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 2020 English Taster Day is planned for Friday 28 February 2020 and you can register your interest if you would like to receive an email reminder when applications open. 

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.

First Court


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

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

If you are from outside the UK and are unsure about your eligibility to apply for this event, please contact us for further information.


Apply for a place on the 2020 English Taster Day

The 2020 English Taster Day is planned for Friday 28 February 2020

Applications will open in mid January 2020. Eligible Year 12 students in the academic year 2019-20 will need to complete an application form (available here at the time) in order to be considered for a place. 

Although applications have not yet opened, if you would like to register your interest for the 2020 English Taster Day, we will send you an email when applications open.


Practical details

The English taster day is for students only (there are no sessions for parents & guardians). The exact date and timetable for 2020 has yet to be determined, but as a guide, we normally start at about 10.30 or 11am and finish at about 4 or 4.30pm. Lunch is provided (free of charge).

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