Day Nine – Stratford-Upon-Avon and Blenheim Palace
It was a sunny, warm day for our trip to Stratford-upon-Avon and Blenheim Palace. We explored Stratford in groups in the morning, taking a walk through the medieval market town that is Shakespeare’s birthplace. Our walk began at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, went along the river passing the Swan Theatre and the Other Theatre to arrive at the Holy Trinity Church – the site of Shakespeare’s baptism and burial alongside his wife and eldest daughter. Later on, we passed the home of the same daughter and her husband – Hall’s Croft – as well as the Kind Edward VI School where he was educated and New Place, where his house used to stand. We visited his birthplace and walked through the rooms he grew up in. Outside we were treated to Shakespearean actors performing scenes from his works.
We had a shorter journey to Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill. The students explored the beautiful gardens, some choosing to venture out to the cascades, others walking or taking the miniature train to get to the Pleasure Gardens. Many chose to attempt the Marlborough Maze or visit the Butterfly House. To complete the relaxing afternoon, we tried various English staples at the café, such as a slice of Victoria Sponge Cake or Lemon Drizzle.
Tomorrow will be another on-campus day where the students will continue learning to play hockey, tennis, and rounders. There will also be art sessions and workshops on Bath and Stonehenge!