We started off by visiting SeaQuarium in Rhyl - the children were interested to see all kinds of marine life and to be able to touch some creatures as well! After this, we explored Conwy Castle - the towers, staircases, rooms and turrets were all investigated with great eagerness! It was incredibly high up, and there were great views of the bay and town below. We enjoyed watching a multimedia art installation showing different aspects of life in the castle through animated images in a fireplace.
After settling in at the hostel and having evening meal, we spent the evening on the beach having fun playing volleyball, paddling in the sea and making sand (and clay!) beach sculptures. A very packed and enjoyable first day!
We ventured to Snowdon and began with a visit to the dramatic and massive-scaled hydro-electric power station at Dinorwyg, 'Electric Mountain'. We walked to nearby Dolbadarn Castle and explored the ruined tower that once defended the valley. After this we travelled up by train to the summit of Snowdon. The children really noticed the change in atmosphere and temperature at the top of the mountain, and were impressed by the views from the train and the summit. We were fortunate to have clear views from the top - an exhilarating experience!
In the evening we ventured up to the Ski Village in Llandudno for snotubing, tobogganing and golf - probably the highlight of the trip so far. Lots of excitement and adventure as the children sledged down the lower part of the ski slope in the snotubes, travelled down the bobsled toboggan run and achieved a 'hole in one' several times on the miniature golf course.
We left the warm sunshine behind and went underground, first to experience life as a Victorian slate miner and learn just how hard it was to hand-drill through rock in the pitch dark for a few pence wages a week. We then continued our underground adventure at Zip World Bounce Below - another abandoned slate mine but this time equipped with slides, trampolines and net tunnels. This has become the new highlight of the week, as the children loved bouncing and chasing around in the dramatic setting of the 300ft deep cavern. All very hot and exhausted when we emerged into the sunshine!
Another glorious day - this time we walked up to Aber Falls, where we saw the stunning waterfall. We created a natural measuring metre-stick and took river measurements which we will use to draw the profile of the river bed back at school. A floating apple enabled us to record the average flow rate of the water at different parts of the river course. In the late afternoon we returned to Llandudno beach, walked along the Victorian pier and created some great sand sculptures - a race against time as the tide crept in!
On the way home, we visited Techniquest Glyndwr in Wrexham. The children had a great time exploring hands-on science activities and experiments, followed by a Lego coding workshop. A super end to the week's activities!