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What the Junior Summer Programme + Horse Riding includes:

  • 15 hours of General English lessons per week
    (45 minute lessons x 20)

  • 2 half-days of horse riding per week
    (30 – 60 minutes one-to-one lesson plus preparation)

  • 4 half-day excursions per week

  • 6 evening activities per week

  • 1 full-day excursion per week 

  • Certificate of attendance      

  • Wi-Fi access (Free)

  • En-suite residential accommodation


You can choose from 4 junior programmes:

Junior English Summer Programme + Horse Riding

A residential summer programme for young learners who would also like to learn horse riding. 

General Information
Accommodation & Facilities
Activities & Sports

Course Details

Class Size
Maximum 15 students (average 12)

Course Dates
19th July - 16th of August 2015

Course Length
2, 3 or 4 weeks

15 of General English + Activities

A2, B1, B1+, B2  


Junior Programme + Horse Riding Description

We provide excellent residential accommodation for our young learners. The junior residence is situated in the incredible Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, one of the world’s premier art venues. The residence is a purpose-built, year round facility for primary and secondary school students across Wales, so the centre is perfectly equipped for Celtic’s Junior Summer Programme!

Students can study on our Junior Summer Programme for 2, 3 or 4 weeks. Lessons take place in classrooms in the residential centre, where there is also a canteen, mini-cinema, common room and 24-hour manned reception.

Cardiff is a vibrant, young city surrounded by areas of outstanding natural beauty. This unique combination means that we can offer our students programmes that really make for a most memorable experience.

Celtic English Academy has established a partnership with Cardiff Riding School, which is set in 35 acres of parkland close to the city centre. Horse riding enthusiasts, or students that would like to try out horse riding, are all welcome to join our General English + Horse Riding summer programme!

What's not included?

  • Flights from your home country to the UK

  • Travel & medical insurance

  • Return airport transfer

For additional airport transfer fees, please click here.

Who is the Junior Programme + Horse Riding for?

  • Young people aged 12-17

  • Students who want to improve their day-to-day use of English.

  • Students who want to cover all English skills.

  • Students looking to visit Britain and explore the British (and Welsh) culture.

  • Students who want to have a fun summer holiday filled with activities, opportunities to learn and discover new experiences.

Learning Outcomes

  • Extend vocabulary and increase fluency.

  • Become more accurate.

  • Communicate in English more easily.

  • Understand more about English-speaking cultures.

  • Increase confidence with your all-round English ability.

How we measure your progress:

Progress will be measured by class tests, within each level. You are expected to participate fully in classes and will receive regular feedback.

Junior Programme + Horse Riding Timetable

An example of a Junior Summer Programme week

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
07:00 – 08:30 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
09:00 - 12:15
Arrive in Cardiff
Cardiff City Centre Tour
General English General English General English General English General English Day Trip
12:15 - 13:30 Half-Day
Horse Riding
Horse Riding
13:30 - 16:45
16:45 - 18:00 Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
18:00 - 19:30 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
19:30 - 22:00 Evening Activity Evening Activity Evening Activity Evening Activity Evening Activity Evening Activity Relaxation Time
23:00 Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out

Junior Accommodation and Facilities

Free WiFi

Free wireless internet access throughout our buildings.

En-Suite Bathroom

Twin, triple, four or six-bed rooms available

24-hour Manned Reception

Round the clock on site security.

Free Mineral Water

Free water is available in the reception area. Unlimited use.


Interactive whiteboards or projectors available in most classrooms.

On-site Canteen

Large trestle tables and a good range of food for students’ meal times

Waterfront Location

Superb Cardiff Bay location, in the hub of Cardiff’s most desired area.

Vending Machine

A range of snacks and drinks available. Located in the student lounge area.

Multi-purpose Hall

For sports or evening activities. Also has a cinema projector screen.

Student Lounge

Free time space with snooker table, TV and games, plus a vending machine.

Theatre Venue

Residential accommodation situated inside the stunning Wales Millennium Centre, a world class arts venue.   

Junior School Location

Residence address:

Urdd Gobaith Cymru
Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place,
Cardiff CF10 5AL United Kingdom

  • Cardiff, the capital city of Wales

  • 2 hours from London

  • Wales Millennium Centre, in Cardiff Bay - one of the world’s premier art venues and home to the Welsh National Opera and numerous West End shows from London!

  • Urdd Residential centre – a purpose-built year round Welsh language residential facility that hosts Celtic English Academy’s Junior Summer Programme.

Junior Activities and Sports

At Celtic English Academy we want our students to have a fantastic time. We want them to be satisfied with their classroom experience but also with their experience outside of the classroom. 

Celtic's Junior Summer Programme offers young learners the opportunity to combine English language lessons with a variety of sports, activities and visits to exciting places. You will be surprised by how much English young learners can pick up from daily use of the English language with total immersion in the British culture.

15 hours of General English


2 horse riding
4 half-day excursions
1 full-day excursion


Relaxation time

Example activities and excursions:

Horse Riding

Evening activities
Quiz nights, games, music, dance, fashion shows, discos and cinema nights.

Half-day excursions
Cardiff Castle, Llandaff Cathedral and Caerphilly tours and museum visits.

Full-day excursions
Bath, London and the Gower

Cardiff Castle (Historical)

Millennium Stadium (Sports & Culture)

Welsh Assembly (Political)

Cardiff Crown Court (Law)

Wales Millennium Centre (The Arts)

Techniquest (Scientific)

BBC Wales Tour (Media)

Big Pit Coal Museum (Industrial /Heritage)

Horse Riding:

Young learners will have a one-to-one riding session twice a week with a qualified tutor. Depending on the level, the student will have either a 30 or 60 minute session each time.

Cardiff Riding School has been running since 1970 and has an excellent team of friendly and qualified staff. There are outdoor and indoor arenas as well as cross country facilities. Sessions are suitable for beginners or experienced riders. There are 40 horses and ponies at the centre so groups or individual students can take part!

Other activities:

We believe in engaging all students with our range of activities, but we understand that every individual has different interests, likes and dislikes. That is why we spend a lot of time planning and preparing our social and cultural activity programme so there is enough variety to suit everyone. This year we have included African Samba Drumming in spirit of the Brazil World Cup, plus a behind the scenes tour of the Wales Millennium Centre with a drama workshop!

The 2014 Junior Summer Programme includes:

African Samba Drumming

Wales Millennium Centre Drama Workshop + Tour

Salsa Dance Lessons

We also recognise that there can be a lot of variation between students aged 12 – 17, so we do our best to tailor the activities for the appropriate age groups. If there is anything you are particularly interested in, please feel free to contact one of the Celtic team well in advance of the summer and we will try our best to accommodate your wishes!

Relaxation time:

Junior Summer Programmes can be incredibly exhilarating and rewarding experiences, but also quite exhausting and intense for students and staff alike. We feel relaxation time is important so after a busy day of lessons and activities, we make sure students have some free time before or after dinner to unwind, relax in the common room or to see to their personal needs.

We also want to make sure our students get enough sleep so that each day they are fresh to study, discover and explore all the new experiences that await them. If bedtimes are respected, our students are sure to have the enthusiasm and energy to have a wonderful 2, 3 or 4 week stay with Celtic English Academy.

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