At the end of our journey north east, we finally arrived at Hawkstone Park Follies where we were met by Baz who unlocked the gates and showed us where we could leave our bags. He told us about safety in the park and then led us on our walk up to the high caves.
On the way we climbed several sets of steps; some were made out of wood but others had been cut into the rocks over hundreds of years. He told us lots of stories about the past and the park. We walked up through the Cleft, hanging on to the chains and railings to help us up the steep bits. We had to watch where we put our feet at every step.
When we reached the caves Baz showed us the seams of copper that had been mined years ago to create the caves. He also took us into the spider cave which was well-named!
When we came back out into the light we could see for miles – all the way to Wales.
We travelled on to Wilderhope Manor where we were to spend the next two nights. We unpacked, had dinner and, once we had done the emergency drill, gradually got ourselves ready for bed. It had been a long day.
The breakfasts were amazing and really set us up for the next day. Cereals, bread, fruit, yoghurt, cheese, croissants, bacon, sausages, scrambled egg, beans, tomatoes, fried bread, hash browns, juice were all on offer. No reason at all to go hungry.
After breakfast we travelled the short journey to Blists Hill where we spent the day strolling around this amazingly well-preserved Victorian town.
We all went up the inclined plane and made rainbow candles in our workshop that we brought home at the end of the trip. We visited the squatters’ cottage and the toll house, the mission church, the doctor’s house, the school, the chandlers, the foundry, the pub!, the carbolic-scented chemist (with the macabre dentist chair and bowl of extracted teeth) walked past the delicious-smelling fish and chip shop (shame we had a packed lunch in some ways) but most of us got something nice from the old-fashioned sweet shop where everything tasted a bit different from what we are used to today.
That evening we were entertained by all those who took part in the Talent Show – singing, dancing, a speed-stacking demonstration and comedy were some of the acts.
On our last day we had to pack everything back into our suitcases – not an easy job returning everything to the right people – and get the coach loaded before we could go to Enginuity – our last stop before the journey home.
At Enginuity we took part in a Robots and Machines workshop, making and decorating our own jitterbug in small groups. We loved doing this and everyone made a jitterbug that worked well.
After lunch we had a good look around this amazing science and technology centre before getting back on the coach for the final journey back to Baldock where our families were waiting to collect us. We all had a great time.