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11th July - 7th August 2021


According to the current covid-19 roadmap, all UK restrictions on large events such as ours will be lifted in June, making us confident that our 2021 Open Minds course will go ahead as planned.

This is subject to change in accordance with government guidelines. As such, we will be as flexible as possible should your plans change and will be offering full refunds, including the deposit, on any cancellations up until 30 June 2021. We will also do our best to help students to meet any further travel restrictions that may be in place for those travelling from abroad.

Open Minds: Evening

Note this is only a guide, not a guarantee.

Open Minds: Evening

The evening activities programme has been carefully designed to provide a balanced and enriching extension to the academic programme. The confidence and enthusiasm for learning and trying new things discussed in the classroom is taken outside and developed in the natural environment and in challenging or thought-provoking situations. 

The programme of evening activities is largely based on the Marlborough College campus and makes use of the boarding houses' spacious gardens, as well as the many facilities and natural spaces around the campus. The programme is carefully curated to complement the learning and development that takes place in the classroom and integrates a range of activities including: 

Sports and outdoor adventures, thought-provoking team challenges and exit games, wide games, special guest speakers and performances, workshops, student-led performances and an end-of-course party!

The programme is designed to help students step out of their comfort zone and try new, unique activities designed by the Open Minds staff. However, we are also keen to allow students to pursue and develop their interests and 'Options Evenings' are included in each week of the programme. On these evenings, students will be offered a selection of activities and have the chance to choose the one that most appeals to them. Previous years' Options Evenings have included: 

Life drawing workshops, photography, climbing, baking, creative writing, street dance, yoga and relaxation and sports tournaments.  

The stunning countryside around Marlborough offers plenty of opportunities for exploration and adventure. Within ten minutes of Marlborough there are dense, ancient woodlands, rolling downs, Neolithic monuments, cooling rivers, and green fields stretching as far as the eye can see. Activities on offer in this area include river walking, a wonderful way to explore the surroundings of Marlborough, walking the downs -  the best way to take in the views overlooking Marlborough - and many opportunities for campfires, singing and spending time with new friends.  

There is also a diverse range of cultural events happening on the College campus during summer school, including many live music performances and open-air theatre. Inspired by the things they have seen, the students will have plenty of opportunities to express their creativity during the evenings with talent shows, drama performances and murder mystery evenings among many other things.




*Options Evenings give students the chance to select their evening activity from a range on offer. The activities offered may include: Climbing, Creative Writing, Baking, Yoga and Meditation, Life Drawing, among others.