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Bath Summer Centre

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Our Bath Residential Summer Centre is based at Downside School.

This classic 'Harry Potter'-style English boarding school is one of the oldest and most prestigious private schools in the country.

Downside occupies a beautiful 500-acre estate at the foot of the Mendip Hills and offers excellent facilities.

The centre is ideally situated just 30 minutes south of the city of Bath, in Somerset, and three hours from London.

Marker Downside School

Nearest airports
London Heathrow (LHR), 103 miles/ 165 km
Bristol Airport (BRS), 17 miles/ 27 km

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On campus


  • 100 acres of sports fields for football, rugby, cricket and other games
  • Volleyball, basketball and tennis courts
  • Large sports hall
  • Indoor 25-metre swimming pool
  • 600-seat theatre
  • Art room
  • Large, historic dining room and student cafe
  • Campus-wide WiFi


Mix of traditional accommodation embedded in the stunning main quad in addition to separate and self-contained boarding houses.

  • A mix of single and twin with some triple rooms and a small number of rooms for 4 – 8 students
  • Modern communal bathrooms
  • Boys and girls are housed in different accommodation areas/ boarding houses
  • 1 – 8 beds per room
  • Student:bathroom ratio 6:1

Meal plan

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided every day.

Lunch and dinner are usually hot; on excursion days students are given a packed lunch.

Special dietary requirements

Vegetarian always available. Others available on request.

Courses available at Bath

Summer Course

15 hours of English lessons per week plus full programme of sports, activities and excursions.

  • Start dates: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 July; 5 August 2020
  • Duration: 1 – 4 weeks (1-week bookings accepted for 29 July, 5 and 12 August starts only)
  • Minimum entry level: Beginner
  • Age range: 8 – 12 and 13 – 17 (separate classes and some separate activities for the two age groups)
More about Summer Course

Summer Course Plus Tennis

Everything the Summer Course offers plus 6 hours per week of professional tennis coaching (on-site).

  • Duration: 1 – 4 weeks
  • Minimum entry level: Beginner

Summer Course Plus Horse Riding

Everything the Summer Course offers plus 6 hours per week of horse riding tuition at local approved riding stables.

  • Duration: 1 – 4 weeks
  • Minimum entry level: Beginner

Summer Course Plus Harry Potter

Everything the Summer Course offers plus 6 hours per week of Harry Potter themed activities.

  • Start date: 29 July 2020
  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Minimum entry level: Beginner

Typical activities

Core activities for Summer Course students include:


Students learn how to cook traditional British and international food, and make a range of dishes from start to finish. Students also learn about food hygiene.


Arts and crafts, badminton, barbecue, basketball, cricket, dance, dodgeball, football, movie night, pool parties, quizzes, rugby, salsa, squash, swimming, table tennis, talent shows and volleyball.

Typical excursions

Full-day excursions

  • Bristol
  • London (2-day excursion also available, subject to minimum numbers)
  • Oxford
  • Longleat House and Safari Park
  • Warwick Castle
  • Cardiff

Half-day excursions

  • Bath
  • Wookey Hole Caves
  • Bristol Zoo
  • Cheddar Gorge

Thank you for your enquiry.