What is the summer social programme?

LSI/IH Portsmouth offers an exciting and varied summer social programme which is designed to meet every students’ needs. During the summer months, this programme is even more popular than usual. It encourages socialising between students of the school, so it is a great way to meet new people.

Why do English language students choose our summer social programme?

  • Portsmouth is a fantastic summer location


Portsmouth is a fantastic location to study English throughout the year, but the city is particularly wonderful to visit during the summertime. As the UK’s only island city, it has a coastline that stretches for around 7km, and access to beaches on Hayling Island and the Isle of Wight. In addition, there are large outdor parks and green areas. Click here to find out more about beaches near Portsmouth.

  • Our social programme team


Catt, our full-time dedicated Social Programme Organiser creates a unique social calendar to showcase the best of what Portsmouth has to offer. Our Social Team make sure that when you’re studying in Portsmouth during the summer, you will make the most of our fantastic location. If you would like to contact Catt with any questions about our summer social programme, please e-mail her: catherine@lsi-portsmouth.co.uk

  • What is happening in Portsmouth?


Portsmouth also has many festivals and free live music events throughout summer, which compliment and are often part of the Social Programme. Here are a few examples of what you can expect:

  • Victorious Festival

Victorious festival is one of the largest music festivals in the UK (It attracts over 120,000 festival goers). It features some of the top bands in the UK and is the essential festival for British music lovers!

  • Love Southsea Markets

Love Southsea Markets are a collection of market stalls which appear once a month and can be found in Southsea just 15 minutes walk from LSI/IH Portsmouth. From these markets you can purchase a variety of loacl goods such as food or clothing.

  • Southsea Food Festival

Southsea Food festival is a time when the town centre of Southsea, Portsmouth, is flooded with food traders. There is a huge amount of variety of food to try from traditional English to Asian to European to… just about anything. With a live music stage, this is a great local day out.

  • Portsmouth Comic Con

Portsmouth Comic Con is the biggest Comic Con in the South of the UK! And each year it keeps getting bigger! It features comic book trading, cosplay competitions, and international comic artists amongst other things.

  • Portsmouth International Kite Festival

Portsmouth International Kite Festival is a truly amazing event! Kite fliers from all across the world get together on Southsea green, Portsmouth, to fly their kites. The skies above Portsmouth are filled with colour as on the ground below there are a variety of craft stalls, food stalls, and local amusements.

To see a more detailed list of some of Portsmouth’s festivals, click here.

  • Regular favourite social activities


Some of our most popular social activities during the summer include our weekly Conversation Club, where our students gather to enjoy some friendly conversation in a relaxed, informal environment. We offer many outdoor sporting activities such as football with the teachers, volleyball tournaments and outdoor fitness classes. Our weekly parties are always great fun, and the perfect opportunity for our students to experience the lively Portsmouth nightlife.

  • New and different social activities


Our Social Progamme is always changing, we offer a wide variety of different activities. Our social programme organiser is always open to suggestions. So if there is something in particular that you would like to do, just let her know and get in touch! catherine@lsi-portsmouth.co.uk

Catt makes sure that there are always new things to do, so that students will never get bored! To see what’s on our current programme, click here.

  • Weekend excursions


Every weekend our Social Team organise a Saturday excursion, giving you the opportunity to visit other parts of the country, including:

  • Salisbury and Stonehenge

A trip to Salisbury and Stonehenge will give students an opportunity to see the beautiful city of Salisbury and Stonehenge, one of the most famous symbols of British history.

  • Bath

The city of Bath, most famous for it’s collection of ancient Roman Baths, has a history going back thousands of years. It is a popular destination for our weekend excursions and guaranteed to bring students face-to-face with ancient British history!

  • Cambridge

Cambridge is home to canals, the famous Cambridge University, breathtaking architecture and the first game of football… clearly a great city to head to for a Saturday trip!

  • Brighton

What better place to relax on the pebble beach with a serving of fish and chips than Brighton? It has fun amusement parks and the Royal Pavilion to explore.

  • Oxford

Oxford is visited by more than 10 million visitors every year! Home to (allegedly) the second oldest university in the world, Oxford holds many cultural attractions and great photo opportunities for curious students.

  • London

London, capital city of the UK, biggest city in Europe. A city filled with sights to see, culture to experience, and a hub of social entertainment. With our guided trips to London, you can make sure that you make the most of the capital.

  • Windsor Castle and Eton

Windsor Castle is one of the homes of the royal family and is the longest-occupied and largest inhabited palace in the world. The royal family even changed their surnames to the name of the castle in 1917. The castle is a real treat for a weekend trip!

During the summer months, we have a great opportunity to make the most of the sunny weather and could have options such as:

  • Eastbourne, Beachy Head & Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters is a collection of chalk cliffs in the South of England next to the English Channel. Eastbourne and Beachy Head are the highest chalk sea cliffs in the UK. These locations offer great walks, sightseeing flights, and traditional English Pubs to relax in after it all!

  • Theme Park Visits

The UK is home to a wide variety of theme parks. This means that in the summer it is the perfect time to hit the road and go and visit some. This is exactly what LSI/IH Portsmouth students do.

  • Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is an island of the south coast of England, a short hovercraft or ferry ride from Portsmouth. It is famous for it’s sandy beaches, stunning cliffs, and is considered the sunniest place in the UK. In addition, it has a long history and is home to Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s favourite place.

  • Walking excursions on the Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast is 95 miles long and packed full of history (185 million years of history!). It is the only place in the world where 185 million years of the Earth’s history can be seen exposed in dramatic cliffs, secluded caves, coastal beaches. UNESCO awarded the Jurassic coast World Heritage Site status in December 2001. It is a beautiful landscape to walk along, whilst visiting local towns along the way and exploring their culture and history.

Not only is our social programme really fun, it’s a wonderful way to practice your conversational skills and improve your English. With many students choosing to join us during the summer period, you will get the opportunity to meet many friends from all over the world.

Our full time Social Programme Organiser is dedicated to making sure that every second you spend at LSI/IH Portsmouth is the best it can be for you.  If you have any queries about our social programme or Portsmouth in general, please feel free to email us at catherine@lsi-portsmouth.co.uk

Want to find out more about our Summer Courses? Click here!

To see our summer course dates and prices, click here. Or, get in touch with our admissions team to find out about our special offers! admissions@lsi-portsmouth.co.uk.