Malta – The ideal destination for an English language travel holiday with your family

Family Programmes English School Malta GSE

The perfect combination of a cultural, relaxing and fulfilling holiday with English language learning in a unique Mediterranean country, where English is a native language.

Malta is a great destination for families (parents and children) as the Maltese islands boast of beautiful weather during the summer period and mild winters, resulting in an endless possibility of activities that the whole family can enjoy all year round! You can relax, join a scuba diving lesson, swim with dolphins, go sailing and fishing, windsurfing, canoeing or kayaking, kite surfing, snorkeling, go on a jet ski or a yacht charter on any of the 34 picturesque beaches spread all over the Maltese islands. This can all be done in one of the most safe and peaceful environments in Europe, where you can easily go for a relaxing stroll around Malta in the evening. Regardless, we highly we recommend that you stock up on plenty of sun-cream and water to help keep you hydrated during the summer months.

Don’t just take our word for it, see what other bloggers and reputable websites such as “The Daily Star” and “Lonely Planet” have to say about Malta!

Malta offers much more than just sun and sea. The island’s rich history, which dates back thousands of years, offers infinite options for discovery and  sightseeing. It is the perfect opportunity to immerse oneself in a unique Mediterranean culture mixed with Anglo-Saxon traditions that have been passed down through years of foreign governance.

Here at Gateway School of English we believe that learning is also possible out of the classroom, thus we organise a great variety of activities through our daily social programme. In the morning you will be taught the language by native teachers in the same building as your children, in classes which are organised by level and age. We have a great nationality mix, thus it will most definitely be an enriching experience to meet so many people from all over the world whilst improving your conversational English. We have teachers who are specialised in teaching language to young children. Both you and your children will have the same timetable and you can choose to stay at our school residence (which is located right next to the school). We can also offer you host family accommodation, which is within 5 to 10 minutes’ walking distance from the school.

GSE provides the ideal location for families, as it is located in a quiet high standard residential area (but still within walking distance from the hectic St Julian’s bay area with restaurants and cafes) where all amenities are a stone’s throw away. It is also just a 15 minute walk (or 2 bus stops) away from St Julian’s Bay; the nearest beach and the most popular tourist destination in St Julian’s.

We organise activities all year round and on a daily basis. During this social programme you will get to visit prehistoric temples, Roman ruins, medieval castles and walled cities, formidable forts, unique towns that represent true Maltese culture, food festivals, impressive churches and chapels. You can also witness historic re-enactments, parades and pageants, as animators dress up as soldiers, knights and noblemen with swords and muskets in these beautiful, rich historic sites such as Mdina and Valletta. There are also various museums and attractions to visit, theme parks and movie sets (Popeye’s Village), open-top tour buses, harbour cruises, horse-riding, archery, hiking, mountain-bike tracks, and a hundred other fun things to see and do.

Family Programmes English School Malta GSE

You can visit Malta during any time of the year as there is always so much to do! Please see below our top things to do during each month of the year.


Valletta 2018 grandstand celebrations crowning the city as the European Capital of Culture

Valletta 2018 English School Malta GSE Learning English in Malta


Magnificent and unique Carnival Celebrations

Carnival in Malta while studying English in Malta at an English Language School

Carnival in Malta while studying English in Malta at an English Language School

February boasts of beautiful sunny weather and mild winter temperatures that will provide you with an endless possibility of how to spend Valentine’s day with your loved ones, such as going to archery lessons after visiting San Anton Gardens (The President’s Residence) and the three villages of Lija, Attard and Balzan;

Or sightseeing on the sister island of Gozo;

Gateway School of English GSE - Students at the former Azure window site in Gozo

GSE Malta Social Programme Gozo & Comino Full Day group photo at the Citadel


Witnessing a traditional Maltese village feast celebration;

GSE Malta - Winter Festa in Valletta

Good Friday parades commemorating the passion of Jesus Christ;

Visiting unique Easter celebrations that you will most certainly not find anywhere else in the world;


Annual Colour-Fest Festival at the Valletta Waterfront which has been inspired by the iconic coloured doors at this beautiful landmark. Activities include live music, giant outdoor games, crafts & entertainment for all the family.

Valletta 2018 Colour-fest English School in Malta

Annual Strawberry Festival in Mgarr;

GSE Malta Social Programme - Students at the Annual Strawberry Festival in Mgarr Malta (2)


Strawberry Festival English School Malta GSE

Strawberry Festival English School Malta GSE (2)


You can start to enjoy the picturesque beaches throughout the islands as the sea temperature will be at an average of 19°C. Beaches are also not that crowded during this time of year;

Gateway School of English GSE Beach trip to Ghajn Tuffieha Bay Sandy Beach in the NorthWest part of the island

GSE Malta Ramla Bay in Gozo - Gozo's finest sandy beach


Harbour Cruises and crossing from Valletta by traditional boat to visit the Three Cities;

Gateway School of English GSE Malta Students at the Three Cities with the Grand Harbour in the background

Gateway School of English GSE Malta Students at the Three Cities boat crossing from one city to the other


Many beaches and water activities available during this period, such as the Blue Lagoon;

Blue Lagoon while studying English in Malta GSE

Visiting the Malta National Aquarium;

Gateway School of English students at the Malta National Aquarium

Malta National Aquarium while Studying English in Malta GSE


Every weekend will be a struggle to decide which village feast to visit;

Visiting the annual wine festival and being spoiled for choice with local delicacies;

English School in Malta Social Programme Activities


Visit the annual bread festival in Qormi;

Casal Fornaro Social Activity English School Malta


Visit the popular annual Notte Bianca;

Notte Biana Social Activity with English School Malta GSE

GSE Malta - Notte Bianca in Valletta


Go to the theatre, watch a musical or visit one of the Christmas markets;

Christmas Market Malta with English Language School GSE


Visit the remarkable live crib;

Live Crib in Malta English language school

Be part of the unique ambiance and atmosphere that we have at the school during this festive season;

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Valletta (The European Capital of Culture of 2018!);

New Year's Eve in Malta while studying English with Gateway School of English

You will definitely have an endless choice of activities to enjoy while you are studying English with Gateway School of English throughout any month of the year!

We look forward to welcoming more and more families from all over the world! Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us, either by sending us an e-mail on or through our live web-chat on the school’s website or visit our Family Programmes Parent & Child Courses page.