Monday 19th September 2016
We set off bright and early for our week long visit to North Yorkshire. On the way up to Whitby, we stopped in Wakefield to visit the National Coal Mining Museum. We had a great time going underground to a real mine (no longer working though!) We learned lots about what life was like for miners and how dangerous it was underground.
At about 3 p.m., we set off for Whitby. Once we had arrived at our 'home' for the week, we unpacked, had dinner and settled in. In the evening, we were visited by a storyteller who told us lots of fascinating stories about the history of Whitby. Of course, Dracula got a mention!
Tuesday 20th September
Today we enjoyed a lovely cooked breakfast and set off for a morning in Whitby, to visit the Captain Cook museum. We learned all about how James Cook was an apprentice sailor based in Whitby. We even visited the exact house he lived in - he shared a very small room with lots of other apprentice sailors and it must have been very cramped!
We then climbed the 199 steps in the old town of Whitby - these took us up to Whitby Abbey, where our coach was waiting to take us back to the centre for an afternoon of fun and games. After an early dinner, we set off for York and the Ghost Walk! We heard lots of spooky stories about York's history and, as it got darker, the adults tried to make us jump! It was also Glenn's birthday today - Happy Birthday Glenn!
Wednesday 21st September
Today we set off early to visit Beamish - an open air history museum. We had great fun travelling on trams and old fashioned buses. We visited an old fashioned sweetshop and watched sweets being made. We even bought some to try. We split into 2 groups and then went to the Victorian Schoolhouse for a very realistic lesson! Even the grown ups had to join in! We all much prefer modern schools and lessons!
We headed back to the centre for dinner and then an open topped bus came to collect us for a special night time tour of Whitby. Although it was a bit chilly, we had a great evening and celebrated Sheena's birthday too! Happy Birthday Sheena!
Thursday 22nd September
Today we went back to the historic city of York to learn all about chocolate! We spent the morning working with people from the York Chocolate Story - we learned all about how chocolate is made, from the cocoa bean to the bars we buy in the shops. We then were able to make our own chocolates and add as many toppings as we could!
After lunch, we walked across to the York Chocolate Story museum and learned about the Rowntree family, who were famous for their chocolates and sweets. We got to try various types of chocolate at different stages in the chocolate making process. We finished by making our own chocolate lollipops and sampling some freshly made, fruit filled luxury chocolates. Yummy!
We returned to the centre to pack and then we had the traditional 'Quiz'. Some of the questions were very hard!
Friday 23rd September
Today was our last day in Whitby. We enjoyed our final breakfast and said thank you and goodbye to all the staff at Sneaton. We headed off for Whitby Abbey - luckily the weather was fine and sunny. We had fun exploring the ruins and then got ready for the Myland traditional 'hats' photograph!
Mrs. Barker and Miss Murphy went off to collect our Whitby Fish and Chips, which we enjoyed on the cliff top at Whitby Abbey before setting off for the journey home.
We all had a great week!