10 May All aboard the SS Great Britain!
Our day kicked off with a long coach ride to the beautiful city of Bristol. On the way, the children marvelled at the change in landscape and the industrial nature of the buildings. They were also keeping their eye out for any ‘BANKSY’ artwork! Once we arrived, we met our wonderful tour guide, Jan, who was ready with our tickets. She took us on board the illustrious ship and showed us how the upper-class would travel. We then descended below deck to see the facilities that the less wealthy passengers would have had endured. The children loved walking around the kitchens and finding all the fluffy cats! After lunch, the children took part in a workshop about the launch of the SS Great Britain. We travelled back in time to 1842 and the children had a go at hammering rivets into metal sheets. After that, we travelled to 1843 – the day of the launch! The children were dressed to impress in an array of Victorian clothes: Oliver looked very regal dressed as Prince Albert.
Towards the end of our day, we decided it would be fun to explore the dry dock below the ship. After running through a hail storm, and getting a teeny bit wet, we once again descended to the lowest part of the ship. The children gazed in wonder at the giant propeller at the back of the ship and it was a truly amazing site to see.
Wild Things had such a terrific time on their trip. I believe Mollie spoke for all of us when she exclaimed that this had been the best day of her life!
A huge ‘thank you’ has to go to all our helpers on the day, in particular Maritsa Harrington our fabulous parent helper!
Team Wild Things