VISIT CORNWALL FOR YOUR NEXT SCHOOL TRIP
As a child my family used to spend each Easter holiday visiting a pig farm near Godlophin Cross 7 km from Helston which belonged to a lovely lady called Miss Trip and her brother Earnie. Early memories of playing on the beautiful beaches, fishing in the rock pools and discovering what marine life lurks within and eating delicious homemade pasties have lived with me ever since, as has the magic of Cornwall. The high hedges of wild flowers studded with primroses in early spring followed by bluebells and waves of other wild flowers that blooms endlessly until late autumn are images that stay with one forever. So many children miss out on not knowing their own country and our mission at Educational Visits UK is to inspire you to look at taking your students to new and inspiring locations to visit. Cornwall is a country myths and legends where you can plan an exciting itinerary to encompass all subjects. Geology and geography, history and science will all spring to life as well as giving your students the opportunity try out new skills such as surfing to give your students a unique and memorable school trip.
The history of Cornwall is carved into the landscape and your students will absorb and learn about its rich past without realising they are doing so. The tall chimneys of the now defunct mines still stand proud throughout the Cornish countryside and behind the high banks of wild flowers around Godolphin Cross, lies Godolphin House,a magical and ancient house built in the Italian Palladium style in 1630sfrom the wealth of mining,and a wonderful place to visit. It was on this 500 acre estate the copper and mining industry began and is now designated a World Heritage Site.
Cornwall has an abundance of excellent attraction and here are a few suggestions of places we recommend.
This area of Britain was inhabited well before the mining industry and dates back to pre-history with burial mounds and settlements still evident in the landscape. Chysauster Ancient Village (English Heritage) half way across the Peninsular between St Ives and Penzance is another interesting site to visit. Geevor Tin Mines, one of the last mines to close is located in a stunning location near Penzance is an excellent trip where your students will be able to experience a trip underground, pan for gems and experience what life was like for the miners worked here.
St Michaels Mount is a great day out and children are fascinated with walking across the causeway to the island. Catching a boat back when the tide has come in makes it even more special followed by fish and chips at a local pub round off the day.
A trip down the beautiful River Fal is a gentle and informative introduction to Cornwall. Learn about the fishing industry, the oyster beds and the castles and houses that hug the banks. This is one of the deepest natural harbours in the world you will be amazed at the size of the vessels you will see docked here and the countries they are from. Complete your journey with a visit to the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth where there is plenty of hands on fun and you can even arrange a sleep over for those teachers wanting to experience something a little different and who live too far away for a day trip.
The Cohort Hostel offers comfortable and well-furnished accommodation in St Ives and is a special place to stay in an idyllic location just minutes from the Tate St Ives. St Ives is not to be missed for the art student, this picturesque fishing village and the wonderful light has drawn many artists throughout the century’s to come and paint here and was home to the Barbara Hepworth whose house and wonderful garden is now a Museum. The nearby Tate is currently closed for major refurbishment and will reopen in March 2017 offering new exhibitions and learning opportunities and workshops. The two museums together with the nearby Leach Pottery Studio combine to give students an opportunity to be creative and enjoy this beautiful environment as well as exploring the many attractions in South West Cornwall.
No visit is complete without a trip to the Eden Project and a workshop here is strongly recommended to help make sense of the place and focus your students mind as the scale of the site is so large. Topics on the rainforest and the environment come to life and much pre planning can be down on projects before and after your visit. Combine this with visiting Trebah Gardens (one of my favourite gardens) a steep ravine garden full of giant tropical plants which you would normally see only in the tropics brings the visit to Eden to life.
For mystery and magic then a visit to Cornwall is not complete without visiting Tintagel Castle where King Arthur was reputed to once live. Although the village is full of the usual gift shops the castle built on a cliff, is well worth visiting. Though there are many steps, it is worth the climb and if you are lucky you will see seals in the cove below. En route you can stop off at Tintagel Church steeped in history the church dates back to between 1080 & 1150.
Cohort Hostel St Ives, is an ideal location offering modern accommodation in a Grade II listed building for up to 45 guests. Private rooms available for leaders
Helen Bullock from Educational Visits UK wrote this article. If you would like us to organise your next school trip to Cornwall or any other destinations we feature in our blogs please contact us and we will be happy to help.