Timberscombe Students Take in the Bristol Experience
|Author: Marcus Capel||Published: 12th February 2012 11:15|
The year 3 children (ages 7-8) have just returned from an exciting residential trip to Bristol. We joined children from Cutcombe and Porlock schools and travelled to Taunton to catch a train to Bristol.
From Temple Meads, we had a boat taxi tour around the floating harbour, dropping us off at the youth hostel right in the centre of the city. After leaving our bags, we walked over the Pero Bridge and spent a fun four hours in the hands-on science musuem @Bristol. We returned to the youth hostel and unpacked in our rooms.
After a very tasty dinner, we got ready for the evening and walked through the city centre to the Hippodrome where we saw "Sister Act". This hilarious production was really enjoyed by all the children and staff. Fellow audience members were really impressed by the children's behaviour, in particular noting the fact that they obviously knew their Lord's Prayer as the main character mangled the words! We returned to the hostel very tired and ready for bed (mostly!). A few midnight snacks later, the children settled down and had a good nights sleep.
The next day, a huge breakfast was followed by a brief walk into the centre and a bus journey up to Clifton, where we walked up to the observatory and then over the suspension bridge - a beautiful sight in the early morning sunshine! Another bus ride back dropped us off at the ice-rink, where staff and children challenged themselves to stay upright. As they gained in confidence, we could see several potential speed skaters and stunt acts! This was a highlight for many of the children (and adults!) We ate our lunch watching the skaters on the ice, enjoying spotting the next Olympic champions. Sadly this may be our last visit to the ice rink as it is scheduled to be turned into housing in October.
After the ice skating, we walked around the harbour to the SS Great Britain, enjoying looking at the boats and cranes on the way. We just had enough energy to look around the boat, the dry dock and the museum before catching the boat back to the hostel, collecting our bags and being taken back to the train station. Our train home was very entertaining, with the commuters enjoying listening to the children's experiences!
This was an excellent trip and many thanks to the school staff for accompanying the children and parents for letting them go - for many, their first night away from home!
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