Nothing beats the back-to-school blues like a bit of a treat for the class. So whether you're a teacher aiming to lift your form's spirits with something educational and inspirational, or a classmate who wants to organise a good time for everyone, take a look at our suggestions below.
Have a royal day out
A royal day in London might be just what the doctor ordered to solve those post-summer blues. The city is absolutely teeming with links to our beloved Queen Liz and her chums. Official residences in the city include Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, St James's Palace and a whole lot more besides. Even if you're more interested in venturing outside the capital, you'll find places all across the country that showcase the fantastic history of our beloved royal family. Windsor Castle is one such example.
Scream if you want to go faster
Nothing blows the cobwebs of the classroom away like a roller coaster. Arranging a trip to one of Britain's fantastic theme parks can remind students why it's worth turning up to school, and if you're a design or science teacher, you might be interested in taking them behind the scenes to look at the mechanics of some rides. The reliance on physics and special mechanisms is particularly fascinating. Between them, Thorpe Park, Alton Towers and Chessington World of Adventures offer some incredible rides that even challenge those behemoths in America for sheer impressiveness. Take Colossus, the UK's first ten-loop roller coaster, as an example. Oblivion at Alton Towers offers a drop thrill of 90 degrees, while Rameses Revenge sees riders drenched at Chessington World of Adventures.
Get into London's theatre scene
This isn't just one for the drama students. London's West End showcases myriad productions that between them reflect hundreds of themes worthy for discussion. Wicked, which is playing at the Apollo Victoria, talks about acceptance, propaganda and standing up for one's beliefs. Miss Saigon, meanwhile, offers an insight into the emotional impact of the Vietnamese-American war, even going as far as to remember the children who suffered in the country while the conflict was happening. Students of myriad subjects can appreciate the subject matter of various plays and musicals and there's plenty they can take away from these.
Chill out on the grass
Some school trips don't need a specific purpose or requirement - just some good bonding time. Take the students to one of the UK's most beautiful parks for a picnic on the grass for a low-cost trip that gets everyone talking again after the long summer holiday. Prepare some group games or even a bit of a sports day just to encourage some camaraderie. If you're quick, you can make the most of the UK's last bit of sun before the winter.
No matter what kind of day you choose to enjoy with your classmates or students, remember you can always get them there by booking a Kings Ferry coach to your destination.