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CMSS take Blackpool Pleasure Beach

"All creatives are thrill seekers at heart..."

Studio school students took a short day trip to Blackpool Pleasure beach during the Easter half term. Organised by student ambassadors the trip was bound to be a success. This is what the students got up to on a day of rollercoaster extravaganz!

On Tuesday 29th March 2016 a number of students took a trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach for a day of rollercoasters, sweet treats and sea air. Although it was a drizzly day everyone was in high spirits when the coach finally rolled round the corner after around an hour delay, but as they say coach drivers are never the most reliable. In some ways the singing on the bus (lead by Regan Wood) could have been enjoyable… However this was not the case at around 9:00am in the morning. We arrived and were briskly lead through security and the place where we were given our wristbands, food vouchers, tickets and any other important documents we could possibly loose throughout the day. Luckily Casey Gallagher gave in to her natural motherly instincts and agreed to keep hold of our groups documents (She’s oh so reliable). Then we were finally set free into the Pleasure Beach. I personally had never visited the amusement park before and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of rides they had to offer.



Blackpool still has open original wooden roller-coasters, for example; The Big Dipper, Grand National and Wild Mouse. I had never been on a wooden roller-coaster before and have previously only visited more modern theme parks. Although wooden rollercoasters do make you feel like the whole thing is about to collapse, funnily enough it does add to the thrill. It can be quite unnerving being thrown around like a ragdoll on a rickety, 80 year old wooden rollercoaster but was delightful all the same. It was nice to see everyone getting along and bonding with new people throughout the day. You can see a different side of somebody when you’re sitting 65metres above ground level and are about to plummet back down at a maximum speed of 119km/h (Pepsi Max statistics). If I’m honest it can seem like they will be your last moments on earth so why would you not like to be remembered as a shrieking, panicking banshee? Before we knew it we were starving. I decided to abandon Charlie Smith who was queuing up for around his 12th time on the stupid plane ride (that just went round and round in circles) and headed to find the rest of my group. I took a slight detour by going on a little horse race ride with Daniella Brooke Lowe before meeting them in the American style diner on the other side of the park.

After a couple more rides and of course our second ride on the Pepsi Max we were full of energy and went on Revolution for the second time (it goes backwards!) and also managed to squeeze on two more rides on Infusion before heading back to base. Although I and Hermione Cullaigh managed to get a final ride on Wild Mouse before hyperactively sprinting back to the park gates. Unfortunately some of the members of the group did squelch up the coach isle as we all filed onto the bus. They had decided to take a trip on the infamous water rapids as there last choice of ride. Again showing great common sense… Overall the trip was a great success and I would do it all over again if I could!

Article written by Sophie Warner (Year 12)

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The Creative & Media Studio School is open to all young people who have a creative flare and are aged between 14 – 19 years old.

The Creative and Media Studio School was the first Studio School to open in the world in 2010. Since then it has achieved a series of fantastic outcomes for students. Today's news (14.08.2014) follows in that tradition and we are delighted

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