What to do during Christmas in Oxford

Today in Oxford the people can start listening Christmas songs, see through their windows the Christmas lights or walking on the sideways on the street and enjoy a magic food in some of the popular restaurants around the city, but you may wonder what you could do in this magic season to enjoy an Oxford Christmas experience to the fullest. The are several reasons to enjoy Christmas in Oxford. 1. Oxford Christmas Market One of the main things that you can do during Christmas is go to the Oxford Christmas Market on Broad Street where you will find some general jewelry, accessories, and international food. Take a long walk through this lovely street. 2. Christmas at Blenheim Come to enjoy the lights around the Blenheim Palace in many different views since the morning until the evening, where you will find a train light, great landscapes light up and at the same time you will see projections with lasers over the palace. Book in advance during December and don’t miss this wonderful experience. 3. Christmas at Christ Church The Christ Church Cathedral Choir will open their doors the Wednesday 18th December and the Saturday 21st December for bring to your ears a popular mix Christmas song. The 18th you will hear a traditional festive music directed by Steven Grahl and read it by Antonia Christophers and Noel Byrne tickets from £16 to £45. In addition the 21st December you will find many carols during the day with cathedral singers of Christ church ,tickets from £10 to £15. 4. Ice Staking If you are looking for having a marvelous experience and feel the Christmas weather, please come with your friends or family and visit the Oxford Ice Rink, there different atmospheres and packages for you as Birthday Party, Stake Disco, events for … Read more

Dorchester-on-Thames

Discover the pretty village of Dorchester-on-Thames

Dorchester-on-Thames, the heaven of peace   If you are studying at EC Oxford, I would definitely recommend exploring the beautiful county of Oxfordshire in your spare time. Dorchester-on-Thames is only situated 8 miles away from Oxford and it is very easy to go there. The bus number X-38, X39 or X40 will directly take you in less than 20 minutes. Super easy and cheap! I went there on Monday as it was a bank holiday and I clearly don’t regret my choice! It was a very warm day as you may have noticed, so I made the most of the river. I fell in love with this place at first sight. I love these cute photogenic villages; they are very relaxing. I especially recommend if you want to escape the crazy busy Oxford in the summertime.   Here is a preview of my time there:             The honesty boxes are unmanned small shops on the road where tourists and locals can buy whatever it is on offer and are trusted to pay for it without ever speaking to anyone. I would love to leave in a village like that, where trust always win! I can’t imagine this happening bigger cities like Oxford. I find it so captivating. Overall, I had a great time discovering this wonderful village. For a moment I thought I was on holiday very far from Oxford – it’s really nice to explore some new exciting places! And you? Have you been to Dorchester-on-Thames?  

EC from three different views

Former student and intern now Admissions Executive at EC

Kijin was a student at EC Malta and Oxford and supported the team at the reception as an Intern. Now she is admission executive at EC Malta. She wrote about her experience as a student and as an Intern. “I had been studying at EC Oxford, doing student ambassador task for eight months from the first week in EC Oxford. As I wanted to talk with many people come from all parts of the world, there is no reason to hesitate to apply for it. Mainly I had done a presentation for the newcomers, and gave a tour around city. With our lovely interns, we organised some events such as International Food Festival, Pink Ribbon Charity Marathon Volunteer and so on. It is such an unforgettable memory! At the beginning since I am introvert and had poor English skills, it was not all the time easy to communicate with students and staffs though, in the end I found out myself enjoying my days at EC Oxford. The teachers and staffs are friendly and well qualified to provide valuable information about studying English. They understand students’ needs and try to solve if there is any complain from students. The thing is they are so nice that feel free to talk with. Oxford is well known for its university. However, there is more that you should know. Every year there is Alice’s Day in Oxford to commemorates Lewis Carroll’s first telling of the famous children’s story to his young inspiration, Alice Liddell. Besides, you will be probably attracted by its authentic atmosphere by exploring the city. Even though it is always tough to say good bye, I know that we can keep in touch wherever we are. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who I met in Oxford and … Read more