Trip to magical North Wales with Smile Adventures

  Hi I’m Levi, one of the interns at EC English Manchester, on Sunday the 24th I went on a Smile Adventures trip to North Wales. Here’s how I liked it: During the trip we had 4 destinations; Llandudno, Conwy, Snowdonia National Park and Betws Y Coed, I’ll tell you a little bit about all of them. Llandundo After a trip of about 90 minutes we arrived in Llandudno, a beautiful Victorian seaside town where we were able to walk on the beach and the pier, there are all kinds of nostalgic little shops. Foodie tip: try a Welsh meat pie (only try this if you’re REALLY hungry, because there’s a delicious lunch waiting for you in Conwy). Conwy This was our longest stop (two hours), our guide gave us a choice to either visit the old castle, or join him on a walk on the city walls. I chose the walk over the city walls because it was free, yes I am THAT Dutch;), and because I wanted to enjoy the nice weather (no rain Yay!). Foodie tip of the day: After the walk we got pretty hungry so we went to an award winning fish & chips shop, although I usually don’t like fish & chips that much, but it was so good!! The fish batter was golden crispy and the chips were not too greasy Snowdonia national Park After that we drove into the national park where we had a short walk amongst the mountains. As I come from the flattest country in the world I was mesmerized by the beauty of the surroundings and how clean the water was. Betws Y Coed Our last stop was in a little town on the edge of the National Park, this was the perfect ending tot he trip as it combined the friendly town-life with the stunning nature of the park. … Read more

Smile Adventures journey : Chester!

Like every weekend, our partner Smile Adventures organised this Saturday a wonderful journey. This time, it was in Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet & Chester. Between the whole Designer Outlets in the United Kingdom, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet is the biggest! Thanks to a group offer, they all had 10% discount in every fashion shop of the village! Very useful to complete their dressing! So our students were able to enjoy shopping from 10:00 to 13:00 in shops like Hugo Boss, Vans, Superdry ,etc. After lunch, it is finally time to go to Chester! This fabulous two-thousand-years-old city has a lot of history, beautiful alleys, and spots dating to the Roman empire period. A lot of things to learn and admire, like the Eastgate Clock of Chester.   After some selfies, the smiling guides took them to the roman vestiges as thermals and the amphitheater. According to the history, a lot of people trying to run from the city was killed in this theater… It was found during public works, building a new church just next to the place! Then they went to the Chester Quays, and squirrels came to welcome them! Finally they finished the day by free time. So they were able to visit the city center, the cathedral or alleys, by 18:30 everybody was tired and decided to go home, with lots of pictures and souvenirs! Thank you Smiles Adventures for this amazing journey!   If you want to participate in these type of trips, come over and study General English courses in Manchester! We are looking forward to meeting you!

July activities calendar

EC Manchester July Activity

Today, we will discover together the EC Manchester July Activity  creates by the interns especially for the EC Manchester students. All of our interns worked tirelessly to find the best possible activities to do on Manchester. Firstly, on July 5th our students will have the chance to visit the Museum Of Science and Industry, a place inevitable in Manchester, the birthplace of the industrial revolution. Then, every Thursday for July and August, our partner Smile Adventure offers our students a bike tour to discover Manchester under the summer sun. Moreover, we planned to do a bowling July 12nd with all of our students and then rock climbing on July 26th for lovers of strong sensations. In addition, like every Friday night after their classes, EC Manchester offers our passionate football students to compete in a match. Several other activities will also take place, including the international social event in a well known Manchester restaurant on July 11th, an escape room on July 19th for our most lazy students and finally our “Welcome Drink” which takes place every Monday of the month To welcome our new students and to allow them their first friendship in the school. On weekends in July, students will not have time to get bored as we have planned several trips to exceptional places around Manchester such as Peak District, Lake District and York to enjoy the view and relax Under the sun and I no longer think of anything. Otherwise, for the most terrible of them and sensation enthusiasts we organized for the 22nd of July a day at Alton Tower and on the 29th of July a day at the paintball. Thus, our students have to be prepare for the monthly programme created especially for them. We look forward to many of them and hope that … Read more

