What a fantastic trip we had today!
The trip started with a tour around the house. We split into two groups and spent time in each of the rooms open to the public. The younger children particularly enjoyed the kitchen and looking at the servant bells, and had lots of very interesting questions. We agreed that we did not think we would like to have worked in the kitchen in the Tudor times as it would have been very hot and stuffy! Our guides were very interesting and told us all about the different people who had lived in the house and royalty who had visited in the past. They were very impressed with the children's ability to recognise Kings and Queens in their portraits!
After our tour we went and sat under the trees to eat our lunch, before Miss Bevins organised a game of ice and fire for those who finished quickly. Then it was time to visit the sculpture garden. We didn't have much time here, as we were keen to get to the Garden of Surprises, but we enjoyed seeing some of the abstract sculptures and also the sculptures of some animals. There was time to play on the maze too.
Mrs Davis asked us not to get too wet in the Garden of Surprises, but it was very hard to resist! It was exciting not knowing where the water was going to come from, and to be able to run through the fountains. It didn't matter when the rain started, as we were already quite wet!
It was then time to return to school for dry clothes, hot chocolate and a snack.
A great time was had by all, and the staff were very impressed with the behaviour of the children and the pertinent questions that they asked on the tour of the house. Thank you to Burghley for having us, and thank you to all the staff for supervising what was, in the words of two children, 'the best day of my life so far'!