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Twenty-three children were invited to stay at The Nightingale Centre in Great Hucklow, Derbyshire from 18th – 22nd October 2021.
Every day we visited interesting places nearby and had lots of fun and new experiences!
The Nightingale Centre
We stayed at the Nightingale Centre in Hucklow. The dorms are ensuite and very comfortable; the meals are delicious too!
We have a games room, where we do activities and a fantastic space outside to play!
Today we visited the town of Bakewell. We enjoyed playing in the park and then went for a walk around this pretty town. It is famous for it’s Bakewell tarts, so we tried some with our hot chocolate for our supper!
Today we visited Chatsworth House, owned by the Duke of Devonshire.
First we went to the farm and saw all the newborn animals on the farm. We were able to watch a cow being milked and then were able to have a cuddle with the guinea pigs and chicks!
After that we had great fun in the adventure playground.
Then we explored the wonderful garden and got lost in the maze!
Finally, we had a tour around this beautiful stately home.
We hiked 3 miles to the village of Eyam in the sunshine!
Then we visited Eyam Museum and found out all about how in the 17th Century the villagers set an extraordinary and enduring example of self-sacrifice by sealing off the village from the surrounding areas to prevent the plague from spreading.
Afterwards we had our lunch in torrential rain and played in the park, before hiking back to the Nightingale Centre.
Matlock Farm Park
We had a fantastic day at Matlock Farm Park. We had a guided tour, which included feeding meerkats, sheep, goats, llamas, pigs, donkeys, alpacas and wallabies. We enjoyed being able to pet rabbits, chicks and guinea pigs. We also had a pony ride and watched a newborn calf being fed.
We had lots of fun playing in the playground and bouncing on the air cushions!
On our way home we stopped off at Cheshire Workshops, where we all made a twisted candle, painted a candle holder and a clay model and made a sand model. We enjoyed the playground there too!