The Rover's Return must be one of the few pubs teachers encourage their students to visit during school or college hours. The famous Coronation Street watering hole is part of the Granada Studios Tour (GST) in Water Street, Manchester, which also includes Downing Street and Victorian Baker Street.
Students get an insight into the world behind the television screen - the make-up and wardrobe departments, for example - and hands-on experience of how to work a camera.
Granada Theme Parks has organised a number of events at GST for fifth and sixth formers and further education students. On March 15-17, managers in sales, marketing, operations, catering and personnel, and a backstage tour guide, will talk to advanced GNVQ leisure and tourism students about their career paths. A performing arts event, with Coronation Street's Maureen Holdsworth (actress Sherrie Hewson) and a television make-up artist, takes place on April 26-28; and on May 10-12 a camera operator, a television producer and a floor manager will talk about their work. Each event costs Pounds 6.50 per student and includes the tour.
Camelot Theme Park in Charnock Richard, near Chorley and the American Adventure Theme Park in Ilkeston, Derby also come under the Granada Theme Parks umbrella, and cater for FE students.
At Camelot, most attractions are linked to Arthurian legends with such rides as Excalibur, which rotates 360* , and The Sorceror, a "pink knuckle" roller coaster, and live shows such as a birds of prey display, jousting tournaments and magic juggling. For key stage 1-2 pupils, there is a new rare breeds farm with pigs, sheeps, horses and cows.
The American Park offers tourism and maths students Nightmare Niagara, "the world's highest triple drop log flume", and The Missile, a roller coaster that drops people from 125 feet before looping the loop forwards and backwards at great force.
o Familiarisation trips for teachers can be arranged with schools' liaison manager, Eileen Allen, tel: 0161 828 5243. Discounts for school groups and a free teacher's place per every eight students are offered on all visits and talks. Group bookings. Tel: 0161 833 0880