13 Nov 2014

Arnhem Update

I have just returned from an action packed couple of days in Arnhem finalising arrangements for the residential next week. With the recent drop in temperature, I have made a few changes to the proposed itinerary to ensure that children are not outside for lengthy periods and have incorporated a few new visits which are closer to our hostel.

With the trip taking place in the off-peak season, the Ape Sanctuary is no longer open to the public, so this has been replaced with a trip to Burgers’ Zoo. This zoo boasts the largest living coral reef in aquariums outside of Australia in its Ocean World, the largest waterfall in the Netherlands in Burgers’ Bush and the largest desert in Europe. 

We will also visit Arnhem 40-45 War Museum which is a unique personal collection of artefacts and memorabilia from the Second World War. The collection includes an extensive collection of weapons, motor vehicles and uniforms- each item telling its own story. The museum is also home to one of Adolf Hitler’s sofas amongst other interesting articles.

To ensure that we have a wet weather option, we will also be visiting Spilerij, a Dutch activity and exploration park. Inside a large hanger, children will take part in activities including printing, designing signs, metal work and crafts. Each child will make something that they can take home with them as well as making their own lunch. Outside, there are extensive grounds which have contraptions that the children can explore. It is a theme park that is powered by people- everything is manual.

I cannot stress enough the importance of sending your child with weather appropriate clothes. Layers are always a good option as we move between activities that are indoors and outdoors. Children will need comfortable footwear that is waterproof as well as hats, scarves and gloves. Please ensure that extra socks are provided for colder days.

I am really excited by the new amended itinerary and am sure that it will make for an even better trip than originally planned.

Should you have any questions, queries or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me or any of the Y5/6 team.

Kind Regards,

Miss Kinsey