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Hidden Valley Trip

Thanks to the mild, dry weather, pupils from Werrington and North Petherwin Primary Schools had a fantastic school trip to The Hidden Valley yesterday.

The day began with a train ride, which the children really enjoyed - giving squeals of delight as they rode through the tunnels!  The forbidden mansion house was brilliant.  Each group of pupils where given questions all about a Victorian Christmas and the answers were to be found on Christmas presents located within the rooms of the mansion. The house has a labyrinth of passageways and rooms where the children found hidden doors, secret panels and challenging ways in and out of each room! As well as making exciting discoveries, the children learnt lots of facts, such as:

  • Prince Albert was the person responsible for introducing the Christmas tree in to the British home
  • The first Christmas card cost 1 shilling
  • The first Christmas cracker was created in 1848
  • Beef and goose were tradionally eaten at Christmas before the Victorians introduced roast turkey
  • 11.5 million Christmas cards were sold in 1880
  • Charles Dickens wrote 'A Christmas Carol"

After lunch and a play in the adventure playground, there were trails and a brilliant maze to explore.  Some good teamwork was evident, as those who had made it to the central lookout, gave instructions to their friends below to guide them along the paths.

To the delight of the children they also discovered a cute Hobbit House on the way to the rest of the park, which included another play area and The Vault.  Groups of pupils and their adult leaders entered the Vault rooms to solve puzzles under time pressure.

Thank you to the staff, parent helpers and both PTA's for assisting with the organisation of this enjoyable trip.