A visit to Stone


Mrs Parry took a minibus of international pupils to her home town, Stone, this weekend. It is a picturesque town with a pedestrianised high street and some lovely Georgian buildings. The River Trent and the Trent and Mersey Canal both run through the town.

We were lucky enough to have a trip on one of the narrowboats on the canal. The ‘Sir Thomas Brocklebank’ took us gently along the canal, while we listened to a bit about the history of the canal system in Great Britain. We passed through two locks, watching the mechanism of the gates and the falling water. We couldn’t believe that you could change the level of a boat so much.

We had some lovely food in a restaurant next to the canal, then we all went to the bustling Farmers’ Market which was set up on the high street. There were many market stalls with an incredible array of different products: wonderful local food and drink as well as some international samples. There were also lots of examples of British craftwork and artisan skills.

The town was very busy because the annual Food and Drink Festival was being held in Westbridge Park. We didn’t go to any of the displays or demonstrations because we did not have much time in the town. Instead we were very happy to have just enough time to go to the supermarket and stock up on our favourite staples before getting back to school in time for supper.

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