English Taster Day on John Milton

The poet John Milton, best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost, studied at Christ's from 1625 to 1632. Every year, we run a Year 12 English Taster Day on Milton's work that takes place here at Christ's College, Cambridge. The aim of the event is to give you a taste of what it is like to study English at Cambridge University through a series of lectures and workshops exploring Milton's work.

The 2021 English Taster Day is scheduled to take place on 25 February 2021. If you are in Year 12 / S5 (Scotland) / Y13 (Northern Ireland), are planning to study English at university and think you would like to attend this event next Feb/March, if you register your interest we'll send you an email in January 2021 when we open applications.

Theme and content

Our annual English Taster Day is themed around the life and works of John Milton, with lectures and workshops given by academics in English, a look at some of the first editions of Milton's work in the Old Library, chance to chat with current students studying English, and a guided tour of the College. Applications for English at Cambridge are also discussed and there are plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

If you are interested in applying for the event in the future, you might like to look at Darkness Visible (a resource for studying Milton's Paradise Lost, made by Christ's students) as well as the English subject page.


This Taster Day is aimed at academically able students in the UK who meet all of the criteria below:

  • you are in Year 12 (or equivalent)
  • you attend an academy, school or college that does not charge fees.
  • you are studying English Literature for A Level, IB Higher or equivalent.
  • you love reading and are interested in exploring literature beyond the standard school curriculum.


Register your interest for the 2021 English Taster Day

If you are currently in Year 12 / S5 (Scoltand) / Y13 (Northern Ireland), are studying English Literature as one of your subjects at a state sixth form, and think you would like to attend this Taster Day, do register your interest, and we'll then send you an email in January 2021 when we open applications - you can then review the opportunity at the time and see if you would like to apply. 

The 2021 English Taster Day will be on 25th February. In the meantime, do have a look at our English page

This event will be held online due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Practical details

The English taster day is for students only (there are no sessions for parents & guardians).

The exact timetable for 2021 has yet to be determined, but as a guide, we normally start at about 10.30 and finish at about 4pm.

For events that take place in person, visiting students are responsible for getting themselves to Cambridge for taster days, however we provide travel information and a map of the college:

If you are in (or were previously in) Care, please read about the Care Travel Fund (eligibility criteria apply).

For students travelling a long way, limited accommodation is normally available at Christ's on the night before the taster day on a first come, first served basis.

Undergraduate Admissions / Open Days / Why choose Christ's? / English at Christ's

"I found the experience very useful and expect that it will greatly aid not only my application, but also my goals and revision programme for the next few months."

A previous Year 12 prospective student