Manchester Trip May 2015 
Six of our P7 class recently went to Manchester along with P7 pupils from Cortamlet P.S. and Lisnadill P.S. 
After an early start, meeting at The Commons at 4.30 a.m. on Tuesday 26th May, we headed to Belfast to catch the boat to Cairnryan. A long trip to Manchester was broke up with a stop at Gretna Outlet Village and then a stop at the Lakes Aquarium in the Lake District. 
When we arrived at the hotel, we were checked in and got our dinner before a walk to a local park where the children all mixed well, playing football and throwing an American Football around. This after a long day’s travelling led to a lot of tired people that night. 
On Wednesday we had another early start as we headed straight to Chester Zoo after our breakfast. Chester Zoo was fantastic, with the children particularly liking the Fruit Bat section where we all walked through a dark building in which the bats were free to fly around! 
After our lunch we headed to Old Trafford, home of Manchester United F.C. Not everyone was excited by this prospect, especially Kristian West who supports Liverpool. We got some time in the museum, before getting a guided tour of the stadium, which included sitting in the substitutes’ seat. 
After dinner that evening we had a short walk across the road to the swimming pool which was opposite our hotel and we finished the night getting snacks out of the local Morrisons. 
Thursday was probably most people’s favourite day as we headed out early to Alton Towers in Staffordshire. Some of our pupils were fearless going on two of the biggest rollercoasters in the park, Nemesis and Oblivion. Other rides which the pupils enjoyed included The Run Away Mine Train, Duel, Blade and Hex. 
That evening we headed to Wigan Ten Pin Bowling before our last night in the hotel. 
On our last morning we had a little bit of a lie in with breakfast served at 7.45 a.m. with our final visit of the trip being Legoland at the Trafford Centre. The pupils enjoyed all the models which were on display with the mechanical model of the Oblivion rollercoaster getting a lot of attention. Much of the time was spent in the large play area but a highlight of the visit was the 4D cinema which included some effects to make the movie even more realistic! 
On our way home we stopped again at the Gretna Outlet Village to do some shopping. It’s safe to say that the Cadbury’s shop was a big a favourite! 
We returned home to Newtownhamilton around 11 p.m. that evening with a lot of tired children who were excited to tell everyone about their week away. 
Thanks goes to Greig Savage, Principal of Lisnadill Primary School for organising the trip and Mr Andrews for accompanying our P7 pupils and looking after them so well. 

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