Announcing Our Summer 2018 Events!

Kati Cooper London Center


May 4, 2018

2018 has been a big year for the Royals with the birth of Prince William & Kate Middleton’s third child and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming wedding! It is for that reason that our Summer events have a definite royal flair! Join us for a visit to Windsor Castle to see where the Royal wedding took place, or walk the same halls as the Queen in Buckingham Palace! Don’t miss a chance to rub elbows with England’s most elite at the Royal Ascot!

Read on below for what you have in store. Event registration opens Thursday, 10 May 2018 at 12 noon (EST) in your Arcadia Passport. And don’t forget, if an event is full you can add yourself to the waitlist to be notified automatically if more space becomes available. Prior to signing up for events, please read our Rules and Regulations.

Please note that all events depart from the Arcadia London Center unless stated otherwise. Students based out of London who intend to travel independently may submit a request for reimbursement of their travel. However, this request is not guaranteed and must be submitted one month prior to the event.

Session 1 Events: 6 June - 4 July

Theatre - Hamlet at The Globe Theatre

Pop Culture, The Underground

Whether it be a light-hearted comedy, a musical, or a serious piece dealing with the darkness of the human heart, theatre provides an opportunity to witness a reflection of British life and examine it in relation to your own attitudes, beliefs and experiences. This summer, have the chance to see one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies Hamlet on stage at the world famous Globe Theatre.
Price includes: Theatre ticket

Windsor Castle

Tradition & Innovation, Pop Culture

This Summer we will visit Windsor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world! It was originally built to protect London, but now it is Queen Elizabeth’s weekend home and is often used for royal functions. You may already know that St. George’s Chapel at Windsor is where the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take place! Join us on this visit to marvel at the architecture, and to explore the royal history within.

Price includes: Return train journey from London, entry to Windsor Castle.

Royal ascot


Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest race horses to compete for more than £5.5 million in prize money. Anticipated and revered, these five days (which are all attended by the Queen!) are made for socializing. Long seen as a spectacle of fashion and style, each year the meeting is broadcast to audiences around the globe, yet to experience it in person is something altogether more special.

To explain more about this royal event, our faculty member and Sociology lecturer, Dr Chris McMillan, writes: “Sport provides a wonderful window into a nation's culture. The most dominant marker in British culture is often thought to be social class, which is linked to cultural expressions, such as the food people eat, the clothes they wear (be on the look-out for red trousers and boat shoes!), and the way they speak, rather than income or occupation. Sport is also divided along these class lines. Royal Ascot is considered to be on the 'upper class' side, where a strict class system is enforced through different enclosures and dress codes, which makes it a unique British sporting experience.”

Price includes: Round trip train travel, entry to Royal Ascot.

Please note this event takes place on a Friday, it is your responsibility to check for academic clashes.

Stonehenge & Bath Day Trip

Life & Death, Tradition & Innovation, Tribes


Stonehenge, a World Heritage Site, is composed of the substantial remnants of the last in a sequence of such monuments erected between circa 3000BC and 1600BC. There has always been intense debate over what purpose Stonehenge served and during your visit you will get the chance to form your own opinion. A huge effort and great organisation was needed to carry the stones tens, and sometimes hundreds, of miles by land and water and then to shape and raise them. Stonehenge’s orientation in relation to the rising and setting sun has always been one of its most remarkable features.


Two thousand years ago, with most of the world at their feet, the Romans recognised the unique qualities of Bath and settled here. They chose well. Set in a sheltered valley, surrounded by seven wooded hills and nourished by Britain’s only natural hot springs, it is a natural haven. An exquisite Georgian city grew from Bath’s ancient roots epitomised by Jane Austen. On this trip, you will be able to visit all of the sights Bath has to offer, such as the famous Roman Baths, The Royal Crescent, The Circus, and Pulteney Bridge. All of these attractions are among the finest architectural treasures in the world, which explains its designation as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Price includes: Round trip travel by coach from London, entrance to Stonehenge and the Roman Baths.


