The annual Year 6 trip to Marwell Activity Centre near Winchester took place on 10-13th June 2019, with 33 Year 6 pupils and four staff in one of the wettest periods of weather for several months! We set off on the coach on Monday morning in high spirits and made good progress to our first stop for a comfort break at Arundel services. Suitably refreshed, we arrived at Marwell at lunchtime in the already rainy conditions. Having allocated the groups to their dormitories, we set about the serious business of exploring the site and getting used to the facilities. Supper was at 5.30pm and, after demolishing heaps of lasagne or pasta bake, it was off to our first activity – quiz night. Teams had to answer questions then find stars in a soft play area. Vinehall staff exited to the quieter area of the hall!

After shower and teeth brush, it was bed time and lights out at 9.30pm.

Next morning after breakfast and dorm inspection it was off to the activities. The weather, always threatening, then dumped two weeks’ worth of rain in two hours. So it continued intermittently for the next two days; but that didn’t dampen the Vinehall crew – they were off to get the most out of the day no matter what – you can only stay wet! The children experienced quad bikes, gladiator climb, raft building and zip wire before and after lunch and then supper and film night. When not on activities, much football and cricket was enjoyed on the field.

After a better night’s sleep, and having to be woken up at 7.30am, there were more activities including giant swing, aerial adventure, archery and obstacle course with the end of the day being a camp fire.

The next morning was pack up and depart, with more torrential rain to see us homeward bound.

We arrived back at school at 2.00pm and then home for a well-earned rest!

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