During the first half of the Easter term, our full-time boarders have been on some fantastic outings as well as enjoying some relaxation and free time. They have hit some balls at the Chichester Golf Centre, been down to West Wittering for a refreshing walk over the dunes to East Head, explored the seaside at Littlehampton, visited Beaulieu’s National Motor Museum and been go karting.
National Motor Museum
Richard Allum reports on a boarders' trip to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.
After a hearty breakfast at school, we set off for the beautiful New Forest and found we almost had the museum to ourselves. Highlights included a trip on the monorail around the extensive grounds, and a Top Gear experience, where cars featured in the show were on display and the pupils got to experience a lap of the famous track in the simulator. An exhibition celebrating cars from the movies was also good fun, with cars featured in Harry Potter, James Bond and Only Fools and Horses on display! Then it was on to the museum itself, where there was a special exhibition celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, including the car itself and lots of other memorabilia from the film.
After a picnic lunch, we headed off on a long walk to Bucklers’ Hard, an historic port on the Beaulieu River where we stopped for hot chocolate before heading back to the minibus for the drive home. Then, what better way to end the weekend than watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with a takeaway pizza!
Houseparents Kevin and Clare Smith took a group of boarders over to Gosport for go karting and afterwards to Port Solent for lunch on the boardwalk.