Year 6 Ironbridge Trip

Luckily the sun shone for the four days that Year Six spent on their recent residential Leavers’ trip to Ironbridge in Shropshire. The first stop was the much anticipated Cadbury World and the visit didn’t disappoint. With the tantalising aroma of cocoa beans and the chance to sample some chocolate with free samples, what was there not to enjoy? The shelves of the shop needed restocking when we left and hopefully the many gifts of chocolate bars arrived home intact before they melted.

After seeing the sights of Bournville from our coach we went on to sample the delicious menu at the Loch Fyne restaurant in Shrewsbury. Lucky birthday girl, Helen Kurnatowska, had the chance to celebrate her special day with all her friends. Fellow diners, who were most complimentary about the children’s behaviour, seemed to join in the fun as we sang happy birthday in unison whilst Helen blew out the candle on her chocolate brownie. After settling in to the comfortable rooms at the nearby Holiday Inn Express, all enjoyed a peaceful night’s sleep before embarking on the following day’s activities.

Day Two began with a hearty breakfast from the hotel’s self-service buffet. Great team spirit was shown as children cheered each other in encouragement at the Adventure Rope Centre.  Although some of the tasks were quite challenging, all were happy with their achievements thanks to the expert tuition from the professional instructors. After a picnic lunch we headed for the hands-on experience at the science-based Enginuity Museum. Following a photo shoot on the actual Ironbridge, an early supper was enjoyed at the Toby Carvery. What appetites everyone had after the day’s activities. However, the day was not yet over as an exciting evening session of bowling took place before we settled to bed after another late night.

The third day included a visit to the Tile Museum where we all had the chance to design and decorate our very own tile. Onto the coach again for the short journey to Blists Hill Victorian town where children could exchange their pocket money for shillings and pence to make purchases at the various shops including the bakery, haberdashery store and the plasterer’s workshop.

The day’s highlight for many was the evening entertainment, tobogganing on real snow at the Tamworth Snow Dome. We were able to watch others enjoying the piste afterwards as we dined at the Aspen Food Company Restaurant which overlooked the slope. A sudden road closure meant that the journey back to the hotel was longer than expected so packing had to wait till the morning.

After another hearty breakfast, we squeezed our purchases into bulging suitcases before bidding farewell to the friendly staff at the Holiday Inn. Our journey home took us via the West Midlands Safari Park where Mr Dawes gave a lively commentary on the microphone, David Attenborough style, as we drove through the 4 mile trail spotting elephants, tigers, rhinos, giraffes to name but a few. Mr Dawes seemed very knowledgeable though we think he just had a bird’s eye view of the information boards!

We almost had the neighbouring adventure theme park to ourselves as we enjoyed a variety of fun rides before a picnic lunch and the four hour coach drive back to school. Although we all arrived back exhausted everyone agreed that it had been a fantastic trip. A loud cheer was given for the accompanying staff, Mrs Turner, Mrs Hatch, Mrs Rogers, Mr Dawes, our tour guide Ted and driver, Bob. The children had behaved beautifully throughout and we hope that they will have many treasured memories of this trip for years to come.