This year Earthsea travelled to Thirsk in North Yorkshire for our annual Community Holiday, undeterred by the unseasonably wet August weather. The children were delighted to discover that the cabins where we were staying each boasted a hot tub and it’s safe to say these were well used throughout the week! The cabins were set around a beautiful ornamental pond, frequented by plenty of ducks and ducklings who were very well fed by the end of the week thanks to the children.

The week comprised of plenty of adventures followed by some well-deserved R&R. We enjoyed a trip to nearby Stockeld Park, exploring the enchanted forest walk and hidden play parks, jumping pillows, pedal karts and the magical maze. The children split off into smaller groups to learn about the historical Mother Shipton and her famous cave and they also go to visit the Yorkshire Air Museum.

A definite highlight of the week was our visit to the Treetop Nets attraction in Ripon. A fun, outdoor adventure park with giant, bouncy nets suspended amongst the treetops. All that bouncing worked up an appetite and was followed by a delicious dinner out at a local Thirsk restaurant.

The sun came out for our final day and we spent the day at the Light Water Valley theme park. The children loved all the rides and games, enjoyed a picnic lunch and ice creams for dessert.

Finally, a quick pit stop on the way home took us to the York Chocolate Factory. Needless to say, this went down a treat! The children got to make their own chocolate lollies before setting back off back home to Earthsea.