Bucksmore London works hard and plays hard!
Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen to Bucksmore London 2019! It has been a busy first week so far, so here is a recap of the activities that our students have been doing in and around the capital.
Taking advantage of the beautiful summer sunshine, on day 1 we took a stroll along the river Thames, where we saw some of London’s most famous sites from St. Paul’s Cathedral, crossing Millennium Bridge towards the Tate Modern and passing by HMS Belfast until we reached our final port of Call, the Tower of London. The students had the opportunity to visit the Tower later in the week so more on that later. As well as photo shoots along the way, we also took the opportunity to share fun facts about each place, putting an educational touch on our walking tour.
Our full day excursion on Friday took us to Thorpe Park, a popular amusement park with rollercoasters, water rides and much more to see and do. Another scorching day, the more adventurous members of the group braved the crowds and queues for some of the more thrilling rides such as The Walking Dead, Saw-The Ride and Colossus. It was a great experience and the students (and counsellors!) had many hours of fun!
The Tower of London was another destination on our to do list. The home of the ravens, the Crown Jewels and the haunting cries and pleas of Anne Boleyn. Formerly used as a prison and an official royal residence, this beautiful building is rich in British history.
This week also saw some team bonding and friendships developing at our evening activities. Team work was important as they did a range of games from a traditional British sports day, with sack races, egg and spoon races and relays. Our own twist on the Olympic Games pitted the athletic abilities of each team against one another. Later in the week we tested general knowledge at the quiz night where we had a boisterous musical bingo round amongst questions regarding geography, London and identifying celebrities.
We finished off Monday with a visit to the Science museum, where we browsed the galleries of space, future technology and engineering. In the evening students took part in a quick scavenger hunt around the ever popular Covent Garden, searching for the hidden ears, the flower benches and the traditional red phone boxes typical in London.
Week 2 is set to be exciting with a theatre trip and more sightseeing, plus a pilgrimage to Oxford Street!