Session 2 Events: 10 July - 3 August

Brighton Day Trip

Pop Culture, The Underground, Tradition & Innovation, Tribes

Just an hour south of London, this colourful city by the sea offers fantastic shopping, sightseeing and the Royal Pavilion – a sprawling, Arabesque palace that was a favourite of King George IV.

Spend the morning at the famous Pavilion before enjoying free time to explore in the afternoon. Browse the quirky independent shops in the North Laines or enjoy Fish 'n Chips on pier. You need at least one trip to the seaside during your time in the UK and Brighton is the best of the bunch!

Price includes: Round trip train travel, entry to Royal Pavilion.

Cricket Lesson for Beginners

Sensory, Tribes

Did you know cricket is the second most popular sport in the world (behind football) with around 2.5 billion fans? Try your hand at cricket with this one hour beginner’s session! There is no better place to learn how to play cricket than at Lord’s Cricket Ground, which has been known as the Home of Cricket for over 200 years!  

Price includes: 1 hour cricket lesson, all equipment included.

Cricket match: middlesex vs somerset (faculty-led event)

tradition & innovation, tribes, the underground

The game of cricket is often compared to baseball because it uses a bat and ball and players score runs during innings. But this is where the similarities end! See how these two sports compare by joining us for a special event led by faculty member and cricket enthusiast, Dr. Chris McMillan. To fully appreciate the experience, attend the cricket lesson for beginners to see what it really takes to play!  

Price includes: Ticket to cricket match

Buckingham Palace

Life & Death, Tradition & Innovation, Tribes

Come visit the home of Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. For just ten weeks every summer the Queen opens her official London residence to the public and allows a glimpse into the life of the Royals.

During your visit, you will see the 19 magnificent State Rooms which provide the setting for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. All rooms are furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection.

Price includes: Entry to Buckingham Palace

Berlin Weekend Trip

Tradition & Innovation, Tribes, Life & Death

From tragedy, to triumph and trendiness, Berlin has long been at the center of European life. This trip will bring that history to life. Our walking tour of the city starts under the Brandenburg gate, where Reagan told Gorbachev to ‘tear down this wall’. We will see bullet holes in buildings that survived World War II and stand on the car park that is thought to be Hitler’s grave. We will walk the line of the Berlin Wall and have a chance to check out the famous U.S Army Checkpoint ‘Charlie’.

We will see the thought provoking Holocaust memorial and take the sobering journey out to the Sachsenhausen Concentration camp, where 30,000 prisoners perished.

Price includes: Round trip flights, accommodation and breakfast for three days, a walking tour of Berlin and train travel and entry to the concentration camp Sachsenhausen.

Please note this trip leaves on a Thursday. It is your responsibility to check for any clashes with your classes or internship.


Session 1 & 2 Event

This event is only available to those studying with Arcadia from June through August 2018.

Wales Adventure Weekend

Sensory, Total Immersion, Tribes

Ditch the city for a weekend to experience the beautiful landscapes and coastal surroundings of the Pembrokeshire coast in north Wales. During this adventure weekend, you will have the chance to try activities such as sea kayaking, surfing and coasteering led by experienced and trusted guides. Or take a break from the water by visiting the UK’s smallest town St. David’s or Pembroke Castle.

You’ll also stay in a fully catered eco-lodge, where after a busy day outdoors you can retreat to delicious home cooked meals, campfires and cosy nights in.

Price includes: Round trip train travel, all activities and meals, two nights accommodation.
Please note this event leaves on a Wednesday afternoon, it is your responsibility to check for any clashes with your classes or internship.

Free Tours - Arcadia Explores

Led by Arcadia Faculty

Over the summer you can join our faculty for a free walking tour to explore London and the surrounding areas, from the perspective of our experienced faculty. More details to follow once you are in London!