The beauty of modern technology is that we can see any part of the world from anywhere at any time, perfect for today’s uncertain climate. So until normal travel resumes, we will have to rely on technology to transport us to other countries.
Each week we’ll be putting together a digital tour of our best destinations which you and your students can explore from anywhere! These resources are easy to share with your students and aim to help bring learning to life and support their learning as they cover topics at home.
This week, we’re travelling all the way down the country to the beautiful English county of Cornwall! Home to iconic attractions and hidden treasures, this peninsula combines wild moorlands and sandy beaches making it a perfect tourist destination.
All aboard the coach departing a virtual school trip to CORNWALL!
The Eden Project is one of Cornwall’s most popular and distinctive attractions. Nestled in a crater, the breath-taking and unique centre is made up of two Biome buildings - the Rainforest Biome and the Mediterranean Biome – which together house the largest rainforest in captivity, beautiful plants, and exhibitions. This charity connects humanity to the living world and explores how we can work together towards a better and more sustainable future. This visit can be tailored to students of all ages and fascinating workshops on climate change and sustainability are available. There’s a whole world to discover in each biome surrounded by rolling Cornish landscape making this an unmissable destination.
FUN FACT: During the building of the Biomes, a record-breaking amount of scaffolding was used – 230 miles and they got into the Guinness Book of Records for it. (source)
Uncovered in 1992, this magnificent botanical garden had been lost beneath the overgrowth since the outbreak of World War One. A chance discovery of a door led to these gardens being unearthed and restored to the current glory we see today. The impressive garden is home to various plant species, intriguing sculptures and ancient woodlands and so students can get lost in a wealth of mystery and history. Heligan has over 200 acres of paradise to explore all nestled into a 19th century estate that has stood the test of time and retained its beauty. The Heligan Estate remains home to traditional animal breeds and ancient pasture and the gardens will transport you back to a bygone era.
FUN FACT: It was a hurricane in 1990 that holds the key to the restoration of these gardens. Buried under fallen masonry, a hidden room was discovered in the corner of one of the walled gardens with the names of all the workers listed under the date of August 1914 which spurred people on to tell the story of these workers. (Source)
The Minack is a breath-taking open-air theatre, perched upon the top of rocky cliffs with an outstanding oceanic view. It is a theatrical experience like no other. Blending the natural beauty of the Cornish landscape with man-made elements of theatre design, this theatre is spectacularly unique. One can imagine the powerful waves crashing onto the rocks below providing a wonderful backdrop and adding to the electric atmosphere of an already brilliant experience. Students will be amazed by this stunning attraction and can use their imaginations to be transported to this unforgettable world.
FUN FACT: Rowena Cade bought the Minack headland for £100 in the early 1920s and offered a theatre company the use of her cliff garden to stage a production. She and some helpers built the theatre mostly by hand. Most of the structures are concrete mixed with sand which she carried up the cliff in sacks by herself. (Source)
This popular tourist attraction has inspired many stories and works of art and has fascinated people throughout the ages. The most westerly point of mainland England offers amazing far reaching views of the Atlantic Ocean, and sometimes even of the Scilly Isles! The breadth of Land’s End’s history plays a large part in its continuing appeal and so the site attracts more that 500,00 visitors annually. A legendary place for keen wildlife watchers with gannets and razorbills aplenty, students may even be lucky enough to glimpse grey seals or basking sharks in the waters below! In spring and summer, the cliff tops are a haven for flora as gorse, heather and sea campion bloom. This attraction is just feet away from a Visitor Centre Complex which hosts a wealth of educational experiences such as Arthur’s Quest and a 4D experience of a shipwreck. The nearby sandy beaches beautifully round off this experience making it a must-visit.
FUN FACT: Land’s End was formed around 270 million years ago when a mass of boiling granite forced its way through overlying soft surface rocks resulting in a roughly circular granite dome (one of four) to form the backbone of Cornwall, Land’s End Peninsula. (Source)
This wonderful marine conservation site is situated on the southern tip of Cornwall and is perfect for students of all ages to engage with rescued marine animals and learn of the important work that the sanctuary does, rescuing and rehabilitating (where possible) animals particularly seals. They typically look after around 70 seal pups each season who have been rescued for various reasons and students are able see up close the work that is being done. The sanctuary also provides a permanent home for those marine animals who cannot be returned to the wild. The sanctuary offers downloadable resources to continue your learning in the classroom, they offer workbooks on aquatic food-chains, eco-systems, and marine conservation.
FUN FACT: Some species of seals have evolved the ability to hold their breath for up to two hours and dive to depths of more than 6,500 feet to look for food. (Source)
This museum is the perfect place for students to discover and study the work of one of Britain’s most important twentieth-century artists. The museum and garden are full of bronze, stone and wood statues as well as paintings, drawings, and archive material. She lived and worked in Trewyn studios, now home to this museum. Upon her death, following her wish to establish her home and studio as a museum of her work, much of her remaining work was placed in the care of the Tate Gallery in 1980. The garden itself is designed by Hepworth and many of the bronze statues remain in the same positions that the artist herself placed them.
FUN FACT: Hepworth was made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1958 and a DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1965. (Source)
That brings today’s virtual trip to a close, we hope you have enjoyed exploring Cornwall’s amazing attractions. These are but a few of our available excursions during a visit to Cornwall, we have so much more on offer! Please check out our website to discover more wonderful things to do! Check back on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for our next virtual trip!
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