In an age before the motor car or the railway, the Venerable Bede walked many miles on his monastic travels.  So it was fitting that, on 24th October 2013, schools from across Tyne and Wear came together at Bede’s World in Jarrow to celebrate International Walk to School Month and Living Streets’ smarter crossings campaign.

Seventy children and twenty members of staff from seven schools across Tyne and Wear attended the event at Bede’s World in Jarrow. The schools attending were Hebburn Lakes Primary School, Keelman’s Way School, New York Primary School, St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School, Oakfield Infants School, Atkinson Road Primary School and Holystone Primary School.

Children walking to school

The children took part in four activities throughout the day:  A Farm Tour of Bede’s World,  A walking Treasure Hunt,  a Map-Making workshop and an Interactive Road Safety Quiz. Rachel Taylor from Hebburn Lakes Primary School said: ‘We all really enjoyed your event at Bede’s World and we plan to create a display in school with photographs and the maps we made.  The children really gained a lot from it”.  Vikki Pickup from Holystone Primary School commented: ‘Thank you for organising the recent visit to Bede’s World, the children (and teachers!) had a brilliant day!’

South Tyneside Councillors Allan Kerr and James Foreman also attended the event and were impressed with the level of enthusiasm from all the children in attendance. The event was enjoyed by all who attended, and there was even a surprise visitor at lunch time for the children, with Strider making an appearance!