Peak District Tour with Smile Adventures

On Saturday 27th May, some of our students had the pleasure to go on a trip to the Peak District with our partner Smile Adventures. The students visited one of the best national parks in the United Kingdom, located less than an hour from Manchester. The trip was for the whole day escorted by Lee, a super and friendly guide who helped them discover the beauty of Peak District with in a joyous and relaxed atmosphere.     The first stop was in Mam Tor, the students walked on a hill where they admired the 360-degrees view on the whole Peak District. The presence of free sheep made this place unique! The next stop was the traditional village of Castelton. This village attracts every year thousands of tourists. Students visited Peak Caverns located in center village. The Peak Caverns are the biggest natural caverns on the British Island where you can see the rest of an old village where a whole community lived and worked. Meanwhile other students preferred having a walk in the wonderful village under the sun and after they had lunch in a traditional pub on the terrace. After a good meal which permitted to create friendship between the students and in the same time to practice their English they resumed their trip. As the weather was good, Lee decided to add an improvised stop so the students had the chance to visit a very nice place which is not very know by the tourists.   The last stop was the famous Ladybower reservoir where the students had discovered one of the biggest reserves of drinkable water of England which supply the cities of Derby and Leicester. For the return, the bus passed in the “Snake Road” where the students admired for one last time the beautiful landscape of Peak District. Through EC Manchester Language School and Smile … Read more

Trip to Lovely Oxford

Last weekend a group of students of EC’s English School in Manchester visited Oxford. Although the weather wasn’t great, all the students enjoyed the trip.   When you arrive in Oxford and start walking through the centre, it feels like you’ve been taken back a couple of centuries. The buildings are old, but still in a perfect state and they make the whole city feel cosy and warm. The universities and libraries are beautiful and enable you to understand why Oxford has such a reputation. Not only the architecture is what makes Oxford such a nice place to visit, also the centre plays part in this. The cars aren’t allowed in the streets, so the place is full of tourists, students and families. Oxford is definitely a place to visit when you have the chance. Hopefully the weather will be better than when we visited, but even if the weather is not great, you’ll still feel the ambiance which makes so many people fall in love with this lovely, unique place.  

School trip: Edinburgh

  Our Student Services Intern Celest would like to share a few words about her trip to Edinburgh. She went there with three of the EC students and had a great time. Hi! I would like to tell you a little about my trip to Edinburgh. I went with three friends, three students at EC English School Manchester, to Edinburgh, Scotland, last weekend and had an absolutely amazing time! What I love about the city is the old architecture of the buildings and because it’s built on the hills, you have a great view when you’re standing on one side of the city, looking at the other side. Not only the architecture is very nice, but also the vibe you’re experiencing when you’re walking around there. The people are very friendly, though it’s a little hard to understand them sometimes when they’re speaking very fast. The great thing about Edinburgh is that it’s very alive. There are street artists on every corner of the streets, always youngsters walking around and always tourists curiously making pictures. The school also organises trips to Edinburgh and all I can advise you is: if you get the chance, you should definitely go. It’s so different from Manchester and a wonderful experience to share with your friends. Celest, Student Services Intern

Trip: Liverpool

Sunday, 11th October 2015 – Liverpool Yesterday 22 students and 2 interns of the English school Manchester visited Liverpool. We visited the Cathedral, the Beatles story, the Albert Dock and the Cavern Club. Some of the students went to see the Anfield stadium, while others went to see the Museum of Liverpool. It was a lovely day and a great group to go with. Irene Rios Pastor wanted to share her opinion about the trip and about Liverpool: “Liverpool is known as the cradle of the Beatles. The Cavern is the most impressive place and it is an obligatory visit for The Beatles’ fans. You can enjoy The Beatles’ live music and to be on the same stage where Chuck Berry, Queen and The Rolling Stones played. There are other places to visit like Albert Dock, a relaxing place where you can walk or read a book, the Liverpool’s Cathedral or Anfield Stadium. After walking around the city, I can say I am in love with Liverpool, I love old buildings full of amazing stories, streets with typical English pubs and live music everywhere. In Liverpool, all you need is love!”