On Sunday, we hosted our inaugural Afternoon in the Valley which was by all accounts a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

The weather was on our side and the sunlit valley fields provided the perfect setting for a fun-packed afternoon. We welcomed families past, present and future as well as old and new friends from our local community. An opening Jazz Quartet and our talented Pipe Band were the musical backdrop to a host of activities, including clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing and our very own Adventure Club and Forestry Club. Meanwhile, our newly installed equestrian arena was busy all afternoon with show jumping lessons led by the School's Equestrian Co-ordinator, Eliz Cook and our Equestrian Team Coach, Ann Sibsey. Children were transfixed with the restored Land Rovers, tractors and vintage cars on display. Perhaps the only sight to rival their attention were the beagles, and it was hard to see whether it was the beagles or the children who enjoyed romping around the field most. After everyone had enjoyed a refreshing Ampleforth cider, a delicious burger (cooked by the Fabulous Fish and Meat Company) and an ice cream, they gathered to watch and take part in our dog competition, featuring three wonderfully inventive categories; Waggiest Tail, Best Paw Shaker and Glorious Golden Oldie. Congratulations to the winning dogs, Winston, Daisy and Sharon, and to all who took part. 

A huge thank you must go to everyone who worked so tirelessly in putting together such a wonderful afternoon and we can't wait to host the next one! 

If you would like to learn more about the wonderful country sports and opportunities available here at Ampleforth College, why not join us for our Open Morning on Saturday 28th September?  Please click here to book your place. We hope to see you soon.