Day One... As the coach headed north, 56 excited children (and their teachers) began their adventure back in time to the Victorian Era. They barely avoided being press ganged whilst aboard the Trincolomee, living life aboard the war ship and experiencing a real battle. After exploring the quay side shops, the children were keen to continue their journey to the final destination - Bamburgh. The excitement grew as they all discovered who their 'roomies' were and unpacking began. After tea, it was time to explore the beach in darkness with only the twinkling lights of the lighthouses shining out at sea. Now all asleep and resting, ready for the long hike to Seahouses tomorrow.
Day Two... The sand dunes awaited as the children awoke early this morning. After a hearty full English breakfast, the children saw the magnificent castle for the first time in daylight. They were amazed by it's enormousity as it stood like a colossal giant on the horizon. As the walk along the beach began, inquisitive children found a variety of sea shells and rocks - and the odd dead crab. Seahouses harbour appeared closer as the discovery continued in the rock pools. Excited children were exploring the habitats of the creatures which were left in their pools whilst the tide went out. Lunch was nearly stolen by the number of sea birds trying to taste the sandwiches and chips. The tide was quickly rolling in as the walk back home began. The brave few spent time jumping the waves, splashing around in the cold North Sea. All the children faced the challenge of the great sand dune hike and all were rewarded with the slide down the great mound at the end. Games night finished the day before very tired children fell into their beds.
Day Three... The scenery of Bamburgh was left behind this morning as the children departed to go back in time to Cragside. As we rounded the corner, they were amazed by their first glimpse of the house. In the morning, one class explored the house whilst another investigated the grounds. For the first time, the formal gardens were discovered before lunch at the power house. Meanwhile in the house, children were deciding they preferred the Victorian toys to their own modern ones - goodbye to iPads and the xbox! In the afternoon the roles reversed and the hunt for the Green Man began. A final farewell and visit to the gift shop completed the visit. Quiz night finished the evening as the children's general knowledge was tested. Children are excited for their final full day tomorrow and exploring the inside of Bamburgh Castle.
Day Four... The final day awaited as the children woke up to a full English cooked breakfast. They were all excited as they walked to the castle and climbed the hill ready to enter past the great columns. Legends came alive as the children were immersed in the stories from the past. They were amazed at the secret door and ghostly passage. Rain came down as we ate lunch in the stables before walking to explore the life of Grace Darling. The children enjoyed dressing up as the characters and exploring the many artifacts from her life. The final hours were spent in the sunshine, playing in the sand dunes. The highlight of the week has been the children climbing the dunes and sliding down, playing football or just digging and burying each other. Talent night ended an amazing day. The children are all packed and ready for their journey home - via Beamish of course.