A fairy glade, fungi and fun in the sun

With the Year 5 and 6 pupils away at Bewerley, our Years R to 4 enjoyed a fairy glade, fungi and fun in the sun at fabulous Falling Foss. We left May Beck in glorious sunshine, 17 excited children and two just as excited dogs. On our way along the trail we spotted a wonderful Fly Agaric mushroom before arriving at the ‘Gruffalo Wood’ for a very competitive game of hide and seek amongst the trees. Next stop was the beautiful ‘Fairy Glade’, with its fairy door and bridges perfect for pooh sticks (when the water in the beck is a bit higher); it really is a magical place. By lunchtime, everyone was ready for a wonderful picnic lunch, provided by Jack and Steph at Falling Foss Tea Garden, with time afterwards for a play in the play area of course. After lunch Jack surprised us with a very kind gift of a butter churner, paddles and dish, which the children are going to put to good use making their own butter and serving it up at ‘Anything can happen club’ next week.

As if that wasn’t enough excitement, there were even a couple of trolls under the bridge on the way back to May Beck! We all had a great time, and the trip was a reminder of how lucky we are to have such a wonderful place on our doorstep. Thank you to Jack and Steph at Falling Foss Tea Garden for putting on such a fabulous spread and for making us feel so welcome, and to Miss Anders, Head Matron, and Olivia, Head Girl, for coming along to help and being such excellent trolls. What better way to spend the day than with a fairy glade, fungi and fun in the sun?

Karen Richardson, Junior School Teacher