What our guests say

See what some of our recent guests and teachers have to say about the Banbury Host Families experience.

I went to Stratford upon Avon in April with my classes but we had families in Banbury.

At first I thought it was annoying. In fact it was great! It is not far at all from the city, the countryside is gorgeous, the small town is really nice with old typical buildings and when we met Rebecca, everything became easy and pleasant thanks to her organization, her competence and good humor. There are many things to see (Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Falstaff Experience, Mary Arden’s Farm, Ann Hathaway‘s Cottage, and you can spend a day in London …) The host families were really friendly with the children, the food was delicious and the children, for their first visit in England, were delighted. A nice place with a lot of lovely people to enjoy Shakespeare’s world. We will come back.

Je suis allée à Stratford upon Avon avec ma classe mais nous avons été logés à Banbury. Tout d’abord j’ai pensé que c’était ennuyeux. En fait, c’était super ! Ce n’est pas loin du tout de la ville, la campagne est magnifique, la petite ville est vraiment jolie avec ses vieilles constructions typiques et quand nous avons rencontré Rebecca , tout est devenu facile et agréable grâce à son organisation, ses compétences et sa bonne humeur. Il y a beaucoup d’endroits à visiter (Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Falstaff Experience, Mary Arden’s Farm, Ann Hathaway ‘s Cottage et on peut passer une journée à Londres…) Les familles d’accueil étaient vraiment bienveillantes avec les élèves, la nourriture délicieuse et les enfants, pour leur première visite en Angleterre, étaient ravis. Un bel endroit avec plein de gens sympas pour profiter du monde de Shakespeare. Nous reviendrons. April 2019.

Patricia Paillard
17 May 2019

I am a French teacher and I have been coming to England for school trips with my students for a long time. I have known Rebecca for more than ten years, and she has always been the one in charge with finding families for my students. I think she is very competent, dynamic and helpful. She is a good organiser , and she is able to smooth out all sorts of little problems that can happen when groups of teenagers are involved!

The students have always enjoyed staying in the families in this area and always had positive feedback. We had stayed in different places before but when we came to Banbury and met Rebecca, we rapidly got on well together and decided to come back here the following years.

Joëlle Hoël
1 May 2019

I am an English teacher from the North of France and I have come to Banbury for at least ten years, the only regrets I have was the only time when we didn’t book on time. I was so disappointed!

In fact, Rebecca always makes it easy for us and our pupils to feel at home in their families.

As soon as she can send us the list, she does it and that’s really nice because our pupils can see where they are going.

She's always there when we need her. If there’s any problem she always find a solution.

I really can count on her and I feel released when I know that she is in charge with my school.

The families are always lovely and very kind with our pupils who often leave their families for the first time.

Vanessa Gros
16 March 2017

I am an English teacher in Jarville, a small town in the north east of France, and in October 2018, I went to Banbury for a week with 50 students, who were between 16 and 17 years old. We had a great time visiting Oxford, Stratford, and London. The students had lessons too and everything was very well organised. Rebecca is lovely, very nice, understanding and helpful. The families were all nice, and took care of the students. They were really happy to welcome, the food was good. It is one of my best trips to England, all my students were happy. I will come back without any hesitation.

Frederique Bernaudin
1 October 2018