Last weekend, 23 Year 10 students took part in our annual trip to Blackpool and Malham. As part of their GCSE Geography course, students study tourism which includes case studies of various tourist resorts.
This year our students investigated the attractions of an area, whether these are as a result of physical or human geography. They looked at the Butler model of resort development and the progress of Blackpool through the stages of discovery and growth to stagnation, decline and potential rejuvenation. In order to do this we had to visit the Blackpool Pleasure Beach and sample the efforts being made to rejuvenate the area by testing the brand new Red Arrows Sky Force ride, along with a few others!
After the thrills and spills of Blackpool the group ventured to the slightly calmer setting of Malham in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Here we investigated the impact of tourism on a small community as well as taking in some of the local sights, Gordale Scar, Janet’s Foss waterfall and Malham Cove (the sight of filming for scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).