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UK Excursions And Day Trips



All our students enjoy at least two day trips each week, depending on the agreed course arrangements. These trips include visits to cultural sites, where students and their teachers get an insight into our history and our magnificent heritage buildings, as well as more light-hearted attractions.

Our trips are carefully planned to incorporate Learning Support as well as team building exercises. Safety is of paramount importance to us and a risk assessment of each activity is undertaken before carrying it out.

London Eye

A ride on the London Eye gives you a bird’s eye view over the whole of London! See all the famous landmarks and the River Thames. Take some memorable pictures to take home to friends and family.When the Eye opened to the public in 2000 it was the world's tallest ferris wheel and is now Europe's tallest ferris wheel.   3.75 million visitors ride its 32 capsules every year. Each capsule holds up to 25 people who are free to walk around inside the capsule, though seating is provided. The wheel rotates at 26 cm (10 in) per second (about 0.9 kph or 0.6 mph) so that one revolution takes about 30 minutes. 

Big Ben

This is the name of the bell inside the Elizabeth Tower attached to the Houses of Parliament.  The clock is accurate to the second and is kept to time using the weight of old penny coins to slow down or speed up the mechanism! It stands 315 feet (96 m) tall, and the climb from ground level to the belfry is 334 steps. Its base is square, measuring 39 feet (12 m) on each side. Dials of the clock are 23 feet (7.0 m) in diameter. Big Ben is the largest of five bells and was the largest bell in the United Kingdom for 23 years. Four quarter bells chime at 15, 30 and 45 minutes past the hour, and also just before Big Ben tolls on the hour. The clock uses its original Victorian mechanism, but an electric motor can be used as a backup.

Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is a spectacular festive event in the heart of the capital. For six weeks, London’s famous Hyde Park is transformed into a magical wonderland of winter festivities. Winter Wonderland offers a dazzling array of activities and entertainment. Enjoy skating around the UK’s largest open-air ice rink, have an arctic adventure in the Magical Ice Kingdom, see jaw-dropping circus shows, and see stunning views across London in the Giant Observation Wheel. There’s over 100 spectacular festive rides and attractions, London’s largest German-style Christmas Markets, plus a wealth of delicious food!

Windsor
Windsor as we know it first came into being around 1070 when William the Conqueror established a fortification on a chalk mound on a bend in the river. At this time the waterway was the main highway to London to the east. The Castle has been a royal residence since 1110 when Henry I began using it. . In 1230, King Henry III built a 'curtain wall' and three towers to the west along with royal apartments and a Chapel. The present St George's Chapel was started in 1475 by Edward IV, with royal burials taking place there. It was finally completed in 1528. Military exercises, feasts and jousts took place in the nearby Park. The arrival of the railway in 1849 gave easy access to London via two stations serving different London terminals – Paddington and Waterloo.  This increased tourism to the town which has everything a tourist could want: historic buildings, wonderful shops and spectacular views of the river Thames.  Windsor Castle was where the Queen spent much of her childhood and out of all her royal residences is her favourite weekend retreat. She can often be seen riding her carriage in the local area. The castle is guarded and by fully operational soldiers and changing the Guard is a must see for all those visiting Windsor.

Oxford

Oxford was founded in the 9th century when Alfred the Great created a network of fortified towns called burghs across his kingdom.  . In the 10th century Oxford had a mint with 4 coin makers. All buildings were made of wood and the town burnt down in 1009! However Oxford was soon rebuilt. The university at Oxford was founded in 1167. In the 12th and 13th centuries Oxford was a manufacturing town. It was noted for cloth and leather. In the 15th and 16th centuries Tudor Oxford was economically dependent on the university. The students provided a large market for beer, food, clothes and other goods. Oxford was full of craftsmen who supplied these needs. In 1651 the first coffee house in England opened in Oxford. Coffee was a new drink at that time but it soon became popular. A railway from Oxford to London was built in 1844. Another to Banbury was built in 1850. In 1860 the Natural History Museum opened.  Your visit will include a tour round a university college (there are 38 colleges altogether) and a visit to the Natural History Museum, with just enough time for shopping in the brand new Westgate Centre!

Brighton

Brighton is a town in the south of England nestled between the sea and the countryside.  Once the heart of the fishing town of Brighthelmstone, The Lanes is the city’s historic quarter with a fabulous maze of twisting alleyways. These narrow lanes and streets offer an extraordinary mix of antiques and jewellery shops nestling alongside specialist contemporary and designer boutique fashion. You'll often find buskers livening up the streets, making The Lanes a great place to grab a coffee and soak up the atmosphere to the sounds of some live jazz.

