June is the end of the UK academic year, and is the time when many students at schools, colleges and universities take their exams. The Queen's official birthday is marked by the Trooping the Colour ceremony, and there are several occasions during the month when you can watch a royal gun salute in Hyde Park or at the Tower of London. The Queen often attends major horseracing events at Epsom ("the Oaks" and "the Derby") and at Ascot ("Royal Ascot"). Days are very long, and temperatures are often pleasantly warm. It is a good time to go out and visit places, without the crowds of July and August. Many parks organise a season of events which start now. Roses are at their best, and you may be able to see and baby ducks (ducklings), geese (goslings) and swans (cygnets). The tennis championship at Wimbledon starts at the end of the month, which is also the best time to buy British strawberries.
Godstone Country walk
Enjoy a circular country walk, starting from the village of Godstone (about 30 miles south of London). The walk passes alongside lakes, through fields and woods and across open countryside. £10, which includes return train travel from Clapham Junction to Caterham, and return bus travel from Caterham to Godstone. Meet at Clapham Junction Train Station at 10:00 am. If you would like to go on this walk, please register in the European Projects Office (opposite Reception) as soon as possible.
Walk through St Katherine’s Dock and Wapping
If you would like to come on this walk through the riverside Docks area of St Katherine, and the old dockside area of Wapping, finishing at a historic pub in Wapping High Street, please be ready to leave school at 4:05pm. We will be travelling to Tower Hill (Zone 1), and returning from Wapping Station (Zone 2).
Day trip to Wells and the Cheddar Caves
Visit the Cheddar Gorge (Canyon), with its incredible cave systems, and Wells, England’s smallest ‘City’, where you can tour the magnificent medieval cathedral and ‘Vicar’s Close’, the Bishop’s Palace and the city centre, where you will find a number of small independent shops and restaurants. £40, which includes return travel by coach, guided walks and entry to two of the caves in Cheddar.
Day trip to Colchester
Visit the first Roman City in England, and see the oldest town walls in the country. You will also be able to visit Colchester Castle, which is now a museum. £26, which includes return travel by train, a guided walk and entry to the castle.
Day trip to Stonehenge and Salisbury
Enjoy a trip to one of Britain’s most famous monuments, followed by a visit to the historic city of Salisbury (home to England’s highest cathedral!). £39, which includes return coach travel, entry to Stonehenge and a guided walk around Salisbury city centre. Meet at Earls Court Underground Station at 07:00 am, or at Ealing Broadway Station at 07:40 am. Return to London at about 7:30 pm.
Day trip to Brighton
Enjoy a day out in one of England’s most famous seaside resorts. Walk along the beach, go on the famous ‘Pier’ (free) and visit the famous Pavilion, an 18th Century Palace, built by King George lV. £25, which includes return travel by train, a guided walk and entry to the Pavilion.