Marlborough College Summer School 2017 is launched - and there’s ‘something for everyone’

Written by Sue Round on .

‘Something for everyone’ is the slogan adopted by the forty-third Marlborough College Summer School. As last year, the summer school will run for four weeks from July 9 to August 5 - and over 4,500 visitors are expected.

With 500 arts, cultural and sports courses for adults, participants do have an extensive choice. Over 160 courses are new this year - ranging from Willow Animal Sculpture to Performing Victorian Music Hall, from Exploring the Creative World of Cast Resin Jewellery to Tudor Revolutions, from Herbal Health to The Nature of the Conservative Party.

There are plenty of local interest courses such as Painting Marlborough with Watercolour, and War Walks in the Kennet Valley.

Following the success of the 2016 courses in Spain, there are two courses running in south-west France in 2017: Light and Colour in the Medium of Your Choice in May and Adventures with Gouache and Mixed Media in September.

Young People’s courses are split into 4 age groups – 3 to 6 year olds, 6 to 9 year olds, 9 to 12 year olds and teenagers (13 to 17). There is a myriad of active, creative and educational courses on offer for half or full days. Teenagers and 9-12 year olds can sample courses such as fly fishing, martial arts, music technology, while the programme for younger children has a mix of outdoor and indoor activities designed to encourage dexterity and co-ordination.

The entertainment programme features Gala Performances every Tuesday and Friday, and these are usually open to the general public. Highlights include: An Evening with Ann Widdecombe, Illyria’s production of The Lost World, Nancy Kerr (who was named BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year), and British early music from Ensemble Plus Ultra.

The Summer School has a new website at which you can find more information or order a brochure.  Bookings open on Thursda, January 12 at 10 am - also via the website. There is a five per cent discount up to March 1 - if full payment is made at the time of booking.