The Lanes, Brighton is also home to the flagship Choccywoccydoodah store and café. Their cakes are works of art and the creative window displays always attract a crowd of visitors.

Brighton has a wealth of attractions to enthral all ages. The exotic Royal Pavilion is a palace like no other with an Indian styled exterior and a Chinese inspired interior. From Regency splendour to 21st Century wonder the British Airways i360 is a feat of modern engineering gliding visitors 450 feet into the air. A day at the seaside is not complete without a visit to Brighton Pier with its rides and activities as well as plenty of food and drink options and free deckchairs to help you to relax and enjoy the view. Next door is the Victorian aquarium, Sea Life Brighton where you can learn about the creatures of the deep and watch a shark swimming over your head in the underwater tunnel.

Hampton Court Palace

In 1514, in the parish of Hampton, Thomas Wolsey, Archbishop of York began building a magnificent palace on the north bank of the River Thames on the site of an old manor house. He had water for his new palace running from nearby Surrey through lead pipes. Not much of Wolsey's original building remains due to the remodelling by Henry VIII and later kings.

Henry VIII made many additions to the palace and most of the Tudor parts we still see today were built by him. He enlarged and rebuilt his own apartments, parts of the kitchens, the Chapel Royal, replaced most of the Great Hall and added the tennis courts. He also laid out the overall plan for the gardens at Hampton Court, the basic structure of which is still seen today. The King hired Europe’s finest craftsmen and gardeners, spending the equivalent of millions in today’s money extending and improving the building and grounds.

The astronomical clock on the gatehouse to the Inner Court was installed in 1540 by Nicholas Oursian and shows the hours, days of the week, days of the month, the time of high tide, the phases of the moon, the signs of the zodiac and in all its pre-Copernican glory -- the golden sun travelling around an immobile Earth. It is still a working clock today!

Thorpe Park

This exciting theme park has rides for all ages! Built on an island with many water based rides this will be a day to remember! Each area has its own theme: The Jungle, Angry Birds Land, Lost City, and  Swarm Island are just a few! Are you brave enough for Nemesis? Swooping 750 metres along twisted track going at speeds of up to 50 mph (80 kmh) with your feet free and your legs dangling? Or do you prefer the Rumba Rapids, the wild water raft ride?  Loggers Leap is the tallest log flume in the UK! Whatever rides you prefer there will be something here for you to enjoy! Plenty of shops for food and drink – don’t forget your camera for lasting memories of your day! 

Warner Brothers Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter

Calling all Harry Potter fans!  Walk in the footsteps of Harry Potter and explore the wonders of the wizarding world! Spend the day visiting the breathtaking original sets of the Harry Potter films.  Explore the collection of beautifully crafted iconic props. Marvel at the original costumes. Find out how to fly and meet all the creatures. Be amazed at the special effects. Wander up Diagon Alley and see the Hogwarts castle!

Birmingham and Cadbury World

Birmingham is England’s second biggest city and is where the famous Cadbury chocolate was born in 1831 and continues to be made now.  Visit Cadbury World to learn how the world famous Cadbury chocolate is made… and eaten! Ride the Crunchie rollercoaster and dive into liquid Cadbury Dairy Milk! Join Freddo, and a whole host of Cadbury characters, as they whisk you away on an adventurous journey in the 4D cinema experience, complete with motion seats. Find out how chocolate is made from the harvest of the Cocoa beans to the final chocolate bar! Walk into Bull Street, a full-scale replica of the original street where John Cadbury opened his shop in 1824! See what's for sale in the shops and take some photos of the very first Cadbury products. Gain an understanding of what life was like in 1824 for families at this time with an interactive performance.

Day Trip to Longbridge island for Dragon Boating

Manoeuvring and racing a dragon boat demands good coordination and communication of a large team – as many as 20 young people or 18 adults learn to paddle rhythmically and effectively together in a race across the water. Ultimate success depends on tactics, technique and brute effort – but in the end there are no losers– just a lot of fun, laughter and mutual support along the way. It’s a race! Using three 10m full-sized dragon boats with up to 20 paddlers in each boat, sitting in a long line and using a paddle with a blade at one end, you will race against the other boat(s). The Dragon Boat is helmed (steered) by a qualified member of staff.

Ten Pin Bowling

Gather your team, tie up your shoes and choose your ball – it’s time to go bowling! Learn the correct terminology – do you know what a Strike or a Spare are? Everything you need to score the perfect score is right here. With plenty of brightly lit lanes and shoes for hire this will be a fun packed afternoon!  If you’ve never done it before we can help you to succeed in knocking the pins down by choosing the correct size and weight of ball!

 



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