Optional Excursions

Saturdays and Sundays are ideal for shopping and sightseeing, so Scarborough International School likes to take care of its students by organising a range of optional excursions at the weekend for those students who want to get out and about. (Average cost per excursion = £30).

Destinations include:

The Roman city of York

Liverpool – famous for its football teams and as the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool was also European Capital of Culture in 2008. Go shopping in “Liverpool 1”, take a ferry on the Mersey or visit the world famous Cavern Club.

Flamingo Land – is one of the top theme parks in the UK, and only a 45 minute drive away from Scarborough. As well as 59 rides, including “Mumbo Jumbo”, the steepest rollercoaster in the world, there is also a zoo which houses exotic birds, rare fish, mammals and reptiles.

Manchester – the Trafford Centre is the UK’s largest shopping centre, and is located 3.5 miles away from the “Theatre of Dreams”, Old Trafford Football Ground, home to Manchester United. This excursion allows you to visit both in the same day, experiencing the Old Trafford Museum and Stadium tour, while making time for some retail therapy or a relaxing meal in one of the Trafford Centre’s many restaurants.

Hull Ice-Skating Disco – a popular Saturday evening activity. Pop on your skates and show off your inner John Travolta on the ice at the Hull Arena.

National Media Museum, Bradford – the National Media Museum’s collection contains three million items of historical, cultural and social value, including the first photographic negative, the earliest television footage and the world's first moving pictures. Many exhibits are interactive, with the museum aiming “to be the best museum in world for inspiring people to learn about, engage with and create media”. No visit to the museum would be complete without a visit to the IMAX cinema to see the film of the moment in enhanced resolution and sound.

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“I've been to Scarborough International School twice now, first taking a Teen Vacation course and then, two years later, an Intensive General English for 6 months. The staff are amazing and lovely people, the teachers are professional; if the school wasn't amazing I wouldn't have gone there twice and you know what, I would go there a the third time, but the next time with my brothers. About Scarborough, it's a very nice and safe place to visit and live, you could have a nice time on the lovely beach. My host family was such a great family I felt like I was living with my real family. I really like my memories there, I wouldn't forget anything.”

Ibrahim Al Shammari, Saudi Arabia


“I highly recommend the International School of English (SIS) and Scarborough as the places to learn or improve your English!”

“I lived and worked in Scarborough for 8 months, and I spent my first and last month in SIS. That was very useful to my daily life, because there I could make lots of good friends. Some of them were British and others were Japanese, Italian, Russian, and many different other nationalities.”

Sara, Spain


“I lived my first experience abroad two years ago in Scarborough and, if I was a bit reluctant at the beginning because I was alone, I had to get used to my host family′s routine and I didn′t know the town I would stay in for two weeks, the students I met at school, my new teachers and all the staff managed to make me feel at home. To be honest, you can enjoy a Teen Vacation with your friends even within the borders of your own country, but at Scarborough International School I found a special atmosphere: students coming from all over the world have the opportunity to tell each other about their culture, habits and plans for the future, as if they knew each other very well. In fact I believe this intercultural exchange is the true novelty which I was impressed with. In addition, Scarborough is a nice town with some relaxing leafy areas, the places I visited on my school excursions in Yorkshire were dramatic and interesting, while the afternoon and evening activities proposed were really enjoyable. To sum up, I was absolutely satisfied with my SIS experience so that I decided to have another Teen Vacation there this year.”

Francesco, Italy


“About a year ago we were on the verge of booking a holiday which was going to be a little out of the ordinary; a week’s study holiday in Scarborough for Dad with seven-year-old daughter. Mum meanwhile would be having a week’s holiday in the true sense of the word. A year on and we are getting ready to repeat the positive and enjoyable experience this adventure turned out to be. The organisation of the school immediately gave us a series of guarantees: our homestay accommodation was arranged with a family who had a young daughter, the study programme was balanced and well-adapted to the needs of both father and daughter.”

Paola, Milan