Key Stage One had a magical visit to Groombridge Place this week.
We arrived and walked through the 17th Century Formal Gardens and took the peaceful boat ride straight into the heart of the Enchanted Forest. As we slowly meandered down the river under the Weeping Willows, the observant children spotted faces high in the trees and noticed that one oak tree even had a doorway! As we alighted the canal boat, the children spent a few minutes exploring Crusoe World up in the trees before following the path past the dinosaurs and up to Castle Village where the forts and swings were. The children’s imaginations fired up as we reached the Magic Pool and the Celtic Forest. The Giant doors leading to the enormous rope spider web also sparked their creativity and stories were collaboratively told by Year 2. The children decided to complete the maze before heading across the bridge in the Serpent’s Lair and looking at the Gypsy caravans. Key Stage One then spent some time exploring Tree Fern Valley and the North American Wood before returning to the teepee to enjoy their picnics.
After lunch (and a brief detour to the toilets for some) the children made their way over The Dark Walk, a raised boardwalk incorporating animal enclosures, play areas and a zip wire. Growing increasingly tired at this point the children had one last task- to find the Zeedonk (a cross between a zebra and a donkey). Victorious, and just a little bit muddy, we returned to the minibuses for the journey back to school.
Did you enjoy our trip, KS1? What was your favourite part of the day?