Supporting the Commonwealth and International Student Community
This pre-Christmas celebration is the longest established event at Cumberland Lodge with over 65 years of successful Christmas gatherings behind it. Students from other countries that are currently in Britain are welcome to have a taste of a typical British Christmas with a personal appearance by Father Christmas almost guaranteed.
In addition to the convivial atmosphere, a visit to Windsor Castle and St George's Chapel, the highlights of the 2013 celebration will include:
Adrian is a composer, performer and recording artist perhaps best known for his album, The Passion, recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and premiered on BBC Radio 1. Adrian now works primarily as a music therapist with children and adults with special needs in the UK and Albania. In the autumn will release a new album, Fierce Love, inspired by his work in music therapy.
Sabina is the founder of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at Oxford University which is pioneering new ways of understanding and responding to global poverty. Sabina has worked at the World Bank, United Nations and Harvard University, and is internationally known for her work as a development economist and for her commitment to the world’s poor.
Reverend Canon Martin Poll
Canon Poll will lead a multi-faitih service. He is Canon Chaplain at the College of St George, Windsor Castle and previously was Chaplain of HM Naval Base in Portsmouth, an Honorary Canon of Portsmouth Cathedral and Archdeacon for the Royal Navy.
Our international students Christmas weekend is always in high demand.
Registration for this event will open in the autumn.
For all enquiries, or to be placed on the waiting list, please email our Conference Coordinator, Janis Reeves, or call on 01784 497794.
The number of places is limited to 50 and is allocated on the basis of:
- Diversity of nationalities
- Applicants who cannot go home for Christmas
- Singles over couples.
Testimonials from past participants
Staying at Cumberland lodge was an amazing experience; I loved the hospitality, enjoyed meeting peers from all over the world and really engaged to the Christmas spirit. I would suggest to any who has the opportunity to attend not to miss this lovely occasion!
I got more that I expected. I carried my laptop for keeping busy but did not get a chance to use it at all. The talks and special guests and the hospitality and food amazing! The grounds were breathtaking The lodge is a History lesson that you tell everyone you meet long after. I met amazing people - students and staff. Thank you!
A thoroughly excellent weekend!
The hospitality was far far better than my expectation. I met lot of students from different countries and few of them became my best friends too.
This is really a wonderful chance for me to experience British history and traditional Christmas. Meeting various people and listening to their stories are fantastic.
I can honestly say this was one of the best weekends I have ever had; the wonderful people, fantastic food, and beautiful sites went above and beyond what I was expecting.
I had a fantastic time this weekend. I got to meet people from my country and other scholars from all over the world, which was great. I really enjoyed the tour of Windsor Castle, and the food at the lodge was delicious!
Without exaggerating, this has honestly bern one of the best weekends in my life!!! I really feel like I made a lot of very good friends! The location, the organization, the setting and the program were absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for giving us this great opportunity to make friends all over the world and discuss interesting topics!!