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On Tuesday the Peregrines and Kites went to Compton Verney, a large country house in Warwickshire, full of art and with beautiful grounds, to see the Quentin Blake exhibition and take part in a workshop.
Despite torrential rain on the journey, the sun shone as we arrived and the walk up to the house past the icehouse, the installation village, line of giant redwoods, and the bridge guarded by sphinxes set the scene. The boys soaked up the exhibition and then, led by an illustrator, created their own fantastic beasts and stories.
We had a picnic outside with ice cream and then explored the bee garden and pathways around the lake. Back inside the house we scampered around Compton Verney's most famous collection, Folk Art. There were lots of things for the boys to touch and experiment with here, and they didn't hold back. On our way back to the coach we explored the grounds and had a good half hour exploring the village that was built on the site of the ancient village which the Lord of the Manor had erased so Capability Brown could make his already beautiful grounds look a bit like Blenheim. The boys behaved beautifully and drew some great pictures which will be on display in the art room.