St Mark's College puts on a number of community events throughout the year.

Tudor Weekend

July 18/19th 2015

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In 1538 the life of St Marks' was changed for ever by their encounter with the power of King Henry VIII. Having enjoyed 280 years of peace serving the monks of Walden Abbey that year saw King Henry's dissolution of the English Monastic Houses come to Walden Abbey and with its' closure the end of St Mark's life as the abbey hospital come to and end.

The current Tudor buildings came about as a result of the sale of the Abbey lands to Sir Thomas Audley the Lord Chancellor. First Alms House, and thereafter farm buildings, retirement homes for clergy and now the Diocesan Residential Youth Centre the site now enjoys Grade 1 listed status as a site of international historical interest.

Come an enjoy a day learning about Tudor life in this glorious setting and soak up the atmosphere of a place which, though modernised and refurbished for 21st Century use, retains its Tudor flavour.

View the tudor weekend brochure

Tudor Day at St Mark's
Activities include:
  • Pole joust
  • Tudor Crafts
  • Archery
  • Tudor costumes
  • Guided tours
  • Tea room
  • Barbecue
  • Shakespeare trail
  • Best costume prizes
  • Much more...

Laser Combat Evenings

Wednesdays from 4pm

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Brand new for 2012 St Mark’s is delighted to announce the arrival of our state of the art laser tag system as used by the US military for training. Combat overalls, flak jackets and other protective clothing provided.

Why not come and spend an evening with your friends enjoying a paintball style combat experience without the pain? For groups of up to 24 come and play in the grounds of our 15th Century buildings.

Combat Evenings at St Mark's

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Alternate Tuesdays evenings 7pm - 9pm
(call for details)

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A DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.


You can do programmes at three levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award.


You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you're going for Gold) - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.

You'll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter,developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only).

The best bit is - you get to choose what you do!

Your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing, and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

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