People will often comment on the terrible weather in England. You will hear jokes about summer having taken place on a Wednesday or not to blink as you might miss it. However let me tell you, England in summer has a special kind of magic to it. The days are long and people make the most of being out and about. Part of English summer time culture is festivals and there are many many different kinds of festivals! Whether it is culture, literature, music or food, you will be spoilt for choice.

Oxfordshire, where our school is based in Kidlington, offers its own share of summer entertainment. Spring this year brought on the Oxford Literary Festival for a week in April. This event boasts a wide range of performances and talks by literary giants and actors such as Ian McKellen. Here you will definitely have the opportunity to improve, expand and practise your English skills.

The Cornbury Music Festival kicks off on the 8th of July for three glorious days filled with music, food and fun at The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire. There are numerous stages offering various different acts, where you are sure to find something to suit your taste.

The Truck Festival despite its name does not in fact revolve around huge vehicles; instead it is also a music festival with an impressive line up taking place on Hill Farm a week later (15-17 July).

The Wilderness Festival in the height of summer takes place from 4 – 7 August at Cornbury Park. Their unofficial saying is ‘meet the world’, which they describe as a world of creativity and culture. The programme includes live music shows, film, art and theatre experiences and you can even participate in an archery workshop!

The Oxford Festival of Arts takes a more classic approach. The event features poetry and literature readings, debates and discussions, culinary arts, film and much more. From 29 June to 2 July in various locations, including the University Church in the centre of Oxford, you will find plenty to entertain and fascinate you in and around the city.

Therefore, if you have booked your place at Oxford English Academy in Oxford, or are still contemplating it, be assured that during the summer, as short-lived as it may be, you will have a plethora of activities and events to choose from.

For more information, check out the ‘What’s On’ page on the Experience Oxford website.