Easter Holiday Adventures in Devon, Somerset and Torbay

Archived: Posted April 30, 2013

Core Assets Fostering - South WesternCore Assets Fostering South Western team were kept busy over the Easter half term hols, organising three family activity days for the whole of their area. Children and young person’s support worker, Steph, sent us this lovely round up letting us know how they got on…

“We bounced into the holiday with a Spring Safari around Stover Country Park. With miles of walks around a central lake, it’s been carefully planned to be fun and appeal to children of all ages.

Fun at Stover Country Park

We started off in the activity centre with lots of informative and educational interactive displays. The displays survived the enthusiasm of our young people and then we shepherded them out to the great outdoors! They had great fun – Stover is a really safe place for them to run free and enjoy themselves. They took great delight in playing hide and seek, racing around the aerial walk way that took them up into the trees, climbing on the purpose built carved wooden birds and animals and taking it in turns to sit in the giant wooden storytellers chair to tell a story or sing a song.

They were interested in the wildlife too (especially the extremely fat squirrels that loiter under the bird feeders) and had brought bread along to feed the ducks. We had a lovely group of carers, young people, birth children and support workers who laughed and played their way around the lake. We stopped for a picnic and managed to find a little patch of sunshine! The wind was cold and the response to my reassurances that it was ‘character building’ were not always positive!

We finished off the trip with a group invasion of the ice-cream van! The more hardy amongst us had an ice-cream whilst others opted for warming hot chocolate, coffee or soup.

Going Potty in Honiton

Next on our agenda was Going Potty in Honiton. One of our carers runs a Pottery and Milkshake Bar so off we went. And what fun we had! Young people tried their hand on the potter’s wheel, desperately trying to keep control of an un-cooperative lump of potter’s clay which developed a life of its own. However, under the guidance of expert hands the reluctant clay eventually complied and took on a pot-like shape! Some opted to paint a pre- cast piece of pottery which made it an original piece and personal to each young person; a mug with a heart for a carer, a commemorative plate for a brothers’ wedding and a pirate money box too!

Energy levels were kept topped up with either a milk shake made with real ice-cream (yum) or a special hot chocolate topped with a marshmallow and cream mountain. Again, this activity had a great mix of carers, looked after young people, birth children and support workers and it’s fair to say that everyone got on well and had fun.

A Great Atmosphere At Bristol

Our final trip was our big adventure to the hands-on science venue ‘At Bristol’ and what a great day it was. With 15 adults and 22 children and young people the atmosphere was fun from beginning to end. The young people were an absolute pleasure to be with and the behaviour on the coach and at ‘At Bristol’ was brilliant.

The excitement on the coach was palatable and they all looked out for the camels and the Running Man by the M5 and as we drew near there were lots of comments about the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the steam ship SS Brunel as they’d been on the television the night before! Everybody supported each other and enjoyed the multitudes of hands-on stuff available. Giant hamster (human) wheels that operated a water pumping system, hearing sound through your teeth, giant bubbles, the Planetarium where you travel through the solar system, cartoon making, digging for fossils…the list was endless and as ever, there just wasn’t enough time to do everything.

I can’t wait for May half term when we’ll be doing Forest Schools and a drumming workshop!”

Steph x

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