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Try a Trip to Paington

Making up one third of the English Riviera as it does, it comes as no surprise that Paignton offers the consummate sea resort vacation experience. What may come as a surprise are the sheer number of events, activities, and amenities that the area offers both near and far from the sea itself. Guests and visitors to Paignton rarely expect the full on experience that the town can offer away from the beaches that make up its primary draw. A trip to Paignton has a certain charm that you can no longer find anywhere else making it perfect for families, couples, and the cultural.

Paignton was a fishing village for much of its history, as merchants preferred to do business in Torquay and Brixham, but a new harbour was constructed in 1837. After that, a seawall was put in place to protect the now famous sandy beaches of the town. The area achieved resort status when the railway finally reached it in the late 1800s and the rest is history. Today much of the town has been built on level with the beaches and colorful beach huts line its promenades. It is as if Paignton had been built with the enjoyment of the sun, sand, and sea in mind. The pier, harbor, theatres, and even the Paignton Green are all within easy reach of the beaches and the accommodations that line them.

When you plan your trip to Paignton, remember that there is plenty to do once you have torn yourself away from the seaside itself. The town is surprisingly interesting, particularly in the evening. All year round, festivals and events including a weeklong children’s event are held on the Green. You may explore the town’s history and architecture by visiting notable locations like Oldway Mansion, home of Isaac Singer, or travel to the Zoo or the working organic farm, nature reserve, and shop that is Occombe Farm. Finally, the offerings of Winner’s Street promise tempting local antiquities and curiosities for the shopping minded. At night, consider strolling the seafronts and promenades. You can find excellent food and entertainment here throughout the year, most notably at the historic Palace Theatre. Whatever you may be looking to do on your holiday, you can find it in the town of Paignton.

Wonderful Warwick: A Top Destination for Primary School Trips

Teachers and educators looking for an inspiring destination with plenty of cross-curricular potential for primary school trips need look no further than Warwick. This beautiful medieval town in the heartland of the country is a magical destination in its own right, as well as being the perfect gateway to a wealth of exciting attractions in Warwickshire and the West Midlands. Whatever your curriculum focus, there is bound to be something to ignite your young learners’ minds, so read on for some of the top activities that can be enjoyed in Warwick and beyond.

Warwick Castle

While the whole region is bursting with history just waiting to be investigated on primary school trips, the star attraction has to be Warwick Castle, for the closest it’s possible to get to an authentic taste of Medieval England. This fully restored castle is rich with fine details of life and culture from the Middle Ages, providing a challenging, exciting atmosphere for learning. With the halls, towers and dungeons, there’s plenty to explore, while a specially-tailored programme of educational events adds a whole extra dimension. Students can participate in historical activities, watch a joust, take one of the interactive tours led by costumed guides, or attend talks on a range of subjects including the Trebuchet and Birds of Prey.

Stratford upon Avon

Perhaps the most celebrated writer in the English language of all time, Shakespeare continues to captivate new generations with plays full of wit, drama and action. Although those plays span countries and eras, there is plenty of insight and context to be gained from visiting the picturesque town of the playwright’s birth, and learning about his world. The house that he grew up in, and spent the early years of his adulthood, provides plenty of interesting material for discussion, while tours of his wife Anne Hathaway’s cottage offer a glimpse into another side of Shakespeare’s world – guided tours catering especially to primary school trips can be arranged. And, of course, there’s also the Royal Shakespeare Company, which offers regular productions of the plays, as well as an engaging programme of workshops with professional actors and directors – what better way to get children excited about drama?

Cadbury World

For the ultimate treat, organisers should definitely consider putting Cadbury World on their itineraries for primary school trips. The history of chocolate, and of the Cadbury company in particular, is a fascinating one, and discovering it at Cadbury World is a mouth-watering adventure. Students will have the chance to investigate the origins of chocolate in Central America, and trace its development through the ages, from the Aztec civilisation to the Victorians to today – as well as the opportunity to design their very own Cadbury’s chocolate bar.