Every year Ashbourne visits a major European city during the Spring half term in order to enhance appreciation of Europe’s heritage of art, architecture, music and drama. Ashbourne has taken a group of up to 30 students to a major European city every February half term since 1990. Previous trips have included Barcelona, Amsterdam, Athens, Madrid, Florence and Rome.
The trip is an extremely popular cultural experience and, like the Revue, it is a highlight of many students’ time at Ashbourne. It is an occasion for students to mix fun with learning, broadening their horizons and giving them a breathing space in February before the race to exams. It allows students to get to know each other better and to bond over shared experiences.