  • beer and wine
  • music and dance
  • farming and food
  • flowers and books
  • arts and film
  • heritage and vintage
  • dogs and livestock
  • rambling and cycling

L’Eroica is a local favourite and annual cycling event that celebrates vintage bikes, accessories and clothing. Our music festivals range from small to main events with YNot and Tramlines being the highlights of the summer music festival season.

For the foodies……

To slow things down to a nice relaxing pace we have some wonderful eateries, cafes, bars and restaurants where you can simply enjoy good food, a good pint of British beer and most of all good company.