2006 April


We set off from the new bus stop in Llidiart y Parc at 9.30 a.m. on Monday March 20th . The children from Caer Drewyn School, Corwen and their teachers were already on the bus and those from Llantysilio were to join us in Llangollen.

We had all been looking forward to our Cardiff trip for weeks and planned what to take with us - plenty of sweets to last for three days!

Our first stop was for lunch in a picnic area near Hereford while Dave, our bus driver had his break and then on to the Big Pit in Blaenafon for a real adventure. Wearing helmets and lights we went down 300 feet in a big cage. Our guide explained all about the miners’ life underground and how children no older than ourselves had to work pushing coal trams and carrying coal. We saw the stables at the bottom of the pit shaft were the pit ponies spent their lives when they were not working pulling the coal trams. It was a very exciting experience until our guide put out all the lights and we experienced total darkness.

Leaving Big Pit we headed for the Urdd Centre in Cardiff Bay and were eager to see the bedrooms where we were to stay for two nights. Our visit included a tour of the new Millennium Centre with its fantastic Concert Hall where many famous people have performed and we went into the Dressing Rooms which had been used by Will Young and Il Divo for the Royal Variety Show. Following the tour we were welcomed by Hywel, our Urdd host, had supper and then went Ten Pin Bowling in the nearby complex. We collapsed into our beds at ten o’clock after a long exciting day and quickly fell asleep.

The following day started with a full cooked breakfast before travelling to Saint Fagan, the Welsh Folk Museum. We toured the different houses, the Victorian School, the Cockpit which had once been in Denbigh, the Celtic Village and the House of the Future. Lunch was provided by the Urdd which we ate under cover because of the bitterly cold wind. Our return to the Urdd Centre was via Asda where some of the children ‘needed’ more sweets before the evening trip. We had a rest in our rooms before supper and then it was off to the cinema to see the Pink Panther. Afterwards it was back to the Centre for a Disco organised by Hywel who taught us the Urdd dance and played a lot of our favourite music. After yet another tiring day we were certainly ready for bed! Next day’s breakfast was at 8.30 as we were off to the Senedd which was just across the road from our accommodation. Karen Sinclair, our local AM gave us a talk about what happens at the Senedd and took us on a tour of the new building to show us where everything goes on. We also met Janet Ryder who answered all our questions. After the tour we walked around Cardiff Bay, returned to the centre for lunch and then it was back on the bus for our journey home, where we finally arrived at 6.30 p.m. after having the time of our lives.

And the Firsts? We are the first schools from Denbighshire to stay at the Urdd Centre and the first from North Wales to visit our new Senedd.

Year 5 & 6 pupils.

Carrog School at the Welsh Assembly

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