Our first activity was going back in time and dressing as medieval Cistercian monks for our Day in the Life of a Monk workshop. So effective did we look with our habits and hoods, that we caused quite a bit of excitement in another visiting school group who thought that the monks were back!
The children learned a huge amount about Fountains Abbey in medieval times, but also engaged very well and asked insightful questions.
After lunch we drove through Studley Royal deer park and were lucky enough to see a large group of deer very close to the road. We then visited the Georgian Water Gardens, and the children enjoyed the opportunity to scare each other in the Serpentine Tunnel, tried to sit on every bench they saw, and did show an appreciation of the views over these wonderful gardens.
All in all, a super day out, much helped by the expertise and kindness of the various National Trust staff.