Year 6 Llangrannog Trip

For those of you who live in Wales you will immediately know what this Year 6 Llangrannog Trip post is all about. Llangrannog is an Urdd camp in West Wales where children from all over Wales visit to polish their Welsh language skills and roll around in mud. I went there when I was 11 years old, my husband went there when he was 11 years old, my eldest two daughters went when they were 11 years old…..are you getting the picture? It’s a rite of passage for Welsh kids.

 

So, we packed off our youngest a few weekends ago. This is how it went!

Year 6 Llangrannog Trip – the low down

As usual the kids set off buzzing with excitement and anticipation with a few anxious faces thrown into the mix. Suitcases big enough to serve a family of three heading off for a fortnight on the Costa Del Sol were dragged across the yard and hauled into the boot. Irritation was expressed because there was already another school on the bus who had nabbed the back seats. But on the whole enthusiasm was not dampened and they headed off.

Year 6 Llangrannog Trip

This marked the end of 48 hours of ‘packing’ and me trying to decide if I could actually be bothered to label every item of clothing or if I would just risk it. No, I couldn’t be bothered and yes, I risked it. I had my reasons. In my experience, there can be many last-minute substitutions to the pile of clothes that are being packed. You run the risk of being left with a pile of carefully labelled clothes which never actually made it through to the final selection whilst their unlabelled team mates get to go on tour!

There were frantic final messages between parents and urban myths regarding ‘pillow cases’ (I could have sworn they needed one but it wasn’t on the list) and mobile phones. You pop the ‘maximum’ amount of £10 into a labelled purse in the full knowledge that you will never see it again and will be presented with some sort of rubber and a bouncy ball when they get back. The rest will have been spent on sweets.

Parents faced the annual dilemma of balancing compliance with the ‘take old clothes because they will get ruined’ advice with ‘I’m in Year 6 and don’t want to look a complete mess’ which is fair enough. Thanks to the mud course (which sounded like hell on earth to me but went down a treat with the kids) most of the clothes came back damp and screwed up in a bin liner that I had cleverly remembered to pop in the suitcase.  I was feeling slightly smug about this up until the point that I was informed that I’d forgotten to send her with a waterproof coat! I did leave the house with it, I’m certain, but lost it somewhere between the car and the classroom. Luckily the weather was kind so it was not needed on this particular Year 6 Llangrannog Trip.

Parents waited for three quarters of an hour outside the school so that we could be largely ignored by the kids as they climbed on the bus. Whoever invented tinted windows for buses has clearly never waved a child off on a school trip. We just about managed to spot our kid’s if their faces were pressed up against the glass and parents with kids in aisle seats had no chance! The kids were a bit more pleased to see us after we’d spent another three quarters of an hour waiting for their return and looked only slightly less exhausted than the teachers.

 

We were regaled with tales of sleepless nights, horses breaking wind, mud baths, the infamous great wall of Llangrannog (which was successfully traversed) and shown the bruises to prove that she was there. It’s safe to say that she had an amazing time on her Year 6 Llangrannog Trip

Thank you Llangrannog. Or should I say “Diolch yn fawr!” …………..see it’s working already!

 

  30 comments for “Year 6 Llangrannog Trip

  1. July 9, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Got to love the trip money where you just know they come back with complete and utter tat. I will have to ask my husband about this as he grew up in South Wales. My daughter is off on her year 6 trip on Tuesday to London. A night away in the capital to watch The Lion King and Pizza Express. Nope not jealous at all x
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    • July 13, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      Ah thanks Tracey. Yes I bet if he grew up in South Wales he went. Hop your daughter has a fab time in London xx

  2. Karen, the next best thing to mummy
    July 9, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    I used to visit my grandparents in North Wales when I was a child, it is a beautiful place, all of my grand friends referred to me as Carrad, which I thought was welsh for my name, Karen, it wasn’t until years later that I learnt it is a term of endearment!

  3. July 11, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Your posts always make me want to come back to the UK! You could have made a little TV drama on this post, I didn’t want it to end!
    #TweenTeensBeyond
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  4. July 11, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    I recently rewatched the Lindsay Lohan film Parent Trap and your post reminded me of it. Sounds like so much fun.
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  5. July 11, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    A rite of passage like this one sounds so much fun! When you say year 6, is that just before they start Form 1? I vaguely remember that from my schooling in the IGCSE system. Gosh, that’s too long ago!

