Social Activities - Communicate School

Social Activities

At Communicate School of English we organise social activities every week.

Most of the social activities outside the school are free of charge*. These events are a great way to practise your English outside of your lessons. It is also an opportunity to make friends and chat to teachers away from the classroom. Your teacher will let you know about the next social activity in your lessons, or you can look on our social activity calendar on the first floor or check social media.

Supervision of under 18s during social activities.

If you have an idea or recommendation for a new social activity, speak to reception or email us on

*Please note that you will need money for travel tickets, food and drink during trips. We will always tell you before the trip if you should take any money with you. As an estimate, a return train ticket to Liverpool is £12, a sandwich £3, a drink in a pub is £2-4, a meal in a restaurant about £15, a bowling pass £8.

Cancellations/changes: for most of our activities you do not need to book or pay in advance. For trips (such as stadium tours and city trips) you will need to book and pay in advance. If you cancel, no refund will be given. If we need to cancel the activity, a full refund will be given. Please speak to a Student Support Officer for more information or to book onto an activity.


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We regularly organise social activities which are a great way to practise your English, meet friends and teachers. You can read about the next activity on the board in the student room or on our website. You can look at our social media to see photos of recent activities. Activities take place a few times per week. They include:

    • International food day
    • Bowling
    • Games afternoon
    • Museums
    • Art galleries
    • Go-karting
    • City trips (e.g. Liverpool, Chester)
    • Football stadium trips

Most activities are within a walking distance of the school. However, students will need to pay for public transport and personal expenses, like food and drink. We will tell you before the social activity if you need to bring any money. Here are some approximate prices: a drink in a café is £3, a tram ticket £4.60, bowling £8, train ticket to Liverpool £12, a meal in a restaurant between £6 and £15.

If you have an idea or recommendation for a new social activity, speak to reception or email us on

One lesson in 12 weeks may be in the form of an organised social activity and it is considered an important part of your English learning experience. You can practise your English conversation and have an opportunity to meet other students. These activities may include:

    • Science and Industry Museum
    • Police Museum Trip
    • Speaking Classes at Manchester Art Gallery
    • Imperial War Museum
    • Central Library

Example Activities

Speaking Classes

Practise your speaking and listening skills while exploring exhibitions at galleries and museums across Manchester. ‘English Corner’ is a free conversation class which takes place four times a month and is led by a qualified English teacher. Ask for the next class dates at our reception or check the social calendar by the student room. Cost: free.

International Food Day

Bring food to represent your country and taste delicious dishes from other countries. Practise English with students and teachers.
Cost: how much it costs you to make a dish from your country.

Museums and galleries

Learn more about history and culture from Manchester and throughout the UK. We visit lots of different museums and art gallries, including:

  • The Museum of Science and Industry
  • Whitworth Art Gallery
  • The People’s History Museum
  • National Football Museum
  • Manchester Museum
  • Imperial War Museum
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • Police Museum

Cost: all the above museums are free to enter.

Ladies Conversation club

This weekly social gives female students the chance to take a break and practise their conversation skills. Get to know other students and enjoy a traditional British cup of tea! Cost: free activity.


We organise school bowling trips to Dogbowl in Manchester. It’s always a fun but it does get competitive!
Cost: approximately £8

Local food and drink

Our students visit lots of the delicious restaurants and cafes across Manchester to try all the different food and drink on offer… all while practising your English skills. Try fish and chips, traditional British afternoon tea or even an extravagant dessert.
Cost: £5-15

City trips / weekend trips

Explore the UK together with our trusted event organisation partner, Smile Adventures. Here are the places you can visit:

  • Chester
  • Liverpool
  • Oxford
  • York
  • Edinburgh
  • Lake District
  • North Wales
  • Peak District

Cost: £25 to £45 for full guided day trip.

Note: One of our student support officers, Laura, regularly attends these trips and will help you book tickets and provide you with information.

Clubs and bars

Celebrate your time in Manchester and enjoy its world-famous music with club nights organised by our trusted event organisation partner. These events are only open to students aged 18+.


Walking tours

Explore the city by foot and learn more about the Industrial Revolution, different districts and shops, as well as famous landmarks and sightseeing opportunities.

Cost: free when run by the school.

Communicate football

Enjoy a game of football every Wednesday with other students from school. Note: If there are not enough players (10) then the game will be cancelled.

Cost: £4

Games in the park

Fletcher Moss park trip & Manchester walking tour (right photograph)

Games in the park

Football with students & a pirate show at Albert Dock in Liverpool

Games in the park

Bowling at Dogbowl in Manchester


How to find our Manchester English School

Our Address

Communicate School
Murray House
85 Piccadilly
M1 2DA


+44 (0)161 2358 480