At Willaston CE Primary School we are very proud of our comprehensive range of residential visits and educational day trips offered to the children. They form a very important part of our curriculum and our ethos. Visits allow children to learn outside the classroom in a variety of settings promoting children’s personal development and independence. Residential visits take place every year for children from Year 2 to Year 6.
School trips and educational visits are currently suspended for this year due to Covid-19 and will resume once it is deemed safe to do so.
We are hopeful that residential visits will be able to resume next academic year. The following dates have been confirmed so far. Please make a note in your diary. As we receive further dates, we will keep you informed. You will receive correspondence with further details in due course.
Year 2 – Delamere Residential – 13-14 June 2022
Year 3 – Burwardsley Residential – 15-16 March 2022
Year 4 – Tattenhall Residential – 20-21 April 2022
Delamere, which was formally a Youth Hostel, sits in the heart of Delamere Forest and it is well known for its homely appeal.
Year 2 travel to Delamere for a one night stay, which is ideally located for immediate and safe access to the 3,000 hectares of Delamere Forest without having to walk along busy roads. The forest environment allows for activities such as orienteering, den building, survival skills, stream dipping, environmental games, forest art and walks during which pupils can study animal habitats and the different flora and fauna of the forest.
Housed in the old primary school, Burwardsley offers opportunities unique to its location as well as being situated on the Sandstone trail.
Year 3 children travel to Burwardsley for a one night stay at the Cheshire West Residential Centre. Within the grounds of Burwardsley, there is a pond, an adventure playground and a large grassed playing field. Burwardsley has its own replica Iron age roundhouse, enabling pupils to learn about culture, art and farming of the period. Pupils can also gain experience of wattle and daub construction, making clay pots, string making and an archaeological dig.
Tattenhall has a strong focus on art, drama, and dance alongside outdoor adventures.
In Year 4, children travel to the small Cheshire village of Tattenhall and stay for two nights at the Cheshire West Residential Centre. The large playing field at Tattenhall has a zip wire, tree climbing and a low ropes course. Children enjoy a historical walk around Tattenhall Village and the highlight of the visit is a trip to the Cheshire Ice Cream Farm.
Conway Centres, Anglesey is perfect for an immersive residential experience.
In Year 5 children travel across North Wales to Menai, Anglesey and stay for three nights at the Cheshire West owned Conway Centre. Situated adjacent to the Menai Strait within 169 acres of National Trust parkland. Children take part in the AEMS course. (Art Education in a Multicultural Society). Children work alongside children from other Cheshire schools working with different artists from different cultures focusing on art, dance and drama. Activities include African drumming, beat boxing, storytelling, Indian dancing and visual art.
Winmarleigh Hall is just great for Multi Activity holidays!
In Year 6 children take part in a four night residential visit with PGL staying at Winmarleigh Hall in Lancashire. The Forest of Bowland lies nearby, which is a designated Area of Natural Beauty. Built around the original main house, Winmarleigh was formerly a spectacular traditional Victorian estate. Set in 50 acres of gardens, parkland and woodland, the building retains many original features. Children enjoy a wide range of outdoor and adventurous activities such as high ropes, big swing, archery, climbing, abseiling, raft building orienteering, fencing and many others.
Children take part in educational day trips to local areas of interest to enhance the curriculum. These trips vary but may include, Safety Central, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Chester Zoo, farm visits, Liverpool museums, Roman tour in Chester, Grosvenor Museum, Tate Gallery, Walker Art Gallery, theatre visits, Halle Orchestra and Burton Mere (RSPB).