On Thursday 8th August 2019 Way Yin’s members, ETE learners, Motiv8 participants and families from the Manchester Maya Project visited Chatsworth House in the Peak District. The group travelled in two coaches from the Welcome Centre in Cheetham Hill and the Dr Sylvia Sham Centre in Manchester city centre.
We were very lucky as the weather was absolutely beautiful which meant that we were able to spend a lot of time exploring the beautiful gardens on foot and by the land train. We saw all the famous features, including the amazing Emperor Fountain and the Cascade, and we also ate a lot of ice creams!
Inside the house, we explored in smaller groups, learning about the history of Chatsworth and the families who have lived there since it was founded in 1553 by Bess of Hardwick. We used the audio guides and talked to the attendants, all of whom were very knowledgeable, to find out about the paintings and furnishings in each of the rooms, as well as learning about the royals, politicians and celebrities who have visited the house over the years.
For the children, Chatsworth had a trail for them to complete as part of their celebration of the dog event. Youngsters were able to find the dogs in each room and collect cards as they went around the house. Our children, and many of the adults, had a huge amount of fun with this activity.
Our group were also able to complete the Wai Yin’s own quiz about history of Chatsworth as they explored the house and gardens.
The feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic with lots of comments about how much they had enjoyed the trip.
Participants described their favourite parts of the day, what they enjoyed most, and for many, how much the trip had helped them with making new friends, learning new things and building their confidence.