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UK Horse Riding Holiday

This is a unique fusion of morning English language learning and afternoon horse riding, with stable management. Whether you own your horse, or you have never ridden before, this specialism caters to every level of ability.

Highlights

  • 7 afternoons of horse riding and stable management
  • 15 hours of English language per week
  • Excursions to various attractions, including an overnight excursion to Warwick Castle!
  • Native-speaking teachers with materials for all levels
  • 14 nights accommodation and all daily meals
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • 1:6 staff to student ratio with 24 hour supervision
  • Full schedule of activities

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer available:
Birmingham Airport (US$ 297 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Manchester Airport (US$ 375 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Bristol Airport (US$ 336 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Liverpool John Lennon Airport (US$ 375 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Luton Airport (US$ 233 per person)
Airport transfer included: Gatwick Airport
Airport transfer included: Heathrow Airport
Airport transfer available:
East Midlands Airport (US$ 336 per person)
Airport transfer available:
London Stansted Airport (US$ 233 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Golf course
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

The Oratory School is nestled in the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside. Their expansive grounds offer a wealth of sports facilities, including a golf course, real tennis courts, and multiple lawn tennis courts, providing students with ample opportunities to stay active and engaged. Founded in 1859, the Oratory School boasts a rich history and is home to many of its original buildings.

It is no surprise that renowned author J.R.R. Tolkien chose one of their beautiful rooms to pen a portion of his literary masterpiece, “The Hobbit.” In the last century, the Oratory School has gained recognition for its success in real tennis and has become a favorite destination for the royal family, who have visited numerous times to play against both staff and students.

  • Capacity: 120 students
  • Bathroom facilities: Shared
  • Age ranges: seven to 18 years

Facilities

  • Swimming pool
  • State-of-the-art sports facilities
  • Dining hall
  • Lawn tennis courts
  • Golf course

Program

Saddle up for an unforgettable adventure with Samiad’s horse-riding specialism, where they blend top-notch English language tuition with professional horse-riding instruction and stable management. Whether you are a seasoned equestrian with your trusty steed back home or a total newcomer to the world of riding, they have programs to cater to all skill levels. In collaboration with renowned equestrian centers, they have crafted a two-week journey that not only hones your English language skills but also forges global friendships.

At Samiad, students embark on a multifaceted equine journey, from the gentle art of grooming and tacking up to the adrenaline-pumping thrills of show jumping and countryside hacks. Gain proficiency in English as you master the intricacies of equipment, tack, and equine anatomy. Rest assured, safety is paramount. They provide safety hats, but if you prefer your child to wear a body protector, kindly bring your own. Join them for an equine odyssey that combines language, friendship, and the sheer joy of riding in 2024.

Giddy up

Take part in every aspect of working at stables, from catching the horses, washing and cleaning them to going on countryside hacks or even learning to jump for the first time. This program is tailored to your ability whilst giving you the chance to socialize with other horse-loving students every afternoon.

English lessons

Immerse yourself in classes taught by a team of 100% native, TEFL-qualified teachers.

Daily itinerary EXAMPLE:

Sunday

  • 09:15 - 13:00 Student arrivals
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:15 - 17:45 Ultimate frisbee, Zapp, or ice-breaker games
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner (choice of options)
  • 19:30 - 21:30 Bonding belt, benchball, international club, dodgeball, or yoga
  • 22:00 Lights out

Monday

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (choice of options)
  • 09:15 - 13:00 English lessons
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch (choice of options)
  • 14:15 - 17:45 Horse riding - introduction and tour of the yard and one-hour riding lesson
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner (choice of options)
  • 19:30 - 21:30 Picture challenge, football, question time, swimming, or music video making
  • 22:00 Lights out

Tuesday

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (choice of options)
  • 09:15 - 13:00 Full day trip
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Packed lunch
  • 14:15 - 17:45 Full day trip
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner (choice of options)
  • 19:30 - 21:30 Trashion show, pamper party, or movie night
  • 22:00 Lights out

Wednesday

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (choice of options)
  • 09:15 - 13:00 English lessons
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch (choice of options)
  • 14:15 - 17:45 Horse riding - mucking out or feeding and yard duties and one-hour riding lesson
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner (choice of options)
  • 19:30 - 21:30 Big chief, bracelet making, basketball, or dance
  • 22:00 Lights out

Thursday

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (choice of options)
  • 09:15 - 13:00 English lessons
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch (choice of options)
  • 14:15 - 17:45 Horse riding - theory lesson and countryside hack
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner (choice of options)
  • 19:30 - 21:30 Lip sync battle - showtime
  • 22:00 Lights out

Friday

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (choice of options)
  • 09:15 - 13:00 Full day trip
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Packed lunch
  • 14:15 - 17:45 Full day trip
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner (choice of options)
  • 19:30 - 21:30 Quiz
  • 22:00 Lights out

Saturday

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (choice of options)
  • 09:15 - 13:00 English lessons
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch (choice of options)
  • 14:15 - 17:45 Horse riding - grooming and one-hour lessons
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner (choice of options)
  • 19:30 - 21:30 Graduation, talent show, or party
  • 22:00 Lights out

