Bakers Dolphin

Children from four Weston-Super-Mare schools recently boarded a Bakers Dolphin coach for a trip to Longleat Safari Park, courtesy of Rotary International and KidsOut.

Every year, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland joins up with charity, KidsOut, to take some 25,000 children on a day trip, either to the seaside, a theme park, adventure playground or zoo.

For around ten years, the Rotary Club of Weston-Super-Mare has taken a party of children from the resort to Longleat in Wiltshire.

Earlier this month, children from Windwhistle, Ashcombe, Bournville and Christchurch schools all enjoyed a fun-filled day out at the safari park.

The idea behind the scheme is to offer school trip experiences to those who may not always be able to afford trips or don’t have the access.

What did the trip involve?

The adventure began when the children boarded a 53-seater Bakers Dolphin tour coach, which took them all to Morrisons, where they enjoyed a full fried breakfast ahead of their big day.

More than 30 children went on the trip, accompanied by their teachers and six members of the Rotary Club. They were among 1,000 other children from Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, and the Swindon areas, who also enjoyed the KidsOut/Rotary Club experience.

They enjoyed all the delights Longleat has to offer, including a boat ride on the lake, where children could feed the sea lions, and many other attractions.

Then they were driven through the safari park so that they could enjoy a close encounter with the lions of Longleat, and many other animals.

Rotary Club member, Clive Morris, commented: “All the children have had some type of difficulty to face in their lives, and this day out is a way of giving them a fun day to remember.

“The coach was nothing like a normal school bus. It felt very new and was a nice and comfortable Mercedes. The facilities on board were excellent, which really helped make the day such a success.

“Bakers Dolphin have always provided an excellent service to us on these special days, and this year was no exception.”

Bakers Dolphin sales and marketing director, Amanda Harrington, said: “We have been involved in these Rotary Club days for many years, and it’s always a pleasure to be part of an enjoyable day out for some local children who really deserve it.”

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