Summer term is nearly over, and as a teacher, you're likely looking for a way to reward the kids after a long year of studying. You've got the entirety of the holidays to do this, admittedly - after a pile of marking, no doubt - but just in case you're getting ahead of yourself, here are some great ideas for trips that will give them [the] children an exciting start to the new term.
The London Dungeons
Not just a fun day out but educational, too. The London Dungeons is a spooktacular attraction that has recently moved from its established base in London Bridge to a completely new venue on the South Bank. As a result, you can expect scares and surprises aplenty. All the old favourites are back, including the backwards-in-the-dark boat trip to Traitor's Gate, Demon Barber Sweeney Todd and his partner in crime Mrs Lovett, and also London's rat-infested streets where the Black Death stalks.
It's all wickedly funny and the children will get a history lesson thrown in as well.
Stratford Upon Avon
Continuing the educational theme, take a trip to Stratford Upon Avon, birthplace of our beloved Bard. Once upon a time, Shakespeare traipsed around this little village, thinking up incredible plays and helping out with his father's tannery business. Getting the children out of London is a great thing to do and they'll thank you for the fresh air. In Stratford, the Bard's plays are also regularly performed, so it might be a great opportunity for the kids to see their first Shakespeare play.
Dispensing entirely with the educational approach, Britain has a whole host of great theme parks that will get the adrenaline pumping for anyone. For younger kids, Chessington World of Adventures is generally considered to be the go-to option. Its plethora of rides suited for toddlers and teens provides great variety, while older thrillseekers will still find plenty of action in hardcore attractions such as Rameses Revenge. Even the log flume packs a punch. Thorpe Park is the place to be if you're taking older students, while Alton Towers is generally considered the venue for those who have absolutely no fear whatsoever. Fantastic stuff.
Considered the cultural lap of England, London is renowned for its glittering museums, which range from the enormous and extensive British Museum to the small and intimate Crime Museum in New Scotland Yard. All are fascinating places to spend a day, while others are downright odd (the Geffrye Museum in Hackney, for example, displays various home interiors from as early as the 17th century, while the Greenwich Fan Museum is the only attraction in the world dedicated entirely to fans). In all, the children are sure to have a rich and varied cultural experience. Take them out for an ice cream or a dinner afterwards and you've got a real treat in London.