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“The summer school is a great opportunity. With diverse views and opinions always being expressed, and constant lively debate, it is impossible not to challenge your beliefs. The tutorial and seminar format enabled a very personal dynamic between the incredibly interesting professors and the students, and the range of available subject areas gives you the freedom to explore new areas, and also areas you are already interested in. Simply being around like-minded, engaged, and often very impressive students creates an atmosphere that is both fun and enjoyable, but also intense and challenging. It was greatly helpful with regards to my application for PPE.”

Hamish Hatrick (Eton)

The John Locke Institute Summer School is based in a beautiful 18th century château 


The academic timetable at the summer school is full and challenging but the course is not entirely about intellectual endeavour. Without leaving the grounds of the château you can swim, play tennis, badminton or volley ball. For those interested, there’ll be not-too-serious ping pong and five a side football tournaments. None of this is compulsory: if you prefer the idea of reading a book or going for a walk in the grounds, that’s fine too.

Bayeux Tapestry

We’ll also be visiting the charming mediaeval market town of Bayeux. William, Duke of Normandy, made Harold Godwinson swear an oath here to support William’s claim to the throne of England. This far-reaching episode, which resulted in the Norman Conquest of 1066, is immortalised in the famous Bayeux Tapestry, a seventy-metre exquisitely embroidered pictorial history. Also unmissable, just a short stroll from the tapestry, is the exceptional part romanesque, part gothic, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux.

Bayeux Tapestry visit, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux

Fifteen minutes to the north are the D-Day landing beaches, where seventy-two years ago thousands of brave Allied soldiers re-routed the course of history. Amidst this now tranquil and picturesque setting you can see the remains of the engineering feat that was the artificial Mulberry harbour of Arromanches-les-Bains, or the nine thousand graves of the American servicemen, just above Omaha Beach, who lost their lives in Operation Overlord. After visiting the Omaha Beach Museum and the American Cemetery, we make the short walk down to Omaha Beach itself for a picnic lunch.

Musée Mémorial Omaha Beach, American Cemetery, Omaha Beach

At the château, the delicious French cuisine goes without saying but we’ll also be holding a barbecue evening (en plein-air, bien sûr!), a crêpes night and a formal, tutored wine-tasting. If you play, we strongly encourage you to bring your musical instrument, whether for informal playing or a recital later on in the course. 

Musical recitals and barbecue