As part of a school project, youngsters from Cramlington Village Primary School were thrilled to experience an expedition to Ocean Pleasure Beach, South Shields recently.
The school secured exclusive access to the park for the entire day and enjoyed the rides in their bubbles to ensure that everything ran seamlessly within Covid guidelines.
The visit was part of a school topic on ‘Can we be fairground experts’ which encouraged them to think what rides and attractions they would create.
Principal, Debbie Wylie, said: “It was a delight to see the children’s faces as they whirled, drove, swung, whizzed, slid and overloaded their senses at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park in South Shields as part of our themed topic on ‘Can we be fairground experts?’.
"A million out of ten was the scoring for the day, and the children were filled with enthusiasm talking about it thereafter.”
She added: “The sun shone all day, we managed a great deal from Layla’s ice creams which gave us an unexpected ice cream treat, and the team of staff at the rides diligently made sure that rides were kept safe for us on every level.
“A huge thanks to our own staff in supporting the children to enjoy their day, to the staff at Ocean Pleasure Beach and to Howard Snaith Coaches who reorganised some of their schedules and drivers to arrive an hour later so the children had an extra hour to enjoy an amazing day.”
The school has been among those impacted over the last 14 months due to the pandemic, with a number of events cancelled.
A school spokesperson added: “As a school, pupils have missed broadening their children’s experiences with trips like this and have plans for Year 4 to visit Robinwood for a residential trip in July and Years 5 and 6 have been offered the opportunity to visit London for a three day residential trip also in July.
"The response to the trips has been overwhelmingly positive and the children and staff are looking forward to the attractions and experiences both trips will offer.”