There are a variety of other things that you may want to do while you’re in England. Here are some of the major ones that your colleagues may encourage you to do, depending on what your interests are.
4 Peaks Challenge
The 4 Peaks Challenge is a very exciting (and exhausting) challenge that you can do that gets you across all of the United Kingdom in a 40 hour period of time. There is also a smaller version, called the 3 Peaks Challenge, that you can take part in instead.
The 4 Peaks Challenge is a challenge that involves you traveling over 1000 miles (both by road and climbing) within a 40 hour period of time. As a part of the challenge, you will climb the highest peak in each part of the United Kingdom – one in England, one in Wales, one in Scotland, and one in Northern Ireland. The 3 Peaks version eliminates the Northern Ireland peak and it is within 24 hours. These mountains are not high compared to other peaks around the world, but climbing three in a matter of two days can be quite a feat.
If you aren’t in the physical condition necessary to do the challenge part, it is suggested that you visit each of the peaks while you are living in England (or really, anywhere in the United Kingdom). The areas around the peaks are very nice to visit, so maybe you’ll decide to take a weekend for each? Either way, hit up all four before you head back to your home country for good.
Attend a Sports Event
If you do nothing else before you leave for your home country, then you need to make sure that you see a sport event. Many people who live in England absolutely love going to sports events. Here are some of the sports events that you may see while in England (links for each sport are provided)
- Football (known as “soccer” in the United States): http://www.thefa.com/
- Rugby: http://www.therfl.co.uk/
- Tennis: http://www.lta.org.uk/
You don’t have to go to a big sports event to be a part of the excitement either. Chances are, the university you attend may have amateur sports teams for you to get involved with, or you can enjoy a football or rugby game on your university campus. You can check out local teams as well. Athletics are a major part of English life, and you could make some good friends while checking out sports programs.
There are a variety of castles all across England and the rest of the United Kingdom. They are scattered all over the place; they can be found in the largest of cities (like the Tower of London), and on the coast of the seas. You can go on a tour of all of the castles, check out all of the history related to each, and even sleep in an English castle! Because castles are not as common in countries like the United States and Australia, you will find many international students checking out these sorts of attractions. There are many websites and companies that will offer different types of castle tours; you can talk to your international affairs office or a travel agency to get more details.
Shakespeare is one of the greatest people to have ever come out of England, and the legends and stories surrounding his life make him almost iconic. You can visit Stratford-upon-Avon to see his birthplace and his grave. You can go to London and watch a classic play in the Globe, and you can even do a variety of activities with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Shakespeare is a big deal to both tourists and to those who live in England, so your time in England will not be complete without going to see something related to his life or career.
Shakespeare tours are especially exciting if you are someone who is studying English or history during your time in England. If you study these fields in England, you are right in the center of the history of the modern world, and you have access to all of it.
Of course, there are dozens of other things that you can do while studying in England as well. You can go pub hopping and try different types of ale. You can check out the local open-air markets on the weekends. You can go shopping or check out historical sites. There are many international students who will spend all three years in England, and then take extra time in order to go see everything that they’ve missed during their time there. You will never run out of things to do while studying in England, because there is just so much for you to do.
If you are looking for more exciting ideas for activities to do and things to see while you are studying in England, check out the Visit Britain website. They have tons of resources on what you can enjoy while you’re studying in England, and you can find out things you may have never discovered on your own. Your international student affairs office may also have information about sites to see and things to do if you ask for information. Also make sure to talk to locals and other colleagues to see what they have done – they may have done things that trigger your own fancy as well.
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