Jurassic Coast Weekend – A three-day intensive English speaking course

Walk and talk English for 3 days on the stunning Jurassic Coast in Dorset, England.
Come learn and practice your English conversation with me, Ian Middleton, on a weekend course along the beautiful coast of Dorset. Stretching along Dorset and Devon, the Jurassic Coast is so-named because its landscape and geology record 185 million years of the Earth’s history. The coastline is packed with fantastic locations, activities and many photographic opportunities at anytime of the year.

This weekend is specially designed for people who are learning English. Rather than sitting in a classroom, you can have a nice break and immerse yourself in real life, everyday conversational English. But instead of just an ordinary weekend in England, you will have an English teacher with you to guide, help and encourage you along the way.

We will be based in the Heights Hotel on the beautiful island of Portland, where I have secured a discounted room rate.

You will speak English everyday with me, and with local people. We’ll visit beautiful coastal towns, beaches, coves and hike along stunning cliffs. You will learn local expressions, hear different accents and experience the local food, drink and culture. There will be time for sightseeing, shopping and many other activities, making this a fun-filled active way to learn English. You will also learn a lot about the locations we’ll visit, including some history and local stories.

Accommodation will be included from Friday to Monday (3 nights), but should you need or want to arrive earlier or stay longer, then I can arrange extra nights for you.

Dates: 2017
Thurs July
27th – Sun 30th 2017
Thurs Sept 28th – Sun Oct 1st 2017

  • Groups – Price per person
    Days Single Occupancy 2 people sharing
    3 UK£595 UK£575

Larger group bookings also available. Contact me to arrange

Included in the price:
– Accommodation: 3 nights bed & breakfast (extra nights can be arranged if required)
– Pick up and drop off at bus station or train station in Weymouth
– All transport on tour days
– All tuition and guidance

Not included:
– Flights (Although I will offer some advice and help on how to get here from your country)
– Transport to and from airport (The best option is to come by bus with National Express ) or you can book a transfer with me at an extra cost. Contact me for details
– Lunch and Dinner
– Travel insurance (Guests must ensure they have their own travel insurance)

Contact me to book

The beautiful coastal landscape at Kimmeridge bay in Dorset. This is one of the many wonders to be found on the Jurassic coast, an UNESCO world heritage site.

The lovely village of Abbotsbury near Weymouth, Dorset, England.

View across the cliffs to Bats Head from the cliffs above Durdle Door beach as the sun goes down for the evening, Dorset, England. Durdle door is one of the many stunning locations to visit on the Jurassic coast in southern England.

Evening view of Durdle Door beach, Dorset, England. Durdle door is one of the many stunning locations to visit on the Jurassic coast in southern England.

The Pinnacles at Old Harry Rocks, Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England. A UNESCO World Heritage Site

View across Portland, Chesil Beach & Weymouth harbour from our hotel.

Lighthouse at Portland Bill in the early morning sun

Itinerary:

Day 1

Portland Bill Lighthouse and Pulpit Rock

The English coastline is one of the most beautiful in the world, but its rocky headlands and treacherous seas have been the bane of ship captains for centuries. The section between Portland Bill and nearby Chesil beach is no exception and in 1716 the Portland Bill lighthouse was built to safely guide shipping into Weymouth Harbour.

After settling into your hotel, we will head down to the southern tip of the isle of Portland to visit this famous lighthouse and the nearby pulpit rock. The sea around this headland is extremely rough and provides some great photo opportunities. Here I will help you to get the best possible photos and teach you some photography vocabulary.
Then it’s off to a cosy local pub for a chat over a nice pint of English beer!

Day 2

Weymouth, a classic English seaside town, and two of the Jurassic Coast’s most beautiful locations

After breakfast we’ll head into Bridport for a visit to a typical Dorset tearoom for cream tea and scones, a tradition throughout the southwest of England.

Then we’ll go to Weymouth, a superb example of an English seaside town. We’ll stroll along the beach and harbour before heading off to a nearby hill for a great view across the Jurassic Coast.

For the afternoon, we’ll head off to Lulworth Cove, while visiting some villages and attractions along the way. We’ll have lunch at the Castle Inn in West Lulworth village, where you can sample typical English pub food and real ales.

The afternoon and evening will be spent exploring the wonderful Lulworth Cove and we’ll walk along the coastal path to the famous rock arch of Durdle Door.

Day 3

Kimmeridge Bay, Corfe Castle, Swanage, Old Harry Cliff & Bournemouth beach and town

Today we’ll head to Kimmeridge Bay. This small cove and beach provides some great scenery with the clavel tower folly perched upon a hill at the edge of the bay, and receding tides expose some great rocky ledges. Then we’ll head off along this coastline, stopping at a few different locations before heading to Corfe Castle and Swanage.

We’ll have lunch somewhere around here and then take a walk out to the beautiful chalk stacks and pinnacles of Old Harry Cliffs for the evening.

Contact me to book

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Maribor Airshow – Sat Apr 8th 2017 – Slovenia

Bomber at the Red Bull open day at Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport, Slovenia. Austria Airlines is landing in the background

For all airshow lovers, there is a small but fun airshow day this Saturday Apr 8th at Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport in Slovenia. The Austrian Flying Bulls with be there for a week of training, with Saturday being open to the general public.

Entry is free.

More info here: www.flyingbulls.at/en/events-stories/events/

Helicopter acrobatics at the Red Bull open day at Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport, Slovenia

Bomber and Corsair flyng off at the Red Bull open day at Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport, Slovenia