Year 7 Residential Tip to York.

On Monday 5th June, 41 adventurous Year Seven pupils and their teachers set off for York, in torrential rain. En route, we visited Beamish where we took part in a World War Two Evacuees workshop where we learned about the blackout and 1940s rations at first hand. The carrot cookies we baked were delicious! After a visit to Beamish town to the dentist surgery and the sweet shop, we travelled on to York.

We enjoyed a story telling ghost tour, discovering stories from the dog buried alive in the Minster where he is still heard barking today, to the girl immune to the black death who was starved to death as she was locked up in the house she was living in. Her ghost still haunts the house today and her sad face has been seen by many at the window.

Tuesday took us to the magnificent Yorkshire Wildlife Park, thoroughly recommended by us all. We saw so many beautiful wild animals in generous-sized enclosures. We loved the polar bears, giraffes and lions. In the afternoon, we escaped the torrential rain to learn about the history of chocolate at York Chocolate Story. As well as many tastes on the visit, we made chocolate lollipops!

Tuesday ended with a delicious Italian meal at the Ask Restaurant.

Wednesday dawned bright and dry, perfect for our visit to Eden Camp where we visited the various huts and the 1940's puppet show. Our fixtures went ahead in the afternoon against Cundall Manor School where we were warmly welcomed. We boarded the ghost bus tour that evening for more spooky stories of ghostly sightings and gory executions all around York. The bus was driven by a skeleton and there was much screaming and spooking on board! 

On Thursday morning after a spot of shopping for souvenirs in the Shambles and Stonegate we headed to Roman Vindolanda, beside Hadrian's Wall. We enjoyed watching the archaeologists digging and seeing the fascinating 2000-year-old artefacts found in the fort and vicus area. 

Between downpours, the sun shone when we needed it to. It was a wonderful trip and leaves us with many happy memories of our final Year Seven trip to York.

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