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Jurassic Coast Visit 2016

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Thursday 19th May 2016

Only three days until we finally leave! The weather is looking changeable so please pack for all eventualities!

Live weather webcams:

Equipment list can be downloaded here.

Parent presentation can be downloaded here.

We will post pictures and updates in this news article throughout the week.

Monday 23rd May

We have arrived! We had a reasonable journey with very few delays.

This afternoon, students took part in two activities. Firstly, they visited Durlston Country Park and saw some amazing views across the English Channel towards the Isle of Wight. Secondly, they did a trail around Swanage town, seeing some of the interesting sites including the Iconic Columns and the Old Goal!

This evening they played games on the seafront.

They are just getting ready for bed for lights out at 9-45.

Tuesday 24th May

Today we visited Monkey World and the historic Corfe Castle including a ride on the Swanage Steam Railway. The weather has been warm and sunny.

Live webcam from Corfe Castle Station -

Wednesday 25th May

Today we visited Brownsea Island for a day of team challenges including a boat tour of Poole Harbour. 

The weather today was cooler and cloudier compared to yesterday but dry. The day started with a journey on the chain ferry between Studland Bay and Sandbanks. After the short ferry crossing from Sandbanks, students then participated in two challenges on Brownsea Island inspired by the early Scouting pioneers who used the island as their base. They learnt some basic survival techniques and then built a den. From the pictures you can see some really impressive structures!

On the way back, we took a tour of Poole harbour to learn about the five islands that make up this beautiful natural harbour.

This evening, some students stayed and watched a film while others went into Swanage to play games.

Another really successful day. Students in bed by 9-30 and very tired!

Thursday 26th May

Today we visited Studland beach and took part in a nature walk, beach games and water sports! We were very fortunate to have sunny skies most the day. It was a busy day on the beach and you will be pleased to hear we received a number of compliments from members of the public about how polite and well behaved the children were.

Rooms have been tidied ready for an early start tomorrow as we travel to Weymouth Sealife Centre before the journey home.

We expect to be back around 7pm tomorrow evening but will post any changes to this on the website when we know how the traffic is.

Friday 27th May

On our final day we visited the Sealife Centre at Weymouth. Students had the opportunity to see some amazing sea creatures including seahorses, rays, sharks, penguins, otters, seals and even crocodiles.

The journey home was great until we reached the M25. However, with some great driving we were only an hour late despite a 50 mile traffic jam!

It was really pleasing to receive comments from the guides, Youth Hostel staff and members of the public as to how well behaved our students were.

We really hope the children had a good time.


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