Sunday

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (choice of options)
  • 09:15 - 13:00 English workshop
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch (choice of options)
  • 14:15 - 17:45 Team vs team
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner (choice of options)
  • 19:30 - 21:30 Egg drop
  • 22:00 Lights out

Monday

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (choice of options)
  • 09:15 - 13:00 English test, tour, and ice-breaking games
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch (choice of options)
  • 14:15 - 17:45 Horse riding - mucking out, feeding, and yard duties and one-hour riding lesson
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner (choice of options)
  • 19:30 - 21:30 Letter challenge, international club, badminton, or zumba
  • 22:00 Lights out

Tuesday

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (choice of options)
  • 09:15 - 13:00 English lessons
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Packed lunch
  • 14:15 - 17:45 Overnight trip
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner (choice of options)
  • 19:30 - 21:30 Overnight trip
  • 22:00 Lights out

Wednesday

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (choice of options)
  • 09:15 - 13:00 Overnight trip
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Packed lunch
  • 14:15 - 17:45 Overnight trip
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner (choice of options)
  • 19:30 - 21:30 Challenge time
  • 22:00 Lights out

Thursday

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (choice of options)
  • 09:15 - 13:00 English lessons
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch (choice of options)
  • 14:15 - 17:45 Horse riding - grooming and one-hour lessons
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner (choice of options)
  • 19:30 - 21:30 Balloon pop, freestyle football skills, karaoke, dragon den, or pom pom making
  • 22:00 Lights out

Friday

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (choice of options)
  • 09:15 - 13:00 Full day trip
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Packed lunch
  • 14:15 - 17:45 Full day trip
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner (choice of options)
  • 19:30 - 21:30 Twisted bingo
  • 22:00 Lights out

Saturday

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (choice of options)
  • 09:15 - 13:00 English lessons
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch (choice of options)
  • 14:15 - 17:45 Horse riding - competition and games
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner (choice of options)
  • 19:30 - 21:30 Graduation, talent show, or party
  • 22:00 Lights out

Sunday

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (choice of options)
  • 09:15 - 13:00 Morning English classes or student departures
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch or student departures

Included excursions

Full day excursions to:

  • London: A walking tour and Thames river cruise included
  • Thorpe Park: One of the UK's busiest and best theme parks
  • Oxford: A guided punt included

An overnight excursion to Warwick Castle:

  • A glamping experience in the Knight's Village! Try sword fighting and archery, explore the castle walls, go down into the Castle Dungeon, and watch live shows!

Location

The retreat will take place in Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom. The school is set in 1,200 acres of stunning countryside, providing a peaceful and secluded environment for students to learn and grow. Despite its rural location, the school is easily accessible from both London and Oxford, with good transport links to both cities. The nearest airport is London Heathrow, which is just a 40-minute drive away. The nearby town of Reading is also easily accessible from The Oratory School. Reading is a vibrant and culturally rich town, with plenty to see and do.

Distances

  • Heathrow Airport (LHR) - 40 minutes drive

Food

Samiad can provide for most diets with no extra charge for special diets, except they cannot offer Kosher. At your buffet, you pride yourself on offering a diverse range of cuisine from around the world. Talented chefs draw inspiration from a variety of cultures and cuisines to create delicious and satisfying meals that will keep you fuelled throughout the day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Hallal
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • All activities, excursions, and horse riding
  • 7 days of horse riding
  • 15 hours of English language tuition per week, taught by native speakers, with materials (all levels)
  • 2 full-day excursions per week
  • 1 overnight excursion to Warwick Castle
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Airport transfers
  • 2 or 3 laundry a week (laundry bags provided)
  • Daily cleaning of shared areas and deep cleaning of all bedrooms on Sundays
  • Bedding
  • Samiad rucksack and bottle for each student
  • 24/7 supervision of all students by the dedicated team
  • Wi-Fi on campus
  • Helmets
  • Group leader places with every 10 students
  • Samiad bottle and rucksack
  • Lots of photos posted on socials throughout the summer months

What's not included

  • Flights

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Heathrow Airport (LHR) or Gatwick Airport (LGW). Transfers from and to these airports are included. Samiad will pick you up from the airport within their sociable hours (between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on arrival and between 12:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on departure).

Airport: Birmingham Airport Airport transfer available: Birmingham Airport (US$ 297 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Manchester Airport Airport transfer available: Manchester Airport (US$ 375 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Bristol Airport Airport transfer available: Bristol Airport (US$ 336 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Liverpool John Lennon Airport Airport transfer available: Liverpool John Lennon Airport (US$ 375 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Luton Airport Airport transfer available: Luton Airport (US$ 233 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Gatwick Airport Airport transfer included: Gatwick Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Heathrow Airport Airport transfer included: Heathrow Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: East Midlands Airport Airport transfer available: East Midlands Airport (US$ 336 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: London Stansted Airport Airport transfer available: London Stansted Airport (US$ 233 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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