Our trip to Winchester

On Wednesday 23rd June, we went to Winchester. It was fantastic! I must say, before this trip I really didn’t know anything about Winchester: to be honest it really wasn’t at the top of my priority list but, little did I know, it should have been!

On Wednesday morning we were all ready and set to head off. We got on to the coaches and began our journey. Finally, after around two and a half hours we arrived! As we drove in, I was blown away, it was nothing like I had expected: I knew it would be a nice area but I had no idea how just how nice!
You know when you see something and at just one glimpse and you instantly adore it, well that’s exactly how I felt when we made our way to the beautiful park. The grass was a perfect green, not one weed in sight, the gorgeous flowers rustled in the breeze. Their stunning detailed petals floated away, it was like a painting in a fairy-tale book – it was mesmerizing, oh and by the way we hadn’t even started the trip yet! We then split into our groups and started a treasure hunt, searching for different clues found in a booklet we had received about the history of Winchester.

We passed some incredible shops whilst looking for clues, made entirely of wood, and might I add everyone was so friendly. When we had a question about a place we needed to find, we asked a random person who looked pretty knowledgeable and a few seconds into the conversation she and the teacher were having a full blown chat!

Once we had finished our hunt we went back to the delightful park and had lunch there, and we even got some cute little keychains with a picture of Winchester on it! Back to the coach and on to the next place! At this point I had no idea where we were going but, if it was anything like the place before, I was very glad.

As we arrived there was no surprise to me that it was just as beautiful as the place before … if anything it was better! I then saw a sign saying ‘Jane Austen’s house’. Her real house! Wow! So that was awesome but you know what was even more awesome … we got to go in! As I entered I was astonished this place was absolutely delightful! We saw her room, her kitchen, her garden, let me just say that was very enchanting, we even saw her dining room and everything else in her house. It was all so old and most of the things were original, it was just amazing! After a really good look at her charming house, we started to head back.

Another two hours to get back and finally we arrived at school. I’m so glad I went: it was a trip I will never forget – I couldn’t wait to get home and tell everyone about it!

Thank you to Mrs Abecasis for organising this amazing trip and to all the staff who joined Year 7 and Year 8 to make the day such a success.

By Dinah Bernadout Year 8