Exploring Wiltshire on Bicycle

Angloed Education founder Isabel Alvarez writes about her holiday cycling through Wiltshire and why she thinks this area of the country is such an idyllic place to study in.

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Our little home for the week – photo by Isabel Alvarez

We were lucky with the weather during our holidays in Wiltshire. We rented a 300 year old cottage in a rural location and went off to explore the area via country lanes on our mountain bikes.

There were farmers everywhere cutting hay and I realised where the English expression ‘hay fever’ comes from, although the allergy can happen for many other reasons.

We cycled by the Avon Canal on the towpath that runs for miles beside these meandering  waterways that cross the whole of the country. Transport by boat in the British Islands was the only way before railways & roads existed and it was mostly developed during the industrial revolution.

Avon Canal

Photo by Isabel Alvarez

The areas we explored have some outstanding boarding schools and we passed several during our excursions.

Prior Park College this school has a beautiful garden designed by entrepreneur Ralph Allen with advice from Capability Brown. It is now open to the public and belongs to the National Trust. Great school in a very safe location.

Warminster School was founded in 1707 to educate the sons of the Longleat State workers. Nowadays the house and state are open to the public. This school is homely and diverse in a peaceful and rural location.

Monkton Combe, near the Avon Canal. Of course they are mad about water sport –  regatta, sailing and rowing are everyday life here.

Probably one of the reasons why there are so many beautiful boarding schools in this area is the peaceful environment and beautiful countryside.

The area of the country has great expanses of open spaces and greenery. It is a calm and safe place to go to school. Photo by Isabel Alvarez.

The area of the country has great expanses of open spaces and greenery. It is a calm and safe place to go to school. Photo by Isabel Alvarez.

There are plenty of opportunities to practise outdoor activities and sports so parents can rest assured that their children will be safe and active at the same time.

If you would like more information about those or any other boarding schools in the UK, please write to info@angloed.com

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British Summertime is Full of Festivals

When thinking of british summertime what springs to mind is rain, crowded beaches, strawberries and cream, wimbledon, Pims, and music festivals.

Come rain or shine, whether in a park or field, when the summer months hit the Brits love a party and they are almost as good as it as they are queuing.

From the ginormous to the small there are literally hundreds of festivals taking place throughout the UK, and many festival goers travel from oversees to take part in them.

The world famous festival that pretty much started it all off is Glastonbury. This year 135,000 tickets were sold and there were world renowned acts from the Foo Fighters, Kanye West and Leftfeild. The festival is broadcast across the world via the the BBC, who has 2,000 tickets put aside for its reporters.

Neal Whitehouse Piper

Glastonbury may be the biggest though it is not the only. Out of the smaller festivals that still has party, cabaret, theatre, food and brilliant vibes Sunrise Celebration is the first one that comes to mind.


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Walking into Sunrise is like stepping both back in time and into an ideal future – one where green thinking has been taking seriously and acted upon. Sunrise is the size of one section of Glastonbury – there section that is a little calmer though just as playful.

There is also a chance to learn some new crafty skills as there are black-smithing workshops, wood spindling workshops, wild medicine talks and so on.

Mike Grenville

Many people have said that Sunrise Celebration has a feel to it that is similar to the way the festivals did in the 70’s, the age that gave birth to British festivals. Those festivals, however, were a little different in that they were free and held on common land and were very much a subversive act against the state.

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