Pupils from Caen Community Primary School in Braunton visited the Museum of British Surfing recently to give our new children’s activities a thorough testing!
Teacher Helen Robinson said: “As we have many keen surfers in our school, the children were interested to visit the new national surfing museum. We have been working on persuasive writing and decided to see what was on offer, so we could write reviews to post on the internet.”
“The children were intrigued by the stories of huge waves and enjoyed looking at the history of the surfboards. There were plenty of activities to keep them busy, with a photo trail quiz, ‘feely boxes’ exploring the environmental impact of pollution on our local beaches and a ‘design a surfboard’ competition. Many thanks to the staff for giving us the opportunity to explore and to inspire our school project.”
25 pupils and four teachers took part in the visit. Students Isaac Stephenson and Cas Lay wrote this review: “Our whole class went to an astonishing historic surf museum in Braunton. We thought it was a pleasure to have seen the surfboard that Prince Edward Windsor rode on.”
“There’s lots of interesting information all around the walls about how surfboards have evolved over the years. There are many things for kids including a fun pinball machine, challenging photo trail and ‘whats in the box game’. There was also a competition to design the most attractive surf board and at the end of the year the best will be made into a real board. It is a great place to visit!”
The Museum of British Surfing has special rates for group visits from schools and colleges – click here for details.
Children’s activities at the museum include our ‘spotter’s trail’ and unique ‘feely boxes’ – a bit like a ‘celebrity jungle’ challenge where you put your hands into tubes to discover what should and shouldn’t be on our beaches! It’s part of our local environment display supported by the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Surfers Against Sewage.