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Our boarders enjoy busy and fulfilling lives with time built in for relaxation and recreation. Alongside impromptu activities enjoyed during free leisure time – such as watching films, playing board games, and organising mini competitions for table tennis or table football – boarders are offered a wide choice of optional activities, especially at weekends. 

Saturday and Sunday activities include day visits to major UK cities such as London, Manchester, Liverpool and Oxford, to theme parks such as Alton Towers, or to places of scenic and historic interest such as the mountains of North Wales or Warwick Castle. As well as days out, the boarders will be taken off-site to go go-karting, play Laser Quest, try their hand at bowling, or to visit the cinema or enjoy a meal out in a local restaurant.  

We have a mid-week activity programme that runs on a Wednesday and has included talks about sleep and nutrition from outside speakers, trips to the Grand Theatre in the city centre, first aid training, quiz nights, bingo and much much more! 

Many of our senior boarders are involved in the Combined Cadet Force and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, both of which provide further opportunities for participating in courses or expeditions. Those involved in the school's many sporting fixtures will visit other schools for matches whilst our Elite swimmers will be following their own individual training programmes out of school hours and into the weekends. 

All the activities tie in to our ‘Boarding Passport’ - a list of skills, activities and experiences that we hope our boarders will take part in over their time at The Royal to help prepare them for life after school. It can be anything from ironing a shirt, to visiting a new city, to preparing a presentation for the rest of the boarding house.