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St Ives 2019

Tuesday 14th May

After saying goodbye to our families we left school for Charlestown. On arriving at Charlestown we walked to the harbour and settled on the beach to sketch the sea stack. Next stop was Wheal Martyn and a tour of the China Clay museum.


Wednesday 15th May

After a hearty breakfast we set off to visit Chysauster ancient settlement. A steep climb to the top was rewarded with a great view and a biscuit. We sketched the remains of the village houses and imagined what it would have looked like 2000 years ago. It was very peaceful and relaxing amongst the remains – the concentration was great.

On to Geevor Tin Mine – we had lunch outside then got into 2 groups with Clint and Mark. We had a tour of Wheal Mexico mine, experienced what it was like to be a bal maiden, saw Victory Shaft and The Dry followed by a tour of the clay processing plant.   Panning to find gems was a great success although a little wet. 

After a tiring day we still managed to find the energy to play games on the hotel lawn followed by a delicious evening meal. A quick change then a walk down to the beach for sandcastles and fun.


Thursday 16th May

Following a good night’s sleep and breakfast we walked to St Ives for a town study and sketching of the harbour and town – this we help us on our return to school when we will draw in the style of Alfred Wallis.

Our coach driver, Graham, took us to Flambards where we had lunch.

After lunch we took lots of notes about the Victorians before moving onto The Blitz. There were so many interesting facts to note.

A trip to the shop finished off our day at Flambards.

Again, there was time for play on the lawn or diary writing before our evening meal.

Our final trip to the beach after dinner saw some amazing sandcastles and sculptures.

Friday 17th May

Our last breakfast then it’s room inspection and off to St Michael’s Mount. It was a short coach drive to Marazion and then a steep climb to the castle. When we reached our destination we enjoyed a birthday bun from a child in year 5 whose birthday it was – what a day to have a birthday (out with all your class friends.)

We were able to walk across the causeway and onto the Mount where we climbed up to the castle. On the way up we stopped at The Giant’s Well and his heart (stone.) On entering the castle, we were given a sort introduction before moving on to explore the rest.

Lunch was had on the lawn before moving into the Barge House to find out more about the history of the Mount and castle.

An exciting journey by boat took us back to land and a biscuit.

Our return journey by coach then started – we were all tired but excited to be going home.

“I enjoyed the basement where we saw all the muskets.”

“I liked the Blue Drawing Room where Queen Victoria visited.”

“The ferry journey back was fun as I got wet from the sea spray.”