Chatsworth House Visit
We were blessed with a lovely sunny day on 28th September, when we all set off on a visit to Chatsworth House in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside.
We took part in a number of activities whilst we were there, but we had also wanted to visit during their sculpture exhibition, called Radical Horizons: The Art of Burning Man, which saw 12 monumental sculptures set around the estate. We produced some lovely drawings of the Wings of Glory (a giant flying horse) by Adrian Landon, situated at the entrance to the gardens.
The best way to see the rest of the sculptures, was by a tractor pulled trailer. Our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and regaled us with tales of the sculptures, the history, forestry and famous visitors (including a certain future king, who was, by all accounts, happy to muck in and get his hands dirty!)
The day also saw us heading to the maze in the formal gardens, where the children were challenged to find their way to the centre…and then find their way back out. We definitely arrived back in school with the correct number of children so that challenge, it seems, was a resounding success.
Looking around the kitchen garden, gave us inspiration for the things we might be able to grow in own garden at school.
Following lunch, we were able to spend the rest of our visit in the adventure playground, accessed via the farmyard. The goats seemed to be a particular favourite amongst the children. After an excited hour of climbing, winding, digging, zip-lining, hiding, running and spinning, we headed for the coaches and returned back to school, exhausted but happy.