    But an overnight trip away with friends sounds so thrilling. It also looks like your daughter had an absolutely fun time 🙂
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  6. July 11, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    That first picture looks like a postcard! I admit I paused when I read that the money was spent on a rubber. That must mean something different in Wales than it does here in the U.S., where a rubber=condom, LOL!
    Good point about the tinted windows on the bus preventing you from seeing your child. Hmph to that!

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  7. July 11, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    This seems like a fun tradition and even more interesting since each one of you has been there. Looks like your daughter had a really good time. Wish I had something like this in India.
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  8. July 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Sounds like the perfect trip to me mud runs, pillow cases, sweets and bouncy balls! I’m off on ours in September I hope the weather is also kind. #TweensTeensBeyond
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  9. July 12, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Round here there’s a similar trip to a PGL camp – lots of wall climbing, abseiling, tree-top scrambling activities and such. Youngest went twice – in year 5 she was nervous before but thought it great fun, in yr 6 she was more prepared but didn’t enjoy it so much. I rather wish we’d has something like it when I was young!
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  10. July 12, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Oh how wonderful that your children get to experience a memory from your childhood too. Just wonderful! Oh and you describe the child wave off so well – why do we even do it?! Also, just love their stories when they return – priceless! #TweensTeensBeyond
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  11. July 12, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Don’t you just love the year 6 trips?? I remember the same dilemma -do I pack old tracksuits or visit the charity shop as advised? no way, said my 2! I’m not wearing that! Well any clothes came back in a bin liner covered in mud (as promised) but they had the best time. ever. My 2 went to Wales too and loved it (although no welsh spoken sadly) Lovely post and so great to see that you and hubbie went too! #TweenTeensbweyond
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  12. July 14, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I love that it’s a such a tradition and you’ve all been there! It sounds remarkably like my own daughter’s year 6 trip, which was also in Wales, but not Welsh language of course! All three of my kids did the same trip (as they’re only five school years apart), but it’s not a tradition for all schools, just our school! Now it’s nearly time for the leavers’ assembly…
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  13. July 14, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    The Tubblet really enjoyed her year 6 trip, although it was weird without her in the house. It’s a lovely idea 🙂

  14. July 15, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Oh this brought back so many happy memories and made me laugh out loud. My daughter’s year 6 trip involved going to Scotland and climbing a mountain with an overnight stay in a tent. I spent a small fortune buying the necessary outdoor trousers as we were told jeans were not suitable for climbing/getting wet etc for her to come back and tell me she had lent them to someone else who for some bizarre reason had only gone with shorts and she had worn jeans which of course got wet and were really uncomfortable. Oh my days. Livid doesn’t describe my reaction. That aside I have found over the years the black bin liner is an essential component of any school trip. Glad she had a great time and has the bruises to show for it. #TweensTeensBeyond
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  15. July 16, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    My eldest went on the year 5 trip to a PGL camp back in October last year and like you, I gave up labelling every single item of clothing – I figured she was old enough to know her own clothes. Mind you saying that she did manage to chuck out her spare pair of trainers as for some reason they were in the same bag as her packed lunch on the first day! She’s off to france in year 6 so that’s a really exciting one. Wales sounds awesome and she obviously had an amazing time. Special times these primary school trips and memories they’ll hold dear for life. #TweensTeensBeyond
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  16. July 17, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Oh I remember my year 6 trip so well and you have more or less summed it up there (not that we went to Wales). It was so exciting and everything about it seemed SO important at the time, especially the wardrobe, despite it being an adventure holiday. I love how both you and your husband have done the same trip, you’ll be able to share so many memories. I hope it is a tradition that keep on. #tweenteensbeyond

  17. July 17, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    All Year 6 trips are to Wales!! Trewern for us last year and I can very much agree with everything you have said. I howled at the tinted windows because we could not see a single kid as we stood waiting for the coach to depart, waving merrily for 45 minutes to no one in particular!! The kids, of course have no idea that you cannot see them! I think they do this in case they are all crying, Sharon. It saves the parents having to go away with a heavy heart. A fabulous experience for all and I love that they do it. Very character building for them isn’t it. And us – when presented with the return bag of mud #tweensteensbeyond

  18. July 17, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Aawww yr 6 trips always went down a storm here,they all had such a great time!!! Can’t believe the youngest will be doing it in just two years…. I’m not ready!!! #tweensteensbeyond
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