Thursday brought the first trip day of the summer school, to Windsor and Eton. After breakfast and a sleepy coach journey, everyone gathered just outside Windsor Castle to watch the famous Changing of the Guard parade.
The students were then able to explore Windsor Castle, which is the Queen’s residence for several months of the year and the largest inhabited castle in the world. The huge Princess’ Doll House, with its miniatures of the Throne Room, King’s Bedroom and Queen’s Dressing Room, was a favourite with all our students. Other highlights included the impressive Chapel and the State Rooms.
Everyone went on to explore the town of Windsor at lunchtime, with many students escaping the heat of the day in the Topshop fitting rooms. After lunch, the whole group crossed the river Thames to Eton Village, where we were treated to a private tour of Eton College by our director, Jamie, who attended the school himself.
His Dame at Eton, Kit Anderson, also accompanied us on the tour, giving us insights into Eton traditions such as ‘rips’ and the ‘Wall Game’.
Back in Oxford, dinner was eaten in restaurants around town before each house hosted a different activity, ranging from yoga to the ‘Tim’s Tunes’ singing club to film night. Everyone was ready to retire for the evening after an action-packed day of sightseeing with new friends.