Saturday saw another Teacher Preview weekend with teachers from as far afield as Harrogate and East London visiting to check out accommodation, activities and, for those who stayed, some local sites.
The forecast promised a lot of rain. Let’s face it, of late, that’s an easy promise to keep and there were indeed showers, but there were brighter spells too and, our undaunted guests were not to be put off by a bit of rain. Apparently one of the teachers from St John Fisher School spent this year under canvas in the Lake District with 160 children . . . possibly for a bet!
Following lunch on Saturday a tour of the Castle was a great way to start and we didn’t even lose anyone! The views from the upper chambers, the size of the rooms, the fireplaces and original features were all pretty impressive, but honestly, most of our visitors were far more interested in the ghosts:
“So is there a ghost then?”
“Oh no . . .”
“Ahhhhh, that’s a shame – might have shut my Year 5s up a bit”
“ . . . there are two!”
The tour continued outside taking in the Initiative course, Nightline trail through the trees, the High Ropes and Zip Wire along the way, not to mention the wonderfully manicured grounds and gardens, where children love to play hide-and-seek or have a picnic.
Of course it’s not obligatory to have a go on the Zip Wire but, as it was set up, it seemed churlish not to. Some of our guests had children with them and whilst more detailed analysis (Apparently 7 year olds find dormitory allocations and itineraries boring!), over tea and cake, of what a visit to the Castle would include, one of our trained instructors took advantage of the Archery targets and Fencing equipment. This, it seems, was far more entertaining for our younger visitors.
As more schools and teachers visit the word is spreading and places are going fast. summer and March 2013 are filling rapidly, so if you’d like to visit, our next Teacher Preview Visit is 29th September. Contact us for further details and booking information on 0844 800 4278 or leave a comment below.