Social Activities

Social Activities

Join in with our social programme, improve your English outside of the classroom and make the most of your free time in Manchester!

Our trips give you the chance to explore life in and around Manchester. Some trips are free, for others there’s a small charge for transport. We provide a regular calendar of events and encourage students to take part. If an activity or trip involves more than one under-18-year-old participant, student to staff ratio of 1:5 must be maintained.

Below is a sample of the activities we run at Express English College.

Weekday Activities

Tuesday Sports Club

Every Tuesday evening, we organise an exciting sports event for all our students. Sports include football in a local outdoor football pitch (Location: Powerleague Ardwick); tennis in the beautiful surroundings of Alexandra park. These activities are free of charge. Just register your interest with our Welfare Officer.

Thursday Trips

Every Thursday afternoon, we organise trips to places of local interest throughout Manchester and the surrounding areas. Previous trips include: Etihad Stadium, Printworks Arcade and Cinema, The National Gallery of Manchester, The Alex Ferguson Stadium, ‘Escape Room’, mini-golf etc. Activities are free of charge where possible (except for occasional small entry fees/transport costs).

Game Afternoons

Students and teachers take full advantage of the excellent entertainment facilities offered in the school cafe/lounge area. Games include snooker, cards, video games, chess and a selection of board games. There is also a selection of books, for those who would like to spend a quieter moment.

Activites at EEC
Activities at EEC

Visit to Etihad Stadium 

Tuesday Football

Visit to Alex Ferguson Stadium

Trips Out
Trips Out

Weekend Trips

Our City Trips are organised by our partner, Smile Adventure. Further information about the city tour visits can be found here: Home – Smile Adventures.

City Tours


Let Smile Adventure guide you on a fun and engaging walking tour through York’s fascinating history and culture, highlighting the main attractions of this historic city.  


Edinburgh is one of the most ancient and outstandingly beautiful cities in the UK. Your guide will introduce you to its exciting history and vibrant culture on a walking tour. In the evening why not try some of the local food and drink? Haggis is definitely on the menu!


Join us on a guided cultural tour of the city which will take you through historic architecture to the homes and first concert venues frequented by The Beatles.


There’s plenty to see in this historical city, from ancient architecture and the historic university to the picturesque river and gardens. 


The biggest and the best – it can only be London. Your guide will introduce you to the vast, varied history of this global city. You’ll enjoy a walking tour, experience the London Eye and even relax on a river cruise!

Trips around the UK
Trips around the UK


Enjoy a day of paintballing in Eccles Forest! You can take part in up to six different games with a pizza break included. If you come as a group we will ensure you play with your friends as much as possible – or perhaps you’d prefer to play against them!

Laser Quest

Who will win on this trip to Laser Quest? Our students love this trip. It is a great way to relax, have some serious fun and perhaps be on the winning team. Here at Express English College we take pride in building strong teams with others. Team games are also a great way of communicating with others, so you’ll improve your English at the same time! 

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