There was lots of excitement on the coach as we pulled away from school, heading off on our adventure holiday in lovely Liddington. Unfortunately we ground to a virtual halt as soon as we hit the M25 where the traffic was horrendous. Eventually, it cleared and we were soon cruising along the M4 until we hit the speed restricted roadworks. Oh the joys of motorway driving!
By this stage we had a couple of children (not to mention teachers) starting to panic about going to the toilet so we decided to make an earlier than planned stop at Reading services. We re-fuelled with a lovely picnic in the sunshine and were soon on our way again, on the final leg of our journey. We arrived at the centre at 1pm after a joyful and incident-free trip. The children were immediately impressed with the place which is absolutely huge with canoeing lakes and climbing towers as far as the eye can see.
After unloading the coach, the children relaxed on the grass while the teachers had a briefing. Of course in true Whitings Hill style, it wasn't long before a game of football broke out, actually 2 games!
Before we knew it, it was time for our first activities, both mountain biking and zipping down the zip wire. Lots of fun and an excellent way to start our week away. The weather is beautiful and it looks good for the rest of the week too so no worries on that front.
By the time dinner came around, we had worked up a good appetite and we tucked into fish fingers, sun-dried tomato tart or curry accompanied by rice or chips with peas or beans. A delicious jammy doughnut topped off the meal beautifully.
After that we had some time to unpack and get ready for the evening activity - "Passport to the World" which involved the children running around in groups finding information from cards dotted around the centre which is a very clever way of familiarising the children with their new surroundings.
Before we knew it, it was time for bed! The children all had a shower and we had lights out by 10pm. I'd like to say that they were all asleep soon after but that wouldn't be quite true - they're excited 11-year-olds after all. One thing that is true however is that they are all happy, contented and well-fed which, let's face it parents, is what you want to hear. More updates tomorrow when I'll fill you in about how much sleep they did or didn't get!!