Day One 6th June 2016
Staff and Children have arrived safely, sun is shinning, we are off to visit Robin Hill Country Park the Island’s favourite award-winning country attraction.
We have had a fantastic start to our trip away. Firstly, we set off with time to spare and was welcomed by the sun at Portsmouth; allowing us all to sit on the top deck to eat our lunch and take in the views. A great time was had by all at Robin Hill Country park, where we tobogganed, took a hair raising cycle over the Great Wall of China and took on the tree top trail. The Collosus ride claimed a few victims who were reunited with their lunch. The weather has been kind so far, calling for some overheated year 6’s to cool themselves with the Splash Attack. Lastly a wonderful, warm evening meant only one thing… a trip to the park to work off our three course meal with fun and games!
Day Two 7th June 2016
Another fine day weather wise, starting with a hearty breakfast before making our way to Amazon World. Here, we became climbing frames for some rather curious lemurs, lunched amongst the penguins and wallabies then left for Carisbrook Castle. We began our visit by walking on the original castle top whilst taking in spectacular views of the island; discovered Isabella’s window and finished with a demonstration of how donkeys were once used to lift water from the well.
It was a quick retreat back to the hotel for dinner, so we would make it to the theatre on time, and what a ‘Fangtastic’ show we were treated to at the Shanklin theatre. Our entertainer was none other than Count Dracula himself performing a variety of hits that got us all up and boogying.
Day Three 8th June 2016
Another bright and early start to our 3rd day, ready to set off for Allum Bay to see a glass demonstration and explore the local shops. After a good browse we buckled up for the chairlift to take us down to the bay, where we were met by the coloured chalk cliffs and a pebble beach.
It was then all aboard the boat to see the needles and lighthouse in the glorious sun shine before catching the chairlift back to the top for a picnic on the grass.
From Allum bay we became archaeologists and moved onto some Fossil hunting along Brightstone Bay, where we were fooled by some fools gold, found some crystals and a range of fossilised species that some of us have kept to bring home.
After a three course meal, we were transported back in time with Greg who thrilled us with the history of the Isle of Wight accompanied with knife juggling and interpretative dance.
Day Four 9th June 2016
A slightly cloudier and later start to our day today before heading out to Osborne House, where we learned about Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their nine children. We saw original menus and plans created by the servants for when the Queen and Prince were entertaining guests, the manual lift used by Queen Victoria during her latter days and the glorious gardens. After our walk around the house we were greeted with glorious sunshine for our walk down to Swiss Cottage and apicnic lunch.
Once lunch was done, it was back to the Shanklin theatre for some behind the scene secrets, a Hadleigh performance and an introduction to our very own Hadleigh Junior School Panto Dame. A great time was had by all learning about the lights and sound in the theatre and learning a narrated song and dance piece.
We all enjoyed our hot dog or burgers for dinner leaving us time to get packed and ready for the party. Everyone had a good boogie in their finest and tucked into some sweets before getting into our beds for the last night on the Isle of Wight.