Children at a school in Telford have been learning what it takes to work at a hotel.
19th February 2015
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Having seen his four-year-old daughter Freya enjoying CBBC television programme The Furchester Hotel, general manager Wayne Jenson wanted to offer other children the chance to visit a real life hotel.

Year one teacher Ingrid Wolf said it was a great success.

She said: “The children really enjoyed their trip to The Buckatree.

“We had a tour and they were amazed at how big the hotel was - it was very impressive going behind the scenes and for those who have watched The Furchester, it really brought it to life.”

Head teacher of the school in Arleston Lane, Carol Mcquiggin, added: “We have never been on a trip to a hotel before so it was very interesting for the children.

“They realised and appreciated how many people it takes to run a big hotel and how much work goes into it.

“It might make them think about this if they are going away and staying in one over the half term.”

All 60 year one pupils will visit the award winning hotel this week (Feb 3 and 5), in four groups of 15.

After their tour the youngsters baked fairy cakes with sous chef Debbie Jarvis, of Madeley, and watched a few episodes of The Furchester. They then decorated their cakes and took them home.

Mr Jenson said he wanted to give children the chance to visit.

He said: “It is the first trip of this kind that we have had at The Buckatree.

“I am so pleased the children seemed to enjoy it and learnt more about hotels.

“I see my own daughter enjoying The Furchester and can bring her into work so I wanted to share that with others.

“Parents and young children are always welcome to pop in for a coffee and cake before a walk around the Wrekin, we would be happy to accommodate.”

The 62-bedroom hotel has an 80-cover restaurant, a 50-cover bar and a 200-capacity function room for weddings, awards ceremonies and events.

For more information visit the, email, call (01952) 641821, search for Buckatree Hall Hotel on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @buckatreehall.

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